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.
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!
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.
My reason for being a Trustee is my long connection with the NHS, in my role as a nurse for fifty-four years.
Originally from Cheshire and having lived and worked in various places, I eventually moved to the Isle of Wight some nineteen years ago, procuring a sister’s post on the Stroke Unit at St Mary’s, and subsequently a role as Matron within medicine.
Prior to retirement I became the lead nurse for Safeguarding and Dementia. It was during my time as a senior nurse that I became familiar with the charity work carried out by “The Friends” and each year I submitted bids for various pieces of vital equipment for our patients.
Being a Trustee keeps me in touch with the Trust and with my experience of the workings of the NHS, I hopefully make some contribution to patient care in a remote way.
Life on the Island echoes my rural upbringing, where I developed a passion for the great outdoors to include walking and cycling, and of late discovered the world of golf. I enjoy the ease of life here and apportion my time between family, friends and various activities to include dog caring and church events.
All being well I wish to continue involvement as a Trustee and my other activities in my retirement.
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!
Before joining the Friends in 2016, Debs spent the previous 33 years working at The Orchards Holiday Park, in the role of General Manager before deciding to retire early. After a couple of months she was getting a bit fidgety, saw the advert and thought she could use her experiences to help The Friends. Debs has been in a hot air balloon ride across the Island.
Tricia Smith MBE
Tricia has a background in the voluntary sector having worked and volunteered for the British Red Cross for nearly 20 years before moving to the Island and joining the Isle of Wight Trust in 2018 as Head of Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response. She has extensive experience in emergency response and in health and social care at all levels, and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2018 for her work in Crisis response.
Working in St.Mary’s Hospital , Tricia has seen first-hand how important the Friends of St.Mary’s are and is a frequent visitor to the shop so when she saw an advert for new Trustees jumped at the chance to be part of and contribute to such a worthwhile Charity.
Tricia’s husband was born on the Isle of Wight and they were both delighted to be able to be able to move here when Tricia took up her role at the Isle of Wight Trust, having sailed to and round the Island on many an occasion. Although a fair-weather sailor, Tricia loves being on and by the sea, walking and reading and spending time with her grandchildren who love coming to visit.