Lesley Myland

 Chair of Trustees and Directors

As well as working on compliance, HR and management development, Lesley has worked as a volunteer since she was 19. Lesley likes working with volunteers as “they have a giving ethic which you generally do not find in the commercial world”; she brings with her experience as a school governor and many years with the RNLI. Lesley feels a personal debt of gratitude to St Mary’s and thinks that it is great to help give something back. In her younger days Lesley was a champion rifle shot. So watch out.

Jill Legg


Trustee and Director

Jill joined the Friends in 2004, invited by an ex chair who knew of her work at the Hospice. Jill took on the role of Treasurer as she has considerable experience in the banking world.

Jill enjoys being a Trustee as it means, if only in a small way, she contributes to the community of the Island. Jill is a member of 3 choirs and The Island Savoyards.

Beryl Rowan

Trustee and Director 

Working as a volunteer in The Friends’ shop/café, Beryl was aware that there was a shortage of trustees; having run her own retail business on the Island for over 30 years, Beryl felt that her experience would be of value to The Friends. Beryl gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing the benefit patients, visitors and staff at St Mary’s get from The Friends. Beryl and her husband were once chased by an alligator.

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Roger Hendy


Roger worked in local government for over 50 years ending his LG career a Clerk to Cowes Town Council. Along with being a Director Roger volunteers in taking the ward trolley around in the afternoons. Married with four grown up children and 9 grandchildren he now spends his spare time watching and playing some of the many sports he has always enjoyed. 

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Anne Simmons


Having lived in Kent as a child, Anne chose to train as a teacher at Rachel McMillan college in Deptford, South London. She always said that she would not be a teacher as her Dad was a head teacher in the village school!. However, she did become a headteacher in two schools, in Lewisham, working in deprived areas for 17 years. On arrival in Shanklin she became Chair of Governors of a Primary School and supported in two middle schools.  Retirement along with her volunteering at the Friends involves gardening, spending time with Friends and regular trips to Scotland to see family.

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Carol Wootton


Carol has lived on the Island her whole life and has had various occupations from owning a hotel to working in a prison in the psychology department. She has been "retired" from her paid job for 17 years. Since then she has been involved in a number of Charities. Along with the Friends she is the RNLI treasurer of Cowes Guild, works in the Hospice warehouse, and enjoys all immensely. You could say she is a committee person. Hobbies include, Golf and Bridge and she is also a keen gardener and she loves holidays...where does she get time!

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Marilyn Verstraeten


After arriving on the Island from Wiltshire in 1976, Marilyn worked for Tesco as a customer assistant for 13 years. 

After sadly being knocked over by a car in which she received a severe leg injury upon recovery she decided to become a volunteer and later a Director of the Company to help the hospital. 

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Lisa Brodie

Manager Shop and Cafe 

Lisa joined the Friends as a Trolley Operative and Shop Assistant in 2013. When the Ryde Wellbeing Centre was opened in 2015 she was offered the role of supervisor and set up the organisation of the outlet. Lisa became Manager for all the Shop and Cafe outlets in July 2016 and has worked hard to continue the success and to develop new ideas to enhance the service given to patients, visitors and staff.  She enjoys working with all the team in making  "life" in the shop and cafe an enjoyable experience.  She loves walking her dogs.