Helen & Douglas House is a Charitable Company Registered by Guarantee, formed under the Companies Acts 1985–9 as a company with exclusively charitable objects. Its governing document is its Memorandum and Articles of Association.
Helen & Douglas House is run by a board of Trustees, who must adhere to all the duties of company directors and all the duties of charity trustees under the Charities Acts.
Annual Report 2016 – 2017
Helen & Douglas House has produced an Annual Report for the financial year 2016 – 2017.
Helen & Douglas House submits a report of it annual accounts (including a trustees report) to the Charity Commission. These documents, along with further information on the performance of the charity can be found on the Charity Commission website.
Gender Pay Gap Report 2017
From 6th April 2017 employers in the UK with more than 250 staff are required by law to publish their gender pay gap information.
As stated in the Charity Commission’s strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities dated December 2017 the Trustees have published the charity’s safeguarding policies which you can find here and state that any failure to follow these policies will be dealt with as a very serious matter.
The pursuit of excellence in the delivery of care, and in the support services underpinning them, is a strategic aim of Helen & Douglas House. Performance against this aim is regularly reviewed by the Charity’s Trustees. The Quality Account is a means by which we are able to share information publicly about the quality of care we provide. Click here to download.
Care Quality Commission
We have recently changed the way we are registered with the Care Quality Commission – you can view our old profiles and reports for Helen House, and for Douglas House. The most recent CQC report was published on 26th July 2017 and can be read here.
Meet the Trustees
Helen & Douglas House Trustees act in a voluntary capacity and meet 6 times a year in order to ensure that that Helen & Douglas House is run in accordance with its legal, moral and ethical obligations.
The Trustees instruct the Helen & Douglas House Executive Management Team to ensure the Board’s decisions are carried out.
Board of Trustees – Helen & Douglas House
Lord Blair of Boughton – Chair
Ian, Lord Blair of Boughton is a cross bench peer, who has been the Chair of the Thames Valley Partnership and is currently Chair of the Woolf Institute for the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims and a Trustee of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Before his elevation to the House of Lords in 2010, Ian was the Metropolitan Police Commissioner from 2005 until 2008. He has had an interest in the hospice movement for a number of years.
Ian joined the Board of Trustees in 2018.
Ian is supported in his role by:
Elizabeth has a health care background and has worked as a nurse in both the NHS and in other sectors. Later on, building on her management experience, she developed a consultancy practice, providing support to organisations undergoing change and acting as a coach mentor. She has a particular interest in issues around statutory compliance and strategic development.
Prior to becoming Chair of Trustees in 2011, Elizabeth become involved with Helen & Douglas House in a voluntary capacity. She also served as Chair of the Ethics Committee, which helped to develop her understanding of some of the challenges facing those involved with the charity. She remains a strong advocate of good governance, as this provides the frame-work for all the care given to the children, young adults and their families, the beneficiaries of the charity.
Andrew is a consultant paediatrician at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He is a specialist in the care of sick newborn babies. As the only Trustee who is a doctor, he brings this perspective to the work of the Board.
Andrew is a member of Oxford University and carries out research projects into developments in clinical care. He also teaches medical students and holds various national positions on committees related to the training of doctors and nurses.
Yvette is a qualified social worker & practice teacher. She started her career in child and adolescent mental health services and became Principal Psychiatric Social Worker for Berkshire. In 1995 she became Chief Executive of Parents and Children Together (PACT; a voluntary sector organisation delivering adoption, fostering and community family support services across Berks, Bucks & Oxon). Yvette retired from PACT in 2008 but has continued to offer consultancy services to a number of voluntary and statutory organisations, as well as serving on a number of charity Boards.
Yvette became a Trustee of Helen & Douglas House in 2014.
Sir Stephen Bubb
Sir Stephen is Chief Executive of ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives and Voluntary Organisations), that supports and represents leaders in civil society. He has been influential in determining government policy on the third sector, particularly in its role delivering public services and he champions the right of civil society to speak truth to power.
He is Secretary General of Euclid, the European body for third sector leaders and he chairs the Social Investment Buisness, the UK’s largest social investor.
Stephen’s recent roles have included reporting on choice and competition in the NHS for the Prime Minister in 2011 and writing a major report which called for radical reform in the way we care for people with learning disabilities.
He has been in major roles in TGWU, NUT and AMA and was the Founding Personnel Director of the National Lottery Charities Board. He was a Councillor in Lambeth and an active member of the health authorities for Guys and St Thomas’ over two decades.
He has also been a Youth Court Magistrate, Open University Tutor, non-executive Director in the private sector, member of the Commonwealth Civil Society committee, Chair of an orchestra and founder of a charity.
He read PPE at Christ Church, Oxford. He lives at Lambeth and Charlbury in the Cotswolds.
Sir Stephen became a Trustee of Helen & Douglas House in 2014.
Nick has a strong commercial background with a number of blue chip businesses, including various senior roles at PepsiCo and Virgin Trains. Early on, his work focused on Sales and Retail Marketing in fast moving consumable goods, working with some of the UK’s best known food and drink brands and retailers. He later transitioned into a Procurement career working across 30 European businesses and progressing to Director roles. Most recently Nick has begun a career at Virgin Trains leading their Procurement team, undergoing a multi-faceted transformation.
Nick has been an in-house volunteer on the care team at Helen & Douglas House since 2011. His work as a volunteer has enabled him to get a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced everyday by our patients, families, volunteers and full time care team staff. This has encompassed in-house events, as well as numerous patients days out and sibling camps.
As a Trustee Nick uses his commercial skills and acts as an advocate for the charity’s volunteering and care teams.
Fleur has been visiting Douglas House as a patient for over 5 years and has been volunteering with a variety of organisations, mostly in the health and social care sector, since 2010. Alongside studying towards a BSc Natural Sciences with the Open University, Fleur is a freelance journalist.
Fleur became a Trustee in 2016.
Colin has 40 years experience in the BioPharmaceutical industry, where he had various senior positions in sales, marketing and general management. He held senior global business development and partnership management roles at Quintiles, the world’s leading biopharmaceutical services company and was responsible for crafting commercial solutions for international companies. Latterly he established and managed strategic partnerships in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
During his career he also established two companies. A marketing consultancy helping international companies launch their business in the UK and an alliance management consultancy, helping companies form and manage strategic partnerships.
As the mother of Jack who was cared for in Helen House, Katherine brings a unique perspective to the board of trustees. Katherine joined the board in 2016.
Catherine has twenty years’ experience in marketing and communications across the public, charitable and private sectors. She currently works for the Youth Justice Board. Previous experience includes managing national campaigns for THINK! road safety, consumer awareness campaigns at the Office of Fair Trading, and marketing and events for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Catherine is passionate about the work of Helen and Douglas House having experienced first hand the support that children’s hospices can provide to families. Catherine’s sister Helen was the inspiration for Helen House, and Catherine laid the foundation stone for Helen House in 1981. Catherine joined the Board in 2018.
Sister Jean Raphael
A member of the Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor, the religious community to which Sister Frances Dominica belongs. Sister Jean Raphael joined the board in 2017.