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Meet our Hospice Management Team (HMT)

Our Hospice Management Team oversee the day-to-day running of St Oswald's. The Team is made up of our Chief Executive and Directors.  They meet regularly to discuss and decide on strategic issues. 

Our Chief Executive, with support from HMT colleagues, reports to our Board of Trustees, which approves major decisions and has overall responsibility for the Hospice's activities and direction.  

    James Ellam
    Chief Executive

    James joined the NHS from university in 1987 as a management trainee. Over the next 20 years he held a number of NHS managerial posts in the North East of England, including managing a rural General Hospital, and being a Director in a Primary Care Trust. In January 2007 James became the Chief Executive of St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

    Throughout his career, James has concentrated on working with clinicians to innovate and develop services for patients and their families. James has been a Trustee of the former Children’s Hospices UK, now Together for Short Lives, since 2009.  He is also the (unpaid) Chairman of a local social enterprise (“First Contact Clinical”), which seeks to alleviate health deprivation in disadvantaged communities.

    Email – jamesellam@stoswaldsuk.org

    Angela Egdell
    Director of Care

    Angela has worked at St Oswald’s since it opened in 1986, originally as a staff nurse on the adult unit. As Director of Care Services, Angela oversees the Adult Inpatient Unit, Outpatients and the Children and Young Adults Service. She is the registered manager for Care Standards Commission and a member of the senior management team with responsibility for the strategic direction of the Hospice.

    Email – angelaegdell@stoswaldsuk.org

    Anita Ball
    Director of Fundraising, Retail and Communications

    Anita has over 18 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector in income generation and communications positions. Her strengths are in people management, strategic and business development. Anita has successfully united all income generating activities at the Hospice and developed a cohesive strategy that has seen rapid growth and development.  New initiatives include the emergence of social enterprise models and expansion and maximisation of income streams, Retail has grown significantly and e-commerce is one of the latest development streams, she looks forward to driving significant growth to support the Vision of the Hospice over the next ten years.

    Anita is also Chair of The Institute of Fundraising in the North East and supports many other local voluntary organisations with training, development and general management support.

    Email – anitaball@stoswaldsuk.org

    Jill Gregory
    Finance Director

    On leaving university Jill trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  Since then she has worked for a variety of organisations including Ingersoll Rand, Kilfrost, Shared Interest and Colgate Palmolive, gaining expertise in both technical work and general management.

    She has also qualified and worked as a Corporate Treasurer.  Jill has provided voluntary accounting assistance to several community organisations.

    Email – jillgregory@stoswaldsuk.org

     

    Helen Eadington
    Director of Corporate Services

    Helen Eadington is Director of Corporate Services and Company Secretary at St Oswald’s Hospice. She has over 25 years’ experience working in the healthcare and voluntary sector in management positions.  These organisations include Newcastle Health Authority, Northern Regional Health Authority and The Freeman Hospital (now the Newcastle upon hospital NHS trust). Her strengths are in people management, strategic development and governance.

    Helen is also Company Secretary for St Oswald’s Hospice Promotions Limited and supports many other local voluntary organisations with governance support.

    Email – heleneadington@stoswaldsuk.org

     

    Deborah Heron
    Director of Human Resources

    Deborah joined St Oswald’s in May 1998, as the Volunteer Co-ordinator following a career in volunteer recruitment with VSO in London.

    She soon became Personnel Manager and now works at a strategic level as Director of Human Resources with overall responsibility for HR, Learning and Development, St Oswald’s Volunteer Programme and Patient Transport.  In recent years she has been actively involved in the development of St Oswald’s People Strategies for the Hospice. She has a strong interest in the interplay between staff and volunteer management.

    Deborah is also a qualified counsellor and supervisor in person centred therapeutic counselling.          

    Email – deborahheron@stoswaldsuk.org

    Simon Gordon
    Director of Strategy and Development

    Simon began working with St Oswald’s Hospice in 2014 and became part of the Hospice Management Team in 2016. Simon oversees the strategic development of the Hospice with a particular focus on the Hospice Vision.

    Prior to joining the hospice Simon has been a Chief Executive of a regional charity, Director of a healthcare consultancy and also worked for Marie Curie Care developing their services across the country and increasing their commercial footprint.

    He has co-written service specifications which have been adapted as best practice with the National Council for Palliative Care and Royal College of GP’s as well developing end of life strategies for various clinical commissioning groups and acute trusts throughout England.

    Email – simongordon@stoswaldsuk.org