Dr Martin Powell
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.
Director of Income Generation and Operations
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
Head of People Services
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 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
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.