Jon Lister – Chair of Trustees
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
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
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 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.
Mark Sheikh – Trustee
Mark is an experienced senior manager with skills in organisational planning, budgeting, business planning, strategy and financial management. He became a trustee in 2014 and is focused upon ensuring that Bluebell Wood continues to provide the very best support for children and their families.
Mark has a Post Graduate certificate in Leadership from both The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University and is a fellow member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. He has previously worked at international charities and has a great interest in not-for-profit organisations.
Having emigrated from Thailand, where he gained a Masters in Business Administration, Mark has worked at Sheffield City Council since 2004 where he is now Head of Service for Business Strategy.
Outside of work, Mark enjoys sports; in particular squash, table tennis and watching cricket. He has also taught various church groups and has travelled extensively around the world.
Rosemary Downs – Trustee
Rosemary 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.
Elizabeth Wood – Trustee
Elizabeth is a Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests include play in early childhood and across the lifespan, specifically children’s choices and social relationships. Her recent research looks at how children blend traditional and digital forms of play, and the potential that this offers for developing new forms of play. Elizabeth’s work on play has involved hospital play specialists, play therapists and video games designers.
She hoping to use this work with the Bluebell Wood community, to consider how digital play can enable young people to stay connected to friends and families, to invent new forms of play and to ensure that they do not miss out on playful experiences during their stay at Bluebell Wood.
As a trustee of Bluebell Wood, Elizabeth hopes to bring experience of leadership and management in higher education. She will be especially interested in relationships within the extended community of care and support, how professionals work together in the best interests of young people, and young peoples’ voices, decisions and perspectives.
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.”
Sally Napper – Clinical Governance Committee Trustee
Sally, a qualified children’s and adult nurse, has worked in the NHS for many years. She has been a Director of Nursing and Operational services for the last 15 years, including eight years at Bradford Teaching Hospitals and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals.
Sally is currently the Director of Nursing for NHS England ( Lancashire ) and is also the project director for the national ‘Improving Wound Care Project ‘ which is part of the Leading Change Adding Value Nursing ,Midwifery & Care workers framework. Sally has gained significant experience of providing high quality services, managing transformational change and working with patients, staff and volunteers to provide excellent care.
Sally is looking forward to working with the Board of Trustees and the management team of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, supporting the hospice as it develops over the next few years. She is also looking forward to working with the team to promote the excellent high quality training and care for the children and their families as well as with the volunteers who support the team and undertake fantastic fundraising work.
Scott Green – Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee
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 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.”