Meet the team

board members

Ian Hargreaves


Chairman Ian Hargreaves has spent most of his career working within the digital media and communications industry. He also set up a software development company which specialised in healthcare software. Ian has supported the hospice for more than 20 years and following a reduction in workload in 2016 he joined the Board. He said: “I was thrilled to help an organisation that I was already passionate about and who could put my skills and experience to good use.”

John Scaife


John Scaife’s skills lie in the leisure retail hospitality sector and he has an operational, project management and commercial background. He said: “I feel extremely privileged that I have been asked to bring my working experiences to complimenting the existing board members, supporting the senior management team and staff of the hospice in delivering the very high standard of care that the hospice is widely renowned for.”

Jane Bake


Lauren Pilgrim


Rachel Harvey


David Hatfield


Vice Chairman David Hatfield is a chartered accountant who began his career in 1961, working in the industry and eventually becoming a Senior Partner at McCrackens before retiring in 2005. He then joined the hospice as treasurer as he wanted to become involved in charity work and could put his experience to use to help the community. He said: “The hospice offers a first-class facility to the community and I am delighted to be able to support their work in this way.”

Nigel Tranter


Nigel was born in Ebbw Vale, Wales, and studied chemical engineering at The University of Nottingham before completing an MBA in Hull. He spent 34 years in the oil industry with Total, during which time he worked in England, Wales, France, Holland and Texas. Nigel, who is married with two children, Ellie (21) and Joe (27), retired in June 2016. He has lots of hobbies, including golf, cycling, watching sport, birdwatching, travel and food.

Adam Milson


Anne Spaight


Mark Wade


senior management team

Michelle Rollinson

Chief Executive

Chief Executive Michelle Rollinson’s first contact with the hospice was in 1980, when her parents volunteered for the charity. Michelle joined them and remembers spending time with patients. She’s a qualified children’s nurse, and the first five years of her career began at Hull Maternity Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. On March 5, 2001, Michelle was part of the team who opened the doors to children at the hospice. Her role changed in 2011 from working within the children’s hospice to working across all clinical teams as Head of Care and became Chief Executive on April 1, 2017.

Karen Higgins

Director of Clinical Services

Geoff Jago

Head of Finance

Head of Finance Geoff Jago joined the hospice following a spell in retail and manufacturing, 12 years as financial controller at an energy efficiency/sustainability charity in Milton Keynes, time working in Australia and travelling, and a position as head of finance at a national charity. He relocated to Lincolnshire in 2013, and is a book lover.

Lesley Charlesworth-Browne

Deputy Chief Executive

Deputy Chief Executive Lesley Charlesworth-Browne joined the hospice in 2017, having held senior management roles in both banking and education over almost 40 years. With a broad management background including strategy, law, business development, HR, enterprise, learning and development, bid writing and finance, Lesley manages a range of diverse teams within the hospice in order to support various key strategic objectives. These include income generation (the hospice’s retail shops and commercial income, grants, commissioning, fundraising and lottery) and also the communications, marketing, engagement and collaborative activity of the hospice. As part of the SMT, Lesley also contributes to the diverse array of cross cutting hospice management activities.

Shelley Lambert

Director of Governance and Quality

Shelley Lambert joined the Hospice as Senior Nurse in the Adult Unit in January 2014. Before this time she worked within the Renal Units across the country providing haemodialysis, before taking on the role of a Renal Research Nurse at Hull Royal Infirmary. In 2016, she became the Lead Nurse of the Adult Unit before becoming Governance and Quality Lead in 2018. In 2020 she became the Director of Governance and Quality. She says “Governance is integral to the organisation and to be given this opportunity to support the implementation of high standards of Governance and Quality, is what I could have only hoped for, not only for myself but for the patients, staff and stakeholders too”.

Jacqueline Hall

Head of Workforce and Development

Jacqueline Hall joined the hospice in May 2020, having been involved in secondary education for 17 years, and previously the NHS for 14 years. As a previous Academy Vice Principal, and as a Chartered HR professional, with three decades of experience, Jacqueline has a wealth of knowledge in strategic HR, health and safety, and business management. Jacqueline leads the HR team in reinforcing strong a organisational culture, creating and leading on employee engagement and development programs, and implementing strategies and systems that support the hospice in achieving its business goals and objectives. Her passion is providing effective HR solutions, shaping and building workforce infrastructure through technology, compliance and our people.

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