Our trustees

Our Trustees are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of Sue Ryder.

They work voluntarily to make sure we are doing everything we can to support people through terminal illnesses and bereavement.

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

Dr. Rima Makarem, Sue Ryder's Chair of Trustees
Dr Rima Makarem, Chair of Trustees

Rima is a trained scientist and has had senior roles in the global pharmaceutical sector. She has a diverse non-executive background in the health and care sector, holding regional and national roles. She has recently held senior positions at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the House of Commons Commission.

Sue Ryder Trustee, Stuart Hudson
Stuart Hudson
Stuart Hudson is Senior Director of Strategy, Communications and Advocacy at the Competition and Markets Authority.
Sue Ryder Trustee, Nicola Hayes
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.
Sue Ryder Trustee, Katherine Buxton
Katherine Buxton
Katherine currently works as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Imperial College in London.
Sue Ryder Trustee, Kevin Rusling
Kevin Rusling
With over twenty years’ experience in retail, Kevin is currently Chief Operating Officer at the global retailer, Mothercare.
Sue Ryder Trustee, Tabetha Darmon
Tabetha Darmon
Tabetha Darmon joined University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) as Chief Nursing Officer on 1 May 2023.
Sue Ryder Trustee, Christine Kanu
Christine Kanu
Christine is a finance professional who has been involved in the not-for-profit sector for many years.
Sue Ryder Trustee, Guy Boersma
Guy Boersma
Guy has been Managing Director of Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN) since 2013 and leads on Digital and Artificial Intelligence (AI) work for the national AHSN Network.
Sue Ryder Trustee, Linda Goodacre
Linda Goodacre
Linda has worked in property for over 35 years, most of that time has been spent working in national and multinational retailers.
Sue Ryder Trustee, Andrew Richmond
Andrew Richmond
Andrew was a number one rated healthcare and smaller companies analyst enjoying a wide ranging career in London in stockbroking, fund management and private equity.
Polly Bishop
Polly is a leader in digitally enabled healthcare strategy and transformation, with over 25 years of experience in consulting and healthcare.
Sue Ryder Trustee, Dr. Vishen Ramkisson
Dr Vishen Ramkisson
Dr Vishen is a senior medical leader who has worked in several national roles across the NHS, including Senior Clinical Lead for NHS Digital and National Speciality Advisor for Urgent Emergency Care at NHS England.
Heidi Travis smiling directly at the camera.
Our leadership team
Our leadership team is responsible for making important decisions and guiding the organisation. They work together to set goals, make sure we are working well and are following all the necessary rules and regulations.
A Sue Ryder nurse in a blue uniform smiles directly at the camera. She has a nametag and a rainbow page on her uniform.
About Sue Ryder
For over 70 years Sue Ryder's doctors, nurses and carers have given people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.
A Sue Ryder hospice volunteer serving breakfast to a patient in bed
How we make an impact
How we are making a difference by providing vital care and support to people going through the most difficult times of their lives.