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Trustees

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

Chairman

Andrew has been a Trustee at the Hospice for 10 years and is currently the Chairman.

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.

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Eugenie Verney

Vice-chair

Eugenie's professional background is in print journalism and she works closely to support our Communication and HR teams.

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.

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Chris Burghes

Chris joined the charity Blue Cross as Chief Executive in June 2020 and has worked with several charities to support strategic change.

Chris joined the charity Blue Cross as Chief Executive in June 2020. Prior to that he was CEO at the Royal Free Charity, which supports the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, since 2010. At the Royal Free, Chris oversaw 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.

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Mark Dolby

Mark’s fundraising expertise enhances the Hospice Income Generation Committee as well as providing vital local knowledge to the Hospice Board of Trustees.

Mark has lived in Basingstoke for over 30 years and is extremely proud of the town and the people and community within. For many years he has been a very active philanthropist making a difference to numerous local causes. Mark is one of four Directors of Beaufort Financial in Reading which they founded 10 years ago. He has a huge personal connection to the hospice, having seen both of his parents pass away, 10 years apart in the same room. Mark’s fundraising expertise enhances the Hospice Income Generation Committee as well as providing vital local knowledge to the Hospice Board of Trustees.

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Dr Charlotte Hutchings

Charlotte qualified as a doctor in 1993 and has always had a special interest in palliative care. Charlotte is part of St. Michael’s rota of weekend doctors.

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.

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Dr Peter Kaye

Peter 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.

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.

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Jane Lyons MBE

Jane represents the Friends of St. Michael’s Hospice on the Trustee board.

The Friends have been prominent fundraisers for the Hospice since before it was opened and Jane has been involved with the Hospice for over 20 years. She has been Chair of the Friends since 2010. In 2020, Jane was honoured with an MBE for services to charitable fundraising during Covid-19 in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Jane is also a committee member of the NSPCC locally and a Governor of Elstree School.

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Melissa Poulter

Honorary Treasurer

Melissa is Chair of our Finance and General Purpose Committee and works closely with our Finance Team.

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.

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David Salisbury

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