Meet the trustees

Gordon Tollefson
Chairman of the Board of Trustees  

After a lifetime of work in the NHS, Gordon took early retirement in January 2006 from his full time position as a Divisional Director for A&E Services with West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Believing himself to be too young to retire completely, he immediately joined a GP Consortium in Leeds as a part-time executive Director before moving into Leeds South & East Clinical Commissioning Group as a non-executive Director until 2017.

Gordon was appointed to the West Yorkshire Lieutenancy in 2008 as a Deputy Lieutenant. Married to Sally and with two sons, who have both made careers in the financial sector.

Appointed as a Magistrate in 1994, Gordon served on a number of Committees within the Courts including the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, Chair of the Leeds Youth Panel and then as Chair of the Bench for Leeds Magistrates’ Courts in 2014 until it became a part of the new West Yorkshire Bench in 2017.

As well as the Prince of Wales Hospice, Gordon is a Commander of the Sovereign Order of the Priory of St John in England and the Islands and he serves as the Chair of the South & West Yorkshire County Priory Group of the Order. He is also coordinator and Registered Manager of the West Yorkshire Medic Response Team – a small charity which trains Doctors in pre-hospital trauma care both in the classroom situation and also working in an emergency response car responding to serious life threatening incidents around Yorkshire under the auspices of an experienced senior Doctor and supported by a Paramedic.


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

Adam has been a trustee and the Treasurer of the hospice since 2010. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales he has worked in senior finance roles across a number of industries including financial services, data and analytics and facilities management for the last 20 years. Married to Jane, Adam has two children in senior school and takes a keen interest in their various sporting activities, in addition to coaching junior cricket. 


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. 


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.


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.







 Phil Earnshaw
Board Trustee

Phillip is senior partner at the largest general practice in Wakefield. He has worked at the surgery for over 30 years. In the past he helped cover the Hospice medical on call rota when he acted as a Honorary Medical Officer. He has always been a strong supporter of the hospice and the ethos of caring. He was the foundational chair of Wakefield CCG and is currently vice chair of Wakefield District housing. He is also a church minister at Smawthorne Community Church in Castleford.

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