Our Trustees

Lis Burgess Jones

Lis Burgess Jones became Chair of Trustees in May 2018. She joined the Board in 2009 following a 35-year nursing career in the NHS, primarily in Central London mental health services. Lis retired as a full time Director of Nursing at Camden & slington Mental Health Foundation Trust in 2009 and took up a role as Director of Nursing at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust in 2010. She remained there for six years before leaving the NHS in December 2016. She has chaired the NLH Board’s Quality, Safety & Risk Committee for the last seven years and currently Chairs the Board Development and Remuneration Committee.

Julia Brown

Julia Brown joined the NLH Board in 2015. She has 33 years clinical and senior leadership experience in the NHS. Julia is currently working as a Director of Operations for a local Learning Difficulties charity. She continues to enjoy working as an executive and health coach across a range of health & social care organisations focused on improving services and enabling colleagues to perform at their very best. She has a strong belief in supporting those with a  life-limiting illness and is passionate about improving quality and meaning to the patient journey. Julia is delighted to Chair the Board’s Quality, Safety and Risk Committee and remains a member of the Fundraising Expert Group.

Lesley Ann Nash

Lesley Ann Nash joined the Board in 2013. She has over 20 years experience in the front office of top financial institutions, most recently as a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley. She is an active Angel investor with a particular focus on female entrepreneurs. In September 2013, Lesley Ann joined the Cabinet Office and is now a director leading on cross Government Public Body Reform. She is a member of the Board’s Finance Committee and of the Fundraising Expert Group.

Geoffrey Hill

Geoffrey Hill has been a Trustee for over 20 years. A Chartered Accountant, he has spent the whole career specialising in General Practice advising small and medium sized enterprises and individuals. His expertise on the Board ensures the Hospice has a sound financial base from which to serve the community. He retired as a partner in a central London firm of Chartered Accountants, but continues in an advisory role. Geoffrey is the honoraryTreasurer and honorary Secretary of the Hospice and also chairs the Board’s Finance Committee.

Carol Holmes

Carol Holmes joined the Board in 2014. She was for many years a partner in a City law firm, specialising in real estate with a particular interest in charities and the retail sector. She gained experience in the running of charity shops whilst on the board of Trinity Hospice Shops Limited and is a member of the Retail Expert Group and the NLH Board Development committee.

Simon Morris

Simon Morris joined the Board in 2011. He qualified as a social worker before joining Jewish Care, one of the largest Health and Social Care charities in the UK. He stepped down as CEO of Jewish Care in June 2018. Simon has a wealth of experience in social work, fundraising and running a charity. He is a member of the Board’s Development and Remuneration Committee and of the Fundraising Expert Group and in June 2018 took on the role of Deputy Chair of Trustees for NLH.

Judith Tobin

Judith Tobin joined the Board in 2013. She has spent over 34 years as an NHS GP in Barnet and 6 years as a Macmillan GP. She has recently retired from the End of Life Care lead role for the Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group, a position she held for 5 years. She is a member of the Board’s Quality,Safety & Risk Committee and assists the education team at the Hospice.

John Reid

John Reid joined the board in mid 2017. With an honours degree in Civil Engineering John has spent the last 20 years of his career in property and project management. He is the current Director of Project Management for Grosvenor's Estate Development Programme specialising in heritage assets and complex projects. Outside work he is the director of a local resident’s management company, a post he has held for over 10 years. He is a member of the association of Project Management and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Beverley Taylor

Beverley has a long and distinguished career in the legal profession. She has worked as both a lawyer within the Civil Service, as Deputy Official Solicitor and a Senior Lawyer at the Office of the Official Solicitor and Public Trustees, and spent 10 years as a Principal Lecturer at Middlesex University.

Beverley retired from the Civil Service in 2014 and in 2016 she joined Elder Law Journal where she spent 16 months as Editor.

Her publications include the first and second editions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, A Guide to the New Law, which she co-authored, and the co-authorship of the Department of Health & Law Society’s Guidance on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. She was also involved in the 4th edition of the BMA & Law Society’s Assessment of Capacity, a Practical Guide for Doctor’s & Lawyers.

As a Trustee and Member of many organisations and committees during her career – including the Law Society’s Mental Health & Disability Committee, the DOH Organ Donation Taskforce and a recent appointment as a member of the Royal College of Physicians Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine – Beverley brings a wealth of experience to our Board of Trustees.

Tom Easterling

Tom Easterling joined the Board in 2019. He is a member of the Board's finance committee and expert fundraising group. Tom has over 30 years experience as a manager in the NHS where he has worked at local, regional and national level. His most recent role was Chief of Staff to the Chair and Chief Executive of NHS England, a position he held for six years. Tom lives in Muswell Hill.

Jennifer Walters

Jennifer joined the Board in 2020. After an early career as a journalist, Jen has worked as a senior communications leader, in predominantly the charity sector, over many years. Currently Director of Communications at Drinkaware, recent roles include Communications Director at The Children’s Society, Unicef UK and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Jen has extensive experience across all aspects of the marketing communications mix.

Simon Males

Simon joined NLH as a Trustee in 2020 and is also a member of the Board's Finance Committee.  He is Head of Sales and Marketing at EMIM Limited, an Emerging Markets specialist investment management company, part of the Duet Group.  He is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Carrick Roads Capital Ltd, a consulting and investor relations business.  Previously he has held senior institutional business management, distribution, client and marketing roles at other investment companies: Muzinich, LGIM, PGIM, Pictet, and F&C Asset Management.  He has served as a Trustee of a £130m UK DB pension plan, responsible for the long term pensions commitments to member and their dependants.  Simon received an MBA with Distinction from London Metropolitan University in 2005.  He holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) from the CFA Society of the UK and has been an Advisory Council member of AIMSE Europe since 2013.  Simon is also a GLG Council Member.

Cate Woodwark

Cate Woodwark became a trustee in 2020. She has worked as an Associate Specialist in Palliative Medicine for 15 years. Cate retired from clinical medicine two years ago but remains passionate about end of life care. During her time working in a hospice Cate took a keen interest in education and research, publishing two papers and acting as clinical supervisor to the GP trainees. Cate is also on the board of governors at a comprehensive school in Welwyn where she sits on the HR and Curriculum and Welfare committees.

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