Our Executive Team

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

Dr Martin Powell - Chief Executive

Martin Chief Executive Officer standing side on to the camera in front of the hospice garden.

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.


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 facing the camera with the hospice garden behind him.

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.

Melissa Le Palud - Head of People Services

Melissa standing in front the hospice gardens facing the camera.

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, traveling, cat and dog sitting for her friends and staying in quirky Airbnbs off the beaten track with her partner.

Andrew Collins - Head of Finance

Andrew facing the camera in the hospice garden.