Our trustees

Soline Jerram
Chair of Trustees

Soline Jerram

Soline took up her role as Chair of the Board in 2019 having been a Trustee since 2015. She served on the Clinical services and Governance and Risk Committees, as well as supported the Hospice GDPR compliance work and was Chair Elect of the Trustee Board prior to taking on the Chair role

Soline’s career as a Nurse in the NHS spans over 40 years, holding roles in direct clinical care, as an advanced practitioner and consultant nurse, in operational management and as an executive director. She continues to work as a registered nurse part time.

Soline’s commitment to St Wilfrid’s stems from personal and professional knowledge of the work of the Hospice and the importance of locally provided high quality support for those with life limiting conditions. She has lived in Chichester all her life and is proud to serve an organisation which has provided care and support to so many residents for so long across the catchment area it serves and is supported by the community via its local staff, volunteers, and fundraisers in such an extraordinary way.

Jeremy Beard

Jeremy has served in West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service since joining aged 19 in June 1989, working through the ranks to finish his career within the Senior Management team as the Head of Service for Performance Risk and Improvement with strategic and leadership responsibility for organisational Health and Safety, Policy, Strategic Risk and the Management of Information. As a firefighter he has experienced pretty much everything one could expect to experience, ranging from cats stuck up trees to the sad events of the Shoreham Air Accident, where he responded as the first senior officer.

Jeremy will use his wealth of management experience to support strategic planning, business continuity planning, risk management and critical decision making. Qualified in all levels of incident Command through to Strategic (Gold) Command, he is able to provide key support in the unlikely event of a serious incident impacting the hospice.

Jeremy considers himself fortunate enough to have experienced hospice end of life care for both his nephew at Shooting Star Chase and his Father-in-Law more recently at St Wilfrid’s. On both of these occasions the care provided was exceptional both to them and also the wider family.He hopes to bring these user experiences to the fore to remain mindful of the core purpose of contributing as a trustee. 

Louise Bruce

Louise has had a long career in the NHS, firstly as a nurse/lecturer and then in senior management in acute services, mostly at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust and then at Portsmouth NHS Trust. Moving into the private sector to run a private hospital in Surrey gave Louise her first taste of running an independent business in healthcare and inspired her to look for her own business. Subsequently, for 15 years, up until November 2019, Louise owned a high dependency nursing home in West Sussex. A home accredited in the Gold Standards Framework in end of life care and achieving National Care Home of the Year in 2015. In 2019 they were very proud to be rated as Outstanding by CQC.

Having sat on the board of the county care association (West Sussex Partners in Care) as their nursing and end of life lead, Louise became involved with the local CCG in winter planning strategy as well as more recently sitting on the end of life strategy group which steered the development of the ECHO project.

Louise brings a broad range of experience across the healthcare community, in the NHS , independent sector as well as in social care. As a former nurse and as a business person, she has an acute focus on delivering quality within the resources available and an in depth knowledge of the regulatory framework in which healthcare services operate.

Julian Clayton

A professional background in senior business management makes Julian Clayton ideally placed to serve on the Board. His considerable commercial experience as both a senior employee in large organisations, and as the founder and developer of successful digital businesses, means he has a wealth of skills and expertise to offer in his role as Chair of the Voluntary Income Generating (VIG) SubCommittee.

Since his retirement he has supported a number of local charities including St Wilfrid’s, and looks forward to working for the benefit of the whole organisation.

Professor Graeme Dewhurst

Graeme has a very strong interest in clinical teaching and he passionately believes that better teaching leads to better patient care. His prime motivation is the patients. 

Professor Graeme Dewhurst has taken up many leadership roles including The Senior Clinical Examiner & Regional Advisor on training for the Royal College of Physicians of London, and is now the SE Regional Postgraduate Dean after nearly 10 years as Kent, Surrey and Sussex Head of School of Medicine as well as Associate Postgraduate for Medical Education. 

Graeme was also previously the Director of Medical Education at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester where he was a consultant General Physician with special responsibility for the elderly and stroke.   

Jim Dicks
Treasurer

Jim brings over 40 years of business and management expertise to the Hospice’s Finance SubCommittee, having also served on the Investment and Capital Project SubCommittees. Originally a chartered Accountant, he also ran a publishing company, and became a Trustee in the autumn of 2014. He is also a Governor of the University of Chichester.

Jim believes what St Wilfrid’s does is wonderful:

I have great admiration for the Hospice and my involvement is a way of giving something back to the community.

