Trustees / Senior Management

The Board of trustees and their responsibilities are as follows:

The Senior Management Team are as follows:



Senior Management Team

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Angie Arnold

Angie has extensive experience in both the NHS and Hospice sector. She commenced her career as a Registered General Nurse in 1984 after graduating from the Coventry School of Nursing. Angie then progressed to the role of Staff Nurse within Oncology & Haematology at the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry until 1986 when she moved to Myton Hospice (Warwick) where she remained for over 9 years.  During this time, Angie worked as the Ward Manager for In Patient Unit / Day Hospice / Therapy Services and also attained a qualification in Specialist Palliative Care Nursing and a Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing. Angie then took on the role of Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist at Warwickshire Health Authority for a 12-month period.

In January 1996, Angie returned to Myton Hospice, initially as Lecturer / Practitioner in Oncology / Palliative Care in conjunction with Coventry University and University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW). Then in 1998 she became Myton’s Director of Nursing and Care Services for 5 years. In January 2003 until December 2008 Angie held the role of Director of Nursing and Assistant Network Director with the Arden Cancer Network (NHS Coventry teaching Primary Care Trust) and was also Associate Director of Nursing at UHCW.  During this time, she also attained her MSc in Health Sciences.

Angie has been the CEO of The Shakespeare Hospice since January 2009 and has developed and implemented a strategic plan to improve access to our services. As a result, patient referrals have trebled, and the Hospice has responded by delivering a diversity of services aligned to meet the needs of the local community.

Head of Clinical Services

Jo Poyner

Jo joined The Shakespeare Hospice in January 2018, as Head of Clinical Services. Jo qualified as a nurse in 2002 and started her career within oncology and respiratory medicine.  Having a passion to work in the community, Jo then went on to work within District Nursing and gained her BSc (Hons.) in Specialist Practice from Nottingham University.  Following many years within District Nursing Jo has more recently been leading and advising on projects focusing upon Admission Avoidance (AA) and Early Supportive Discharge (ESD), from the Acute sector into Secondary Care, within the NHS.  Jo worked for three years within a commercial healthcare company, advising and managing services on behalf of the NHS to support both ESD and AA initiatives. Jo is responsible for the overall management of the clinical services at The Shakespeare Hospice.  This includes Hospice at Home, Day Hospice, Adult Counselling, Transitional Care and the Children’s and Family Support Services, providing leadership and support to ensure high quality care standards, for all those individuals who access the services on offer at The Shakespeare Hospice.

Head of Income Generation

Karen Davies

Karen has worked in the charity sector since 1997 starting her career as a fundraiser at the RNIB and then Barnardo’s Children’s Charity. Karen worked at Barnardo’s for 20 years and during that time managed regional and national fundraising teams across various income streams. Karen was a member of the Income and Innovation senior leadership team, and in 2016, moved into a new Head of Compliance role responsible for the quality assurance for fundraising governance and regulation with laws associated to fundraising e.g. Charities Act 2016, Data Protection Act, PECR, and the Gambling Act 2005. Working cross-functionally, Karen communicated changes on governance and implemented risk mitigation strategies.  Karen joined The Shakespeare Hospice as Head of Income Generation in February 2018 and is responsible for Fundraising, Marketing, and Retail.

Interim Chair of Trustees

Dr Paul Simmonds

Paul is a lecturer at Warwick Business School where he specialises in strategy and mergers and acquisitions. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Before moving to WBS, Paul enjoyed a 30 year career in industry working in finance and mergers and acquisitions for several international public companies principally in the automotive, distribution and construction sectors. As a management consultant, he also worked with one of the UK’s largest housing associations. Paul has extensive business knowledge and experience at all levels through to operating and executive boards. Paul joined The Shakespeare Hospice in 2019 and is a member of its Finance and Audit and Human Resources Committees. 

Finance and Audit Committee

Richard Barrett

Richard is a retired management consultant and a qualified accountant. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, who spent most of his career providing financial management and process improvement consultancy to a wide range of organisations from family businesses to large corporates, Charities and Government bodies. For many years Richard worked for Coopers & Lybrand and PwC, prior to establishing his own consultancy business in 2003. Richard is also a Trustee of The Friendship Project for Children and USPG, a long-established mission agency of the Anglican Church. Richard joined The Shakespeare Hospice as a Trustee in 2017. Richard is the chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. 

Ross Taylor

Ross joined as a trustee in August 2021.  He lives in Kenilworth and is Director for a division of the global IT Services company DXC Technology.  Since graduating in Physics at the University of Bristol his entire career has been in information technology in the U.K. and overseas, starting in the health service in North Bristol.  He went on to work in the power and gas sector for E.ON before joining HP which later formed DXC.  Ross brings strategy and leadership experience across technology, customer experience, sales, business operations, HR and finance.  His personal interests include a passion for organic growing which he supports through organising a local group of Garden Organic and the Soil Association.

