Meet the Team

Anne Mills - Scholl Academic Centre Director

Director of the Scholl Academic Centre Anne is leading this development as the Centre of Excellence establishing a reputation as leaders of Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care.

Collaboration is second nature to Anne and she has established an extensive network of partnerships to ensure the people of the Isle of Man and beyond have access to the very best evidenced based Palliative and End of Life Care.

Previously holding Honorary positions in Cardiff University and Queens university Belfast Anne has a track record of connecting Academics and Clinicians to ensure research and scholarly activity is all about what can be improved for people, patients and families in other words keeping it real.

Having spent many years working in paediatric oncology, Anne worked with international trials steering groups advocating the case for improving children's experiences during trial programmes so that supportive care was always at the forefront.

Since taking up post Anne has competitively bid for and attracted grants and trust funding which has allowed the centre to develop and grow in both size and ambition.

People, patients, families and populations fair better in a dynamic and active research culture, it is Anne’s ambition to create that culture as her legacy for the future.


Professor Ken Mills - Scholl Academic Chairman 

Ken is the lead of the Blood Cancer Research Group of Queen’s University, Belfast. He has numerous publications and recent grant income of around £2M. He currently teaches on both undergraduate and master courses.  He has been chair or member of several national and international clinical and research networks including  the National Cancer Research Institute, clinical working groups and the EU Harmony project on big data in blood cancer. He currently chairs the Steering group of the Scholl Academic Centre, Hospice, Isle of Man.


Judi Watson – Scholl Academic Centre Manager

Judi will be managing the teams and activities within the Scholl Academic Centre, as well as leading the Palliative Care Academy.

She is chairing ‘Delivering Our Workforce Together’ a workstream within the Island Plan for Palliative and Integrated Care to deliver a partnership approach to hospice influenced care.

Judi comes to the Hospice with a background in learning and development, organisational development and senior management in both the public and private sectors.


Professor Sarah McGhee – Director of Research

Sarah has worked in academic Public Health since 1984, first in the University of Glasgow and then the University of Hong Kong. She has a PhD from the University of Glasgow and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians, UK. She has extensive experience in research, teaching and postgraduate supervision. Her research areas include tobacco control policy, epidemiology and economics, valuation of intangible benefits and measurement of quality of life, evaluation of services for chronic disease, cost-effectiveness of vaccines and other treatments and costs of air pollution. She has more than 160 published journal papers and book chapters on these topics.


Dr Giovanna Cruz – Research Fellow

Giovanna is an experienced researcher with a background in epidemiology and biostatistics. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and has research experience in the epidemiology of cancer and autoimmunity, life course epidemiology, vulnerable populations and health disparities. She has worked in academic, not-for-profit and health care consulting sectors. In her current role, she is engaged in health services research pertaining to the design of population-based approaches to integrated palliative and end of life care. She has several publications in cancer epidemiology and autoimmune disease.


Dr Kate Kirk - Research Fellow

After training as a nurse, midwife and health visitor, Kate specialised in research, training and supervision. She worked in psychotherapy with young people and adults with life threatening/limiting illness, research and development coordination and spent seventeen years with IoM Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS) managing a mixed caseload of young people with different psychiatric and physical conditions. Kate used qualitative methodology (Delphi and cooperative inquiry cycles) for both her Masters study, focussing on working psychodramatically with clients post childhood sexual abuse, and her PhD research, investigating the impact of working with sexual trauma on therapists. She has written articles and chapters and co-edited two books. Kate is a member of the UK Council for Physiotherapy (non-clinical) and the Research Committee of the Federation for European Psychodrama Training Organisations.


Helen McAskill - Research Fellow

Helen is a Registered General Nurse and an experienced operational lead within the clinical research and health improvement fields, with over 12 years experience at senior leadership level in both the public and private sector. Helen will be working with the Scholl Academic Centre as research fellow, and also currently works for the Isle of Man DHSC as programme lead for custodial and forensic health specialist services programme. This programme aims to support the mental and physical health needs of offenders and aims to support integrated services and working between the department of health and social care and the department of home affairs.


Dr Lottie Morris  – Research Fellow

Lottie completed her training as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Bath, and, following a background in child and family work,  has since gone on to specialise in the field of psycho-oncology and palliative care. She is committed to providing a warm, compassionate, and evidence-based approach to her work with patients, their families, and colleagues. As such, she is enthusiastic about continuing to contribute to and develop the evidence base, as well as drawing from it. Lottie has published academic papers and conference presentations relating to psychological aspects of both physical and mental health conditions, and has recently published a book chapter relating to palliative care.


Dr Hollie Quaye – Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Hollie Quaye completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Nottingham. Her role at Hospice is varied and she splits her time between clinical practice, delivering training and being an active member of the research team. 

Hollie’s research interests are empirically focused upon systemic principles and the effects of close personal relationships on recovery from physical and mental disorders. Hollie has a particular interest in using qualitative methods, especially social constructionist approaches. 

Hollie is keen to draw on research in her practitioner role and develop interventions to reduce distress for patients and their families accessing palliative care services.


Lonan Oldam – Research Assistant

Following the completion of her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, Lonan joined the research team to pursue her research career. Lonan and the Hospice Isle of Man research team are currently engaged in health services research pertaining to the design of population-based approaches to integrated palliative and end-of-life care. Lonan also has an extensive experience of working with young people in the community on the Isle of Man and brings that experience to her work in engaging with young people on matters relating to palliative and end of life care.


