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.
Melissa Le Palud
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.
Eirian qualified as a registered nurse in 1994 following her training at Addenbrookes Hospital, in Cambridge, and then went on to work in London on a HIV/AIDS unit. Following her move to Sussex in the late 90’s, she worked in a variety of community and inpatient settings. At the same time she completed her undergraduate degree in Professional Practice at Brighton University and a Masters in Leadership and Management in Health at Kingston University.
For the last 16 years, she has focused on specialist palliative care and service development to support patient and carer choice for those facing life limiting illnesses.
As Care Director, she is focused on enhancing outcomes for our patients and those close to them as well as extending our hospice reach.
She is married, with two grown up sons, a mischievous dog and three very vocal chickens!
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.