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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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.