Our Collaborative Chief Executive Office

Our six directors form one Collaborative Chief Executive Office and takes shared responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Hospice and carrying out the development of the strategy on behalf of the Board of Trustees. This is a job that would traditionally be fulfilled by a single Chief Executive Officer. This structure shows the Board of Trustees' commitment to leaders working together to develop the Hospice for the benefit of local people.






Amanda Darley
Director of Estates and Facilities  

Amanda is responsible for providing strategic leadership and senior operational management of the catering, housekeeping, maintenance and IT departments, and managing all capital building projects as well as ensuring compliance with Health and Safety and Information Governance. She has been at the Hospice since 1999.

Sharon Batty
Director of Income Generation and Marketing

Sharon joined the Hospice Income Generation Team in 2016 and took on the role of Head of Department in 2019. Bringing over 16 years of voluntary sector experience, she leads the Retail, Fundraising and Marketing teams to maximise income and enhance the Hospice’s reputation by developing creative, viable and sustainable income and marketing channels.

Driven by a desire to connect people who want to make the world a better place with those who can, Sharon’s passion is delivering exceptional supporter stewardship to forge loyal relationships.

Steph Gillis
Director of Clinical Services 

Steph joined the Hospice in 2024 as Director of Clinical Services and is responsible for leading the clinical staff - including nurses, therapists, and support workers - to ensure the delivery of high-quality care to people using our services.
Steph has worked in health care for 22 years across Hospital and Community Services. She is passionate about working with the clinical teams to provide person-centred care to people using our services and the communities we work in.

Samantha Calvert
Director of Finance

Samantha joined the Hospice in 2018 as Head of Finance after a varied career in finance and corporate services across the education and charity sectors.

Samantha is responsible for the strategic financial planning for the Hospice working closely with her fellow directors to ensure that the Hospice utilises its resources effectively and efficiently for maximum benefit to patients.

Lindsay Hamer
Director of People and Culture

Lindsay joined the Hospice in 2017 as Head of HR after a varied career in HR consultancy in the commercial and not for profit sectors. She is responsible for the strategic leadership in relation to staff and volunteers at the Hospice. 

Lindsay brings over 20 years of HR experience and is responsible for all aspects of human resources including recruitment, induction, training, staff engagement and HR casework.

Paul Ashwood
Medical Director


Paul joined the Hospice in 2020 as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine. He stepped up to the role of Medical Director in 2022 and is now responsible for both developing and delivering a clinical strategy that meets the needs of our community.

He has been a doctor for 14 years and is passionate about medical leadership and quality improvement.

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