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.

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

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.

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. 


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.


Mike Izon
Board Trustee

Brought up in Pontefract and now returned to his home town after a few years away, Mike works in Leeds as the Research and Development Director of Tissue Regenix. He also takes a special interest in quality and is a member of the Chartered Quality Institute. Away from work, Mike has been involved with charitable organisations such as Rotary and Round table, in both of which he held senior positions.

Sandra Cheseldine
Board Trustee


After a successful career as a senior manager with HSBC, Sandra joined Wakefield CCG in 2013 as a lay member of its governing body and Chair of its audit committee and left both posts in May of this year. However, she remains a member of the CCG’s patient information and patient experience committee, and of its equalities health panel.

Sandra is also the Chair of the Trustee Board of Wakefield Citizens Advice and a trustee of Age UK, Leeds.  Outside her charity work, Sandra’s interests are travel, cookery, gardening and, of course, her family.

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