Trustees and management
The team and its work at Prospect Hospice is overseen by a Board of Trustees – locally-based, professional people who volunteer their time, skills and experience to the hospice in areas relevant to their own personal and professional experience
The members of our Board of Trustees are profiled here:
Tim Willis (Chair)
Tim is Chairman of the Board of Trustees and also sits on the Patient Services Committee. In his professional career he is Associate Director of International Relations at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Tim has been a direct beneficiary of the work of the hospice; his partner Hugh was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and died in the hospice in April 2007. Since becoming a trustee, Tim has been active in raising the profile of the work of the hospice more widely through the National Council for Palliative Care, and through interaction with staff.
Clive Bassett (Deputy Chair)
Clive chairs the Finance and Income Generation Committee and sits on the Audit and Risk Committee. Clive trained as a chartered accountant and is the Commercial and Finance Director for Sirona Care and Health, an independent, not-for-profit organisation, providing publicly-funded health and social care services in Banes and South Glocestershire. Prior to this, Clive worked in a variety of senior roles including roles for a FTSE 100 company and KPMG. Clive is Swindon born and bred and has two grown up children. In his spare time Clive enjoys sport, photography and motorsport.
Dr Peter Alberry
Peter sits on our Finance and Income Generation Committee and chairs our Audit and Risk Committee. Peter ran an international power generation consultancy business, following his retirement from National Power plc in 1999, where he was Director of Engineering. He has a wide experience of international power projects, and has also been a visiting professor at Swansea University for the last 17 years. Peter was previously chairman of Threshold, a charity for homeless people in Swindon for a number of years, and is particularly interested in helping young, homeless addicts to recover their lives. Peter is married to Nicky who is actively involved with Rotary and the charity Swindon Cares.
Angela sits on our Patient Services Committee, and is a Non-Executive Director of Great Western’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a trustee of the Holborn Estate Charity (HEC). Angela’s professional background is in finance and corporate governance. Angela has experience of charity administration both at the HEC and the GWH, where she chairs the Charitable Funds Committee. As a Non-Executive Director she actively tries to improve the patient experience, particularly with respect to dignity in care.
David sits on our Finance and Income Generation Committee. He moved to Swindon in 1983 to work for Intel. His various jobs with the software giant have given him a wealth of business experiences, as well as the chance to run large international projects. A number of David’s close relatives have benefited from the care offered by the hospice movement and, since becoming a trustee, he has been very impressed by the professional yet caring environment that the Prospect Hospice provides. David lives in Swindon’s Old Town with his wife and three daughters.
Joined March 2013
Caroline has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years with an extensive background in business conduct and risk management. Caroline sits on the Finance and Income Generation Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. She has been passionate about volunteering throughout her career and has volunteered for a number of charities over the last 30 years. Caroline has lived in or around Swindon all of her life and currently lives in Old Town with her husband and two young daughters. She loves gardening, cooking and entertaining friends.
Joined March 2013
Douglas sits on our Finance and Income Generation Committee. He lives in Chippenham and works in Bristol as Head of Corporate Affairs for the Military Aviation Authority, with a background in project and programme management, and risk management, with qualifications in HR, training and development. He first encountered the work of a hospice when his wife was cared for at home in the last few weeks of her life. Douglas’ pub quiz team is a prolific fundraiser for Prospect Hospice. Outside of work, he has two adult sons and, when not in his garden, Douglas can be found on his bike or learning to play the piano - although only rarely in combination!
Dr Penny Tidbury
Joined August 2012
Penny chairs the Patient Services Committee and has had a long-standing interest in palliative care following working at the Royal Marsden Hospital after qualifying as a junior doctor in the 1980s. Penny has worked for the NHS for 35 years, and she had management experience as Lead Clinician in the pathology service at Great Western Hospital. Penny is currently Consultant Cellular Pathologist at North Bristol NHS Trust. She is a member of the South West Regional Quality Assurance Team, visiting laboratories throughout the South West.
Dr Lindsay Whittam
Joined January 2013
Lindsay has been qualified as a doctor since 1990 and has been a consultant in Swindon since 2000. More recently, Lindsay has been Trust Lead Cancer Clinician at the Great Western Hospital since 2010. Lindsay sits on the Patient Services Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. Her interests outside of work include the theatre, cinema and pilates.
Dr. Fiona Baskett
Joined Autumn 2013
Fiona graduated from Aberdeen University Medical School in 1982. After brief spells in Canada and Australia, she has spent most of her professional life as a family doctor in the UK. Fiona works as a GP and medical educator in Wiltshire, where she has lived for nearly 20 years. Fiona sits on the Patient Services Committee. Her non-professional interests include bee-keeping, walking and local history.
Joined Autumn 2013
Mandy sits on the Patient Services Committee and is a Solicitor at Royds Withy King LLP. She has over 12 years experience in law and specialises in private client practice, dealing with wills, lasting powers of attorney, trusts, taxation and estate planning generally. She has an interest in the local community and has just starting out as a respite foster carer for Swindon. Her non-professional interests include gardening, her chickens and art.
Joined September 2015
Eleanor is an Account Director at local public relations consultancy, Vox, where she represents and advises businesses of all sizes and industries, with a specialism in heathcare, education and the public sector. She sits on the Finance and Income Generation Committee. Eleanor lives in Old Town and in her spare time enjoys running, spending time with her family and good food.
Senior Leadership Team
Angela is our Chief Executive, leading the team since 2010 when she joined us from the National Osteoporosis Society, where she was Deputy CEO. A nurse by training and profession, Angela has had a long and extensive career in a variety of roles within nursing, healthcare and management. Since taking the helm at Prospect Hospice, Angela has led the introduction of our new Strategic Plan, overseen the development of our Heart of the Hospice cafe and meeting space (at the hospice in Wroughton), and spearheaded our successful bid for a grant for two family lodges, which have welcomed patients' families since July 2014.
