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 2020/21
Helen & Douglas House has produced an Annual Report for the financial year 2020/21.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Chair of the Woolf Institute for the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims. He has also been 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 several years.
Ian joined the Board of Trustees in 2018.
Ian is supported in his role by the following Trustees
Katherine Boyce – Deputy Chair
Katherine has been a trustee for Helen and Douglas House since 2016. Her son Jack used Helen & Douglas House from 2005 until his death in the hospice in 2011. Since then Katherine has moved from being involved in sales and procurement contracts in the third sector to running a small charity providing services to families with severely disabled children. She jumped at the chance to bring her experiences to the role of trustee for Helen & Douglas House, determined to ensure the hospice continues to meet the changing needs of the families that require the services.
In her spare time, Katherine is a cyclist and runner.
Tanya has spent her working life in education and has worked for Oxford University since 2012. She is currently Bursar (Chief Operating Officer) at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Prior to that, she was Head of Administration for the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, and she has worked in a range of roles across and beyond the University. Her experience covers finance and estates, HR and student matters, information governance and the GDPR, and more.
Many years ago, Tanya was a Trustee for a Birmingham-based charity organising holidays for disabled and able-bodied children together, and latterly she has been a school governor at her children’s primary school. Tanya became a Trustee in April 2020.
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 in Charlbury in the Cotswolds. Sir Stephen became a Trustee of Helen & Douglas House in 2014.
Dr Ann Goldman
Ann is a retired paediatrician. She has been a pioneer in palliative care for children and was the first specialist paediatrician in the field. She established the multidisciplinary Symptom Care Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1986. She has worked in clinical care, research, teaching and the development of palliative care services for children nationally and internationally. She was awarded the Children’s Hospice International Outstanding Leadership award.
She is an editor of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children. Ann became a Trustee in July 2020.
David Gye – Honorary Treasurer
David 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.
Pete grew up in Lancashire and he attended the University of Liverpool and has lived in Milton Keynes since 2007. Pete has worked in both the public and private sectors. He has been Leader of Milton Keynes Council since 2014. Previously he worked in finance for FTSE 250 company and has worked in Westminster and Whitehall. He started his working life at Liverpool Football Club.
He is Chair of the Milton Keynes Health & Wellbeing Board, a director of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, a board member of Local Partnerships, Vice President of Energy Cities, and an Executive Member of the Oxford to Cambridge Arc Group and a member of the Local Government Association Resources Board. Pete is proud of his connection to Helen & Douglas House following the end of life support and care his daughter received before her death in November 2019. Peter became a Trustee in July 2020
Sister Jean Raphael
Sister Jean Raphael is a member of the Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor, the religious community to which Sister Frances Dominica belongs. She joined the board in 2017.
Annewen is a retired Solicitor and Senior Civil Servant. She held a variety of strategic posts in various Government Departments including the Attorney General’s Office and the Crown Prosecution Service.
After retiring from the Civil Service, she took up a voluntary role as the Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Panel for the Diocese of Peterborough stepping down in early 2019. She continues to hold a number of roles in charitable and community organisations.
Annewen became a Trustee in April 2019.
Simeon’s daughter Lucy received outstanding respite care, symptom management and palliative care at Helen & Douglas House.
From 2012-16 the family benefited from the full spectrum of hospice services at Helen & Douglas House including sibling and bereavement support. Simeon remains an active member of the bereaved dads support group.
Using his personal experience Simeon is now proud to serve as a Trustee, working to ensure many more children and families receive the same compassion and support.
Simeon brings experience from a 25+ year career in business operations and an MBA from Coventry Business School. Simeon became a Trustee in July 2020
Ian has recently retired from a 40 year business career, having worked initially for Royal Insurance, where he qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute. He then moved to Thomas Cook, Vodafone and most recently as Chief HR Officer for RS Components.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and is currently a part time lecturer on business degree programmes and CIPD courses at Abingdon and Witney College.
In his spare time Ian is a keen road cyclist and walker.
Professor Andrew Wilkinson
Andrew is a retired consultant paediatrician, having worked previously at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford as a neonatologist. Andrew is one of two Trustees who are also medical doctors.
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.
Martin’s career has focused on helping organisations to deliver profitable commercial income. He has worked within a range of retail organisations; large and small, multiples and independent, high street and luxury, for profit and charity.
His experience covers design, buying and merchandising, distribution, systems, online and operations. Most recently he has held senior leadership roles within the commercial functions of large charities.
Martin became a Trustee in April 2019.
Catherine has twenty years’ experience in marketing and communications across the public, charitable and private sectors. .
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.