St Giles Hospice Reinforces Trustee Board With New Appointments

St Giles Hospice has reinforced its trustee board with the appointment of a new chair and the recruitment of new trustees who bring a wealth of experience to the charity.

Jo Maidment was confirmed as the hospice’s new Chair of Trustees at the charity’s AGM in November.

Jo, who is from Sutton Coldfield and runs a marketing company, has been a trustee at St Giles since 2008.
She said it was a great privilege to take on the role for the hospice which supports more than 7,000 people a year who are living with diseases which may not be curable and their families. “St Giles is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and I am looking forward to working with the trustees to ensure we continue the hospice’s work for another 35 years,” she said.

“I’d like to welcome our new trustees, who bring with them skills and expertise in their fields which will be key in making sure we deliver the five-year strategy we launched alongside our new brand almost two years ago. As a trustee board, we are committed to ensuring that St Giles Hospice is led and governed effectively and that we continue to meet the needs of local people living with potentially incurable illnesses who need our care.”

Former chairman Charles Theaker, who will now take on the role of deputy chairman, said he was passing the role into safe hands.

“It’s been a pleasure to help steer St Giles through the last few years and I would like to thank everyone who is involved with and demonstrates such commitment to the hospice,” he said. “I’d like to extend a welcome to our new trustees and also a thank you to all our trustees, who are volunteers who give their time, knowledge and input so generously to the hospice. We have an excellent group of trustees, who come from many walks of life and their contribution to the hospice’s success continues to be outstanding.”

The five new trustees are:

Sukie Shemar, who is a Corporate Partner at Enoch Evans LLP in Walsall, where she is head of the Corporate and Commercial Department with significant experience in the charity sector.

Dr Paul Joshi, who has been a GP at the Crown Medical Practice, Tamworth for the last ten years. Paul has an interest and experience in technology innovation in patient care.

Sue Read, who is Professor of Learning Disability Nursing at Keele University and is Research Lead for developing research capacity and capability within the School.

Dr Magnus Harrison, who is Executive Medical Director and Deputy CEO at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundations Trust.

Dr Rashi Negi a consultant psychiatrist for older adults and Clinical research network speciality lead at NIHR Clinical.

Jo said the recruitment of the new trustees was prompted by the retirement of a number of trustees as well the creation of a new trustee position to help St Giles develop its education and research strategy.

“I’d like to thank Rob Horton and Adrian Thompson who are both stepping down as trustees this year,” she said. “Adrian has been a trustee at St Giles for 16 years, bringing his expertise as a surgeon, while Rob has committed 25 years to St Giles, combining his work as a GP. Thank you to them both for their contribution, commitment and support.”

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