Chairman of Eden Valley Hospice & Jigsaw
John moved north to Carlisle in 1976, practising as a solicitor in the city from then until retirement at the end of 2013.
His initial contact with the hospice movement goes back to the death of his father in Lymington, Hampshire in 1994. Direct involvement with Eden Valley Hospice started as a volunteer, marshalling in the Midnight Walk after the death of a work colleague some years ago, and went on eventually to his appointment as a trustee at the end of 2010. He is keen to play any part in sustaining the work of the Hospice, and its amazing bond with the local community. He was made Chairman of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw in 2014.
Andy joined the Board in March 2013.
Andy has lived in Cumbria with his family since 1984. He has many years' experience in Human Resources and operational management roles. Since 2004 he has undertaken consultancy and interim work in private, public and not-for-profit organisations. Andy spent 4 years as a Trustee Director of the British Safety Council and is currently Chair of Carlisle & Eden Citizens Advice.
Carol became a trustee in 2014. She is a retired consultant psychiatrist and medical director and lives in Caldbeck. She has personal experience of the Hospice as her mother was a patient.
Carol hopes to put her clinical and managerial experience to good use as a trustee.
Christine has lived in Carlisle since 1986 and worked in the NHS since 1994, originally in a local GP practice and latterly in a wider role covering the North East and Cumbria.
She has a personal interest in Eden Valley Hospice as her father had several admissions as an in-patient before dying in the hospice in 2005. She feels very fortunate that her and her family had access to the services of the hospice during this time.
She hopes that she can share her knowledge and experience of over twenty years work in the NHS to support the continued delivery of excellent care for patients of the hospice and also learn new skills and develop new relationships through the role of the Trustee which will help the hospice to continue to flourish in the future.
Hilary became a Trustee in 2017 after a career in museum management. She has worked in Edinburgh, Teesside and Nottingham. She moved to Cumbria in 2003, when she was appointed Director of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle. Hilary now lives in High Hesket. Hilary is keen to utilise her skills and experience in governance, events and activities, fundraising and project management to support the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw.
Izzy recently retired from a career in nursing spanning over 40 years and now has more time available to undertake voluntary activities.
In the early 1970s she trained as a nurse of both adults and children, but for the majority of her career has worked with children in a variety of settings. Whilst living in Kent she was, for a while, Head of Care at Demelza House, a children’s hospice. She moved to Cumbria 14 years ago and worked with life-limited children in both the community and at Eden Valley Hospice. For the last five years she have been teaching the next generation of nurses at the University of Cumbria.
Izzy feels privileged to have the opportunity to be involved with Eden Valley Hospice and looks forward to the challenges that will entail. She believes her professional experience of palliative care, hospice care and respite provision has equipped her with a broad range of skills that will support her in her role as a Trustee.
James moved to Cumbria from Oxfordshire in 2016.
James has always been passionate about health, education and environmental issues and activities. He was a founding trustee of two charities: one concerning education and young people, the other about health and the environment. He has also served in many capacities on several other charity and voluntary organisations.
He was a Governor at a special needs school, chairing the Assets and Resources Committee, responsible for Health and Safety. He was also a Governor at a secondary school, where he served on the Finance, Curriculum and HR committees.
James was a Local Councillor for 8 years, chairing the Planning Committee for 4 years and was then the Policy Committee Chairman for 3 years. He was a Town Mayor in 2009/10 and is a Rotarian.
Although retired he now works with students who either have fallen behind or need an extra push to achieve their full potential. He also offers coaching and mentoring to start-ups and small businesses. He has a Degree in Education and Post Graduate Diplomas in National and International Management and Business Excellence and Performance.
Karen lives north of Carlisle and joined the Board in 2017. Her career began in finance, moved to the leisure and entertainment industry and, after a brief foray touring as Company Manager with the Moscow City Ballet, she returned to Carlisle and academia. An MBA graduate with a Diploma in Fundraising, Karen has now worked in higher education for over twenty years and is Development Manager at the University of Cumbria based at the arts campus on Brampton Road. As a trustee, Karen is keen to put her business development, project management, networking and fundraising experience to good use.
Karen has been a supporter of the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw for many years and looks forward to getting more involved.
Malcolm joined the Board in August 2016.
He worked in local government and NHS finance and procurement, with over 20 years experience as a Director of Finance. Having spent over 30 years working in the Highlands, Malcolm has a particular interest in the delivery and development of viable, sustainable services in rural areas which he hopes will be useful to Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw.
Rachael became aware of the amazing work of the Hospice through the care they gave to her mum, Kerry, whom she lost to Cancer in 2014. She felt drawn to give something back following the support that the nursing team provided her and her family, to help ensure the Hospice continues to be there for the patients and families who need them in years to come. She is the Managing Directer of a digital advertising agency through which she has been providing a level of support to the Hospice for the last 12 months.
Rachael's return to the local area with her Husband Ian, following a decade in Manchester coincided with an advert for Trustees and so she felt that this would be a great opportunity to support the Hospice further.