Our Patron

Marianna, Viscountess Monckton of Brenchley

The Viscountess was County President, Kent St John’s Ambulance 1972 –1980 and High Sheriff of Kent 1981 – 1982. She previously served on both the Council of Royal Overseas League and SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen’s Families Association).

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees work closely with the Senior Management Team and has overall responsibility for the governance, strategy and budget of the Hospice.

Ann Millington – Elected 2021

Ann lives locally and was the first female Chief Fire Officer, taking charge of the Kent Fire and Rescue service in 2011 before becoming Chair of Trustees in May 2022. Ann brings a wide breadth of experience with a background in organisational development, training, HR and consultancy.

Gary Hodnett – Elected 2016

Gary retired in 2015 after a career in Retail where he worked as a store manager, Regional and project manager for several companies including ASDA and Morrisons. Since retirement Gary has undertaken voluntary work as a Primary School Governor, Retail Auditor for Barnardo’s and a Mentor for the Princes Trust.

Elizabeth Howe OBE – Elected 2016

Elizabeth is a Solicitor and was formerly Chief Crown Prosecutor for Kent; she now practices in the international judicial development field. She has been involved with the Hospice for many years and this is her second term as a Trustee. She chairs the Hospice Governance Committee drawing upon her experience within a variety of organisations, including other charitable bodies and international NGOs (Non Governmental Organisations). She lives in Kent and is a Kent Ambassador.

Lorna Potts – Elected 2016

Lorna’s background is in Change Management, Regulatory Change, Business Management and Client Service, all gained within Financial Institutions, specifically Asset Management. 

George Hunter – Elected 2018

George settled in Kent 11 years ago after a successful Army career, during which he received commendations for meritorious service and rose through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel. Having an engineering background, he later worked in the private sector in this field before moving into executive management on hospital construction and management contracts. On encouragement from his family to follow his passion for helping others, in early 2017 he chose to apply himself to supporting the community and is currently working for a local charity tackling homelessness. 

Simon Langworthy – Honorary Treasurer – Elected annually 2018

Simon is Chief Operating Officer of BT Pension Scheme Management Limited, the executive arm of the BT Pension Scheme. His responsibilities include Finance, Operations, HR, IT, Facilities and Business Change.  Before this Simon spent seven years running various global operations and change management functions for Barclays Global Investors and BlackRock.  Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.

Dick Fedorcio OBE – Elected 2019

Dick is a leading Kent based communicator with over 45 years of experience specialising in the public sector public relations.  His career started with the Greater London Council followed by spells with Basildon District Council and West Sussex County Council before joining Kent County Council as Director of Corporate Communication in 1986. In 1993 he joined the board of the Electricity Association and from 1997 to 2012 was Director of Public Affairs for the Metropolitan Police Service where he was a member of the Commissioner’s Management Board.  Living in Maidstone, he has been an assessor for public relations apprentices and now operates part-time as an independent communication consultant as well as a researcher for a Member of the House of Lords.

Serena Cooper - Elected 2020

Serena trained as a nurse and has over 40 years’ experience in healthcare both in hospital and community settings. Serena was a manager, lecturer and latterly Clinical Dean at King’s College London University.  In 2009 joined a Kent Hospice initially as Head of Education and  latterly as a Specialist Palliative Care Community Nurse.

Nick Jegard – Elected 2020

Nick trained at King’s College and spent his early career in London in several posts including palliative care.  He is a local GP Partner and lead for End of Life Care at his practice.

Sarah Pain – Elected 2020

A Maidstone resident since 1974, Sarah worked for the KM Group, then as a Police Officer and most recently as a Ceremonies Officer for K.C.C. Until recently she was heavily involved in local fundraising for a national charity, and now volunteers at two HOKH shops. As a HOKH Trustee, she brings varied experience, enthusiasm and dedication to the role.

Hugh Smith – Elected 2020

Hugh lives in Lamberhurst, with roots in the Scottish Borders.  Hugh’s career has been in HR and sits as a lay member on the Employment Tribunal.  Hugh has been a Trustee for a number of charities, a school governor and an independent director of several organisations in the higher education field.

Rachel ParrisElected 2021

Rachel is a local resident and is currently Chair of the West Kent ICP Local Care Board.  She has extensive commissioning, clinical and leadership skills to support the Hospice board.

Emma PriceElected 2021

Emma is an Aylesford resident and currently a senior manager at Deloitte, previously working as a Programme Manager at the CQC. Emma specialises in project delivery for large-scale transformation programmes.

Stephen ThompsonElected 2021

Stephen is a retired Investment Manager. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with strategic, finance and business skills.  Stephen’s motivation is to support the Hospice as a local healthcare charity.

Loretta VuiElected 2021

Loretta is a project manager in Investment Management and other financial services with a range of business skills. She has worked as a volunteer in Tower Hamlets to help local non-English speaking women to speak English. Her cultural background is focussed on collective care, whether family or community.

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