Three members of Chestnut Tree staff smiling

About us

Meet the team

We couldn’t provide the care we do without the collaboration of our dedicated staff and volunteers.

Meet our Executive Team
The Executive team are responsible for the operational management and day to day running of the hospice. They deliver the strategic vision of the organisation and work closely with the Trustee Board

About Amanda: Amanda has a wealth of experience both in the NHS and charity sector, with a track record of delivering improvements in care, performance and finances. Joining the team in October 2021, she brings with her a strong clinical and business development background – with an MBA from Brighton University.

From Amanda: “I am passionate about safe and compassionate care that is accessible to all and particularly for the most vulnerable in our society.”

About Anna: Anna is a registered paediatric nurse and children’s community nurse specialist, with considerable experience working in paediatric palliative care. She’s worked in and around the local area for the past 17 years – working across multiple sectors and organisations. She lives locally with her husband and two teenagers and loves to go on family adventures abroad.

From Anna: “It’s a privilege to take up this role and I’m looking forward to developing Chestnut Tree House services for children and families, now and in the future.”

About Becki: Becki’s worked in the charity sector for 20 years in various fundraising and communications roles. Including national charities like Prince’s Trust and Alzheimer’s Society. Outside of work Becki is a governor of the local infants school, and pretends to be an accountant for her husband’s music business. She lives in Hassocks with her husband, son, dog and cat.

From Becki: “The role at St Barnabas Hospices is the first time in my career that I have the privilege of being able to raise money in the community that my family and I live”.

About Nicole: Nicole is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer and has 15 years’ experience in senior finance and strategic posts at a number of organisations both on an international and national level. She is passionate about encouraging a culture of inclusion, believing that it leads to better collaboration, understanding and compassion. When not at work, Nicole can be found exploring the scenic walks across the Downs with her dog, Sir Henry.

From Nicole: “We become much more motivated and engaged once we stand together for a greater purpose.”


Meet our trustees
Trustees all give their time voluntarily to support and shape the strategy of the organisation

Joined: 2010
Appointed Chair: 2021

Area of expertise: Healthcare

About Mike: Mike was a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in West Sussex for 24 years, retiring from clinical practice in 2014, where he then went on to be a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Western Sussex Hospitals and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals and as Deputy Chair for Western Sussex Hospitals.

From Mike: “I am excited to be taking on the role as Chair of Trustees for an organisation that provides the highest quality of care to individuals and their families when it is most needed.”

Mike’s LinkedIn 

Area of expertise: Finance and the charity sector

About Ros: Ros is a previous Finance Director for Chestnut Tree House and St Barnabas House. With a previous career in teaching. She’s retained links with both hospices and recently has assisted in Finance when there have been changes in the management team.

Ros has also been treasurer for the charity Together for Short Lives for over 10 years, and retains a keen interest in the children’s hospice sector.

Outside of charity work, Ros enjoys walking, travelling, yoga, gardening and, of course, watching the grandchildren grow up.

From Ros:Given my experience of the charity, I want to see St Barnabas continue to succeed and I hope that, as a trustee, I will be able to make a positive contribution to its valuable work in delivering excellent care for the local community. “

Area of expertise: Financial services

About Jill: Now retired, Jill has a wealth of experience in the private sector in senior management roles. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing and a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Jill’s LinkedIn

Areas of expertise: business, finance and HR

About Tony: As a previous Director of ECE Architecture, Tony has experience with all areas of managing a multifaceted organisation as well as large-scale construction projects.

From Tony: “Having, through the architectural practice, worked with and supported both St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House, I’m delighted to be able to have the opportunity to be fully involved and help with both these tremendous organisations.”

Tony’s LinkedIn

Areas of expertise: business and HR

About Neil: Neil specialises in UK employment law. He is also a qualified and experienced health and safety advisor. His personal interests include long-distance hiking and cycling, plus keeping up-to-date with developments in science and technology.

Areas of expertise: Finance

About Martin: Martin recently retired as a partner in MHA Carpenter Box accountants and tax advisers, where he joined in 1975 and later became a partner in 1982. He is delighted to be a Trustee and his business and financial expertise will be of great benefit to the charity.

Biography pending.

Areas of expertise: Healthcare

About Lisa: Lisa joins the Board of Trustees from her role as Founder and Managing Director of Brighton-based Pegasus, one of the UK’s leading integrated healthcare communications consultancies. She is currently doing voluntary work, training to be a counsellor and works with Pets as Therapy with her dog Nala.

