Meet the trustees

Gordon Tollefson
Chairman of the Board of Trustees  

Gordon has been involved with the Hospice since its inception
in 1981, initially as a member of the Council of Management and
thereafter the Board. He has been Chairman since 2001.  After a
lifetime of work with the NHS, he retired as an Accident & Emergency
Services Director with the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance
Service though he is now a non-executive director of the new Leeds,
South & East Clinical Commissioning Group. In 2008 he was appointed as
a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

Ruth Roche
Deputy Chair

A local GP for 23 years, and Board member for  3 years, Ruth has a special interest in palliative medicine and, indeed, worked in the hospice some years ago: she recently gained the diploma in palliative medicine. A passionate advocate of excellent end of life care, Ruth takes a particular interest in clinical governance and education.

Soo Beddow
Board Trustee

Soo was an active volunteer fundraiser for more than seven years before joining the Board early in 2015.  Fundraising remains her passion, as does working in the community to raise awareness of the Hospice and the care it provides amongst all ages.

Adam Wearing
Board Trustee and Treasurer

Adam was appointed as a trustee and Company Treasurer in October 2010 and has provided stewardship of its finances since then.  He is Chief  Finance Officer of the TDX Group

Ann Gleed MBE
Board Trustee

Mrs Gleed has been associated with
the Hospice for over 25 years and has
been a Board member for over 15 years.  
During her association with the Hospice,
she has also worked as a volunteer fundraiser,
a helper in the Day Hospice and as a
sales assistant in the Hospice’s shops. 

Dominic Hayes
Board Trustee

A trustee for eight years, Dom is a retired Head of Information Technology at a leading Leeds law firm, and advises the Hospice on ICT matters. 

Brynton Parkes
Board Trustee

Brynton has been a trustee since 2002 and was Deputy Chairman for seven years. He takes a special interest in fundraising.  He is a keen golfer.


Steve Rigby
Board Trustee

Steve joined the Hospice as a trustee in April 2016 after serving four years as a director of its retail subsidiary.  He is a retired Asda senior manager and is drawing on that experience to advise the Board on how to maximise its income from its charity shops.

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