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About us

St. Clare's Hospice is a local independent charity, providing specialist palliative care to adults who live South of the Tyne.

Since 1987, St. Clare’s Hospice has been providing care to the local community. Based in Jarrow, in purpose-built facilities we offer specialist palliative care for adults who live south of the Tyne. We provide a range of flexible services to patients and their families by following a holistic approach that aims to address not just the physical symptoms, but also spiritual and emotional needs too.



Avril Robinson

Chief Executive Officer


Avril leads the Management Team that is responsible for managing all aspects of the charity’s strategic and operational activities including clinical services and voluntary income generation. Avril joined the Hospice in January 2017, having previously worked as Head of Fundraising and Communications at St Wilfrid’s Hospice in West Sussex. With over 6 years of management experience in the Hospice movement, she is passionate about ensuring St. Clare’s delivers excellence in care and provision to meet the needs of the local community.

Vicky Bracey

Clinical Nurse Manager


Vicky has been a registered nurse since 1989 with a background of elderly care, palliative care and specialist palliative care. Vicky started working for St. Clare’s in 2001 and her role is the organisational management of the clinical services. This includes the In-Patient and Day Care Units, Lymphoedema and Physio services, Bereavement Counselling, Befriending, Complementary Therapies and Chaplaincy. Vicky is the Registered Manager for St. Clare’s, thereby ensuring that the Hospice meets all of the CQC regulated activities.

Sian Harper

Retail Manager


Sian has a strong background in retail having worked for a large national company for many years. Working alongside volunteers to drive and improve the standards of the retail stores while also raising awareness and funds for St Clare's is her main driving force. Having the support from the public is very important to both Sian and the wider retail team.

Michelle Middlemas

Michelle is a focused, determined and confident Human Resources professional with 16 years of experience in the UK and overseas in the Private and Public Sectors. Michelle started working at St. Clare’s in June 2016 and works as part of St. Clare's Senior Management Team. Working in partnership with Leigh Ann Gowens (HR Administrator) the HR departments objective is to ensure an effective and timely HR service is provided to underpin the effective running of St Clare’s Hospice, its staff, volunteers and managers.

Wendy McGauley

Head of Fundraising & Communications


Wendy joined St Clare's in November 2017 following 18 years experience in the national charity sector. Wendy leads the fundraising and communications team and is responsible for all non retail voluntary income. Wendy's first career was in management consultancy and she is delighted to join St Clare's management team to develop sustainable income growth.

Walter Armstrong MBE


Walter was born in Jarrow where he still lives today and educated at the University College of London. Walter had a successful career as a Solicitor and was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 1995. St. Clare's has been a key part of Walter's life for over 20 years and in addition to being a trustee, he is the promoter of our Hospice Lottery.

Carol Singleton - Queen's Nurse


Carol started her nursing career in 1976 at Leeds General Infirmary where she quickly realised that the place she wanted to work was in the community and after qualifying and gaining some hospital experience, she began a career as a District Nursing Sister in London, Bradford and Halifax. Carol's lifetime interest in palliative and end of life care began at this time and has continued to expand, culminating in her Trustee position at St. Clare’s in 2014. Carol is also a qualified aromatherapist and has used these skills as a volunteer at the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford and Overgate Hospice in Elland near Halifax. Carol is proud to have been made a Trustee at St. Clare’s and looks forward to supporting the patients, volunteers,staff and other Trustees by sharing her experience in nursing, clinical governance, quality and audit.

Susan Clouston


Susan is a qualified secretary with a background in Finance and Retail and during her career worked at Plessey Telecommunications in South Shields. In addition to her working life, Susan was a Youth Club Leader for a number of years and has a certificate in Bereavement Counselling. Susan has been a part of St. Clare's for over 20 years; after initially coming for treatment, she went on to become a volunteer and continues to support our fundraising efforts.

Kathryn Foley


Elaine Kilgannon MBE


Elaine joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 with 30+ years of NHS experience. She worked in South Tyneside NHS Trust from January 1997, initially as a dietitian and from 2001 until her retirement in 2013 was the Cancer Services Manager - hence the close attachment to the work of St Clare’s Hospice. Elaine currently works part time as a development manager for Macmillan Cancer Support. In 2006 Elaine was awarded an MBE for services to the NHS. Elaine sits on the Clinical Governance committee.

Wayham Moran


Wayham Moran is a qualified accountant with 40 years commercial experience as Finance Director or Chief Executive of many businesses. Although retired from full time work he remains a Director of Northern Recruitment Group and a member of their Audit and Risk Committee. He is Deputy Chair of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, a member of their Audit and Risk Committee and Chair of their Investment Committee. He served as an Employment Tribunal member for 12 years until his judicial retirement in 2017. He lives in Newcastle and is married with 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Samantha Pritchard


Samantha is a Senior Lawyer specialising in charities and governance matters. She advises local, regional and national charities and is a member of the Charity Law Association. Like many, her family has benefitted from the support of their local hospices and she is therefore keen to contribute to the strategic oversight and direction of St Clare's whilst on the Board.

Janet Ridley


Janet has worked as a Senior Manager / Internal Consultant and has a wide range of skills & experience in Operational Management, Work Management Principles, Cost Efficiency Projects, Training, Business Integration/Mergers, Work State Recovery and Service Improvement Programmes. Currently working as a self employed Business Consultant, Janet brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board.