Clinical Governance Committee

Dr Cristina Ramos

Dr Ramos has been a trustee since 2015 and is the chair of the Clinical Governance Committee. She is a GP Partner at Rother House Medical Centre and the Associate Medical Director for the Out of Hospital Collaborative at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust. Dr Ramos qualified from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in 1991 and completed her post- graduate training in the United Kingdom before becoming a partner at Rother House in 1999.

Dr Jeremy Shearman

Jeremy Shearman is a local physician. Having qualified from Leeds medical school in 1988 he undertook his higher training in gastroenterology and hepatology in Oxford including a period of dedication laboratory research culminating in a DPhil. He has been a consultant at Warwick hospital since 2000 and during that time has fulfilled a number of senior non-clinical roles in both management and education including Staff Governor. In addition to his clinical commitments he also currently holds roles with the British Society of Gastroenterology and the Royal College of Physicians. He lives locally in Stratford and became a trustee in 2018.

Debbie Smith

Debbie recently joined as a Trustee in 2018 and is currently on an NHS career break from her role as Professional lead nurse for the Stratford Community District nursing day and evening teams. Debbie trained in Oxford qualifying as an RGN in 1991, and later having gained her MSc, as an Advanced nurse practitioner. For over 25 years Debbie was involved in building the service and reputation of the International renowned Oxford Respiratory Sleep & Non-invasive ventilation service, including voluntary work for the Sleep Apnoea Trust Association (SATA) patient support group.

Elizabeth Spencer

Elizabeth became a Trustee of The Shakespeare Hospice in 2018. Elizabeth retired in December 2016, after 42 years in Education, and 35 years as a Headteacher. From its inception she was a member of the Worcestershire Primary Headteacher’s Representatives Group, subsequently becoming its first Chair; a Member of the Education Management Group, planning the vision for Worcestershire; a Member of the Finance Forum, and a Literary Consultant for Exeter University working on a research reading programme. She is a Lay Representative on the Diocesan Board of Education, Chair of Governors of a Church School and a Trustee of the Evesham Abbey Conservation Project.

Nicola Gotrel

Nicola is a recently retired Physiotherapist who joined the board in December 2021 and lives locally near Henley in Arden. After gaining a degree and teaching qualification from Loughborough University she taught for 5 years before studying for a second degree at Birmingham University to qualify as a Physiotherapist in 1994. She has spent 27 years working in the NHS, specialising in Neurology and Rehabilitation with Therapy team lead roles in Neurosciences and Acute Stroke, and a year as Inpatient Therapy Head of Service at UHCW NHS Trust. Her final five years were with SWFT as Physiotherapy Team Lead for the Community Hospitals in Stratford and Shipston on Stour.

Income Strategy Committee

Bill Acres

Bill is a management consultant, university lecturer and trainer in the supply chain sector. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. His corporate career spanned a range of international logistics companies including in the healthcare sector. Latterly he has provided supply chain advice, project management and implementations to a wide range of organisations from family businesses to large corporates, including charities. He lectures at Warwick University and abroad. Bill joined The Shakespeare Hospice as a Trustee in 2019 and is the Chair of the Income Strategy Committee.

Susan Newcombe

Susan has board level experience as an Executive and Non-Executive Director in both the private and third sector.  She has worked in the third sector specialising in health care, initially for child and adult cancer charities and later in palliative care for hospices. Susan is a qualified PRINCE2® Project Manager and MInstF with the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.  An experienced management consultant with a demonstrated history in the non-profit industry, Susan specialises in strategic planning to drive business and income growth.

Susan lives in Cheltenham with her family and spends her spare time with her horse Roley, trotting around the Cotswolds, or as a qualified RYA Day Skipper, sailing off the south coast.

Helen Cave

Helen is Executive Administrator of a major charitable trust which gives to performing arts projects across the UK. She is now on the opposite side of the fundraising fence, having spent most of her professional career raising funds rather than distributing them. She spent her early career with the charity Scope, starting as a Midlands Community Fundraiser before moving on to co-ordinating international trekking and cycling events. Until 2019 she spent ten years running events at the Royal Shakespeare Company within their fundraising team, ending her career there as Head of Events. Helen joined The Shakespeare Hospice as a Trustee in August 2020 and is part of the Income Strategy Committee.

Family Support

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Day Hospice for Patients

The Day Hospice at The Shakespeare Hospice offers supportive care for patients living with a diagnosis of life limiting illness.

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Hospice at home

Our Hospice at Home team enable patients to stay at home with specialist nursing care in their last few weeks of life

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