Senior Leadership Team

Our Senior Leadership Team are responsible for the operational management and quality of all services within the organisation. They are also responsible for the implementation of the Strategic Plan and ensuring that agreed policies and procedures are adhered to and that the quality of services fully meets, and where possible, exceeds the requirements of statutory bodies. Willen hospice is governed by a Board of Trustees, who, together with the Senior Leadership Team, form the Council of Management.

 

Kate Broadhurst
Chief Executive

Kate joins the team at Willen following a 23 year career with the John Lewis Partnership where she has held various leadership positions. These include senior roles in Retail, HR, Marketing & Communications, Strategy & Governance as well as leading several multi million pound turnover retail businesses.

Kate has also held various Board Director positions in both the voluntary and private sector, all based within Milton Keynes. Kate and her family have lived in Milton Keynes for 15 years and she is really passionate about making a positive difference to our community through her role as CEO at Willen Hospice.

 

Akash Chatterjee
Director of Finance and Resources

Akash is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) with over 25 years of experience in senior finance roles across Big 4 audit firms, FTSE 100 entities as well as listed medium sized corporate entities. In a career, that has spanned three countries, Akash has driven efficiencies within finance functions, implementing processes and controls within organisations as well as consistently delivering on projects with stringent deadlines.

Outside of work, Akash enjoys spending time with his family, in particularly travelling with his wife and daughter exploring the National Parks across the USA and Canada.

Ali Lowe
Organisational Development & People Director

Ali joined Willen as Director of People and OD in 2022 where she oversees the Human Resource, Learning and Organisational Development and Volunteering teams. Ali has spent all of her career working in People Services across hospitality, the public sector and the NHS where she honed her OD skills. She has worked with some inspirational thought leaders who have influenced and shaped her approach and brings a wealth of experience to the Hospice. Ali is passionate about creating great cultures where everyone can thrive which in turn delivers the best experience for our patients and their families.

Kikelomo Pinheiro
Director of Clinical Services

A qualified pharmacist since 1996, Kike has held clinical leadership roles across the pharmaceutical, hospital, mental health and community health services. Before joining Willen in 2022, Kike was the Milton Keynes Borough Lead for Pharmacy and Medicines Management in CNWL NHS Foundation Trust.

Kike is extremely passionate about palliative and end of life care, and in her role as Director of Clinical Services, she ensures that the Hospice retains its unique quality of affording time to care for patients and their loved ones in a holistic manner so people can fulfil their desire to die well.

Kike is committed to continuing to ensure fair access for palliative care for all of our community and to ensure our position as expert providers of specialist palliative care supports the wider healthcare system through advice, education and training.

In her spare time, Kike is an active member of her church where works with and mentors young people. She also loves reading, running and period dramas.

Jackie Young
Associate Director In-Patient & Community Care

Jackie joined Willen Hospice in 2011 bringing over 30 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse working as a Palliative Care Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the acute sector. Jackie initially joined Willen Hospice as the Day Hospice Lead, redesigning the service to support a wider patient cohort and championing a Nurse-Led approach to create what is now known as The Wellbeing Centre. Jackie went onto to manage this service within the Community Hub, which included Lymphoedema, and established our first physiotherapy service.

Jackie has managed all areas of the Clinical Services, responding to the needs of our local population to deliver new initiatives whilst remaining patient and service-user focussed. Jackie is the Lead Nurse and Registered Manager for the Hospice and now oversees all clinical service including our Therapeutic and Wellbeing offering.

Marilyn David
Associate Director of Quality, Compliance & Governance

Marilyn joined Willen Hospice in 2000 initially as Community Clinical Nurse Specialist and now as an Associate Director for Quality. Marilyn trained as a nurse in 1984 and has worked in various specialities including two leading cancer centres before moving into the Hospice sector. Marilyn leads on quality and governance to ensure standards are maintained throughout the organisation and collates data to evidence the care provided by the service teams.

Mark Rawlins
Associate Director Commercial

Mark leads the commercial operations at the Hospice, responsible for the income generation through online and offline retail, the Business Development function, Lottery and Challenge Events fundraising.

Mark previously brings a wealth of experience from the retail, wholesale, procurement & business to business sectors having held senior management roles at Tesco, Morrisons & Grafton Merchanting PLC.

 

Oli Hiscoe
Associate Director of Income

Oli joined Willen Hospice from the MND Association in 2021 and is responsible for the voluntary fundraising teams. Oli has worked in corporate, challenge events and community fundraising for Hospice, Air Ambulance and Medical Research charities since 2007. Oli believes that in offering fundraising opportunities to those affected by grief, we can provide a positive outlet for difficult feelings and allow those to make a difference in their community. Outside of Willen Hospice, Oli provides talks to the charity sector around the power of talking to donors in a manner that suits who they are as a person.

In a typical year...
£11.23
our cost, per minute
11,000
phone calls to patients at home
600
fabulous volunteers
700
patients cared for at home
3,200
home visits
300
patients at the hospice
18,000
of cups of tea
290
counselling sessions
We can only provide the care we do thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, through their continued volunteering, fundraising and donations throughout the year. Your donation will enable us to continue providing care and support to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, and to support their loved ones.