Meet Our Team

Management Team

The Executive Management team are responsible for each of the departments within the Hospice.



Chris Wheway
Chief Executive

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.

Dr Georgina Keenleyside
Medical Director

Jane Bake
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.

St.John Sutcliffe
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.

Michele Duggan
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.

Michelle Webb
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.

Our Board of Trustees

All our trustees are local people who volunteer their time, bringing a wealth of experience to ensure our charity is well run.



Robert Neilans
Chairman

Robert (Bob) was born and educated in Northern Ireland. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1959 with a career in telecommunications, serving predominantly in Germany and Cyprus, and completing his service in 1981. Following this he studied Certified Accountancy at Sheffield Polytechnic for three years from 1981 to 1984 gaining a Polytechnic Associateship in Accountancy.

He subsequently joined the NHS in 1984 as an accountant and in a career stretching through to 2007 was employed in a variety of general management roles including that of Chief Executive of a Primary Care Group. In a specialist commissioning role he was also instrumental in the development of a Genetics Network across Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Robert has been interested and involved in developing palliative care in the county from 1997. Working with Macmillan, Marie Curie, St Barnabas and other care providers he helped to keep palliative care in the forefront of commissioning plans. He also chaired the Mid Trent Cancer Network Palliative Care Group from 2002 to 2009 responsible for developing and implementing standards for palliative care across the network.

He was invited to become a trustee of St Barnabas in 2007 and subsequently elected as Chairman in the same year.

David Libiszewski
Trustee

Originally from Staffordshire, David has lived in Lincolnshire since 1987. He qualified and registered as a Pharmacist in 1973 and held senior posts in Hospital Pharmacy in both Cheshire and Lincolnshire until 1998.

David then held a number of senior management positions in the NHS until he retired in March 2013. David therefore brings 41 years of NHS experience to the role of Trustee.

David has also been a member of the Lincoln Prison Independent Monitoring Board since December 2012 and its Chairman since January 2015.

David’s hobbies include cycling, football and reading. He has also been a regular road runner for 30 years and has run a number of marathons including raising money for charity.

Tony Maltby
Trustee and Company Secretary

Tony was born in Lincoln and educated at the Royal Wolverhampton School. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and after qualifying and having spent some time in Edinburgh to gain experience, he returned to Lincoln and joined the family Wholesale Pharmaceutical business F Maltby & Sons Ltd. Having worked in all departments he became the Sales and Product manager and director responsible for IT systems.

In 1989 with the passing of his father, he became the Managing Director of the business and he and his brother took the business forward becoming the only Independent Wholesaler in the East Midlands and owning a chain of retail pharmacies. The business was sold to the Lincolnshire Co-operative Society in 2009 and having worked on to assist in the transition, he retired in 2013.

He is a Trustee and the Treasurer of the Lincoln Civic Trust and a Trustee and the Company Secretary of the Lindum Sports Association Ltd.

Paul Banton
Trustee

Paul has spent all of his working life in commercial organisations, centered around marketing, design and print. Originally from Derby, Paul started his career as an apprentice printer, but worked through management levels until he moved to Lincoln in 1999 where he eventually became Managing Director of Ruddocks.

The role at Ruddocks brings him into contact with lots of people and organisations across the country and occasionally across Europe. There is a constant need for change in the sector and it means that he is constantly reviewing and adapting to the changes needed to meet demands of all stakeholders.

His career and personal life has brought him in touch with many of Lincoln’s well established charities and in particular with fundraising. It is through this that his working with St Barnabas came about and he was delighted to be invited to join the Board of Trustees.

He is a regular on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, both on the newspaper review and the lunch bunch. Paul is a keen networker, helping connect people that could help each other and is also involved in other business groups around Lincoln, including the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, where he is the current Lincoln area President until October 2017 and also the Institute of Directors.