Gillian Street – Research Coordinator

After completing a double degree in Nutrition/Health Promotion Gillian worked as a Research Associate for Mentally Healthy Western Australia and later managed health programs for hard-to-reach populations at a community centre. She completed post-graduate units in Social Marketing for Health and Aboriginal Health and spent ten years as Health Promotion Lead for a large Western Australian Local Government, linking with Murdoch University in delivering and evaluating the Commonwealth funded 3-year Healthy Communities Initiative, and with Curtin University at Cockburn Integrated Health. At Hospice Isle of Man, Gillian takes responsibility for managing research activities and the needs assessment.


Frances Newman – Research Team Volunteer

Frances ran coding departments for London market research companies specializing in business, corporate finance and the insurance sectors for many years. She achieved the position of Associate Director for one of the companies until her retirement. Due to her son’s work commitments, Frances moved to the Isle of Man in 2007.  She has worked as a volunteer receptionist at Hospice IOM since 2009 and joined the Hospice Research Team as a volunteer in 2018, offering skills developed through her past research experience, whilst being a grandmother to her granddaughter.


Cheryl Young – Consultant 

Cheryl is a senior nurse with over 20 years nursing experience in palliative care, ten of those as a specialist palliative care nurse and more recently as a nurse consultant. in this new post Cheryl contributes to develop an evidence based and comprehensive palliative care service that is fully integrated across Isle of Man; working in partnership with statutory and non statutory services. 

She was a member of the National Clinical Guideline Committee (NCDG) which published clinical guidelines for care of dying adults in the last days of life and was instrumental in establishing the need for new end of life guidance and the development and implementation of the policy and guidance in the Isle of Man. 

Her interest in ethical issues led her to obtain an MA in Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care after completing her BSc (Hons) in Cancer and Palliative Care.

Cheryl she also a member of the International foundation for Integrated care (IFIC) and National Nurse Consultant Group in Palliative Care (NCG).


Diane Corrin – Consultant Nurse

Diane trained as registered nurse and then midwife over 30 years ago. Diane has worked in Hospice since 1996 and for 10 years was the Hospice Matron. For the last year, Diane has worked in a new post as a Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care, contributing to the development of an evidence based and comprehensive palliative care service, that is fully integrated across Isle of Man, and working in partnership with statutory and non-statutory services.

Diane gained her BSc (Hons) Cancer & Palliative Care in 2003 and then her Masters in Hospice Leadership in 2011.

Diane held the post as the Lead Cancer Nurse for the Isle of Man from July 2014 until the end of January 2017.In this post, Diane was involved with developing survivorship initiatives, the development of a Holistic Needs Assessment, Cancer intelligence, and updating the patient-held Cancer Information Pack

Diane is a member of the International Foundation for Integrated Care and the National Nurse Consultant Group in Palliative Care.


Dr Ben Harris – Project ECHO Lead

Dr Harris became Clinical Director of Hospice IOM in 1994 and has worked full time for the organisation since then. He has sought to develop the principles of Holistic Palliative Care and to disseminate them to all areas of patient care on the Island. Dr Harris takes a special interest in outcome measurement and quality Improvement as well as being the lead for the End of Life Care Project ECHO.


Wendy Smith – Compassionate Isle of Man Lead

Wendy has been employed by Hospice since 1998 and was appointed as Compassionate Isle of Man Lead in August 2018. Formerly, as  Day Service Manager, she was responsible for reconfiguring the service to include a Drop-in Day facility, adoption by Look Good Feel Better, an international charity which supports ladies who are coping with the visible side effects of cancer treatment.  In addition to existing services, Wendy increased the psychosocial provision of care to those attending the drop-in facility. Previous roles include Vice Chair of The Association of Palliative Day Services, looking at the strategic development of services in line with current policy and development.


Jeannette Hogg - Compassionate Isle of Man Project Coordinator

Jeanette qualified as a registered nurse in 2013 and worked on the IPU covering maternity leave for 12 months until 2014. She remained on the nursing bank and worked in the IPU and Day Unit.  Jeanette joined the Compassionate IOM team in January 2019.

Since qualifying in 2013, Jeanette worked at Ramsey & District Cottage Hospital (RDCH). She is passionate about providing excellent quality care, including end of life care, for people living with Dementia. Jeanette was the Dementia Link for RDCH and delivered a four year project to make the ward Dementia Friendly. Jeanette is also a trainer of the Dementia Person Centred Care modules.

Previous roles have included working on community health projects and working with harder to reach groups in Liverpool.


Kirstie Turner – Practice Development Lead

Kirstie qualified from Hereford County Hospital in 1991 having done “traditional style training”, which lead to working on an Age Care ward for 7 years. Moving to the Island in 1998, she worked in Rehabilitation of patients for 4 years, aiming to get individuals home from hospital. Following a personal experience with Hospice Isle of Man, Kirstie knew this was where she wanted to work and proceeded to join the team as a Bank Nurse. Kirstie has worked for Hospice IOM for the past 17 years gaining Palliative care experience and qualifications to suit her Registered Nurse role, the highlight being leading the Island’s End of Life Framework in 2012.


David Waters – Senior Information Analyst

David joined Hospice IOM last year as Senior Information Analyst and aims to support Hospice improvement through best use of information and process improvements.

He is a Chartered Engineer and a practitioner in quality improvement and has led a variety of improvement programmes in complex engineering and manufacturing environments.

David is currently Vice Chair of the University College of Man Board of Governors and has contributed to the college development and ensuring key skills provisions for the Isle of Man for the last 8 years.

David has had a life-long interest in learning and development and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Donna Brew - Bank Research Assistant

In the process of completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, Donna joined the research team to provide support and to progress her health research career. Donna supports the activities currently engaged in health services research pertaining to the design of population-based approaches to integrated palliative and end-of-life care. Donna brings experience supporting individuals with mental health care needs and works within the NHS in out of hours health care services, and has previously gained experience working in project management.


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