Our Trustees

Our Trustees are dedicated to the good governance of Sue Ryder.

They ensure that strategic planning and policy development processes are in place, set long-term goals and formulate strategy to achieve those goals.

They are responsible for the appointment of the Chief Executive to whom they delegate the day-to-day management of the charity.

Neil Goulden – Chair of Trustees

Neil spent 13 years as Group Managing Director,Chief Executive, Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of the Gala Coral Group, who were a major corporate supporter of Sue Ryder.

He stepped down from the company in 2014. Neil was formerly Chief Executive of Allied Leisure plc and has also held board positions at Compass Group and Ladbrokes.

Neil’s key interests are health, housing and social care. He is the Chairman of Clarion Housing Association, a Companion of the Institute of Management, Chairman of Governors at Nottingham Trent University and a trustee of Ambitious about Autism.

Neil Goulden

Margaret Moore - Vice Chair of Trustees

Margaret was head of the competition and regulatory practice at city law firm Travers Smith LLP and a partner in the firm for over 20 years.

She is Vice-Chair of the Fundraising Regulator, the independent regulator of charitable fundraising that was established to strengthen the system of charity regulation and restore public trust in fundraising.

She is also a trustee of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, the national governing body of the sport; and a governor of the Royal High School, Bath, a member of The Girls’ Day School Trust.

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Mike Attwood

Mike has spent over 25 years as an NHS leader.

He joined Coventry PCT as Joint Chief Executive in June 2005 and was previously Chief Executive at Slough Teaching Primary Care Trust from 2001 to 2005. At Coventry PCT, Mike took the organisation from financial turnaround and worked closely with Coventry City Council to establish a newly funded, innovative Health Improvement Partnership.

Mike is also a Trustee of the Myton Hospices in the West Midlands, a leadership coach and public service Organisational Development consultant.

Mike Attwood

John Wythe

John has over 30 years' experience in the property industry and has spent his career with Prudential Corporation’s property investment management subsidiary, PRUPIM.

On his retirement in December 2010, he was a member of PRUPIM’s Board and Head of Fund Management.

He has an Honours Degree from the University of Reading in Estate Management and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors.

John Wythe

Murray Duncanson

Murray began his NHS career in the late 70s as a fast-track graduate trainee.

In 2007, Murray left the NHS after 30 years of service when he had been Chief Executive of three different Trusts in Colchester, Barnet and latterly Lothian in Scotland with a year at the Department of Health on a Prison Health Task Force.

He currently runs his own coaching and consultancy company based in North Berwick in Scotland is Vice Chairman of NHS Education Scotland. He is also Chairman of a UK trade association, the Company of Chemists Association Limited.

Murray Duncanson

Stuart Hudson

Stuart is a Partner at Brunswick Group LLP, where he advises companies on how to engage with stakeholders including regulators, investors and the media.

He previously served as a Special Adviser at 10 Downing Street and over the years has worked on a wide range of local and national election and referendum campaigns.

Stuart was educated at the universities of Oxford and London where his postgraduate study was in economic policy and corporate finance. He trained in competition policy at Britain's main anti-trust authority and worked for the energy regulator on several high-profile investigations.

Stuart Hudson

Helen Thomson

Helen has 20 years' experience as a Chief Nurse and Deputy CEO within the NHS. She is a registered nurse and midwife, and also has a number of years of experience as a coach.

Upon retiring from the NHS in 2014, she formed her own business offering consultancy and coaching. She is an Associate of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, a Clinical Associate with Ernst Young, a Council Member of the University of Huddersfield and a Trustee of Next Steps Trust. She was also appointed Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire in 2012.

Helen Thomson

Nicola Hayes

Nicola has had a wide-ranging 25-year career covering everything from pedigree dogs to universities to trade associations, with the vast majority spent in financial services at two firms: Invesco Perpetual and Baring Asset Management.

When she left Barings in December 2016. she was Head of Client Service & Relationship Management, and a non-executive director of eight listed fund management companies.

Nicola now runs her own consultancy - Hayes Consulting Services Limited - and is delighted to join Sue Ryder as a trustee. She has a Masters degree in Modern History from the University of St Andrews.

Nicola Hayes

Jeremy Chataway

After qualifying in medicine at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and completing general medical training in London, Jeremy specialised in neurology over an eight-year period with posts in Edinburgh, Cambridge, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), London. He took up the post as a consultant Neurologist in 2001 at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

He is a general consultant neurologist fully familiar with managing diverse conditions such as dementia, motor neurone disease and stroke, at all stages of disability.,with a focus on multiple sclerosis (MS). He combines an NHS clinical role in MS with an academic role in clinical trials and their design, again dominantly in MS.

Jeremy Chataway

Jason Davies

Jason is the Chief Audit and Risk Officer at Tesco PLC and a Trustee of the Tesco Pension Scheme. Previously he was a partner at Deloitte.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Manchester Business School.

He lives in St Albans and is a keen traveller.

Jason Davies

Katherine Buxton

Katherine currently works as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Imperial College in London.

Since her appointment five years ago, she has developed and led on numerous projects focused around her interests of improving planned care pathways and the electronic co-ordination of care across the healthcare settings.

She is currently co-chairing the clinical design group for the NHS Digital Programme End of Life Care work-stream, which is working on an integrated London-wide digital solution for the sharing of care plans.

Katherine has recently been appointed as Medical End of Life Care Lead for Imperial College and is focused on ensuring the delivery of good end of life care within the trust, particularly rapid discharge in line with patient preferences, and improving shared working with speciality teams, especially around the point of hospital admission.

As a trained coach and Schwartz Rounds facilitator, the wellbeing of staff who work and provide care for patients at the end of their life is also a key priority.

Katherine Buxton

Kevin Rusling

With over twenty years’ experience in retail, Kevin is currently Managing Director at the global retailer Mothercare.

Kevin’s early career at Marks and Spencer gave him excellent grounding in retail, and he want on to lead teams at Walmart and Monsoon Accessorize prior to joining Mothercare to lead the transformation of its international business.

Kevin’s expertise lies in shaping and delivering a strategic vision across challenging, international business portfolios. He brings tremendous energy, drive and exceptional focus, and works with not-for-profit organisations enabling companies from non-retail sectors to benefit from his experience.

Kevin Rusling

Sue Hopgood

With over 30 years' experience gained across NHS organisations and the wider public sector, Sue is currently Managing Director of the Cross Sector Leadership Exchange, a community interest company that brings together leaders from different sectors to challenge and develop their leadership practice.

Sue’s expertise lies in human resource management and organisational development, and she has an MA in Strategic Human Resources. She has dedicated the last 16 years to specialising in leadership development, talent management, employee engagement and culture change.

She is passionate about helping individuals and organisations to be the very best they can be, which in turn improves organisational and individual performance.

Sue Hopgood