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.


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.


Christopher Beverley (Vice-chairman)

Christopher is a former consultant solicitor with Blackhurst Budd Solicitors in Blackpool and was the Deputy Coroner for the Blackpool and Fylde District. He is a member of the Lord Lieutenant’s Panel for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army Bridge Project.

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.

Tracy Dewhurst

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.


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.


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.


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.


Nicola Marland

Nicola was born in Blackpool and remains living on Fylde Coast with her husband and stepson.  She has worked for the NHS at various organisations across Lancashire for over 18 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.

Nancy Preston

Nancy is a nurse and Professor of Supportive and Palliative Care at the International Observatory of End of Life Care in the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University. She grew up in the Fylde.


Steven Thompson

Steven has worked for 32 years in public sector finance 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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