Our Trustee Board
As a Charitable Body we have an elected board of trustees, dedicated to the continuation and development of the 'Friends of St Mary's Hospital'.
Our trusted and enthusiastic board all adhere to 'The Nolan Principles', Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership; by following these principles the board believe that they can effectively and dutifully lead the charity into the future.
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.
Gerry joined as a volunteer, later vice-Chairman and currently President. He says that “the trolley round is a most rewarding experience when we meet grateful patients and Staff”. Gerry has lived on the Island for 50 years – mainly in education prior to retirement, then in sports administration. Gerry was once asked, by a nurse in Cardiac Ward, whether he had caramelised nuts! he replied "no love, it's just the way I'm walking ! "
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.
George was a newspaper journalist for 35 years, working for a regional evening and two weeklies, the last of which was the County Press where he became Chief Reporter. He also freelanced for national newspapers, magazines, radio and television. In 1995 he was appointed Public Affairs Manager of the newly created Isle of Wight Council and retired in 2003. He as written two local books; currently involved in making seventh professional DVD and is Chairman of Cowes Heritage and volunteer press officer of Cowes RNLI Lifeboat as well as being a Trustee for the Friends....Phew!
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.
Andrea only moved to the Island three years ago and, having worked in the NHS in Cornwall for over 20 years, is well aware of the fantastic contribution which Friends groups make to the NHS. So when the opportunity arose to join us she was delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile purpose. Andrea loves nothing more than performing in a bit of Panto – look behind you!
June has lived on the Island for 50 years, becoming a trustee after The Friends gave her so much support & help when the Wessex Cancer Trust were raising money for a new Chemo Unit. June has made many good friends since becoming a trustee & feels quite proud when she goes round the hospital listening to the respect that staff & patients have for the service The Friends give.
Jane is a solicitor with over 30 years of experience gained in the charity sector, heading up a legal team for the largest cancer charity, as well in the private and public sectors. Jane is currently working in Portsmouth as a commercial property solicitor. Outside of work Jane is passionate about the mountains and the sea; she skis and also helps with visits to her local lifeboat station.
Martin joined the Friends Board in May 2017 and has been invaluable in his knowledge of Health and Safety monitoring that all our Procedures and Policies are up to date. Martin spent 23 years in the RAF.
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Before joining the Friends Deborah spent the last 33 years working at The Orchards Holiday Park, She is extremely proud of all the work she did as General Manager and will miss all her colleagues. Deborah did actually retire but after a couple of months was getting a bit fidgety, saw the advert and thought she could use her experiences to help The Friends. Deborah has been in a hot air balloon ride across the Island.
PA to Trustees
Alex spent several years of her childhood on the Island and then went to secretarial college in London.
After working in London for several years, she married and lived on the mainland. She has two children and five grandchildren, who live in America and Sussex.
She then returned to the Island and has lived here ever since.
Before joining the Friends, Alex was a legal secretary, first in the City of London, and then for a local firm.