Chief Executive: David Scott-Ralphs

David has been Chief Executive of St Wilfrid’s since October 2016. He has worked in the not-for-profit sector for almost 30 years, with Macmillan Cancer Support (where he helped to launch the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning), Mencap and SeeAbility, where he was Chief Executive for 13 years. David is an Oxford languages graduate whose early career was in financial services in the UK and overseas. He has been a trustee of a number of other charities and sits on the PCC of St John’s Church Meads.

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Medical Director: Dr David Barclay

David has been Medical Director since June 2007. His post is cross-site, with 50% of his time spent supporting the palliative care service at Eastbourne District General Hospital, and the rest of his time providing a lead for the medical team at St Wilfrid's Hospice. David qualified in Medicine in 1994, in Aberdeen.

After spending three years in emergency medicine and anaesthetics, he trained as a General Practitioner, before entering higher specialist training in palliative medicine where he worked at Trinity Hospice, Clapham, and St Christopher's Hospice, Sydenham.

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Patient and Family Support Director: Andrea Dechamps

Andrea has a background in social work/social pedagogy and counselling. She has worked in end of life care from the early days of AIDS, moving on to various roles in hospices, most recently as a senior manager at the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead, and then as Director of Social Work, Bereavement and Welfare at St Christopher's Hospice.

Andrea has lectured internationally on psychosocial aspects of end of life care and has served as a trustee of a community bereavement service and also the Natural Death Centre. In 2012-13, Andrea was seconded to the National End of Life Care programme as their Social Care Lead for London.

Development Director: Pam Russell

Pam joined St Wilfrid's in November  2017, after nine years as Director of Fundraising and Community Relations at St Luke's Hospice in Harrow and Brent. Pam moved to the voluntary sector after an early career as Marketing Manager for the Open University in London and for the Nursing and Medical Division of  Times Mirror International Publishing. 

Voluntary sector experience includes Christian Aid and Mencap.  

Colin Twomey, Director of Nursing at St Wilfrid

Nursing Director: Colin Twomey

Colin was appointed Nursing Director in October 2014, having joined the hospice as Head of Nursing in 2012. Qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 1988, Colin went on to achieve a Bachelors degree in Nursing and a Masters in Psychology. He specialised in cancer nursing, developing his knowledge and expertise in palliative care nursing before leading the Macmillan Specialist Nurse Service within the acute hospitals in Brighton.

He has held many leadership roles throughout his career and achieved key service developments, backed up with further studies in Health Service Management.