“When I saw the job advert for the Chief Executive at Prospect Hospice, it looked like my ideal job,” acknowledges Angela. “Early in my career I worked as a district nurse, and as part of that I was involved closely in the care of dying people. I understood the important part nursing plays in palliative care, and I’m very keen to do all that I can to ensure the best possible care of patients and their families at the hospice, and the greatest possible sense of connection and involvement with the community we serve.”
Director of Income Generation and Deputy Chief Executive
Richard Hammond is Prospect Hospice's Director of Income Generation, joining the senior team in November 2010 from the National Osteoporosis Society, where he led the charity's fundraising function. Richard has a lengthy career record in fundraising and management, and now has overall responsibilities for the fundraising and retail functions at the hospice.
“I think fundraising always has to be underpinned by integrity and a belief in the work of the charity, and at Prospect Hospice you are reminded daily of why you lead a team united in its intent to raise funds to provide our care,” he says. “It never ceases to amaze me how generous people are towards Prospect Hospice, and we can never thank them enough for their support.”
Director of Patient Services
Director of Patient Services Clare Robinson joined Prospect Hospice in the summer of 2016, from a senior clinical role at Naomi House and Jacksplace Children’s and Young Adults hospices in Hampshire. Clare has had a lengthy career in nursing, having started out working at weekends and during holidays in a Marie Curie hospice at 16, after which she trained at the Whittington Hospital in north London as a student. Clare’s professional background is in adult nursing, and she was pleased to make a career move that sees her lead all our care and support services for patients, their families and their carers.
“It is a wonderful challenge to take on, and I am really pleased to have been given this opportunity,” she says. “I feel passionately about end-of-life care and I am determined to ensure that we maintain and build upon the fantastic reputation that Prospect Hospice has locally and in the hospice sector for the excellent quality of its care.”
Outside of work, Clare is married to husband Paul, has three grown-up children and enjoys being out in the countryside.
Director of Resources
Maria joined Prospect Hospice in August 2015 as the Director of Resources with responsibility for Human Resources, I.T., Facilities, Health and Safety, Catering, and Central Reception services. Maria’s career has encompassed 14 years in the social housing sector, focused on the full remit of corporate/support services and almost 10 years in the NHS covering major capital project management and national health education campaigns. During Maria’s time in social housing, she was instrumental in securing multiple accreditations for Investing in People award.
“My team is central to ensuring that people’s experience of Prospect Hospice is a positive one,” says Maria. “From ensuring that we have a committed and enthusiastic team and that our systems are robust and reliable, to seeing that our facilities are inviting and well-maintained, and that the food we serve is tasty and nutritious, my team play a huge part in making sure that when patients, carers and families are supported by Prospect Hospice, they feel welcome and that their experience is a priority for us.”
Head of Voluntary Services
Phillipa Huxtable joined the team at Prospect Hospice in 2012, with a career history of championing the role of volunteers generally and in the hospice sector specifically. In the years since, she has transformed our approach to volunteer management to shift emphasis towards developing volunteers into distinct, specific roles to suit their skills and experience. This period of change saw Phillipa lead our Voluntary Services to the successful attainment of the prestigious Investing in Volunteers award in the summer of 2016.
"It is a personal and passionate belief in the difference volunteers make at Prospect Hospice that inspire's Phillipa in her work. “Every day volunteers amaze me with the strength of their commitment to Prospect Hospice, and the range of skills that they bring in support of our work,” she says. “I heard one of the staff at Prospect Hospice say that volunteers normalise things for our patients, and bring a bit of ‘everyday-ness’. I think that’s what we all really value here – our volunteers giving their precious time to the hospice, with their skills and experiences. That’s what volunteers love about being here, and why we love having them here with us too.”
Head of Community Engagement
Warren Finney joined Prospect Hospice from the National Housing Federation in September 2014 as the Head of Community Engagement. Warren’s career for the last 15 years has been in the social housing sector, focused on national policy and influencing local and national government. His current role includes overall responsibility for community and stakeholder engagement, communications, education and training.
“It is of the utmost importance that not only are we are fully engaged and listening to our local community to ensure we provide the services they want, but that we are also influencing and improving the future direction of end-of-life care at the local, regional and national level to create the right type of care that local people want and need both now and in the future.”
Director of Finance and Business Development
Finance and Business Development Director Elaine Baxter (FCCA) joined Prospect Hospice in November 2015. A qualified accountant for 20 years, Elaine has had a lengthy career in senior financial management roles in the commercial sector, most recently with Mothercare PLC and previously with WH Smith. Although working for a charity is a new experience for Elaine, supporting our budget planning for 2016-17 and preparing the statutory accounts have given her a strong understanding of our financial focus.
“It is a very new kind of challenge for me but one that is very worthwhile. I think it is especially true of a charity that you take responsibility for every pound, because it has been entrusted to you by the local community,” she says.
Away from work, Elaine is married to husband Mark and lives in Wanborough having moved back south from Northamptonshire a few years ago. Adventurous in nature, Elaine has enjoyed travelling the world in her youth. Elaine also enjoys walking, dancing, and trips to the theatre.
Patient Services Leads
Director of Patient Services
Head of Patient Services
Therapy Team Leader
Clinical Nurse Specialist Team Leader
In-Patient Unit Nurse Manager
Family Support Team Leader
Consultant in Palliative Medicine
Information and Development Support Officer