The Hospice is a charity and a registered company limited by guarantee. As an organisation it is led by a Board of Trustees and by Executive Directors who ensure that the Hospice is delivering on its charitable aims and objectives and complying with all appropriate regulation.

Our Board of Trustees

Harry Turner, JP (Chair of the Board)

Harry Turner, JP (Chair of the Board)

Harry Turner has extensive experience in executive and non-executive director posts, across the public and private sectors. Currently Chair of John Taylor Hospice, Harry is also Chair of Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust and Vice Chair

Vice Chair of Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt NHS Foundation Trust.

He is also a Justice of the Peace and is Deputy Chair of Worcestershire Magistrates.

Harry brings strategic business acumen to the organisation having held a director post in the hospitality sector for well-known brands, most recently as Chief Operating Officer for Travelodge Hotels and previously as Operations Director at both Marriott Hotels and Premier Inn.

Harry prides himself on being an influencer and a persuader, and his ability to combine ‘big picture’ vision with attention to detail.

Karen Elizabeth Dowman MSc Dip IHSM (Vice Chair)

Karen Elizabeth Dowman MSc Dip IHSM (Vice Chair)

Karen has recently retired after 40 years in the NHS.  She spent the first 20 years in various administrative and senior Management roles in the acute, community, mental health and services for people with learning disabilities sectors she then became Chief Executive of the Black Country Mental Health NHS Trust and its 4 successor organisations culminating in the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

She has wide experience of Boards at a senior level, corporate and clinical governance, strategic planning, financial, and risk management, knowledge of human resources and staff management, estate rationalisation and Partnership working with a variety of stakeholders with diverse communities.

Karen is well versed in working with the charitable sector and has been a Trustee, Chairperson and Finance Chair of Black Country (previously Sandwell) Women’s Aid for over 20 years.

Also since her retirement she has become a Trustee and Treasurer of Citizens Advice Sandwell.

Her passion for supporting those who, for whatever reason, are the most vulnerable in society remains undimmed. Karen joined the Board of Trustees and the Clinical Governance Committee in 2017.

Andy Williams BSc, FCA (Chair of Finance and Audit Committee)

Andy Williams BSc, FCA (Chair of Finance and Audit Committee)

Andy is a chartered accountant and an Audit Partner at Ernst and Young LLP. He has over 14 years’ experience working in the UK, Canada and Australia. His client portfolio ranges from small privately owned businesses through to global FTE 350 companies and he has a blend of organisational, analytical, technical and commercial skills. This includes a thorough understanding of financial reporting encompassing the associated systems and control environment. Andy was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2016 and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee in 2018.

Denise McLellan LLB (Hons)

Denise McLellan LLB (Hons)

Denise has a longstanding interest in palliative and supportive care, initially deriving from her role as cancer network manager 15 years ago. With 25 years of NHS management experience, latterly at Primary Care Trust Chief Executive Officer Level, in both providing and commissioning organisations mainly in the Birmingham area, Denise can support the health care system to make best use of the skills and experience of palliative and supportive care provided by this Hospice. She is a graduate of Birmingham University and longstanding Birmingham resident and currently works part time as an independent management consultant to the NHS. Denise was appointed to the Board of Trustees in November 2014.

Dr Sabena Y Jameel FRCGP, MBBS, BMedSci, DFSRH, M.MedEd

Dr Sabena Y Jameel FRCGP, MBBS, BMedSci, DFSRH, M.MedEd

Sabena is a General Practitioner working in Aston, Birmingham. She is also Associate Dean for GP Education (Health Education England) with responsibility for GP training in Birmingham and Solihull and Foundation doctor training placements in GP across the West Midlands.

Sabena is also a part-time PhD Student at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues (Birmingham University School of Education). Her research explores Medical Wisdom, using Virtue Ethics as a research framework.

The Hospice has provided excellent care to loved ones and she is thrilled to be able to contribute to the future aspirations and development of the organisation. Sabena joined the Board of Trustees and the HR Committee in 2017.

Julie Ward

Julie Ward

Julie’s career includes ten years’ experience of working in the banking sector, where she worked in Forex dealing, became an FSA advisor and headed up an internal account operations department.

She also expanded into setting up her own successful business selling antiques and specialising in antique jewellery, as well as taking over Stephen Duffill Couture Design, which designed and made wedding dresses.

After retiring from retail, Julie has been a Director on the Edgbaston Golf Club Board and a Trustee of Friends of St Augustines.

Julie has been a supporter of the Hospice since 2004, where she became a member of the Edgbaston Ladies Event Fundraising Committee and continues to organise an annual Ladies Christmas Lunch. In 2012, she joined our Hospice Trading Company Board and in 2018, she became the Director of TLC Lotteries, representing Birmingham St Mary’s.

Kimara Sharpe

Kimara Sharpe

Kimara brings over 40 years’ experience of working in the NHS to the Board of Trustees.  She was initially a clinician and for over 25 years she worked in governance, supporting NHS Boards as the Company Secretary and Data Protection Officer.

Kimara is a keen volunteer and regularly supports Martineau Gardens (a therapeutic garden in Edgbaston) as well as Primrose Hospice, Bromsgrove.

Kimara is also a Trustee at John Taylor Hospice.

Paul Wainwright

Paul Wainwright

Paul is a solicitor of over 20 years’ experience and is a partner at national law firm, Browne Jacobson LLP.  Based in its Birmingham office, Paul heads the counter fraud practice and specialises in fraud, financial crime and commercial litigation.

In his professional capacity, Paul advises NHS Trusts and charities in the Midlands and South West.

He is also Trustee of John Taylor Hospice.

Paul Bytheway

Paul Bytheway

Paul  has a long established career in the NHS, qualifying as a nurse in 1995 and had a successful career in Emergency nursing before making the decision to move into general management in 2003.  Paul now holds the position of Chief Operating Officer at the University Hospitals of North Midlands, one of the largest hospitals in the West Midlands with one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the country.

Paul has a passion for people and supporting them to succeed either individually or through building strong teams.  As a coach Paul’s style is based on shared learning and development and he uses his extensive management skills to encourage and promote diversity.

Paul having volunteered with St john Ambulance for over 35 years currently holds the position of Chair, West Midlands and his passion for volunteering is based on the positive experiences that volunteering can bring both communities and individuals.

Dr Jonathan Shapiro

Dr Jonathan Shapiro

Dr Shapiro gained a reputation as a senior leader, change agent and policy analyst on the back of a deep understanding of healthcare organisations, their culture and staff.

His experience includes: non- executive leadership; consultancy in fields including leadership and change management, policy development and service evaluations; University academia; and clinical medicine as a GP for many years.

Our Executive Directors

Simon Fuller

Chief Executive

Simon Fuller

Chief Executive

Dr Debbie Talbot

Medical Director

Dr Debbie Talbot

Medical Director

Sarah Mimmack

Director of Care Services

Sarah Mimmack

Director of Care Services

Alex McQuinn

Director of Finance and I.T.

Alex McQuinn

Director of Finance and I.T.

Lucy Watkins

Income Generation Director

Lucy Watkins

Income Generation Director

Garry Barr

Interim Director of Corporate Services

Garry Barr

Interim Director of Corporate Services

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