Trustee Profiles


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Mrs Mirriam Lawton (FCIPD)
Chair

Trustee since July 2011. Appointed Vice Chair of the Board in January 2015 and then Chair in January 2020. Former Deputy Chief Executive, Tameside MBC. Accredited ACAS mediator. Key skill areas - employment law and practices, human resources, organizational development, appraisals, recruitment and staff training.


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Dr Paul Cook
Vice Chair

Dr Cook has been involved with the Hospice since 1993 and is currently the Vice Chair of the Board. He retired as the NHS Consultant in Palliative Care & Pain Medicine for Oldham in 2015 and has recently worked with the Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard. He has special interests in cancer pain treatments (he ran a national cordotomy service for cancer pain at the Royal Oldham Hospital until retiring), medical education and the use of information technology in healthcare.


Mr Peter Wakefield

Trustee since December 2018. Freelance Charity Finance Consultant and former Head of Finance at Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Recently worked with West Yorkshire Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman Theatres. Obtained his Finance experience in the manufacturing industry with Osram and Siemens. Director of Imitating the Dog and Innovative Theatre Company presenting diverse work around the UK and internationally. A supporter of the Hospice for over 15 years, using his singing talents and contacts to raise funds for the hospice. Key skill areas – Charity Finance and Accounting, investments, fundraising and event organisation.


Mrs Susan Briscall

Trustee since April 2014. Retired from Pennine Acute Trust in June 2014. Worked for nearly 37 years at the Trust, mainly on the Orthopaedic Unit as the Manager. Towards the end of Sue's career she worked as a discharge co-ordinator for Orthopaedics/Surgical/Gastroenterology and Vascular wards. During this secondment part of her role was fast tracking terminally ill patients with the Macmillan team. Also worked with the Complaints Department for a short period of time.


Mrs Anne Sykes (JP, DL)

Trustee since May 2011. Founder member and Chair of Saddleworth Cancer Research UK. Magistrate since 1989 and member of the Probation Liaison Committee. Former non-executive Director of the Oldham NHS Trust and the Pennine Care NHS Trust. Key skill areas – administration, community engagement, complaints procedures, fundraising, governance and volunteer work.


Mr Jonathan Lipton

Trustee since January 2015. A Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in the independent sector, previously with the Royal Oldham Hospital and then Pennine Acute Trust for over 21 years.


Mrs Joanne Jones

Joanne is a Private Client Solicitor and Head of the Wills, Trusts and Estate Team at local firm Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers. She is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; Full accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly. Her key skill areas are wills; trusts; probate and estate administration; tax planning and Court of Protection.


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Mrs Rachel Damianou
Company Secretary

Rachel is a Partner at local law firm, Wrigley Claydon Solicitors, and heads up the Wills, Probate and Elderly Client Department. She is also the legal representative on the Sola Fide (Educational) Trust. In her spare time Rachel is involved in a community mentoring scheme, the Lydgate Community Organisation and St Anne’s Church Lydgate. Her key skill areas are legal; volunteering; chaplaincy and fundraising.


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Mrs Kim Wrigley
Kim started as a Trustee in April 2021, after retiring as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2020. Qualified as a Mental Health Nurse initially, Kim spent the latter years of her career working at a strategic level to deliver palliative and end-of-life care programmes across Manchester. Kim also works as part of the Hospice’s Bank staffing team as a Health Care Assistant. Kim received the 2009 Public Health Award for bringing together dementia and palliative care into a successful training programme for care homes. In her spare time, Kim is an active member of Christ Church Chadderton. Her key skills are: leadership, strategy, programme management, translation of national policy into local delivery and stakeholder management.


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Ms Jacquie Wood

Jacquie started as a Trustee in April 2021, as a Registered Nurse, Jacquie has used her clinical background in her current role as Director / Independent Organisational Development Consultant for Jewelled Workforce Solutions Ltd to support the NHS and care organisations who are planning major changes. Jacquie is a Registered Nurse and Nurse Lecturer with NMC, a Chartered Member of CIPD, a Board Member of HealthWatch Oldham, and was born and has lived in Oldham for most of her life. Her key skills are: change management, facilitation and presentation skills, project management, strategic HR skills, psychometric profiling, coaching and mentoring, staff development, service redesign and development.


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Mr Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan started as a Trustee in April 2021 and works as a Banking Solicitor / Partner at Knights PLC. With 30 years in the industry, Jonathan acts for companies and lenders in relation to their loan financing arrangements and associated security. He has acted on some of the largest debt transactions in the North West market, being elected to lead the Manchester office of a large international law firm. Jonathan is also Chair of the Board of Governors at Oldham College, and in his spare time enjoys walking, climbing, caving and cave diving.


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Mr Stephen Schofield
Stephen started as a Trustee in April 2021 and has been in the Financial Services and Mutuals industry for 27 years. His current role is Head of Business Development for PG Mutual, and Stephen is a member of The Association of Financial Mutuals (AFM), The Protect Association and the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) as well as being a School Governor for over 10 years at Roundthorn and Coppice Primary School. Stephen and his wife also signed up as Foster Parents for Oldham Council in July 2020. His key skills are: sales and marketing, market analysis, product review and enhancement, project management, team recruitment, mentoring and management.