A very big thank you.
- Hospice patient
St. Rocco's Hospice is a company limited by guarantee (Company No. 1565543) and a Registered Charity (Charity No. 511592). It has a Memorandum and Articles of Association, which vest the management of the Company in its Trustees.
The Trustees are all volunteers (St. Rocco's Hospice being a Charity, they cannot be paid for the work they do). They meet together seven times a year at 'Council' as well as contributing to one or more of the management sub groups. Trustees are recruited with the aim of ensuring that Council has the broad mix of skills necessary to run the charity. Their appointment has to be confirmed by a vote of Members at the subsequent AGM and is for three years, with the possibility of being re-elected for two further periods of three years, after which time they stand down. We currently have ten Trustees, whose details are given below.
If you want to find out more about becoming a member of St. Rocco's Hospice, or believe that you have something to offer as a trustee, please contact us.
David is a life long local resident, beginning his education at Bewsey School and latterly attending Manchester University. His working life began at Greenings (Bewsey Rd), completing an Electrical apprenticeship before advancing his career with Manweb, Hobart, Manchester College, WBC and the University of Chester. David spent 10 years with Manchester College lecturing in Electrical Technology before moving to WBC and subsequently joining the University of Chester as Premises Manager. His current work specialises in Building Maintenance and H&S, with an emphasis on Legislative Compliance. His aim at the Hospice is to use the skills and experience acquired over a 40+ year career to assist the Hospice in achieving its future goals.
Dr Catherine Walshe
Dr Catherine Walshe is a nurse, and has spent most of her career working in palliative care. Born and brought up in Warrington, she trained as a nurse at the University of Manchester, and has had a varied clinical career primarily in community palliative care, before moving to teaching and research. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care in the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University. Catherine is active nationally and internationally in the field of palliative care, particularly in her role as Editor in Chief of the research journal 'Palliative Medicine'. Catherine lives locally in Lymm, and is kept busy with four children, a dog and trying to become a slightly faster runner.
Ian Currie (Treasurer)
Ian lives in Widnes and is a Chartered Accountant having worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years, running several divisions. He has also had several non-exec roles, including as Pension Scheme Trustee, board member of several industry bodies, and Chair of the Insurance Industry’s safety body, Thatcham Research. Ian has two daughters and is a keen football follower. Ian was a member of St. Rocco’s Investment Advisory Group prior to becoming a member of the Board.
Zac is Director of Zachary Daniels, a recruitment consultancy specialising in Retail Management and Technical roles, Zac has driven the business from a standing start less than four years ago to its current status as one of the country’s premier retail recruiters, with a client portfolio encompassing many of the global blue-chip, household names. His particular value to St Rocco’s is his knowledge of, and contacts within, the retail sector, in addition to his local business network. So Zac is ideally placed to help support and bring sharper focus to our mission-critical retail operation, organise fund-raising events, use his goodwill to access donations from high-profile household names and connect to a new audience of potential donors and sponsors
Kim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a qualified Life Coach. With over 20 years’ experience in the public, private and charitable sectors she specialises in Employee Relations and Employment Law. Most of Kim's HR experience was gained running her own HR and Training Consultancy providing services to a range of companies. In January 2017 Kim's business was acquired by Warrington based FDR Law, who aspired to provide a service to its clients. Kim lives in Lymm and is married with one daughter. She is a keen netball coach and umpire in her spare time.
John has been a volunteer at St. Rocco’s for five years, as a driver and now involved in the Rocco’s on Your Doorstep. He has lived in Warrington for 43 years and worked for North West Water Authority in a number of senior HR roles during a period of significant change following the privatisation of the water industry and the eventual creation of United Utilities plc. Following a period of self-employment, he joined The Princes Trust as Head of Operations on Merseyside and thereafter as Head of Business and Volunteers across the North West. He has also been a Governor at Chaigley School in Lymm and at Priestley College where he is currently Vice Chair of the governing body and more recently as a Trustee Director of The Challenge Academy Trust, of which Priestley is a founder member. He has also been a local magistrate for 18 years. He enjoys cycling and is currently Chair of Warrington Golf Club.
Guy is a born and bred Warringtonian and has lived in the town all of his life. His family members have served as mayors, councillors and played for the town rugby league team. Guy served in the Cheshire Constabulary for 30 years, mainly as a detective, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable and retired in 2016. In his spare time Guy is a competitive golfer and is 15 times Club Champion at Warrington Golf Club. He is also a qualified football coach with significant experience of youth development and remains a keen though slowing athlete, cycling, running or training regularly. Guy has a BA in business studies, an MSc in organisational strategy and is currently studying for a further MSc in sports psychology.
Lyn has recently retired from AstraZeneca having worked within the pharmaceutical industry for 42 years. A qualified genetic engineer, she worked as a research scientist and then, following a change in career she was offered an international role in global procurement negotiating multi-million dollar contracts. Locally Lyn has supported her local community as the secretary at Moore Scouts, school governor of Daresbury School and a Sunday school teacher at Daresbury Church.
The Venerable Roger Preece (Chair)
Roger is Archdeacon of St. Helens and Warrington caring for 50 parishes within the Diocese of Liverpool. He works on helping churches develop and serve their local communities. Previously he was vicar of Bowdon in South Trafford. Before becoming a priest, he had a varied career with senior roles in the business and voluntary sector. He was one of the founders of Capco, the specialist financial markets consulting and solutions company. He was a Managing Director at a Japanese bank, overseeing technology and operations for a business that was trading round the world. He has been a founding trustee and chaired a number of different charities. He lives in Orford, Warrington, is married to Catherine and they have three grown up daughters. His favourite colour is black. He has a black working cocker spaniel called Jack and drives a 30 year old black Saab 900. He enjoys running and loved having the chance to get very colourful in the recent St. Rocco’s Colour Run. He is looking forward to getting to know the St. Rocco’s staff and volunteers and to contributing to St. Rocco's work in Warrington.
Mike has spent 27 years working in the supported housing and care sector, involving homeless, young people's, domestic violence, sheltered housing, care, and retirement housing client groups. Currently Mike is a Lead Advisor on Specialist Housing for Warrington based Your Housing Group, as well as a Director on 2 Private Finance Initiatives providing Extra Care services to older people in Cheshire and Stoke.
Jennifer completed my Law Degree at the University of Hull where her interest in family law started, and completed her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester. She joined joined Forshaws in 2006 which then merged with Davies Ridgway in 2008 becoming Forshaws Davies Ridgway – FDR and became a partner in 2009. She is one of the only solicitors locally to also be trained as a mediator and sits on a national panel for Practice Standards in family law. Jennifer is married and has one son.
Andy is a consultant who has worked in the world of IT for around 30 years. He has his own small limited company and specialises in service and business improvement across large businesses, with a strong background in project and programme management. He has worked in all sorts of industry – government, defence, education, telecommunications, energy, legal – all around the world, and have a wealth of experience gathered over many years in different cultures. Originally from Manchester, Andy is married and has one son. Outside work, his main interests revolve around a number of sports including football, where he manages a veteran team and skiing walking, cycling and tennis.