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Find out about charitable status, our statutory reports and meet our Board of Trustees


Find 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.

Annual Report 2018/19

Helen & Douglas House has produced an Annual Report for the financial year 2018/19.

View Helen & Douglas House Annual Report

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.

Safeguarding policies

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.

View our Clinical Complaints Policy and Procedure

View our Safeguarding Framework

View our Safeguarding Children – Child Protection Policy and Procedure

View our Safeguarding (Vulnerable Adults)

Quality Account

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.

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 Drew 
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 Wilkinson
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 Gayford
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 a Director of Charity Futures which is an independent think tank promoting the long term sustainability of charities.  He is also acting Director of the Oxford Institute of Charity.

He was Secretary General of Euclid, the European body for third sector leaders till 2016 and he chaired the Social Investment Business, the UK’s largest social investor for a decade.   He has been in major roles in TGWU, NUT and AMA and was a Founding  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, member of the Honours Committee, an adviser on Government appointments and Chair of the City of Oxford 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.

David Gye
David recently retired as an adviser on financial aspects of the energy and infrastructure sectors, working with government and private sector worldwide.  He became independent in 2009 after a 25-year career with Morgan Stanley and other investment banks, based in London and New York.  He has advised on projects in the US, UK, wider Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

He has a degree in engineering from Cambridge University (1969) and is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School (1984).

His current voluntary positions are: Hon Treasurer of Network for Africa; trustee of the Lynams Educational Foundation; trustee of the NFL Trust; and Hon Secretary of the Iran Society.   Until recently he was Hon Treasurer of the British Institute of Persian Studies.

David became a Trustee in March 2018

Nick Wilkinson
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.

Colin Love
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.

Katherine Boyce
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 Worswick
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.