Lisa’s LinkedIn 

Areas of expertise: Healthcare

About Tony: Tony, previous Trustee of the Roy Kinnear Trust, was a paediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon for 28 years, retiring from clinical practice in 2007. He has also made several trips to the Pacific Islands with the Australian Government Interplast Programme.

From Tony:  “I feel that having been an NHS doctor, dealing with children and the terminally ill, I can contribute to the continuing high standards in all aspects of care provided by both St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House”.

Areas of expertise: Clinical and strategy

About Stuart: Stuart, Professional Head of Allied Health Professions (AHPs) at NHS Improvement, is a physiotherapist by profession, Stuart has worked in a number of clinical, operational and non-clinical roles across the NHS, private and professional body sectors, at local, regional and national levels.

From Stuart: “I feel that my knowledge and experience of working at a national level within healthcare, will allow me to contribute to the delivery of high quality, safe and effective care provided by St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House, to both individuals and populations now and into the future”.

Stuart’s LinkedIn 

Areas of expertise: Law

About David: Prior to his retirement from full-time working in May 2020 David Rennie worked for 24 years as a Criminal Law Barrister, both defending and prosecuting cases in the Crown Court.  In 2001 he was appointed as a Circuit Judge and presided over serious criminal trials in Sussex and at the Old Bailey for the next 19 years.

David’s LinkedIn 


Areas of expertise: Technology and IT

About Ian: Ian is a chartered Electronic Engineer with an MBA from Imperial College London. He has many years’ experience building teams and motivating experts to innovate, using the latest technology and processes to deliver new solutions.

From Ian: “I have learnt the importance of dignity throughout life and leapt at the opportunity to be part of a team that ensures that this continues for the seriously or terminally ill. I believe in the value of ensuring everyone has access to the highest levels of care and respect at their hardest time in life.  I have been lucky to have a long and varied career. I would like to think that along the way I have learnt some valuable lessons that can add value to the team at St Barnabas Hospice and Chestnut Tree House to deliver outcomes that people really need.”

Ian’s LinkedIn 


Areas of expertise: Children’s care and safeguarding

About Ruth: Ruth has worked in the NHS for 45 years as both a Registered General and Children’s Trained Nurse. Recently she has provided nursing advice for capital projects, and also worked as a specialist advisor for the CQC.

Meet our Patrons and Ambassadors
We are so grateful to our honorary President, Patrons and Ambassadors for their dedication and support.

Henry Fitzalan Howard, Earl of Arundel

Joined: 2016

About: Businessman, and former racing driver, Lord Arundel has many local connections through his family home, Arundel Castle. He lives with his wife and daughters, and divides his time between London and Sussex.

“I am honoured to be the charity’s President and I take the responsibilities of the role very seriously and pledge to help this wonderful local charity to the best of my ability.”

  • Kathy Gore OBE, DL
  • Sally Gunnell OBE, DL
  • Ambrose Harcourt
  • Dr Alan Kingsbury
  • Mrs Elizabeth M Naunton
  • Miss Margaret Stroud
  • Major Tom Wye DL
  • The Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper
  • Peter Andre
  • Linda and Tony Bloom
  • Sir Peter Bottomley MP
  • Tim Breden
  • Raymond Briggs CBE
  • Jason Burrill
  • Michael Chowen CBE, DL
  • Nick Gibb MP
  • Julie Graham
  • Barry and Jacquie Hinves
  • Paul and Annette Jones
  • Jodie Kidd
  • Timothy Loughton MP
  • Robbie and Debi Raggio
  • Matt Turner
  • Natasha Baker
  • Loren Charlton
  • Colin Davis
  • Julia Donaldson CBE and Dr Malcolm Donaldson
  • Roger Forsdyke
  • Amy Hart
  • Chesney Hawkes
  • Sarah Lawler
  • Lester Magoogan
  • Matt Prior
  • Ben Richards
  • Nic Roldan
  • Joe Stilgoe
  • The Snowman™
  • Rebecca Torricelli
  • Kenny Tutt
  • Lukas Wojcik
  • Alex Wright

Meet some of our volunteers

We simply couldn't function without our dedicated team of volunteers. From charity shop assistants to our reception volunteers, we've got a range of volunteer roles available that help the hospice run.

What’s it like to volunteer?