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Executive Team 

Martin Powell

Dr Martin Powell

Chief Executive

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Martin has worked in healthcare for thirty years, trained as a paramedic and a counsellor and pursued a passion for Specialist Palliative Care in 2008. He has held senior management positions in three other charitable hospices and is a Trustee at The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. He has a PhD in Palliative Care and is committed to ensuring those affected by life-limiting illness get the best possible care and support when they need it.

Martin lives in the local area with his husband, son, grandmother and two greek rescue dogs. He enjoys film, theatre, reading and walking.

Giles Witcombe

Giles Witcomb

Director of Income Generation and Operations

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Giles manages a large team and is responsible for generating hospice income through our commercial enterprise on the high street and voluntary income from supporters. He encourages people and organisations to support us both financially and by sharing expertise. Giles is an enthusiastic leader with a passion for innovative fundraising and has over 18 years’ experience in senior posts at UK charities including NSPCC, Brain Research UK, TB Alert and the London Community Foundation.

Outside of work he enjoys football, investing, reading history and politics and keeping up with his three children.

Melissa Le Palud

Melissa Le Palud

Head of People Services

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Melissa comes to the charity sector from a varied corporate background including aviation, finance and hospitality, where she rapidly progressed as an enthusiastic HR professional whilst studying her CIPD Diploma. She is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and her personal mission is to help make St Peter & St James Hospice a diverse, safe, stimulating, empowering and fair place for all employees and volunteers. 

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys running, cooking, travelling, cat and dog sitting for her friends and staying in quirky Airbnbs off the beaten track with her partner. 

Cathy Heard

Cathy Heard

Finance Director

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Cathy Heard joins us as part of a collaboration with St Catherine’s Hospice. Cathy has been with St Catherine’s for three and a half years as Finance Director, having spent 20 years in private health care and 10 years in pharmaceutical manufacturing. She is married with four grown up children and two grandchildren who keep them very busy. Loving the outdoors, Cathy is a keen walker, swimmer and gardener. 

Senior Leadership Team

Trina Perry

Trina Perry

Head of Quality
Karen James

Karen James

Head of Supportive Care
Louise McIntyre

Louise McIntyre

Head of Nursing
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Emily Cronin

Head of Trading
Mark Jefferys

Mark Jeffreys

Head of Facilities & Estates
Sarah Colbourne

Sarah Colbourne

Head of Fundraising & Marketing
Dr Charles Skinner

Dr Charles Skinner

Lead Consultant
Avril Roberts

Avril Roberts

Volunteer Development Manager
Catherine Bridger

Catherine Bridger

Governance Manager

Trustees

Our trustees ensure St Peter & St James Charitable Trust is carrying out the purposes for which it was established and have overall legal responsibility for the management and administration of the charity.  

Harriet Creamer

Harriet Creamer

Chair

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Harriet is a lawyer by profession: she has a law degree from Cambridge University and worked in management at a large firm for many years. She has since worked as an independent consultant. Harriet has lived in Sussex for over 20 years and is passionate about supporting her local community. She is married with three grown up sons and loves singing; Harriet is part of the highly acclaimed Bach Choir. 

Deirdre Prower

Deirdre Prower

Vice Chair

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Deirdre was a nurse for over 20 years, gaining two degrees. She was responsible for setting up and running a nurse-led surgery, and was the clinical lead for Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, covering community services and dementia. She has a particular interest in people living with long-term conditions, and is committed to integrated, patient-centred care. Deirdre is married with three children.

Dr Nick Barrie

Dr Nick Barrie

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Nick worked as a GP in Cuckfield before retiring. As a GP, Nick has referred many patients to the hospice and has a strong understanding of hospice care and the benefits it brings to patients and their families. In his spare time, Nick is learning to play golf and has also recently qualified as a commercial drone pilot. Nick is married with two adult children. 

Andrew Cook

Andrew Cook

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Andrew was a Chartered Accountant and Tax Advisor for more than 30 years, working in senior finance roles. Since taking early retirement at the end of 2013, Andrew has supported his local community as treasurer of both the local village hall and the scout group. Andrew lives in Lindfield and is married with two grown-up sons. 

Robin Knight

Robin Knight

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Robin runs a commercial property investment and development company advising financial institutions & private investors. His first wife, Lisa, spent her last weeks at St Peter & St James Hospice and his father Bill died at St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth. Robin is a passionate supporter of the hospice system and long term volunteer. A published writer and poet, Robin practises Zen Buddhism in the Rinzai tradition and lives near Brighton. 

John Hills

John Hills 

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John is a former partner of KPMG, one of the “Big Four” global accounting firms. His late wife Ros was cared for by the hospice in 2016. John lives in Lindfield, has three adult children and two grandchildren. He enjoys country walking and watching football. 

Tricia Robinson 

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Tricia has a wealth of clinical experience as a nurse and Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at Brighton University. She  is passionate about excellence in nursing and person centred care. Tricia is also a trustee at Age UK Croydon. 

Tricia moved to Sussex in 2020 with her husband Alan and dog Ralph. She enjoys cinema, theatre, gardening, reading, walking Ralph and spending time with her three adult children. 

Lesley Strong

Lesley Strong

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Lesley has a clinical nursing background and had a long NHS career, mainly in community services as a clinician and board member. Before her retirement, she held an executive role at Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Lesley lives in Haywards Heath and has long been aware of St Peter and St James Hospice and the value of the services it offers to the local community.

Caroline Cauvin

Caroline Cauvin

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Caroline has over 20 years of experience in commercial and supply-chain management roles across various industry sectors and currently works at Air Navigation Solutions Ltd as Commercial Director. Caroline previously held senior positions with the AJW Group and Virgin Atlantic. Before working in the aviation sector, Caroline worked in supply-chain roles for Kimberly-Clark and Nike. 

Caroline lives in Hurstpierpoint and enjoys spending time with her two children, running, baking, and reading. 

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Isabelle Otway

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Isabelle started her career at PwC in London, qualified as a chartered accountant and specialising in commercial finance in the media and creative industry. She is VP of finance for a global marketing business with responsibility for  financial planning and analysis, operational improvement, mergers and acquisitions, legal and compliance and organisational strategy.  

Isabelle moved to the area in 2017, and one of her favourite pastimes is discovering the Sussex countryside on trail runs with her husband, a GP and hospice doctor.