Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team provides strategic leadership at the Hospice and are responsible to the Board of Trustees for the development of future plans and the strategic direction of the Hospice.

The Senior Management Team (SMT) meets on a weekly basis and regularly reviews and monitors day to day aspects of Hospice management, provides strategic leadership,  considers future plans and developments, and deals with issues referred from staff or the general public.
The SMT Members are as follows:

  • Adele Doherty, Chief Executive
  • Matthias Hohmann, Medical Director
  • Lindsey Harper, Director of Clinical Services
  • Rebecca Bentham, Director of Income Development and Marketing
  • Lyndsey Donbavand, Corporate Services Manager
  • Sarah Longmore, End of Life Nurse Educator
  • Mandi Halton, HR Manager
  • Kelly Foster, IPU Manager
  • Kathryn Harding, Wellbeing Centre Manager
  • Sabrina Dawson, Finance Manager
  • Corrine Collier, Community Services Manager 

The Medical Director and Director of Clinical Services are members of the Palliative Care Multi-Professional Committee and the Oldham Palliative Care Strategy Group.

Senior Management Team Profiles

Executive Team

Adele Doherty
Chief Executive

At Dr Kershaw’s Since: September 2016

Adele’s role is to provide cultural, strategic and operational leadership to the organisation to ensure the achievement of operational and strategic goals. Providing professional leadership for, and strategic management of, the Hospice function, ensuring safe and effective running of the business within the resources available. With a high-level of accuracy and strong attention to detail, Adele provides authoritative advice and undertakes sound decision-making, ultimately, having a strong commitment to the values and long-term goals of Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

Previous Experience:

Deputy Chief Executive – Dr Kershaw’s Hospice; Director of Clinical Services – Dr Kershaw’s Hospice; Clinical Matron – Dr Kershaw’s Hospice; Practice Development Facilitator – Dr Kershaw’s Hospice; Clinical Matron Urgent Care - The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; Lead Clinical Nurse for Rehabilitation/ Stroke - The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; Professional Development Facilitator - The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; Practice Based Educator for newly qualified nurses - The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; Ward Sister – Birch Hill Hospital / Tameside Hospital; Staff Nurse – Oldham Hospital / Tameside Hospital

Professional Qualifications:

MSC Leadership and Management in Healthcare Setting – University of Salford; PgDip Practice Development – Manchester Metropolitan University; Diploma in Nursing Studies - Huddersfield University

Dr Matthias Hohmann
Medical Director

At Dr Kershaw’s Since: September 2015

Dr Hohmann started his work as a doctor for the NHS in 1999, before becoming a GP and then Medical Director at the Hospice. He is one of the Senior Doctors at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. His role as Medical Director is to lead the team of Hospice Doctors efficiently and provide medical, clinical and managerial leadership to the Hospice. He works closely with health and care professionals across Oldham and Greater Manchester and chairs the Oldham Palliative Care Locality MDT. He has a passion for innovation and quality improvement, relentlessly striving to make Dr Kershaw’s Hospice the best it can be. He is in charge of training and supervision of junior doctors. As the Hospice’s Caldicott Guardian, he advises on information governance, confidentiality and data security.

 Previous Experience:

GP; GP Trainer; Macmillan GP for Oldham CCG; Clinical Director Cancer and EOL for Oldham CCG; RDC Primcare Care Lead Clinician NCA

Professional Qualifications:

State Exam, Kiel, Germany; Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners; Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine; Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

Lindsey Harper
Director of Clinical Services

At Dr Kershaw’s Since: August 2015

Lindsey leads and coordinates the Hospice’s entire clinical services including the Inpatient Unit, community services (Hospice at Home and Caring Hands), our Wellbeing Centre, Bereavement Support and the delivery of our Complementary Therapies programme. Lindsey liaises with external organisations and promotes collaborative working with the Hospice.

