Chairman: Sarah Phillips OBE
Sarah was diagnosed with MS in 1981 and volunteered subsequently in the MS Society at branch, regional, national and international level, becoming the first Chairman with MS of the UK Society (1998 – 2005) and the MS International Federation (2004-2011). She has played a pivotal role speaking out for people affected by MS and giving the patient perspective. During her leadership the MS Society won a number of awards including one for Governance.
In April 2005 Sarah was appointed Chairman of Victim Support, the national charity supporting people affected by crime, either as a victim or a witness. She successfully led Victim Support through a major change from a federation of 90 local charities into a single national charity and stood down in November 2011 at the end of her 2 six year terms. She remains a local volunteer visiting victims of crime in her community.
Amongst other activities, Sarah serves as a Non-Executive Director of North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.
In 2005 she was awarded an OBE for services to disability and made a Deputy Lieutenant for Essex.
Deputy Chairman and Chairman of Care Committee: Paul Richards
Paul is an experienced care sector professional with a significant track record in high growth health and social care businesses. He established the Healthcare division of Aria Assistance and played a key role in the turnaround of Premier Occupational Healthcare following the acquisition of the company by Aria.
He has recently been appointed as Managing Director of Superior Care, a leading Kent based care provider. Paul is an innovator and is creative in the way that he operates.
He has developed and launched a variety of care businesses within the childcare, care home and domiciliary care sectors. His early career was spent in the advertising industry including 5 years at Saatchi & Saatchi in London.
Chairman of Finance and Fundraising Committee: Vacant
Trading Company Chairman: Bridget Skelton
Bridget comes from a strategic, commercial and consultancy background, as Founder and Principal Partner of an Executive Coaching Business, whose clients include City Law Firms, Banking, Government Departments, Retail, Charity and Pharmaceutical organisations. Business experience has been gained at senior executive and Board level in the UK and overseas. Bridget has strong interpersonal skills which enable positive client interactions at senior levels.
Bridget has 25 years of business leadership including her role as Head of Business Transformation and Change in a £32m business. Bridget has an understanding of good governance and has advised clients on best practice, communication and performance management issues to ensure these businesses are run efficiently and effectively at the same time as motivating staff, volunteers and all stakeholders associated with the organisation.
Bridget has been a supporter of Demelza for many years. She also has retail experience having had management roles at Jaeger and the John Lewis Partnership, as well as running her own independent fashion business.
Chairman of HR Committee: Gerard Collins
With over 20 years HR experience, Gerard is currently employed as HR Director for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals delivering HR strategy internationally to their Research & Development and Medical Divisions. Gerard’s experience encompasses large complex organisations providing HR strategy together with organisational design and delivery. Gerard will be able to offer Demelza a strong HR contribution together with a broader business perspective. Gerard lives in Kent with his wife and his 3 daughters.
LLB (Hons, Leeds University)
Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law
Practising barrister for the last 19 years dealing predominantly with Real Property; Landlord & Tenant; Commercial law including property and insolvency; Wills, Trusts & Estates.
Member of the Chancery Bar Association
Age 45. Married with 4 children [aged 8-14].
Sue received an MBE for services to disabled children and young people in Bexley (2009) and the Mayor’s Civic Recognition Award for Voluntary Service in Bexley (2008) and is currently working as Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Development Manager at Kent County Council.
Sue has over twenty years strategic and operational management experience in the public sector (nationally and locally) across a range of sectors, including health, the judiciary, education, social care and voluntary/community. With specific areas of expertise in governance, disability, (including palliative care), early intervention/prevention, audit/risk management, workforce development and project management. Sue has commissioning experience within health, voluntary and local authority, is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee office of the Children’s Commissioner, England. Sue’s work experience encompasses both paid and voluntary positions, both nationally and locally. Sue is a bereaved parent - her late son suffered from duchennes muscular dystrophy and died in 2006 aged 21.
Currently working at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and manages the clinical team providing the oncology pharmacy service to the Haematology and Oncology Service Directorate Unit.
Jacky is the Macmillan Principal Pharmacist and Network Pharmacist for the South East London Cancer Network and therefore has invaluable experience of clinical governance and medicines management.
Her presence on the Board will add significant skills in the field of medication.
