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.
Enid Apsey worked in administration - mainly in an industrial office before marrying Ron and having three sons. She joined St Clare's in 1992 when the Hospice was still at Westoe Village, and was seconded to Macmillan to raise over £1M for a purpose built Hospice at Primrose Hill. Since retirement she has been a member of the Board - now as Chairman. She serves on the Financial and Organisational Governance Committee as well as the Clinical Governance and Quality Assurance Committee.Enid also gets involved from time to time in fundraising events she helps to organise.
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 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.
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.
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 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.