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Meet our Trustees

Here are our dedicated team of Trustees

The Hospice is governed by a Board of Trustees and their role is to ensure that the Charity functions within the law, in accordance with the Charity Commission rules and ensure that resources are managed efficiently.

Trustees meet every eight weeks and hold an AGM each year.  Collectively they determine the strategic direction and ensures policies and procedures are in place to manage risk.  Various sub-committees, each with a Trustee representation, work to monitor the different aspects of the Hospice.

Chairman - Geoff Summers

Geoff has been a trustee since 2005 and was elected Chairman in 2006. He spent a career managing hospitals in the NHS, retiring as a Trust director in 2003. He is a member of the Institute of Health Services Management. He brings wide experience of general management, governance arrangements and strategic development.

Vice Chair - Christine Durkin
Christine Durkin

Chris was a founder member of Rossendale Hospice. Chris’s career has mainly been spent working in the community sector managing community nurses, health visitors, school nurses, specialist nurses including the Macmillan Service.

Treasurer - Charlotte Lees

Charlotte has been a trustee since 2015. Charlotte is a previous fundraiser for the Hospice, having been sponsored to complete the Great North Run in 2013. She lives in Helmshore with her husband and two young children. Charlotte is a Chartered Accountant by background and has spent most of her career working in various Corporate Finance roles in Manchester.  She currently works at Santander and has considerable financial and commercial skills.
Ann Gallagher

Ann has been a trustee since 2015 further to volunteering at the Hospice for a year. Ann has worked for over 30 years in the healthcare environment and was Director of Occupational Health and Medical Services for a national private healthcare company. Along with her clinical expertise, Ann brings with her great experience in people management, governance, strategic planning and business development. Ann also worked for the Dutch Ministry of Defence and lived in the Netherlands for nearly 10 years before returning to Rossendale in 1989.
Andrew Holt

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Beverley Mayer

Beverley has been a trustee since 2013. Beverley is an HR Manager with over 20 years of HR management experience in a number of sectors including the BBC, Retail/Leisure, Local Government and Higher Education.  Beverley is a Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). She provides specialist HR advice and guidance to the Hospice on matters such as terms and conditions, recruitment, policy review and general people management. She is a member of the Policy Audit group.
Stuart Mayer

Stuart has been a trustee since 2005. Stuart has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years spending the last 12 years working for the largest privately owned insurance broker in Europe. His part of the organisation specialises in charities with a particular focus on Hospices, currently insuring more than half of the independent hospices in UK. Stuart’s role is to visit hospice clients annually to discuss their insurance requirements and needs.  Stuart has also delivered talks to such organisations as National Association of Hospice Fundraisers, Association of Hospice Managers, and the Institute of Fundraising on matters such as business continuity and risk assessment.
Dr Liam McGrogan

Liam has been a trustee since 2013.  Liam is a retired  Manchester GP who has lived in Rossendale for more than thirty years. He has worked in NHS management at board level and spent fourteen years as a hospice medical officer. More recently he worked as a GP attached to the MacMillan Palliative Care Team in North Manchester. All Liam’s family - his  wife and three adult children - have spent their careers in the NHS. During 2021 they passed their time vaccinating people against COVID, together delivering more than 6000 jabs!
Graham Mangham

Graham has been a trustee since 2005. Graham was appointed as a representative of local service organisations, with an intimate knowledge of the local community. Graham is a director of a local firm of electrical engineers. He has offered practical guidance and support for fundraising activities of all descriptions and has been instrumental in making sure that our new retail units have been refurbished to a high standard and are trading very successfully.
Barry Topham

Barry has been a trustee since 2015. Barry is a Chief Information Officer and Non-Executive Director with significant experience within a number of sectors, including Safeguarding, Health & Social Care and Financial Services. Currently employed as the Chief Information & Digital officer for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Barry is responsible for the delivery of technology and innovation for this central government organisation.  Barry is also a Non-Executive Director for Personal Care and Support in Bury. Barry has an Executive MBA from the University of Liverpool.
Trustees past and present
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"All our trustees are volunteers. Being involved in such a worthy cause is a great way for them to give something back and to make a positive difference to our local community" Geoff Chairman

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