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Meet our Hospice Management Team

Our Hospice Management Team (HMT) 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 was a Trustee of the former Children’s Hospices UK, now Together for Short Lives, from 2009 to 2017. He is also the (unpaid) Chairman of a local social enterprise (“First Contact Clinical”), which seeks to alleviate health deprivation in disadvantaged communities.

Angela Egdell

Director of Care Services


Angela is a Registered Nurse and has worked at St Oswald's since it opened in 1986, originally as a staff nurse on the Adult Unit and within the Lymphoedema Service. As Director of Care Services, Angela oversees the Adult Inpatient Unit, Day Services and the Children and Young Adults Service. She is the Registered Manager for Care Standards Commission and Accountable Officer for Controlled drugs. She manages all clinical staff across the services including Nurses, Doctors, Physio, OT, Social Workers, Spiritual support and Bereavement support. She is a member of the Hospice Senior Management Team who along with the CEO have responsibility for the strategic direction of the Hospice.

Anita Ball

Director of Income and Marketing


Anita has over 20 years' experience working in the voluntary sector in income generation and communication 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.

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.

Deborah Heron

Director of People


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 and St Oswald’s Volunteer Programme.

She leads the development of St Oswald's People Strategy for the Hospice. Until recently she was chair of the Hospices North East HR Group and is now Chair of SHaWL (Strategic HR and Workforce Leads Network) the Hospice UK supported national network of senior HR strategists concerned with Hospice workforce development.

Simon Gordon

Director of Strategy and Development


Simon has a successful history of service delivery and development across complex health care organisations spanning three decades. He became Director of Strategy & Development at the hospice in 2016.

Simon is also the joint project lead for the Northern Palliative Care Partnership, Vice Chair of the Northern Palliative Care Research Group and is the strategic lead for Hospices North East.

Previously, Simon has been chief executive of a visual impairment charity, director of a healthcare consultancy and a senior projects manager of a national healthcare charity. He has co-written service specifications which have been adapted as best practice with both the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners and Nursing, whilst also developing both primary and secondary care strategies for clinical commissioning groups and acute trusts across England.

Kathryn Maclaren ACMA, CGMA

Director of Finance


Kathryn began working at St Oswald’s in February 2018. Kathryn is responsible for overseeing the overall financial management of the Hospice. Kathryn qualified as an accountant whilst working in the industry in 2007. Prior to joining St Oswald’s, Kathryn has held financial roles within the NHS and then a regional charity and has gained over 10 years’ experience in financial management in the not for profit sector. Kathryn has a strong interest in developing financial models for projects, budgeting and forecasting and charity VAT.

Kathryn is currently on maternity leave, and Rebecca Parker is currently Acting Finance Director and will be taking the reins during Kathryn's maternity leave.