Alison Moorey, Chief Executive
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.
Alison comments, “Hospice care is all about excellent team work and St Wilfrid’s is all about people – I’m very proud to lead a fantastic team who all play their part in making a difference each and every day. It is a privilege to do this and to be leading an organisation where we all go the extra mile and help so many extraordinary people.”
Brendan Amesbury, Medical Director
Having trained at Leicester Medical School, Brendan started his first hospice job as a registrar at St Joseph’s in Hackney from 1988-89. Following a period in oncology in Christchurch, New Zealand, he joined St Wilfrid’s in 1991.
Brendan comments, “St Wilfrid’s was a small hospice in 1990 – but with great potential. It has been great to see everyone’s hard work bear such excellent fruit.”
Jacqui Bourne, Lead Nurse Inpatient Services
After qualifying as Registered Mental Nurse at Graylingwell Hospital in 1983, Jacqui completed her conversion to General Nursing in 1987. Her nursing experience covered acute medicine, specialising in respiratory and haematology disorders. She started at St Wilfrid’s Hospice in October 2001 as Ward Manager, and joined the Management Team in the role of Lead Nurse Inpatient Services in 2007.
Jacqui is proud to be part of the team at St Wilfrid’s, believing that her past nursing experience enhances decisions made by the Team and ensures patients and their families/carers receive the best care possible.
Helen Edson, Head 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.
Suzy O'Callaghan, Director of Nursing
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.
Our trustees are responsible for overseeing the Hospice strategy and performance
Angela Wormald - Chair of Trustees
Angela joined the Board in 2010 and was elected as Chair of the Trustee Board the following year. She has served on all of the Board sub-committees, and is currently a member of the Capital Project sub-committee.
As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, a Degree in Economics and Politics, and her professional background in HR management, strategic planning, organisational development, governance, pensions and retail, she was ideally placed to assist the Hospice in all these areas while serving on the various committees.
Angela has served as a Magistrate, a Trustee for two pension schemes and is currently Chair of the SE Region of Hospice Chairs. She also Supported St Wilfrid's as her charity of choice whilst working as HR Director at Wiley.
Angela is delighted to be part of the team working towards creating the much-needed new Hospice in Bosham.
As a solicitor, Michael believes he understands how to both give and take advice, which along with his experience as a non-executive Director in the NHS means he is ideally placed to contribute to the Hospice’s Retail Committee, on which he has served since 2012, and as a member of the Capital Project Committee.
Through joining the Board, Michael aimed to use his professional experience and local contacts for the benefit of the Hospice, who also cared for his father. He has lived in the same place in Chichester since 1982 and is also involved with the charity Chichester Area talking News. To relax, he enjoys cycling, running, reading and going to the theatre.
Experienced Chairman and Company Director, Roger Brewster, has lived in Highleigh, near Chichester for 37 years. In addition, he has been a serving member of various national trade bodies and was attached to the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), UKRC (United Kingdom Reclamation Council) and was President of the British Secondary Metals Association. He was the originator of a study, undertaken by Imperial College of London, to establish the CO² savings and climate benefits created by recycling metals. This study is now published and is available via the BIR (Bureau International de la Recuperation). He is also the winner of two Queen’s Awards for Export. In his spare time, Roger plays golf and is very keen on trying to play the guitar!
His personal passion to help others resulted in him undertaking volunteer work over the years, mainly as a driver. He joined St Wilfrid's as a volunteer in 2016. His determination to do more was increased when his wife became ill and this has resulted in his joining the Hospice Board. His business experience and commitment is put to excellent use in his role as a Trustee.
Alan Copsey - Vice Chair
Retired GP Alan Copsey practised in Chichester for 32 years and also has a background in medical education. He had a long working association with the Hospice and admired its contribution to the community over many years. He became a Trustee in 2010, and his experience of running a primary care practice, education, business expertise and strategic planning skills make him well placed for his role in Governance, HR and Board Development, and the Project Group.
Alan has lived in Bosham for many years, now the location for the exciting Dreambuilding Project for a new state of the art Hospice.
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 Regional Advisor on training for the London College, 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 General Practitioner 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, Investment and Capital Project Committee. 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.”
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 and serves on the Finance and Capital Project Committees. 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.
Soline has lived in Chichester for over 50, years and her nursing background meant that she had many years of personal and professional contact with St Wilfrid’s. She understands how the Hospice provides an invaluable service to the community, and believes strongly in its ethos and objectives. Serving on the Governance Committee since December last year, Soline brings a wide range of experience and knowledge in delivery monitoring and commissioning of health care.
She also has experience of working for many years for the Chichester District Association for the elderly, a charity founded by her parents.
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 Committee 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.
Amanda was moved to help St Wilfrid’s after she and her sisters experienced the wonderful care given to her 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 Fundraising and Communications, Retail, and Capital Campaign Groups. 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.
A microbiologist who then worked in PR, Lis was Non-Executive Director and Chair of Royal West Sussex NHS Trust (at St Richards Hospital in Chichester) and also an Investigator for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. This experience provided a range of skills which benefit the Hospice in terms of Governance, Health Services and PR and Complaint Investigation, and she has always held an immense respect for the hospice movement and St Wilfrid’s in particular.
She has served as a Trustee since 2010, and is the Chair of the Dreambuilding Committee working to raise funds for the new Hospice in Bosham, she is also a member of the Governance Committee.
Ursula’s skills as a solicitor and her high profile within the Chichester community are put to good use as a member of the Fundraising and Communications Committee which she has served on for some time, joining St Wilfrid’s as a Trustee this year. 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.
- Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox
- Dr Christopher Bateman, FRCPath
- Mrs Joan Foster
- Mrs Kay Glendinning, MBE
- Mrs Susan Hyland
- Mr Graham Papworth
- Dr Sandra Sedgwick, FRCGP, M.MedEd
- Mr Jim Shippam
- Mr Martin Troy
- Cdre Malcolm Williams
- Mrs Susan Pyper, Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex
- The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling
- Mr Mark Hewitt
- Mr Danny Mac
- Mrs Denise Patterson DL
- Dame Patricia Routledge, DBE
- Mr and Mrs Christopher and Annie Timothy