Outside of work (and sometimes on his commute to work) Paul loves getting out on his road bike and tries to fit in a spot of golf where he can too. Paul and his partner Sally share four children between them and love spending time with family and friends and having a house full of visitors. They also love to spend time up in the Lake District where they have a family place on the edge of Windermere.

Karen Rossdale
Trustee

Karen initially trained as a physiotherapist at the London Hospital, qualifying in 1980. After enjoying a number of clinical and managerial posts within her own profession, Karen was accepted onto a regional accelerated development programme where she had the opportunity to gain experience working in different environments and managing staff from a wider range of backgrounds.

In 1997, Karen was appointed as the first Director of an innovative therapy consortium which provided therapy services across a number of acute, community and mental health trusts.

In 2001, due to her husband’s relocation, Karen moved to Lincolnshire and worked at executive level at both United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and North Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Trust.

In 2011, Karen became self-employed and undertook a number of projects on behalf of St Barnabas and in April 2015, stepped into the role of Interim Chief Executive prior to retiring at the end of December 2015.

On retirement, Karen accepted the invitation to become a trustee, thereby continuing her relationship with St Barnabas.

Karen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, is an active member of her local church and is learning to play bridge.

David Boldy
Trustee

After training at Cambridge University and St Mary’s Hospital in London, David qualified as a doctor in 1978. His specialist training in respiratory medicine, including doing an MD on lung cancer, was undertaken in Birmingham. He moved over to Lincolnshire as a consultant in 1993, working at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, until his retirement in 2014. Other activities during that period included membership of the British Thoracic Society’s Standards of Care Committee (the group that develops guidelines on how to best manage chest illnesses) for six years and then medical management, including Medical Director for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust between 2007 and 2010.

Since his retirement, David has been a member of the Governing Body of Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group, which commissions healthcare for the east side of the county, extending from North Somercotes to Holbeach. He joined the Board of Trustees at St Barnabas in December 2015.

Phillip Hoskins
Trustee

Phillip has been associated with Andrew & Co LLP for almost forty years. Over that time he has held a number of senior roles. He retired from the Partnership at the end of March 2016 and now acts as a Consultant for the firm.

Phillip has a keen interest in the Charitable Sector and, in addition to being a member of our Board of Trustees, is Vice Chairman of the Lindum Sports Association and a trustee of Bransby Horses and Stamford Endowed Schools Foundation.

Phillip enjoys walking in the Lake District, watching cricket and rugby, swimming and has a keen interest in politics.

Donna Read
Trustee

Donna was born in Peterborough. She has had a career that spans over forty years in Healthcare, from her start as a student nurse, in the seventies, to latterly as Hospital Director of St Hugh’s Hospital in Grimsby.

After qualifying as a registered nurse, Donna specialised in critical care which took her to Birmingham for very specific additional training, resulting in her being appointed as a Sister in Intensive Care.

This experience galvanised Donna’s passion for ‘caring’ for each and every one of her patients as an individual, a passion that remains with her to this day.

Since moving to Lincolnshire in the early nineties she has held a number of senior positions in the county, in both the public and private healthcare sectors.

Donna recently retired after eight years at the helm at St Hugh’s and feels privileged to have been invited to join the Board of Trustees at St Barnabas.

Donna is a keen gardener and an enthusiastic golfer, who loves travelling. She lives with her partner, David, and their Westie, with attitude, Molly.

Graham Dawson
Trustee

Graham was born in Lincolnshire and has spent over 17 years working in the charity finance sector; starting straight from school he worked for Children’s Links, a local children’s charity, where he stayed for over eight years and dealt with numerous government funding bids. He went on to become the Finance Manager for the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust where he spent the next five years expanding the lottery side of the charity. Graham now works for the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society who own the Lincolnshire Showground, he is heavily involved in all aspects of the charity including the organisation of the annual Lincolnshire Show.

Graham lives with his partner, Kirsty, and their two year old son, Sidney. His hobbies include motorbikes, specifically Pre 65 Trialling in which he competes all over the UK, he also enjoys cycling, shooting and cooking.