Senior Management Team
Alison qualified as a nurse in 1984 and worked in the NHS, mainly in cancer care, in Bristol, Winchester, Southampton and Guildford before joining St Wilfrid’s as Director of Nursing in 1997. She chaired the Management Team from 2003 and formally became Chief Executive four years later.
Although no longer in nursing as such, Alison’s background provides an understanding of the fundamental aspects of the care and support given to those in the community who need this so much towards the end of their lives.
Claire studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. She has worked in palliative medicine since 2009, starting her training in Wessex before moving to the West Midlands. During her training she undertook an MSc in Palliative Care at King’s College London and spent time in Uganda supporting the development of a palliative care degree course and the integration of new palliative care services.
She completed her training in 2014 and began her consultant career in Coventry where she led an NHS community palliative care team. She worked closely with the local hospices and held a role with the CCG.
Claire grew up in Emsworth and in 2019 she chose to move back to the area with her young family, joining the medical team at St Wilfrid’s. She brings her knowledge and experience of community palliative care and is passionate about providing end of life care to the local community.
Director of Finance
Helen is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in the Charity sector, She joined St Wilfrid’s in April 2015 as Head of Finance.
Helen’s professional training and experience provides a good understanding of the many specific challenges facing a Charity from funding to Gift Aid, as well as the day to day challenges facing any organisation. Helen aims to use her knowledge and experience to contribute to the provision of quality end of life care, and enjoys working in a team that is so supportive of each other whilst focussed on delivering quality, professional care to people at the end of their lives.
Director of Clinical Services
Suzy brings with her extensive experience from a range of health care settings. Having grown up in a military family she eventually pursued a career in nursing and during her time as a student nurse joined the Army Reserves.
Following a specialist career in adult and children’s neuroscience, Suzy was offered an opportunity to lead a rehabilitation service for children with acquired brain injury in Bath. It was during this time she says that she really got to understand the value of close Multi- Disciplinary Team working.
After working for a period with the Defence Medical Services, Suzy was recruited to a Head of Clinical Services post at St Margaret’s Hospice, Somerset where she was responsible for the Nursing and Therapy services across South Somerset and the Mendips. Just before taking up the St Wilfrid’s role, Suzy was at Weldmar Hospice in Dorset where she was responsible for the delivery of community and In Patient Nursing and Therapy Services for West Dorset.
Director of Income Generation
After working in Poland, Italy and Sweden, Laura now calls West Wittering home. Laura joined St Wilfrid’s Hospice as Retail Director after working in Europe and as Sales Manager for IKEA UK and IE, bringing many years of strategic experience in high volume commercial retailing. Laura is now committed in leading our passionate fundraisers and retailers who together form our Hospice Income Generation Team
It’s only through meeting our amazing local supporters, building relationships and growing support across our fundraising activities and in our shops that we will secure sustainable income, enabling St Wilfrid’s to continue providing care for our local community long into the future.
Laura appreciates the great outdoors, whether it’s dog walking, gardening or simply exploring our beautiful coast and countryside. With a passion in home furnishing and eclectic design, mixing modern styles with vintage treasures (mostly found in charity shops) Laura is increasingly devoted to contributing to a more sustainable world, through minimising waste and reducing carbon footprints.