Meet the Team:

Pam Massey

Pam Massey

Chief Executive Officer

Pam has worked and been associated with nursing and clinical services for over 35 years.

Her background is in nursing and particularly palliative care and end of life. She worked for over 5 years within a commissioning environment, developing services around end of life and palliative care. She built on that experience as CEO for a charity in Jersey for 5 years. The charity delivered all community nursing and supportive care to the island. Six years ago she moved back to the UK to take on the role of CEO at St. Rocco’s Hospice, where her focus and influence is to deliver high quality palliative care to meet patients’ and their families’ needs for Warrington people.

Catherine Vannerem-Martin

Catherine Vannerem-Martin

Director of Finance

Catherine is responsible for St Rocco's finances, ensuring every penny raised is accounted for and used to support patient care. Her role also incorporates IT, information governance and facilities.

Following her degree in Economics, Catherine started her career in accountancy with Coopers & Lybrand. After over 10 years in practice, she joined St. Rocco’s in 2004.

Catherine also taught at Priestley College for 7 years and Bridgewater High School in business, finance and languages whilst raising her family.

Passionate about healthcare and particularly hospice care, Catherine strengthened her links with Warrington health commissioners through her role as non-executive director of Warrington Primary Care Trust until 2013.  She puts patient care and long-term sustainability as her top priorities.

Lara Partridge

Lara Partridge

Director of Income Generation & Marketing

Lara joined St Rocco’s Hospice in November 2018. With over 13 years’ experience in income generation, Lara leads the Income Generation team at the hospice encompassing fundraising, shops volunteering, marketing and communications. Having started her career at East Cheshire Hospice Lara progressed within both NGOs (non-government organisations) and national health charities, most recently leading the national team of regional fundraisers for Diabetes UK. With experience of implementing strategies across both income generation and volunteering, Lara is tasked with guiding the hospice towards secure and sustainable long term revenue that will ensure the hospices doors remain firmly open and its services available to all whom need them.

Dr. Melanie Brooks

Dr. Melanie Brooks

Medical Director

Melanie joined St Rocco’s in February 2011 as Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Hospice Medical Director and Clinical Lead for the Community Palliative Care Service. Dr. Brooks undertakes Inpatient Ward rounds, Outpatient Clinics and domiciliary visits as part of her joint role.

She has specialized in palliative medicine for 16 years. She qualified from Liverpool Medical School in 1999. Having worked at St. Rocco’s in 2004-05, Melanie realised that her local hospice was where her heart was. She decided that making a difference for the people of Warrington was her future and so returned to St. Rocco’s on completion of her specialist qualification in Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Brooks delivers education to health care professionals and leads on Warrington-wide strategic work and key projects to improve patient care across the locality. She also works for the Royal College of Physicians writing questions for the specialty exit exam undertaken by trainees prior to becoming consultants.

Dr. Esraa Sulaivany

Dr. Esraa Sulaivany

Consultant in Palliative Care

Dr. Sulaivany graduated from the University of Salahaddin in 1992 and, after the completion of her general medical training in the UK, joined St. Rocco's in August 2005. She gained her Diploma in Palliative Medicine from Cardiff University in 2009.

She currently acts as locum consultant in palliative medicine across both the hospice and Warrington and Halton Hospital NHS Trust. Dr. Sulaivany has a professional interest in teaching and is an honorary senior lecturer at Liverpool University as well as being the group lead for the Warrington Specialist Palliative Care Education and represents the Warrington Integrated Clinical Network (ICN) on the Merseyside & Cheshire Cancer and EOL Network Strategic Education Group. 

The current Chair of the Association of Palliative Medicine UK and Ireland (APM) SAS Committee, Dr. Sulaivany's role includes positive contribution and influence the Palliative Medicine  national discussions, developments and projects including supporting fellow SAS doctors in Palliative Medicine .

 

Tracy Griffin

Tracy Griffin

Community Outreach Manager

Tracy began her career in South Manchester Hospitals, and soon realised her passion for palliative care. She joined St. Rocco’s as a staff nurse in 1995, subsequently became a Junior Sister and then took on the role of Inpatient Unit Manager, leading the team in meeting the ongoing challenges faced in modern palliative care. Along with a senior nursing colleague she then went on to establish St. Rocco’s Hospice at Home service.

She is passionate that the Warrington community receives access to the services they require to enable living well with a life limiting illness, which led to her undertaking the role of Community Outreach Manager, which incorporates the management of the Vitality Centre.

Tracy, along with Gloria Lawmann, is the Registered Manager for St. Rocco’s. She is also passionate about enabling and developing her staff to deliver the highest quality care to our patients and families.

Gloria Lawmann

Gloria Lawmann

Inpatient Unit Manager

Gloria, joined St Rocco’s in August 2014. A registered nurse with over 28 years experience, Gloria has spent the last 17 years specialising in palliative care. Prior to working at St Rocco’s, Gloria worked as a Deputy Nurse Manager. Her passion for palliative care bought her to St Rocco’s where she originally joined the team as a staff nurse within the Vitality Centre. Gloria now leads our Inpatient Unit as both a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Registered Manager at St Rocco’s. She is a passionate ambassador for St Rocco’s and is driving forward the hospices values and mission within the Inpatient Unit focusing on delivering the highest quality of care for all.

Sylvie Cooke

Sylvie Cooke

Clinical Nurse Specialist/Educator

Sylvie is an experienced nurse, she qualified at Guys Hospital in 1981 and specialised in orthopaedic nursing. Sylvie always had an interest in the work of hospices and welcomed the opportunity to join St. Rocco’s in March 1998 initially as a bank nurse.  She has worked in a variety of roles at St Rocco’s, including Ward Sister on IPU. Sylvie’s current role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist enables her to maintain a clinical role whilst leading on education and training. Sylvie is enthusiastic about developing the knowledge and skills of the clinical staff for the benefit of hospice patients.

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