Our trustees

Jon Lister – Chair of Trustees

Jon ListerJon was educated at Old Hall Comprehensive School, Rotherham and Sheffield Hallam University and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1998.

He has worked within accountancy practice and also a finance director at a National consultancy firm before establishing Enterprise Chartered Certified Accountants in 2002. At Enterprise, Jon specialises in Charity audits, Corporate governance and the development of organisations using creativity & innovation and has sat as a Trustee on a number of local Charities Boards.

Jon joined the Bluebell Wood Board in 2014 as Treasurer providing financial, governance and commercial expertise.

His hobbies include all things food based including cooking, baking and eating plus travelling, listening to music and reading while thinking about food!

Keith Metcalf – Vice Chair of Trustees

Keith metcalfKeith works part time as a lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of Lincoln and at Sheffield Hallam University specialising in Employment Relations.

He is also a lay member of Employment Tribunals sitting in Sheffield and has recently retired from running his HR Consultancy advising SMEs and Charitable organisations.

Previously Keith has been in industry in a variety of people management roles leading to those of a factory manager in glass, plastics and bookbinding, before specialising in HR from 1987 culminating in the role of Company Personnel Manager of Remploy.

Anne Fowlie – Vice Chair of Trustees

Anne FowlieAnne was a founding trustee of the Richard Foundation, resigning in 2010, to become Clerk to the Board.

She was a teacher in Doncaster for many years, specialising in supporting children with severe and complex needs, many of whom have used the facilities of Bluebell Wood. She now provides advice to other professionals on the communication and support of children and young people with highly complex needs.

She has four young grandchildren who keep her fit and active and they also provide her with ample opportunity to indulge her hobbies of sewing and knitting!

Tricia Seymour – Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee

Tricia SeymourTricia obtained her medical degree from St George’s Hospital, London and undertook her paediatric training in Leicester, London and Sheffield. She has been a consultant paediatrician in Chesterfield for the past 12 years and Clinical Lead in the Department for the past six years. She joined Bluebell Wood as a Trustee in 2014. She brings enthusiasm and a commitment to high quality of care for children, along with a breadth of clinical and managerial and strategic experience in paediatrics.

Outside work, she has a busy family life and enjoys cooking and walking a large and energetic dog locally, in Derbyshire and further afield.

Rosemary Downs – Trustee

RosemaryRosemary has wide experience of working in senior positions; she has been a governor at Sheffield Hallam University for the last six years, last year joined the board of Museums Sheffield and is on the South Yorkshire panel of the Princes Trust.

During her involvement in the charity and not for profit sector, Rosemary has participated in both Finance and Audit committees and has actively assisted with high level recruitment and with employment appeals.

Rosemary is really pleased to have joined the Bluebell Wood board, as she enjoys being involved with local organisations and charities. Her focus on the board will be to utilise her legal, commercial and governance expertise to promote the success of the hospice.

Rosemary lives near Rotherham and in her spare time she likes singing in chamber choirs, bee-keeping and Peak District hikes.

 Richard Worth – Clinical Governance Committee Trustee
Richard Worth

Richard trained in Sheffield, Hull and Newcastle upon Tyne before spending 25 years as a consultant physician in Chester. While there he has also held senior posts in medical education and training in the Liverpool and Merseyside region. Following his retirement in 2009, Richard spent five years as a trustee at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester, helping, in particular, to establish the West Cheshire Bereavement Service.

Richard said of his appointment: “The experiences of a work colleague convinced me of just how vital children’s hospices are for children with life shortening and life threatening conditions, and their families. I hope that my medical experience, along with my time as a trustee with an adult hospice, will benefit the care team at the Bluebell Wood and, most importantly, the children and young people whom we care for.”

 

Scott Green – Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee

Scott Green

Scott is the Police Chief Superintendent for Barnsley, South Yorkshire, where he is responsible for all policing. Scott, who studied at both the University of Sheffield and the University of Leicester, is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institution, a governor of two schools in Sheffield and a trustee of Sheffield Futures.

Scott said of his appointment: “Hopefully, my professional background and other voluntary roles, mean that I can make a difference on the Board of Trustees in supporting the fantastic work that the staff and volunteers do every single day at Bluebell Wood. I feel really honoured to be appointed a Trustee of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.”

 

Beth Atkinson – Parent Trustee

Beth Atkinson

Beth runs her own speech and language therapy business in Nottinghamshire. Her son, Dougie, first came to Bluebell Wood when he was just eight months old, so she understands first hand how important our services are.

Beth said: “Dougie uses a ventilator overnight to help him breathe, and is fed directly into his tummy. There are few people who can give him the specialist support he needs, but he loves coming to Bluebell Wood. It’s one of the rare places where he knows he feels relaxed.

“I’ve wanted to work with Bluebell Wood for some time. I hope I can bring my skills both as a parent and a professional working with children with different language needs. I love being with people and want to help Bluebell Wood increase its strengths as a communication friendly environment for families.”