Duncan Adams

Duncan has a wealth of experience in marketing, communications and stakeholder engagement gained across the public and third sectors. He previously held the role of Director of Marketing at St Wilfrid's some years ago. Now Director of Marketing and Communications for a large group of London colleges, he has lived in Eastbourne all his life and has a strong network of local and regional contacts which he brings to support the work of the hospice.

Dr Mark Barnes

Mark was a GP in Seaford for 26 years, and during that time he was very grateful for the excellent care provided by St Wilfrid’s for his patients.  Over much of the last 31 years, he has been involved in NHS management and has been passionate about improving palliative care. Mark is married, with a daughter and grandson.

Jane Butler

Jane is a Registered Nurse who has worked in a range of senior clinical, managerial and education roles in the NHS and in higher education. She currently works for Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex as Head of Clinical Education, with responsibilities for supporting the education and training of healthcare professionals. She leads a team delivering region-wide workforce transformation projects and has close working links with providers of NHS care and education partners. Jane is married and lives in Hailsham.

Lauren Chambers

Lauren is a senior litigation solicitor and partner at Barwells. She qualified as a litigation solicitor in Cornwall in 2003 and is now based in the Barwells Seaford office.

Lauren advises on a wide range of disputes, including settlement agreements, commercial disputes, contested probate matters and possession claims for private landlords.

She lives in Seaford with her husband Matt, and her slightly high maintenance cat Eden.

Chairman: Fiona MacIntyre

Fiona was a main Board Director at Penguin Random House until she took early retirement in 2014. Fiona began her career in publishing straight from university, moving through various editorial roles, before she became Managing Director of Ebury Publishing, part of PRH, in 2004. Alongside her commercial responsibilities, she took particular interest in coaching and mentoring, both inside and outside her industry.

Dr Janet McGowan

Janet recently retired from being a consultant anaesthetist at Eastbourne District General Hospital where she worked for over 30 years, having trained originally in London and Bristol, qualifying in medicine in 1975. Clinical governance is one of her special interests and she has seen this grow in importance over time. Her other trusteeships involve a local Eastbourne Charity for older people and a school in Surrey. She has two sons both in medicine.

Giles Meyer

Giles has 25 years’ experience of working with UK, Irish and international charities. Most recently as CEO of Carers Trust, the national charity supporting unpaid carers, and previously CEO of International Inspiration, a London 2012 Olympics international legacy charity.  Prior to this, he has worked at director level for FARM-Africa, Centrepoint and VSO in income-generating and strategic change roles.  Giles has lived in Eastbourne for five years and runs two local businesses in the hospitality sector.  In his spare time, Giles is a keen open water swimmer and was President of South London Swimming Club, the largest swimming club in the UK, and has swum the English Channel.  He has direct experience of hospice care when his wife was treated at St. Christopher's Hospice in South London.

Shaun O’Leary

Shaun has been Joint Chief Executive at St Christopher’s, London since 2014, and was previously chief executive of St Catherine’s hospice in Crawley, for nine years. Prior to this he worked for Prostate Cancer UK and earlier in different HIV support organisations including, latterly Terrence Higgins Trust.

Shaun was a trustee of the Men’s Health Forum (UK) for nine years and also a trustee of Hospice UK (then Help the Hospices) for four years. He has a sociology degree from Warwick University and spent the first five years of his working life in West Yorkshire Probation Service.  Shaun has lived in the St Wilfrid’s patch for 20 years, more recently near Heathfield.

Melanie Richardson

Melanie is the managing partner at Swindells, a firm of accountants and tax advisers based in East Sussex.  She is responsible for the day to day running of the firm as well as heading up the corporate finance department, dealing with the acquisition and disposal of companies, business restructuring and corporate tax planning.  For the last 6 years, Melanie has also been a non-executive director at the Sussex Chamber of Commerce. 

David Turner

Prior to his retirement David was Chief Executive of Rother Homes, a local housing company and registered charity. During his career, he was involved in a number of special needs projects involving both the statutory and voluntary sectors. Since his retirement, David has been active in the voluntary sector and is currently also a Trustee of Citizens Advice Eastbourne.