Dr Charles Unter
Charles is a consultant paediatrician with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and plans to retire from full time practice next year. He has a special interest in paediatric respiratory disease conducting regular clinics for asthma and cystic fibrosis and also has an honorary appointment at Kings College Hospital. Charles has 17 years experience in clinical management including six years as the first medical director of a newly merged Trust. As designated and now named doctor for safeguarding children he has been a member of the Kent Child Protection Committee and Safeguarding Children Board for many years.
Currently he is vice chair of the Kent Child Death Overview Panel and designated doctor for unexpected child death in south-west Kent. He is fully involved in postgraduate teaching and clinical governance activities. Charles was a foundation governor of a Kent catholic secondary school for 18 years, chairing student welfare and staffing committees. Charles is married with three children and is a New Zealand citizen and British subject. His postgraduate experience in England from 1975 to 1979 included 18 months paediatrics and one year in general adult medicine, including intensive care. Both these posts gave him early experience working with families especially in the areas of life limiting illness and bereavement, understanding the importance of communicating in an open and empathetic way and supporting patients and families through difficult times.
From 1979 Charles trained in paediatrics in New Zealand gaining experience working with children with cancer both in New Zealand and in Sydney as part of a bone marrow transplant team. He was appointed as a consultant paediatrician in New Zealand in 1987, returning to UK five years later.
Professor John Price was educated at Dulwich College and St John's College Cambridge. He was appointed Consultant Paediatrician at King's College Hospital in 1978 where he founded the Paediatric Respiratory and Cystic Fibrosis Service.
In 1992 he was made Professor of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at King's College London and was Head of the Academic Department of Child Health from 1995 to 1998. He was Director of Children's Services in the Variety Children's Hospital at King's College Hospital for 12 years.
He is now semi-retired but continues to teach Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at King's College. He is a past Chairman of Asthma UK, the British Paediatric Respiratory Society, the Specialist Advisory Committee in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Programme Advisory Board.
He has been Paediatric Editor of Respiratory Medicine, a member of the Editorial Board of the European Respiratory Journal, a member of the Council of the European Respiratory Society and the British Thoracic Society, a Trustee of the British Lung Foundation and Master of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers.
He is currently a Vice President of Asthma UK, a Trustee of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Honorary Medical Advisor to the Variety Children's Charity. His wife Valerie is also a Doctor and he has two daughters and two grandsons. He was appointed a Trustee to Demelza Hospice Care for Children in March 2015 and is a member of the Care Committee.
Rhiannedd is a senior PR professional with expertise across the full spectrum of corporate communications.
She has held positions in both agencies and in-house and has worked in both retail and corporate financial services as well as the charity sector.
Reporting at the board level of large international organisations, Rhiannedd has proven expertise in building communications departments from scratch as well as experience in integrating newly acquired businesses, working with transition teams and using communications to make the process as seamless as possible.
Most recently, Rhiannedd was Head of Corporate Communications for Insight Investment and she held similar roles at Bank of America and Commerzbank Securities.
Rhiannedd also spent four years as Head of Communications at the children's charity ARK - Absolute Return for Kids.
In her role at Insight, Rhiannedd was responsible for the organisation's Charity of the Year programme and managed the appointment and on-going relationship with Alzheimer's Research UK (ARUK).
Rhiannedd is a member of the Fundraising and Finance Committee.
Eva is an experienced operational and strategic Director with 30 years' experience of managing and leading within the voluntary and public sectors.
She has specialised in developing and leading a range of multi-agency projects within the social care sector in partnership with Health, Education and Social Care.
Eva is currently a Regional Director for National Deaf Children's Society and prior to this Eva was an Assistant Director for The Children's Society where she developed and managed children's disability projects across the South East and was the organisation's strategic lead for disability.
Before this Eva has been a manager for a range of organisations including Catch 22, Probation Service, Kent Council on Addiction and Kent Behaviour, Education and Support Team.
Eva is qualified as a social worker, counsellor and coach. She has extensive experience in managing people and volunteers, budget management, safeguarding, business development, strategy and quality assurance.
Eva is passionate about the voice of the child and young person and has championed young person participation in all of her roles. Eva lives in Kent with her family and is a member of the Care Committee