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.
Cameron Brown is a publisher and was previously a merchant banker and director of a number of private and public companies.
Mark Jarman-Howe is Chief Executive of the largest hospice in the East of England and has valuable insight into the UK hospice movement. He was a founding director and first Chairman of the Hospice Quality Partnership Ltd, and for three years was regional representative on the national Advisory Council for Hospice UK and therefore has a broad awareness of how health care works in the UK.
Anushka, a British-Mauritian, qualified as a doctor in 2007 after studying medicine at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary’s, University of London. In the NHS, she is an anaesthetist looking after a comprehensive spectrum of patients from the well to the critically unwell, in addition to women through all stages of their pregnancy – from the simple to the complex. Leaning on her professional experience and unbridled enthusiasm for teaching, she joined London Southbank University as faculty staff on the midwifery degree.
Anushka is a regular panellist and contributor speaking on a variety of health issues. She has worked with the BBC, the Observer and contributed to the Huffington Post. Her experience working in critical care has led to her very vocal support for advance care planning and she is now a clinical ambassador for Compassion in Dying, helping to break the taboo on conversations about end of life care and death.
Paul recently retired after 7 years as CEO of Sue Ryder. He currently sits on the Board of St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich and is Chair of Income Generation. Previous roles within the charity sector include Chair, Vice Chair and Trustee of a number of organisations including the Family Planning Association, Voluntary Organisations Disability Group and Buckinghamshire Care.
Prior to this Paul spent 30 successful years in the Pharmaceutical Industry in a number of disciplines; including Finance, Marketing and General Management culminating in the role of CEO of Schering AG UK and a member of the Europe Board in Germany.
Karen Sumpter is a Senior Lecturer in the Adult Nursing team at University of Hertfordshire. Karen has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years. The early part of her career was spent in the NHS, specialising in ENT and Head & Neck nursing, gaining management experience up to Directorate Lead Nurse level. Karen then moved to the voluntary sector and held a senior post in a hospice for 10 years with responsibility for staff management, service development and end of life education. During this time, she gained a Master’s Degree in Management & Leadership. Prior to commencing her current post at University of Hertfordshire, Karen worked as Head of Clinical Services for a national cancer charity. Karen’s interests include communication skills, team working, and end of life care. Karen is a Registered Nurse Teacher and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Jo has over 30 years experience in campaigning working across government, the voluntary, public and private sectors. Currently working in health communications at PwC, she has worked as a senior adviser for Tony Blair in Downing Street and moved with the former Prime Minister after he left office as his Director of Corporate Affairs.
Previously to that she was a Board Director at communications consultancy Edelman heading up the corporate and public affairs practice, and has also worked as a Special Adviser to Baroness Jay of Paddington and in PR roles at the FA, Labour Party, Citizens Advice Bureaux and various other organisations. Jo is also a Home-Start volunteer.