The Executive Management team are responsible for each of the departments within the Hospice.
Chris qualified as a social worker in 1996 and has worked within health and social care across the East Midlands for over 20 years, primarily specialising in mental health.
Prior to taking on this role, Chris worked for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as Deputy Director of Operations leading on the delivery and transformation of both inpatient and community services across the county. Chris has achieved a high level of success in creating and transforming services that cross organisational boundaries and have generated investment.
Prior to working in Derbyshire, Chris worked for Lincolnshire Partnership Trust and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. His drive for excellence in care and continued reflection, learning and improvement stems from his clinical grounding and support to service users/patients and families over many years.
Chris is passionate about the delivery of safe, effective and high quality compassionate palliative care. He believes that key to this is innovation, clinical excellence and a workforce who feels valued and supported by their leadership team. He feels the current climate is a time of opportunity for hospice care in a rapidly changing health and social care environment.
Chris is married with three children and a Labrador; he enjoys running, golf and rambling with his dog.
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Director of Service Innovation and Integration
Jane qualified as a nurse in 1983 from the University of Hull and undertook oncology training at the Christie Hospital Manchester. Following six years in the Royal Air Force, where she worked in oncology and medicine, she undertook palliative care training at St Joseph’s Hospice and worked firstly at the Cancer Centre in Cheltenham and then as a clinical teacher at the Sue Ryder Palliative Care Centre in Oxfordshire where she undertook further training at Sir Michael Sobell House, in Oxford.
Jane joined St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice in 2001 and, in 2008, was appointed as Director of Patient Care where she managed the clinical services, Inpatient Unit, Hospice at Home and Day Therapy, together with governance and education within the organisation. In 2012, she led the development of the clinical elements of the Hospice in the Hospital, bringing together commissioners, an acute trust and the hospice. The same year she was elected as a member of the Help the Hospices Advisory Council representing the East Midlands Region.
In September 2015, Jane moved to a new role as Director of Service Innovation and Integration within the Hospice. The aim of this role is to improve and transform ways of working, integrating with the wider health and social care community to ensure that the hospice services continue to add value to achieve better care and support for patients and families embracing those with a non-cancer diagnosis, hard to reach groups whilst managing increasing demand and diminishing resources.
Director of Finance and Performance
St.John is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant who over the last 25 years has worked within the healthcare, construction, distribution and facilities sectors.
Prior to joining St Barnabas, St John spent five years working in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. During his time in Australia, St.John worked in the facilities sector for the Morris Corporation – a company that provided catering and facility management for remote mines across the country. He also worked as a Financial Controller for a medical distributor where he developed their business intelligence reporting systems. In a voluntary role, St.John was chair of Queensland branch of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Before to moving to Australia, St.John worked as Financial Controller to St Luke’s hospice, Sheffield and it was his experience there that led to a passion for working in the charity and palliative care sector. Before St Luke’s, St.John was Finance Director of a Chesterfield Shop fitting and project management company.
St.John is married with two children and lives in Sheffield. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, music, making and editing family movies and walking.
Director of Income Generation and People
Having grown up in Lincolnshire, Michele joined St Barnabas in March 2014. This followed a career in both the Private Sector, Global Banking Organisation and then Local Government at the City of Lincoln Council. Her experience spans in General Management, including both sales and operational roles, and a number of posts within Human Resources. Michele completed her HR Master’s Degree in 2011 and initially her remit with the Trust was Human Resources, later expanding to Volunteer Services. She was delighted at the end of 2015 to also take on responsibility for Income Generation which includes Retail, Promotions, Fundraising and Marketing.
In her spare time Michele enjoys singing with a local band, as well as watching American & Scandinavian TV box sets.
Director of Patient Care
Michelle qualified as a registered general nurse in 1986 from the Scunthorpe and Goole School of Nursing. Michelle worked at Scunthorpe General Hospital in both surgery and adult medicine for 10 years caring for patients that were end of life from both cancer and non-cancer diagnoses.
Michelle worked as a research nurse supporting patients with extensive heart failure, this supported Michelle’s decision to commence a degree with the Open University and complete a course in the care of the dying.
In 1999 Michelle commenced work at Lincoln County Hospital, caring for patients in adult medicine including those with renal failure. Michelle joined the hospital at night team as a night sister and developed her extended scope clinical skills to support patients and staff.
In 2001 Michelle decided to utilise her extensive experience and practical skills differently and was successful in gaining a training post with West Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust as a student nurse practitioner. Michelle undertook a degree in Autonomous Practice at the University of Hull and worked in the newly established Lincolnshire Out of Hours Service as a nurse practitioner and manager. The role took Michelle into patient’s homes and highlighted that care for end of life was often poorly organised. Michelle developed a simple system to support improved access for end of life patients during the out of hours period.
Michelle worked for Lincolnshire Community Health Services in senior clinical management roles and made a decision to join St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice in 2013.
Michelle worked as a General Manager for the South of the County and supported the operational management and development of both clinical and non-clinical services in the portfolio. Michelle supported many developments during her role as General Manager, including the redesign of the responsive needs tool, supporting transformational change within the family support services team and supporting the development of the Hospice in the Hospital including the development of the Units operational policy. Michelle established good links and excellent working relationships with the South West Clinical Commissioners.
In June 2015 Michelle was appointed to the role of Director of Patient Care to manage clinical services including the Inpatient Unit and the Palliative Care Co-ordination Centre. Michelle is the Registered Manager, Accountable Officer and responsible for infection control for the organisation.