GovernanceFind out about charitable status, our statutory reports and meet our Board of Trustees.
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.
Helen & Douglas House has produced an Annual Report for the financial year 2021/22.
Helen & Douglas House submits a report of its 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.
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.
Our Commitment to FREDIE
We celebrate diversity and aim for an equitable, diverse, and inclusive organisation.
Learn about our commitment to diversity, including governance and progress measurement. We are working to gain level 1 accreditation in Investors in Diversity and provide FREDIE training to staff.
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.
We are delighted that the exceptional care we provide to local families has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), our regulator. This ‘outstanding’ rating recognises our approach of putting the families we care for at the heart of everything we do and our aim to be world-class.
Meet the Trustees
Helen & Douglas House Trustees act in a voluntary capacity and meet 4 times a year as a board to ensure that that Helen & Douglas House is run in accordance with its legal, moral and ethical obligations. The Trustee Board also has several subcommittees on which nominated Trustees sit.
The Trustees instruct the Helen & Douglas House Executive Management Team to ensure the Board’s decisions are carried out.
Position - Chair
Ian, Lord Blair of Boughton is a cross bench peer, who has been the Chair of the Thames Valley Partnership and Chair of the Woolf ... Read more
Tanya has spent her working life in education and has worked for Oxford University since 2012. She is currently Bursar (Chief ... Read more
Lorna trained as children's nurse in the 1990's working clinically in Children's Intensive Care and Neurodisability at The Evelina ... Read more
Gina Gill is the Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Read more
Ann is a retired paediatrician. She has been a pioneer in palliative care for children and was the first specialist paediatrician in ... Read more
Position - Honorary Treasurer
David retired as an adviser on financial aspects of the energy and infrastructure sectors, working with government and private sector ... Read more
Pete grew up in Lancashire and he attended the University of Liverpool and has lived in Milton Keynes since 2007. Pete has worked in ... Read more
Sister Jean Raphael is a member of the Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor, the religious community to which Sister Frances ... Read more
Annewen is a retired Solicitor and Senior Civil Servant. She held a variety of strategic posts in various Government Departments ... Read more
Simeon’s daughter Lucy received outstanding respite care, symptom management and palliative care at Helen & Douglas House. From ... Read more
Ian has recently retired from a 40 year business career, having worked initially for Royal Insurance, where he qualified as a Fellow ... Read more
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