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Meet our Patron and Trustees


HospiceCare North Northumberland is governed by a Board of Trustees who are appointed to undertake the role on a voluntary basis. They are recruited from the beneficiary community from a range of professions and bring a range of skills to help manage and lead the direction, policy and strategy of the organisation.

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Lady Joicey

Harriet hails from Scotland but has lived in Northumberland for almost thirty years, bringing up her four children in the countryside where her husband grew up and where they live. Harriet has been involved with her community and with various charities during these years.

During 2019 and 2020 she has been High Sheriff of Northumberland travelling around the county getting to know many parts of it much better and seeing what wonderful work goes on, much of it voluntary.  She has long been a supporter of HCNN and was honoured to asked to be Patron.


Lucy Carroll
Chairperson Board of Trustees

Lucy qualified and worked as a State Registered Nurse in Edinburgh and also worked in the Scottish Borders. Lucy has lived in Northumberland for 34 years bringing up 2 children, and working as a self-employed businesswoman with her husband in the agricultural industry on the family farm, managing the farm diversifications specifically.

Lucy has always enjoyed working as a volunteer with a range of voluntary organisations including The Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Berwick Voluntary Forum, Scottish Children’s Tribunal, and more recently as High Sheriff of Northumberland. 

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Simon Hulme
Vice-Chair Board of Trustees

Simon trained as a pharmacist and qualified in 1984 after which he worked in operational roles for Moss chemists / Alliance pharmacy before moving into HR. For the last ten years of his career, he worked across wholesale and retail business for Walgreens Alliance Boots in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, before retiring in 2015.

Simon now lives in Callaly with his wife, Joanne, and their Cockapoo, Alfie . He enjoys walking, golf, occasional cooking (but more often eating out) and lots of UK and Foreign travel.


Janet Kelly

Janet qualified as a State Registered Nurse in London and returned to the North East after 5 years.  she worked in a number of nursing roles within the Community Nursing Services in Newcastle, North Tyneside, and Northumberland and also served as an army reservist nursing officer with the rank of Captain. Janet was brought up in Northumberland and moved back to live in Alnwick 3 years ago with her husband Jonathan, after bringing up their 3 children in the Whitley Bay area.

Janet retired 2 years ago from her senior nursing role as Chief Matron for Community services at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust and returned to work part-time at Alnwick Medical Group as Frailty Nurse Practitioner. Away from work, Janet enjoys walking, cycling, and golf when time allows and loves to travel abroad and around the UK in her campervan with Jonathan!

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Paul Atkinson CBE

Paul served in the RAF until 2018 and was stationed around the UK and the world during a varied career in air defence operations, leadership, training and strategy roles.  On leaving the RAF, Paul was a charity director and now works for the Scottish Government on COVID-19 strategy.  He lives with his wife in North Northumberland and has two grown-up daughters.

In addition to Hospicecare, Paul is also a trustee of a charity for young adults with learning disabilities and is a volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officer.  He enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits, including walking with his Border Terrier, Archie, as well as cricket, running, cycling, and skiing.

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Sue Sherrard

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