Our Board of Trustees represent both Trinity Hospice and Brian House and are made up of members of the local community who generously give their time to support the hospice with their broad medical and business skills and experience.

Should you wish to discuss or raise anything with them, they can be contacted via email at trustees@trinityhospice.co.uk.

 

Click here to read about our first ever Vice President, Christopher Beverley

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Nigel Law (Chairman)

Nigel has lived on the Fylde coast since 1972 and practised as a solicitor both in Blackpool and Poulton-le-Fylde until 1996. He formally retired in 2018. Nigel met Trinity’s founder Dr David Cooper in 1990 and watched with interest the growth of Trinity Hospice through the efforts of its board of Trustees and its clinical and administrative staff supported by volunteers.

Nigel was appointed a trustee in 2010 and was chairman of Trinity Hospice trading company until he was elected Chairman of the board of trustees in 2017. He brings to Trinity Hospice over 40 years of legal experience, and a background of being Chairman of two other Lancashire children’s charities.

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Tracy Dewhurst (Vice Chair)

Tracy has lived on the Fylde coast all her life and is excited to be joining the Board of Trustees. She has worked at Trinity Hospice as a volunteer since 2007 and has seen how it has grown and developed over the years. A keen tennis player she is a Trustee and Vice Chairman of St Chad’s Tennis Club in Poulton.

Tracy has over 35 years of working in variety of senior roles across several Government departments, with significant experience of leading Internal and External communications teams and campaigns within Government. She has real energy and passion for communications and is looking to share this enthusiasm and her experience to help the Hospice with the challenges ahead.

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Peter Akroyd

Peter was born and brought up on the Fylde Coast.  He worked as a geologist and as a banker in the City of London before retiring back to the area in 2017.  He is also a Trustee of the Grand Theatre, Blackpool.

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Dr Stephen Doel

Stephen has lived and worked on the Fylde coast since 1978. He was a GP at The Village Practice in Thornton Cleveleys, developing interests in GP training, clinical governance and health service commissioning.

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Dr Helen Grenier

Helen became aware of Dr David Cooper and his vision for a hospice on the Fylde coast while she was a trainee GP in Over Wyre. Prior to her retirement she was the lead GP for end-of-life care in her Practice in Fleetwood.

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Daren Guite

Daren has lived and worked on the Fylde Coast throughout his life.  From 1997 to 2013 he was a Blackpool solicitor.  He was called to the bar in 2013.  He remains involved in family legal work.  He has been interested in the work of Trinity and Brian House for many years.

Jean Hunter

Jean has recently retired after holding a number of senior positions in local government, including more than twenty years as a Chief Executive.  She has also held a number of Board positions in various sectors, including national and regional government, sport, health, crime, infrastructure and the economy.

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Nicola Walmsley

Nicola was born in Blackpool and remains living on Fylde coast. She has worked for the NHS at various organisations across Lancashire for over 22 years. She has extensive experience of commissioning and transforming healthcare services both in and out hospital.  Nicola wanted to become a Trustee to make use of her professional skills in the voluntary sector and to contribute to her local community.

Dr Tony Naughton

Tony is a GP who has worked in Thornton for 25 years, and continues to do so. He has trained and mentored a wide variety of clinical professionals. From 2012 to 2019 he was the Chief Executive of Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group which purchases and organises clinical services in Fylde and Wyre, with a budget of £300 Million. He has been made an Honorary Fellow of Lancaster University for his outstanding contributions to the University and the region.

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Steven Thompson

Steven has worked for in public sector finance since 1985 in both local government and the NHS acute sector. He is currently Director of Resources at Blackpool Council and chair of the local credit union’s Credit Committee. He is also chairman of Trinity's Audit Committee.

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Andrew Farnworth

Andrew has lived and worked on the Fylde coast all of his life. An Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, he has worked in the insurance industry for since 1984 and has been a director of his own brokerage since 1992.

Away from work his interests are mainly of a sporting nature, especially cricket, and he is a Trustee and President of Fylde Cricket Club in Poulton.

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Julie Huttley

Julie joined the Board of Trustees in June 2022. She became a Trustee because she passionately believes in the importance of her local hospice and the care and support of current and future patients in the hospice, community and hospital.

Julie brings a wealth of experience in palliative and end of life care; she joined the hospice when it first opened in 1985 ending her career in 2018 as the Clinical Director and Registered Manager leading the wider hospice team to achieve an overall Outstanding rating with the Care Quality Commission.

While Clinical Director she oversaw the development of new patient services including Hospice at Home, implementation of electronic patient records and the refurbishment of both the inpatient unit and Brian House.

Julie is also a volunteer with Blackpool Healthwatch, supporting engagement with local residents and patients about their experience with health and social care ensuring their voice is heard.

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Philip Smith

Philip moved to Lytham in 2019 having spent 25 years working in finance for blue chip companies Asda Group and National Power in senior executive roles.

An experienced international non-executive director, he was awarded an MBE in 2016 for his contribution to business and the community of Milton Keynes. Philip Is currently the president of the Rotary Club of Lytham, Vice Chairman of the Oaklea Trust based in Kendal and a trustee of the Dunstone Education Trust.

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Steve O'Keeffe

Steve has lived on the Fylde coast all his life and is thrilled to be joining the Board of Trustees.

Steve was a Senior Civil Servant, holding a variety of Senior roles mainly in the IT Sector of government, until his retirement in 2017. He then spent some years as an IT consultant performing reviews on major government projects and programmes.

Before becoming a Trustee he was a keen fundraiser for the hospice, and was awarded a BEM in 2012 in recognition for his achievements. His interests mainly revolve around sport and he admits to being a Blackpool Football Club season ticket holder, and is a past captain of Herons’ Reach Golf club .

He has real energy and passion for public service, good communications, and delivery through well motivated people, and is looking to share his experience to help the Hospice with the challenges ahead.

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Karlyn Forrest

A graduate of the NHS Management Training scheme, Karlyn has worked in the NHS since 2005 and has substantial operational management, transformation and strategic planning experience. Karlyn is currently the Director for Elective Recovery across Lancashire and South Cumbria and has a passion for the continuous improvement and transformation of services. Outside of work, Karlyn is a keen runner and enjoys spending time exploring the beautiful Wyre countryside, where she lives.

Justine Howe

Justine Howe

Justine has lived on the Fylde Coast for over 15 years with her Blackpool born husband, now teenage children and two dogs.  Currently working in the NHS, she has over twenty years experience in Health and Social Care service redesign, with a passion for maximising collaboration to develop person centred services.

Justine is honoured to become a Trustee and is keen to share her energy and commitment to integration, staff and user engagement to benefit Trinity, Brian House and the wider community.

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