The charity was founded in 1987
Janet Ferguson (2018)
Janet became Chair at the AGM in October 2019. Janet has recently retired after many years working in health care. Following qualification as a Registered General Nurse in Edinburgh she worked as a specialist nurse in Scotland before moving back to Cumbria in 1998 to work in Palliative Care; her jobs have included working as a specialist nurse, managing hospice at home services, leading Cumbria NHS specialist palliative care teams and Chief Executive of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw. Further qualifications include post graduate certificate in health research, post graduate diploma in health care management and masters in pain management. Janet lives near Cockermouth.
Brendon Cook (2019)
Brendon has recently transitioned from a full time 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.
Dennis Lydon (2012)
Dennis is a retired Senior Manager from International Chemical Company, Albright and Wilson, where he worked for 33 years. Dennis has experience in IT and Logistics and has been a volunteer fundraiser since 2010. Dennis lives in Dean.
Joanne Bowe (2014)
Chair of HR and Governance Committee
Joanne is Head of NSBS HR Services at Sellafield with a range of experience across HR and business support services. Joanne lives in Cockermouth.
John Knewstubb (2015)
John is a retired Teacher of modern languages. John volunteers in our Whitehaven charity shop and at many fundraising events. John lives in St Bees.
Sarah Taylor-Howe (2018)
Chair of Clinical Governance Committee
Sarah is a Senior Manager with Cumbria Health on Call, having previously worked for the local Primary Care Trust. Sarah has a BA (Hons) in Business Management and has recently gained a Masters in Leadership and Management at distinction grade. Sarah is experienced in a wide remit of business functions such as governance, CQC regulations, mock CQC inspections, rota management, examination of new business opportunities and growth through innovation. She has a passion about health services within Cumbria, seeing many changes and consequently understands first-hand the challenges faced. Sarah lives in Renwick, Eden Valley.
Bill Mavir (2018)
A native of West Cumbria, Bill is a retired vet who was a partner in Millcroft Veterinary Group. In parallel with this he was a director of an insurance company, The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd for 20 years, 15 of these as Executive Chairman. He is a trustee of Vetlife, a national charity mainly involved in the provision of mental health support to veterinary surgeons throughout the UK. Bill is also Chairman of the Trustees of Papcastle & Belle Vue Village Hall.
Sian Beaty (2018)
Chair of Marketing and Income Generation Committee
Sian is an Independent Nuclear Consultant, and brings business expertise and networks to HHWC. Sian lives in Gosforth, West Cumbria.
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.
David Harper (2019)
Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
David is a Chartered Accountant and partner at Gibbons Accountants based in Maryport. Born and bred in Cumbria he now lives in Cockermouth with his wife and children. He was inspired to join the board by the vision and activities of Hospice at Home West Cumbria and the benefit the charity brings to the West Cumbria community. David brings his accounts and audit experience in the charitable sector to the board.
Dawn Elliott is our Company Secretary.