Previous Experience:

Lead Nurse for Community Services – Dr Kershaw’s Hospice; Lead Nurse for Hospice at Home – Dr Kershaw’s Hospice; Admission and Discharge Coordinator – Dr Kershaw’s Hospice; Oldham Community District Nurse; Oldham Community District Nurse Sister; NHSBT Blood Donation Clinic Lead

Professional Qualifications:

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing; V150 Nurse Prescribing; PGDip Specialist Community Practice, Hospice Leadership and Management Development Programme

Rebecca Bentham
Director of Income Development and Marketing

At Dr Kershaw’s Since: September 2019

Rebecca is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of Income Development and Marketing and Communications. Delivering a fundraising portfolio of corporate, community and individual giving, trusts and foundations grant giving, major donor and legacy giving, a retail and trading operation which incorporates e-commerce, a weekly lottery programme, and an annual calendar of events.

Combining fundraising with marketing and communications as one department enables the Hospice to: strengthen engagement with its supporters; breakdown the barriers and misunderstandings of what Hospice care is; support people living with life limiting illnesses; and promote our extensive range of clinical services available for patients.

The NHS only fund one third of the Hospice’s £4.7million annual budget, and the Income Development Department is responsible for raising the remaining two thirds. Rebecca ensures that all fundraising practices are ethical and align with the Fundraising Regulator’s and Charity Commission’s codes of practices, and all data is protected under the Data Protection Act 2018, and under GDPR and PECR regulations. 

Previous Experience: 

With over eighteen years’ experience, Rebecca has gained direct leadership and management experience within the cultural, voluntary, and charity sectors. She has wide ranging fundraising experience having worked as a cross fundraiser, but her specialty lies in that of Major Donor Giving. Previous roles have included Scope, Liverpool Cathedral, and the Science Museum Group.

Professional Qualifications:

MInstF (Cert), Certificate in Fundraising Management, Institute of Fundraising; BA (Hons) in Business Finance, University of Durham; Degree Credits, Law with Psychology, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

Extended SMT

Lyndsey Donbavand
Corporate Services Manager

At Dr Kershaw’s Since: 2011

As Corporate Services Manager Lyndsey’s role is to provide leadership and guidance for the Health & Safety, Facilities, Housekeeping, Reception and Catering departments at the Hospice. This includes performance and priority management to ensure all activities and services levels within Corporate Services are maintained and proactively developed.

Lyndsey is the Hospice Accountable Officer, Health & Safety Officer and a trained Mental Health First Aider.

Previous Experience: 

Director of Quality & Governance, Infection Prevention & Control Data Analyst; Clinical Auditor

Professional Qualifications:

Certificates in Quality Management Level 5

Sarah Longmore
End of Life Nurse Educator

At Dr Kershaw’s Since: April 2021

Sarah is responsible for education and training at the Hospice, primarily of the Clinical Team but she is also supports with the mandatory training of all Hospice staff. Sarah supports the Nursing Team in meeting their training requirements by ensuring they have access to the latest clinical and hospice care training to enable them to provide outstanding care for our patients. Sarah’s role also involves highlighting ways to develop and improve practice, providing management and training on less routinely used clinical skills to embed confidence within the team. Sarah also assists the Director of Clinical Services in delivering training to teams external to the Hospice. 

Previous Experience:

Staff Nurse - Emergency Admissions Unit at Fairfield General Hospital; Staff Nurse - Critical Care Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital; Sister - Critical Care Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital

Professional Qualifications:

Change Management- Level 7 (Masters Module); Greater Manchester Critical Care Course- Level 7 (Masters Module); BscHons Nursing Practice University of Manchester; DipHe Adult Nursing Manchester Metropolitan University

Mandi Halton
HR Manager

At Dr Kershaw’s Since: September 2020

Mandi provides confidential support to the Hospice and all it’s staff, ensuring we comply with required legislation in all employment areas. Mandi is available to advise all staff and to support any people activity – to listen and provide a safe space for all. To problem solve when needed.

