our trustees 

how we are governed

As a registered charity, Havens Hospices has a Board of Trustees. These unpaid volunteers are responsible for the governance of Havens Hospices, overseeing the management and administration of the organisation. In short, they hold overall legal responsibility for the charity.

Their role is fulfilled through regular Governance Committee Meetings and are updated on developments across the organisation in order to monitor, improve and evidence the high quality care we are providing to our patients and families, as well as supporters, staff and volunteers.

Trustees also make their own inspections on our hospice services, speaking with Care Teams, patients and those close to them.

You can find out more about our Trustees here or on the Charity Commission website.

Brian Terry

chair of trustees - brian terry 

Brian spent 41 years working in the National Health Service, both in Scotland, then in the west of England. He achieved a Master of Business Administration (distinction) at the University of the West of England in 1995. For the last 10 years of his career, in the NHS, he held senior management posts. His main areas of responsibility being all forms of governance, risk management, emergency planning, corporate services and compliance with all NHS regulatory bodies.

Since retiring Brian has become involved in significant amount of charity work in addition to Havens Hospices, and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees for both Carers Choices and Citizens Advice Castle Point. In addition, Brian is also an elected public governor at Southend University Hospital NHS Trust for Castle Point.

richard player

vice chair - richard player 

Richard spent 30 years at MAFF, firstly commuting to Brussels as part of the negotiating team for the UK’s accession to the EEC, and latterly travelling with Ministers and businessmen to the “old communist world” promoting UK agriculture and agricultural business. On retirement in 2003 he joined local funeral directors T. Cribb and Sons in Benfleet (formerly “Willows”) and spent a fulfilling eight years guiding families through a most difficult time of their life.

Terry Harding

treasurer - terry harding

Terry experienced a 30-year career in finance in the UK and overseas, most recently as a Partner in the Assurance practice of KPMG LLP in London. He has supported Havens Hospices for a number of years since seeing and experiencing the excellent care and support provided to family members by a similar charity, and now volunteers at Fair Havens as a Day Hospice driver.

Terry appreciates how critical strong governance and reporting are to a charity, not least in securing and maintaining the confidence of donors and potential donors and thus enabling the charity to meet its objectives.

Barry linger

barry linger

Barry worked initially in local government and then in industry in Luton before moving to Essex to join the Purchasing department at Ford Motor Company in Dagenham. After 13 years with Ford, he worked for two other organisations in materials management and then into operations management, responsible for two manufacturing facilities in the UK.

He then joined an international management consultancy as a partner. Barry retired at the end of 2008 and became a trustee of the J’s Hospice in early 2009. He met Denise Whiffin and her family through Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford and have supported The J’s from its formation.

Clive Pegler

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Clive has been a teacher of Religion for 33 years having taught at the Mayflower School in Billericay, King Edward VI in Chelmsford, Greensward School in Hockley and Southend High School for Boys, where he still assists as an examination invigilator. Currently he serves on the Standard Advisory Council for Religious Education in Southend as vice-chair.

He describes his fellow trustees as always having the care and concern of the patients at heart, and those who work at Fair Havens and Little Havens are the most dedicated and enthusiastic group of people he has ever known. The care from the medical and care staff is absolutely wonderful and the welcome given by reception staff is so reassuring. Clive has complete trust in the future developments as they move forward in accordance to God’s will.

liz Mell

liz mell

Liz completed her nursing training at Kings College Hospital and as a qualified nurse returned to work at Southend Hospital. In 1992 Liz left the NHS looking for a role with the opportunity to make more of a lasting difference and found this with the charity John Grooms Association working in a small care home with adults with disabilities. From this point providing quality services and creating opportunities for people with profound and multiple disabilities became Liz’s passion.

Over Liz’s career she has worked for Christian charities, both on an employed and consultancy basis in both quality and operational management. Her most recent post, from which she stepped down in December, was Executive Director of Operations for Livability, a charity where she was responsible for all care, support, employment and education services for adults and children. Liz has experience of working with multi-disciplinary professional and clinical teams, and of using audits, service visits and data to monitor and evaluate services regulated by the Care Quality Commission and Ofsted.

Paul Duell

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Paul qualified as a pharmacist in 1983 and managed community pharmacies in Grays and Clacton on Sea before becoming an area manager for Lloyds Chemist. In 1994 he went into partnership and ran a busy community pharmacy in Clacton on Sea that specialised in supporting nursing and residential care homes. Paul has been a trustee for a school, a pharmacy faculty and for the charity, Coeliac UK. He was a board member for two Primary Care Trusts, Health Education England’s Primary Care Board and is currently a member of Suffolk and North East Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Board.

In the last decade Paul has completed a Master’s degree in Health Sciences and a Doctorate in Health Literacy. He has worked as a senior lecturer in pharmacy practice at the University of East Anglia and currently chairs the Primary Care Performance Advisory Group of primary care contractors for NHS England. He also chairs the Pharmacy Local Professional Network for East Anglia and is a pharmacy advisor to NHS England.

Marion Roberts-Smith

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Marion is from Southend and is married with three adult children. She was a school governor for almost 25 years, and after leaving that role looked for somewhere else she could put those governance skills to use.

After seeing an advert for Trustees for Havens Hospices, Marion felt she might have something to offer as a volunteer. She had followed the development of the charity since its inception, knew people who had been cared for and people who worked or volunteered for the hospices. Marion works in a local school and spends her spare time engaged in a wide range of activities with family and friends. She is part of a local church and feels the hospice demonstrates living out the values she has found in her faith in the wider community.

When Marion was 14, her sister lost her life to Cystic Fibrosis so she has personal experience of living in a home with the presence of a life-limiting condition, of experiencing her parents loss and of continuing as a surviving sibling. “I know how much I and my parents would have valued hospice care which was not available in those days. So I hope to play a part in making sure it's there now and in the future for those who will value it at their time of greatest need.”

Roberto De Cristofano

roberto de cristofano

Roberto works in the city of London for an investment bank and has been in that industry for over 25 years, with his background in financial services. His association with Little Havens goes back 10 years when, unfortunately, his middle daughter was diagnosed with a progressive condition. The family was introduced to Little Havens and at the time it was very difficult for them to think of coming to such a place. That feeling did not last long once they met all the people that care for the children and could not imagine not having this ‘lifeline’ for both their daughter and the rest of our family.

Stewart Turner

stewart turner

Stewart has spent most of his working life in London, 16 years of which for a large US Fund Manager initially working in Technology, before moving into the financial side of the business.

Stewart’s parents visited Little Havens after it was first built and the family has always supported the charity. Stewart sits on his company’s Contributions Committee, and has successfully applied for grants for the charity. On a personal level Stewart has taken part in various sponsored activities for the charity.

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