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About us

St Clare's Hospice is the local independent Hospice for the community of South Tyneside. We provide palliative and end of life care and support to adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

St Clare’s Hospice has been providing care and support to the community of South Tyneside since 1987. Based in Jarrow in purpose-built facilities, we offer palliative and end of life care for adults with life-limiting illnesses. We provide a range of flexible services to our patients and their families, following a holistic approach that aims to address not only the physical symptoms, but the spiritual and emotional needs too.



Paul Jones-King

Chief Executive/ Director of Clinical Services


Paul joined us in September 2018. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience across hospice care in the North East. He is an RGN, having worked in a number of clinical positions in the NHS and the Hospice Movement. He is a dynamic leader who will lead the medical and clinical teams over the coming months, working closely with the entire St Clare’s Hospice team. Paul is also a Trustee of Alice House Hospice in Teeside, a key member of Hospices North East Collaborative Clinical Group, and an inspector for the Care Quality Commission.

Nicola Haggan

Deputy Chief Executive


Sandra Britten

Director of Information Governance


Jackie Richardson

Clinical Lead


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 Hospice in June 2016 and works as part of the Senior Management Team. Working in partnership with Marie Smoult, 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 Hospice 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 Hospice management team to develop sustainable income growth.

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.

Tracey Woodall

Chair of Trustees

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.

Janet Ridley


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

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.

John Sheridan