Tony is a registered nurse in general psychiatric nursing as well as being a registered health visitor, and is proud that he has managed to maintain his registration throughout his career. Whilst in the NHS he worked his way through the system to become an NHS Trust CEO before moving into the private sector in both health and non-health related roles as a Chief Executive.
He has managed specialist healthcare businesses in the independent sector as well as running a consultancy in healthcare advice and turnaround. More recently he has also been a non-executive chairman in the independent sector and non-executive director in the NHS, most recently at East of England Ambulance Trust.
Tony has brought this public, private and now not-for-profit experience to this role in palliative care, and hopes these skills, developed over nearly 4 decades in healthcare, will contribute to the continuing success of the Hospice.
Director of Clinical Services
Jane Naismith is a registered general nurse with over 15 years’ palliative care experience, starting as a Community Palliative Care Nurse Specialist and progressing to Palliative Care and End of Life Education Lead.
Before joining St Joseph’s Hospice as Nurse Consultant, Jane held various Senior Nurse posts at Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust, including Matron and Lead Nurse for Palliative. She has a BSc (hons) in Palliative Care, an MSc in Advancing Professional Education and Practice in Palliative Care, an MSc in Healthcare Leadership, and a Senior Healthcare Leadership Award from the NHS leadership academy. She is passionate about community nursing and is a Queen’s Nurse.
Director of Communications and Enterprise
Tracey Macbeth has more than 20 years’ experience as a business leader in the private sector, specialising in business and communications strategy. She’s been a senior adviser to numerous organisations both in the UK and worldwide in the health and wellbeing, charitable and FMCG sectors, providing expertise in business transformation, reputation management and PR & digital communications. She’s led a number of change programmes for St Joseph’s Hospice as part of the leadership team, before stepping into the Interim Chief Executive post. Tracey’s new responsibilities are to lead communications across the Hospice, spanning IT, Information, Reception & Security, and the Communications team, as well as heading up the new Enterprise strand of the organisation.
Janet Simkins is a chartered member of the CIPD with over 20 years HR experience in the not for profit sector. She has worked with a wide range of local, regional and national charities spanning youth and homelessness services and health and social care, including a mental health and learning disabilities services provider. Janet is a qualified mediator and is licensed to administer and interpret a range of psychometric instruments which she uses to assist people to maximise their natural gifts in the work place. In addition to this, Janet is a qualified Designated Safeguarding Officer.
Janet has a keen interest in employment law, organisational development, employee engagement and delivering sustainable ethical solutions for organisations.
Head of Mission
Carolyne is a registered nurse with over 26 years’ experience in palliative care and has worked and taught in many settings within the NHS, the Developing World and St Joseph’s Hospice.
In the early part of her career, Carolyne spent 7 years working with and caring for people with HIV/ AIDS and other life limiting diseases in Romania, Honduras, Guatemala and Uganda. Part of her role within this field involved developing and delivering palliative care education for nurses and other clinical staff, some of which was in collaboration with the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET).
Carolyne then worked for many years in the NHS before joining St Joseph’s Hospice. She has a BSc (Hons) in Oncology and MA in Academic Practice. Carolyne is passionate about Specialist Palliative Care, especially its philosophy of empowering people to live as well as they can through the delivery of holistic care.
Andrew trained at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, qualifying in 1996. After general medical training and postgraduate exams he spent four years on a Specialist Training Program for Palliative Medicine in the North Thames region of London. On completion of the program he became a consultant and over the past 10 years has worked as a consultant and lead consultant both in London and Kent.
Andrew originally came to St Joseph’s Hospice as a locum consultant in November 2018 but soon realised that he wanted to stay so that he could continue to build strong relationships with staff, patients and families from our local communities. Andrew brings his experience and leadership skills to his new role as Medical Director whilst maintaining his clinical practice on the wards.