Governors and Trustees

Our Board of Governors and Trustees oversee and direct the affairs of the charity, ensuring that it is well run and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it is established.

Board members and Trustees are appointed on the basis of their experience, expertise and community involvement as well as for their commitment to, and passion for, the Hospice’s work.

Chris Hall (Chairman)

During my career I have worked in various commercial and senior leadership roles in the telecoms and technology sector, and over the last ten years I have held a number of non‑executive roles in different sectors, worked as an advisor to start‑up businesses and entrepreneurs and I recently co-founded a new technology business with two colleagues.

My main interests professionally are building high performing teams, delivering great customer service and having fun. My first involvement with Hospice was when I joined the Fund Raising committee in 2000, and I subsequently joined the Board in 2008. During this time I have been impressed and inspired by the passion and commitment of our amazing staff and volunteers, and have been proud to be part of such professional, caring and compassionate organisation.

John Rimmer

I am a lawyer with over 30 years in practice.  I came from a biomedical academic background, and my brother was the medical director of a hospice in Cheshire, but my focus in practice has mainly been the stewardship of private wealth and charities. 

I aim to put my technical and legal knowledge to good use: understanding, fostering, and developing the very best care through Hospice by maximising its funding, ensuring that the organisation enables staff to attend to patients, and shares know how on palliative care to achieve the most good in the Isle of Man.

Heather Blackley

As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, I have over 30 years’ experience working as a marketing professional and in business training/education and consultancy. The role of marketing is ever-changing and dynamic but never has it been more relevant and vital to organisations of all types and sizes.

In joining the Board of Governors at Hospice Isle of Man, I hope to bring to bear my experience from 10 years in the international pharmaceutical industry as well as a further 20 years with businesses of all types and sizes on the Isle of Man, including not for profit and Government departments. 

Hospice is a vital part of our Island community and I am keen to play my part in helping ensure sustainability for our Hospice services into the future.

Andrew Corlett OBE

A lawyer by training, I was managing director of the Cains Group for 20 years before retiring from private practice. I have served on the boards of several large multinational financial institutions as well as advising governments and supranational bodies.

I joined Hospice to help such an important part of the Isle of Man`s community and an organisation I have admired for many years. Hopefully my legal and commercial experience as well as my deep Manx roots will add value to Hospice and the wonderful work of its dedicated staff and volunteers.

Della Fletcher MBE

A career civil servant I worked in several key Departments but principally the Cabinet Office providing high level policy advice to support various Chief Ministers and the Isle of Man Government in respect of the Island’s constitutional and international obligations. I also provided high level policy advice to various Lieutenant Governors. Building, influencing and constructively managing, a wide range of national and international political and other interfaces was a crucial part of my role.

In June 2011, I was awarded an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the Isle of Man Government.

I joined the Hospice Board to help play my part in ensuring the continuance of this much valued and essential Island service.

Anna Kelly

I am a Chartered Surveyor with over 35 years experience within the property industry here on the island, where I was born and brought up, the UK and abroad. This includes working in the areas of refurbishment, development, valuation and management, experience put to use in the management and strategic planning of Hospice and Hospice Shops properties. 

I firmly believe in the importance of Hospice to the Isle of Man and it is a privilege to be able to contribute, alongside the dedicated staff and other volunteers, to Hospice's continued existence as an essential, much needed service providing the highest standards of care to the island's community. 

Linda Radcliffe

I have a particular interest in patient care, organisational risk and governance; and palliative care/end of life services for children. I have been a member of the Patient Care Committee since 2018 and Chair of the Risk Committee since 2020. I have worked in the public sector for 38 years, predominantly in the NHS in Scotland, Jersey and the last 28 years in the Isle of Man.

I completed a Masters in Science in 2017 with Manchester Metropolitan University. My education and qualifications include; Fellow of Chartered Management Institute, Chartered Member, Chartered Manager and NVQ 7 in Strategic Management and Leadership; BSc (Hons) in Professional Practice with Manchester Metropolitan University, ENB Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice and I am a practicing Registered Nurse.  

I was the Chief Nurse in the Isle of Man from 2014 until 2018 with the Department of Health & Social Care and have worked in Local Government since. I am passionate about continuing to serve the public whilst balancing my work-life balance to spend more quality time with my family. 

John McChesney

During my career I worked in a wide variety of industries but predominantly always in HR. I held a variety of roles and became the HR Director for a number of large and often International organizations. 

My main areas of focus were Leadership and personal development, coaching, and organizational culture change. I joined the Hospice Board to utilize my skill and experience with a group of people who are passionate about the quality of service they provide and are an essential part of the Manx community. Since my retirement in 2017 I have worked with numerous charities and organizations on a voluntary basis to support their people agendas. 


Philip Dearden

I am a Chartered Accountant who has worked primarily as a tax consultant for the last 25 years of my professional career. After experience of general accountancy including audit, company secretarial and preparation of accounts, working locally and in London, I became Partner in charge and then Managing Director of professional services at PKF IOM embracing taxation, auditing, accounting services and insolvency. My primary role was as a tax consultant with administrative and oversight responsibilities for the other areas. In recent years I have worked mostly as a non-Executive Director or as an officer for Charitable institutions.

Catherine Black

I grew up in the Isle of Man, and went to Sheffield City Polytechnic in 1986 to undertake my nurse training.  I qualified with a BA (Hons) in nursing studies in 1990 and for the next 5 years I worked in a specialist oncology hospital in Sheffield – initially as a staff nurse and then as a research sister running clinical trials into new cytotoxic agents.  In 1995 I started as a nursing lecturer at the University of Sheffield, and completed by Masters in Education for Health and Social Care Practice in 1999. Whilst there I developed and lead the palliative care programme at diploma and degree level.

In 2000 I moved back to the Isle of Man, and worked in St Bridget’s Hospice (as it was then) as the Senior Sister on the inpatient unit. I then returned to education as a senior lecturer for the DHSC in 2004, being promoted to Principal Lecturer with a responsibility for governance in 2016. Since May 2021 I have been the Interim Head of Nurse Education for Manx Care.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy, and have a strong interest in leadership, governance, clinical standards and oncology and palliative care.

I joined the Board of Hospice Isle of Man in November 2022, and am the current Chair of the Patient Care Committee.

Chris Eaton (Treasurer)

I have spent over 30 years building an international business and working with international clients in various sectors. I have also worked with Governments and charities on a pro bono basis to try and share my knowledge and experience.

James Geldart

After returning to the Island I wanted to bring skills I had learned during my international career to the Hospice. My background is in Banking and Wealth/Investment Management and I have various skills and professional qualifications that can help the organisation.

Hospice was a charity always supported by my family when I was growing up on the Island and I hope to bring skills that will help Hospice grow and make the most of the generous donations of others.

Sue Shute (Company Secretary)

I am a Chartered Company Secretary, (qualifying in 1993) with a career that has spanned a number of industries, including over 30 years’ experience in regulated financial services.   The last 20 years have been in Company Secretarial roles with a large international bank and more recently with a smaller independent business.   It is an honour to be able to support the dedicated work that the Hospice staff and volunteers provide across the Manx community.

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