HospiceCare North Northumberland

Caring for Life!

Meet the trustees

All our trustees are local people who volunteer their time, bringing a wealth of experience to ensure our charity is well run.

From time to time opportunities arise to join our Board, please get in touch with us if you feel you could contribute in this role.

Trustee Chairman

Peter became a Trustee in March 2007 and has been Chairman since April 2009.

After studying engineering at university, Peter has had a career in the motor, marine related and rail transport industries, and in the further and higher education sector. He has been a manager, consultant, senior executive and director. Most of his working life has been spent in the north east of England.

He is a retired JP and undertakes a number of voluntary activities.

Trustee Treasurer

David joined the Board in November 2012 after a long career in finance, working at a number of multinational corporations. He keeps a close eye on financial strategy, and also works closely with a small team of volunteers who apply to charitable trusts for grant funding.


I became a Trustee of HospiceCare North Northumberland in November 2010. I live in Berwick upon Tweed and work for the family business, Simpsons Malt in Procurement. I became involved with HospiceCare when i was Mayor of Berwick upon Tweed in 2009/10 and choose the Hospicecare as my Mayoral Charity for my term of office.


John’s business background is in the homebuilding and development industry where he has a wide experience in the UK, USA and Europe. He is a director and chairman of his own business Countylife Homes and also chairs Durham based Prince Bishops Homes. As a supporter of a number of local charities John is particularly pleased to be able to contribute to the important work of HospiceCare. John and his wife Claire live in North Northumberland at Glanton Pyke.


Tony Stapleton became a Trustee in 2013 after a career in management. He lives in Alnwick and represents the Trustees in their relationships with volunteers.


I worked as a GP in North Northumberland for many years and it was during this time I developed an interest in End of Life Care. Now retired, I hope to be able to support the Clinical Team in this very important but, at times, challenging aspect of care.


I joined the Hospice team of Trustees in 2015. I am a solicitor with a wide range of legal & commercial experience. I will assist the Admin Committee in the New Year.


I have worked as a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in North Northumberland for the past 11 years. Much of my time is spent assessing and treating people who suffer from dementia and I am keen to try to improve their experience of living with this condition.
I was aware of the excellent work undertaken by the hospice in providing end of life care and was delighted to hear that the organisation had plans to increase support to people with dementia at this stage of the illness. Becoming a Trustee enables me to offer my knowledge and expertise to the hospice to pursue this goal and is a really exciting opportunity!


Jane joined us as a Trustee in July 2005. She had had a long career in business and has had a strong and active interest in supporting the work of community organisations as a volunteer over the last 30 years. She currently works in Higher Education as a Teaching Fellow in Enterprise.


As a retired social worker I have always enjoyed working with people. I originally joined the board some years ago, but had a year out for personal reasons. I am delighted to be able to offer my help again in what is the most invaluable locally based service. This year I zipslided off the Tyne Bridge for HospiceCare.

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