• Giles Tomsett
      Giles Tomsett Chief Executive

      Giles has spent over 20 years in health and social care leadership, both in the UK and across the world. His closest friend was cared for by St Catherine’s and he is passionate about ensuring local people receive the very best end of life care possible.

    • Dr Patricia Brayden
        Dr Patricia Brayden Medical Director

        Patricia has been a Consultant at St Catherine’s since 2000 and heads up our medical team. She studied medicine at Cambridge and started working in palliative medicine in 1996. She was one of the first graduates of the King’s College London MSc in Palliative Care, which sparked an ongoing interest in service organisation and policy. Outside of medicine Patricia enjoys cooking, reading and travelling. She tweets as @StchMed.

      • Paula McGoveney
          Paula McGoveney Director of Income Generation and Marketing

          Paula began her fundraising career over 20 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. She has risen through the ranks of a number of national charities, leading teams and working across all forms of income generation.

          She believes in the importance of strong supporter relationships and the power of great storytelling and is excited to be working with the team to generate income for palliative care.

          Alongside work, Paula can be found swimming laps at the local pool, attacking the ever-growing weeds in her garden or spending time with her family.

        • Elly Powis
            Elly Powis People & Site Services Director

            Elly has a wealth of experience in HR across a variety of sectors, including the charity, retail, statutory and not for profit sector. Among Elly’s management qualities are her passion for people and deep commitment to working in a collaborative, transparent and inclusive way.

            Elly is also passionate about people and is committed to helping support the work St Catherine’s and our outstanding team does and she has personal experience of St Catherine’s care as her mother was recently a patient at the hospice.

          • Paul Rycroft
              Paul Rycroft New Build Delivery & Collaboration Director

              Paul joined the team at St. Catherine’s in 2017 to support the program providing our new hospice building at Pease Pottage.  Having led operations and project delivery in engineering, manufacturing and service organisations for over 20 years, Paul brings a complimentary skill set to the already great team at St. Catherine’s.

            • Cathy Heard
                Cathy Heard Finance Director

                Cathy has a wealth of Financial, Strategic and Operational experience having worked within private healthcare for 15 years, in commercial and charitable organisations. Cathy has gained significant experience in organisations with redevelopment programmes and start up facilities.

                Outside of work, Cathy lives in Box Hill Village, Tadworth and is currently renovating her house and garden. Cathy enjoys spending time with her family and unwinds with local walks

              • Sam Farr
                  Sam Farr Director of Care Services

                  Sam has been nursing since 2000 and joined St Catherine’s Hospice in 2019. She has a varied nursing background, having worked in Hospital settings and Community settings, and has worked in wards, A&E, ITU, and has delivered care in people’s own homes and care homes. Sam has also worked in roles that have required her to work collaboratively across organisations and regionally.

                  Sam is a qualified District Nurse, Practice Teacher and a proud Queens Nurse, with many years of senior leadership experience across a variety of health care settings. She has a passion for standards of care, quality improvement, education, workforce and of course palliative and end of life care. Reflecting on her nursing career, plus professional and personal experiences of the Hospice, Sam says she is pleased to be part of the St Catherine’s team.


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