Previous Experience:

24 years working for her own HR & Training Consultancy (worked for many different organisations, both public and private: NHS, CRB, Northern Rail, Perry’s Motor Sales, BMW, Prison Services, Viridor (recycling), Doncaster Council, Premier Foods, CE Electric UK, Buy it Direct Ltd, GAP, DWP, Novo Nordisk, Haribo.

Professional Qualifications:

CIPD qualified (Level7) Postgraduate study; BA (Hons) Humanities (Psychology, French and English Literature) – Universtity of Hertfordshire; Began RGN Nurse training at aged 18 at Kings College Hospictal, London; TEFL qualified (Teaching English as a Foreign Language); Mental Health first aid qualified

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Kelly Foster
IPU Manager

At Dr Kershaw’s Since: March 2016

Kelly is in charge of a 12-bedded IPU, providing specialist symptom management for palliative patients and individualised end of life care for each patient. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the unit, ensuring that high quality, compassionate care is consistently provided to all patients and their families. She is part of the senior nursing team and she identifies opportunities for improvement, planning and implementing relevant changes. 

Previous Experience:

Senior Sister - Dr Kershaw's Hospice; Sister - Dr Kershaw's Hospice; Staff Nurse - Dr Kershaw's Hospice; Student Nurse - University of Salford; Health Care Assistant - The Royal Oldham Hospital

Professional Qualifications:

BSc (HONS) Adult Nursing: The University of Salford; Hospice Leadership and Management Development Programme: EOLP; The Multi-Professional Support of Learning & Assessment in Practice Programme: Bolton University.


Kathryn Harding
Wellbeing Centre Manager

At Dr Kershaw’s Since: March 2020

Kat is responsible for the development and management of our Wellbeing services. Along with her team, which includes our Counselling, Complementary Therapy and Bereavement Support Services, Kat is responsible for providing psychological and practical support to people living with life-limiting illness, and their families, carers and significant people.

Previous Experience:

Bereavement Support Nurse - Dr Kershaw’s HospiceStaff Nurse - Dr Kershaw’s HospiceStaff Nurse - Fairfield General Hospital, Cardiology Unit.

Prior to her career in Nursing, Kat conducted research and taught at the University of Sheffield. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience. She has worked as an Editorial Assistant on an academic journal and has significant editorial experience. 

Professional Qualifications:

MA Adult Nursing - University of Salford.


Sabrina Dawson
Finance Manager

At Dr Kershaw’s Since: September 2023

Sabrina is responsible for the leadership, development and day to day management of the finance department. Providing high quality comprehensive administrative and financial support to the Hospice.

Previous Experience:

Finance Manager - C C Cars LimitedFinance Manager - T T Express LimitedManagement Accountant - Stepping Stone ProjectFinancial Accountant - Alliance & LeicesterCash Control Co-ordinator - Alliance & LeicesterPurchase Ledger Clerk - Littlewoods Home Shopping Group.

Professional Qualifications:

A A T Technician Level - Oldham College.


Corinne Collier
Community Service Manager

At Dr Kershaw’s Since: September 2023

Corrine is responsible for leading and coordinating the day to day running of the Hospice at Home and Caring Hands community services. Corrine supports the team to provide responsive and gold standard care to the Oldham community. Her role is to work with the team to continuously develop our service to ensure we are providing effective and safe care.

Previous Experience:

Out of Hours Community Staff Nurse - Manchester University NHS Foundation TrustSpecialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nursing) - Lancashire South Cumbria NHS Foundation TrustCommunity Team Sister Out of Hours Service - East Lancashire NHS TrustTissue Viability Nurse - Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and Lancashire South Cumbria NHS Foundation TrustTissue Viability Staff Nurse - Bradford Teaching Hosptals NHS Foundation TrustCommunity Staff Nurse - East Lancashire NHS Trust.

Professional Qualifications:

BSc (hons) Adult Nursing - University of Central LancashirePG dip Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nursing) - University of Central LancashireCommunity Practitioner Nurse Prescriber - University Central LancashireAdvanced Certificate in Palliative Care Practice - University of Central Lancashire.