The charity was founded in 1987
Brendon Cook, Chair (2019)
Brendon has transitioned from a career in banking throughout the UK to undertaking contract roles in financial services specialising in managing Conduct and Operational Risk and Financial Crime. Away from work, Brendon has been involved in a number of voluntary activities over the years. He was one of the youngest Hospice Movement treasurers at the age of 26 at Rossendale Hospice and he was Treasurer of BASICS (British Association for Immediate Care), in Allerdale. Brendon has been a Chairman of the Cockermouth Round Table and 41 Club and he remains a member of the 41 Club. He is also a past Governor of St Joseph’s Primary School and Cockermouth School.
Barbara Stephens (2019)
Originally an engineer in industry, Barbara moved to Workington to run the West Cumbria Development Agency. When she was made redundant, she continued to live in Workington, while commuting to London weekly for 16 years until she retired. On retirement, she started volunteering for Hospice, as a receptionist and latterly in the pop-up shop. Throughout her career, she has held trustee and non-executive director posts in a range of organisations, and has particular experience on finance committees and governance.
Dr Fayyaz Chaudhri (2020)
Chair of Clinical Governance Committee
Fayyaz has worked for 25 years as a GP in Maryport and since 2013 has been providing community based NHS dermatology services for the whole of North Cumbria. Fayyaz is passionate about community based, out of hospital care, and is keen to support Hospice at Home West Cumbria with his clinical background and knowledge of healthcare services. Fayyaz is married with three grown-up children and two grandchildren. He enjoys walking on the fells, cycling and travelling.
Dr Lee Williams (2022)
Chair of Finance and Income Generation Committee
Lee is a management consultant who works with a portfolio of start-up, SME, and corporate clients. He specializes in customer engagement, business development and business improvement and has recently taken up an executive role with an employee wellbeing start-up. He has a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology and Physiology, an MBA and in 2013 completed his Doctorate in Business Administration at Alliance Manchester Business School, publishing the UK’s first empirical research on Business Mental Toughness. He joined the charity to help make a difference to the local west Cumbria community where he lives with his wife Zoe and two daughters, Tia and Nyah. In his spare time he is a keen footballer and cyclist.
Paul Skelton (2021)
Chair of Risk Group
Paul has lived in West Cumbria since 2002, having moved initially to take up a career in the Nuclear industry. A Director within the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s group of Companies Paul brings experience of programme management and organisational development. Paul has long admired the work of Hospice at Home West Cumbria and has been a regular fundraiser for the Hospice, he took the opportunity to join the Board of trustees to help develop and grow the vital services it delivers across the community, he lives in Whitehaven with his wife and 3 daughters.
Rick Tranter (2023)
Rick Tranter has been a GP in Whitehaven for over 30 years, working alongside Hospice at Home West Cumbria to deliver care to those in need. He has worked within a partnership of other doctors, which has allowed him to develop clinical services for the people of Copeland and north Cumbria and given him an understanding of how to manage a successful organisation. He has been involved in medical education throughout this time, running the local GP Training Programme for nearly 20 years, training many of the GPs who now work locally, as well as for the last 5 years working for the University of Central Lancashire, organising training for undergraduate medical students in the area. He lives in Cockermouth with his wife and twin girls and is lucky to have had another set of older twin girls and a son who now live away.
Kerry Charters (2023)
Kerry has a BA (Hons) in International Business Studies with German and has worked in financial services for over 20 years across a variety of roles. She is an experienced People Leader who is passionate about learning, supporting others with their development, collaboration and the continuous improvement of services for end users. Prior to joining the Board, she was a School Governor for 9 years. She lives in West Cumbria and was motivated to join the Board after learning about the vital work the Hospice does to benefit the community where she lives. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family/friends and travelling. Kerry is on the HR and Governance Committee.
Fiona Stobart (2023)
Fiona is a Registered Nurse with a District Nursing background. She was instrumental in setting up Hospice at Home, Carlisle and North Lakeland as a pilot project in January1995 and worked with the organisation until her retirement as CEO in October 2022, working on the bank until February 2023. Fiona has experience in all aspects of running an organisation with the same ethos as West Cumbria Hospice at Home and holds a Master’s in Hospice Leadership and is delighted to join the Board of Trustees and be a member of the Clinical Assurance committee. Fiona is married with two sons who run the family farm. Hobbies include – cooking, gardening, sunny holidays and helping on the newly established campsite on the farm.
Kathryn McCloghrie (2023)
With approximately 14 years commercial experience and a further 14 in business and programme management roles across the UK nuclear industry, Kathryn has a broad and diverse experience of challenging roles. Kathryn brings a strategic focus, alternative perspectives and a questioning attitude.
Kathryn is currently the Head of Enterprise Strategy for Sellafield Ltd. Previous to that, she was the Head of Risk for Sellafield Ltd and then the NDA. In addition, Kathryn undertakes a role on the emergency duty team and leads as Chief of Staff for the development and delivery of crisis management capability. Kathryn received a British Empire Medal for her leadership of crisis management during Covid.
As a qualified business and risk professional, Kathryn is the former chair of the Institute of Risk Management nuclear special interest group and a review team leader for the Infrastructure Projects Authority.
Dominic Heaton (2023)
Sitting on the Finance and Income Generation Committee, Dominic is a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, working in the private sector for many years.
Dominic moved to Cumbria in 2002 from the North East to be nearer family and has stayed ever since. He is a keen cyclist and enjoys fell walking especially on a cool clear day.
Dominic has been a Chairman of the Cockermouth Round Table and 41 Club and he remains a member of the 41 Club. He is also a past Governor of St Joseph’s Primary School.
Charlotte Todhunter is our Company Secretary.