Alan Easter

Alan’s career has experience working for some of the largest insurers and asset managers in the world in the UK, mainland Europe and the US, as well as building his own firm from a single office with a kettle to a national award winning business employing many staff with a multi-million pound turnover.

Whilst St Wilfrid’s is obviously a ‘care first’ organisation, it requires a whole raft of skills and support to ensure that it runs as a commercial organisation. Alan is driven to improve governance and commerciality so St Wilfrid’s can ensure more people can benefit from end of life support services. 

Alan’s own father died in StWH’s care. He remembers being so impressed by how he was cared for, how his final days were made comfortable and the dignity given to him, allowing his family to be left peacefully and calmly. Whilst his Dad was the reason to be there, the care and support that was offered to Alan and his siblings, Mum, and their grandchildren was incredible.

Nick Fox

Nick retired in September 2011 after 40 years as a Health Service Manager and Health Strategic Planner, including 12 years as a Director at the Royal West Sussex NHS Trust, St Richards Hospital, Chichester. During this time he was responsible for the complete redevelopment of the site, providing new buildings for the inpatient wards, theatres and day surgery.

Nick became a Trustee in April 2015, is Chair of the Resources SubCommittee and a member of the Finance SubCommittee.  He also served on the Capital Project SubCommittee. His experience benefits the Hospice especially in terms of his understanding of construction management, land and property; health care in the local environment; the development and assessment of corporate and local strategies, and the significance of public, patient and staff engagement.

Nick has been a local resident some 20 years and is involved in other areas of the community including the Chichester Harbour Conservancy, as a Governor of Chichester College, the President of Bosham Sailing Club, and Chairman of the Chichester Harbour Federation.

Hilary Keenlyside

Hilary is relatively new to the Chichester area, having lived here for three years but born and brought up in West Sussex. She is a Management Consultant in the cultural and heritage sector, and has previously been a Trustee, Vice-Chair and Chair of Barnardo’s over a period of 11 years.

She was delighted to be asked to join the Finance SubCommittee in 2017, especially as she has a first-hand appreciation of the vital work undertaken by Hospices, who have cared for various family members over the years.  Hilary also represents the Trustee Board on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group.

Vicky Mudford

Vicky has worked in the UK private equity industry for 35 years spending the last 15 years providing investor related services such as strategy, preparing pitch books, marketing and fundraising material and advising on long term effective investor relations. Vicky brings a wealth of experience to the VIG SubCommittee having worked with various small charities on governance, trustee engagement, HR, marketing, fundraising and ways of improving operational processes and organisational impact. 

Vicky has lived in East Dean for nine years and is proud to be involved in such a well loved West Sussex institution that plays such a vital role in the local community. 

Amanda Sharp

Amanda was moved to help St Wilfrid’s after she and her sisters experienced the wonderful care given to their mother in the last 17 months of her life. She came to realise what a haven St Wilfrid’s is, and has an understanding of the importance of compassionate care through looking after her late mother and currently her disabled father.

She joined the Board in 2013 and works on the Voluntary Income Generating (VIG) SubCommittee having also worked on the Capital Campaign Committee. Amanda brings a wealth of experience in fundraising, event management, communications and customer care gained over 25 years as the Director of the Chichester Festivities, and also having been a volunteer fundraiser at Dreams Come True.

Adam Stone

Adam has been a resident in Slindon for over 16 years and has spent the majority of that time as consultant physician for St Richards hospital, specialising in the diagnosis and management of stomach, bowel and pancreas cancer.

As a liaison between the hospital and hospice, Adam brings a wealth of experience in understanding patients medical needs and looks forward to giving back to an organisation like St Wilfrid’s that has done so much for patients over the years. Adam is also a trustee for the Hamamleis Trust in Guildford and spends his spare time on walking tours, theatre and driving his beloved MGB.

Ursula Watt

Ursula’s skills as a solicitor and her high profile within the Chichester community are put to good use as a member of the Voluntary Income Generating (VIG) SubCommittee on which she has served for some time, joining St Wilfrid’s as a Trustee in 2016. She has always been impressed with the service given by St Wilfrid’s: professional visits to clients at the Hospice have always filled her with great respect for the care and dignity offered to patients.

Ursula also supports – either personally or at work – a number of other charities including Stonepillow, the Prebendal School and Priory Park Cricket Club. In her remaining spare time, she enjoys swimming, tennis walking, theatre, cinema and gardening.