Barbara was a social worker for over 40 years. She joined St Christopher’s Hospice in 1987, and was Chief Executive there between 2000 and 2014.
Barbara was founder and Director of the Candle children’s bereavement project and Chair of the national Childhood Bereavement Network. She was Module Leader on the MSc in Palliative Care and Policy run jointly by St Christopher’s and King’s College London. She has led and lectured on numerous international training programmes.
Barbara has written extensively about psychological and social aspects of palliative care and sat on many national committees supporting the strategic development of end of life care. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2010 and is an experienced charity trustee.