Trustees at
St. Michael's Hospice

St. Michael’s Hospice is governed by a Board of Trustees who are all volunteers. They meet each quarter to review performance and make strategic decisions about the future direction of the Hospice. The Board of Trustees is made up of individuals with various skills and expertise and is led by the Chairman Andrew Chancellor. A list of the Trustees can be found below.

Trustees at St. Michael’s Hospice

Andrew Chancellor


Andrew has been a Trustee at the Hospice for 10 years and is currently the Chairman. With an initial background in Banking and Management Consultancy, Andrew is now CEO of his own Stem-Cell business based in London and works with many high-profile sports stars around the world. In his role as Chairman he works closely with our Chief Executive providing support and advice along with developing operational objectives.

Eugenie Verney


Eugenie's professional background is print journalism and in a career spanning 30 years she worked for — among others — The Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Mail, and Daily Mirror. She then moved into local government corporate communications, reputation management, and media relations. In 2008, she set up her own marketing and PR consultancy and focuses on clients who want to be open, honest, and fully authentic with their customers. Eugenie works closely to support our Communication and HR teams. 

Chris Burghes

Chris joined the Royal Free Charity, which supports the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, as Chief Executive in 2010. Since then Chris has overseen the strategic change of the organisation from a grant making body to direct service provider and a rapid increase in income. Prior to that he held senior roles at the National Farmers’ Union and the Fire Fighters Charity.

Christian de Ferranti

Christian is the daughter-in-law of Basil de Ferranti, the benefactor who bought the building for the Hospice in the 1990s.  She lives near Basingstoke and runs an art school, College Arts, in a farm building. 

Previously, Christian taught 6 and 7 year-olds in London and trained further as a dyslexia teacher. She has also been a Trustee at Radio 210 in Reading where she helped the radio station in their fight to keep their radio licence. 

Hugh Freeman

Hugh has been a part of the Hospice since its very beginning as well as being an active GP in North Hampshire for over 40 years. He was also the first Chair of the North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Hugh is Chairman of sister company St. Michael's Home Care Ltd. 

Dr Charlotte Hutchings

Charlotte qualified as a doctor in 1993 and has been a GP partner at Whitewater Health in Hartley Wintney since 2000. As well as being a GP, Charlotte is also a GP trainer, teaching prospective GPs and medical students, and has worked with Wessex Macmillan since 2012, and is the End of Life Clinical Lead and Deputy Clinical Chair for the North Hampshire CCG. Charlotte has always had a special interest in palliative care and is part of St. Michael’s rota of weekend doctors.

Dr Peter Kaye

Peter’s wide career in medicine has taken him to Saint Lucia, Mysore, the US and New Zealand. He has been working in palliative care for over 30 years having started in his profession alongside the founder of the hospice movement, Dame Cicely Saunders, at St. Christopher’s Hospice. As well as being Medical Director at a number of different hospices, Peter has written successful books on symptom control and on breaking bad news and has delivered lectures and workshops on those subjects as well as on team working, family support, spiritual care and communication skills.

Melissa Poulter

Honorary Treasurer

Melissa is a qualified accountant with a commercial and operational background with over 30 years’ experience in a variety of roles across practice and industry. After 20 years at the AA, where she was a Trustee and Treasurer of the AA's charity, Melissa is now freelance. Melissa volunteered as a Trustee as she had seen first hand the great work and support the Hospice provides to patients and families in the local community. Melissa is Chair of our Finance and General Purpose Committee and works closely with our Finance Team.  

David Salisbury

David spent over 40 years in investment management in a variety of professional and management roles.

Suzie Scott-Malden

Suzie represents the ‘Friends’ of St. Michael’s Hospice on the Trustee board.  The ‘Friends’ are a group of people who fundraise for the Hospice.  Suzie has been with the Hospice since the beginning helping in day care and on reception.  Suzie is a Magistrate for North West Hampshire and has been for the last 35 years.