Our Directors

Together, and with the support of senior leaders, staff and volunteers across the organisation, our Directors work to keep everything running smoothly and to plan for the future of our hospice.

Barbara Williams - Chief Executive

Barbara spent 10 years as a Director in UK charities working with people with long term neurological conditions, MS and Parkinson’s, and throughout her career has gained extensive charity experience. Her professional and personal experience combined has lead her to become incredibly passionate about helping people to achieve the best possible quality of life and to maximise their choice and control throughout.

In her free time, Barbara enjoys live music and gardening. She takes lots of inspiration from the stunning gardens at work.

Anne Jackson - Director of Care

With over 30 years experience in cancer and palliative nursing, Anne is responsible for ensuring that we deliver a safe, effective, responsive and caring service and, along with her teams, promotes excellence in clinical practice, leading on the direction and implementation of our Clinical Strategy. Anne supports the Inpatient Ward team and Head of Community Services to ensure the highest possible standard of person-centred, clinical care, and in partnership with the Medical Director and allied healthcare professionals, supports and drives continuous improvement in quality of care and service delivery. Anne provides strategic leadership across all areas of responsibility, driving development of clinical services in line with hospice and national policy objectives.

Anne loves the countryside and being by the sea and enjoys her gym sessions and yoga. She’s also a marine mammal medic: trained to rescue stranded whales, dolphins and seals.

Dr Charles Skinner - Medical Director

Charles has been a Consultant at St Peter & St James since 2011 and heads up the medical team. He studied medicine at Bristol University and has been working as a palliative medicine consultant since 2008. He works closely with the community team and on the Inpatient Ward, and also provides support in Wellbeing. In addition to the work for St Peter & St James he visits the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath three times a week, working as part of the hospital palliative care team.

Charles is a keen wildlife photographer and takes particular interest in the varied wildlife that can be found in the grounds of the hospice.

Giles Witcomb - Director of Income Generation

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

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

Andrew Collins - Head of Finance