Meet the team

Bolton Hospice is governed by a board of volunteer trustees. The trustees charge the senior management team with the day to day operation and management of the hospice.


Judith Bromley

I have been an enthusiastic and passionate supporter of the hospice since 1998 when I started as a ward volunteer in the evenings after work progressing to becoming a member of the Board of Trustees in 2007 and was appointed as Chairman in 2014.
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Grace Hopps

Vice Chairman
On retirement, I wanted to put my knowledge and expertise to good use on a voluntary basis. Like many families in Bolton, our family had been supported by the hospice in caring for relatives and friends requiring palliative and end of life care.
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Patrick Lydon

I have been involved with the charity sector for my whole career and Bolton Hospice being part of that is something I am proud to support. I will continue to work hard to ensure the financial stability of the hospice for now and for the future.
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Mohammed Iqbal Essa

I am deeply honoured to be part of an extremely dedicated board of trustees, a whole host of professional staff and over 900 strong volunteers. It is their passion and professionalism that attracted me to serve the cause of Bolton Hospice.
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Ian Savage

Ian was co-opted onto the Board in July 2018. Ian has been involved in supporting the hospice through The Bolton News for many years and is keen to bring his communications and PR/journalistic expertise to the Board of Trustees.
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Cllr Andy Morgan

Chair of the Building Committee
I first started volunteering at the hospice attending the Fundraising Committee. I was elected to Board in 2010 and currently serve as Chairman of the Building Committee, sit on the Finance Committee and also act as the Dementia Champion for the Board.
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Dr Geoff McLardy

Chair of Informatics Committee
I have been involved in Bolton Hospice since it’s inauguration in 1992. I have been a trustee of Bolton Hospice since 2013, chairing the Informatics committee and serving on the Quality and Standards committee.
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Dr Wirin Bhatiani

Chair of Quality & Standards Committee
I recently retired from my General Practice in Bolton after nearly 40 years serving the people of Westhoughton and Blackrod.
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Linda Duckworth

Linda is a retired Environmental Health Officer, who led the Regulatory Services team on behalf of Bolton Council. She was appointed as a trustee in July 2018. Linda currently sits on the Building and Health and Safety committees.
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Adrian Crook

I started my very first role 20 years ago working as a social worker in a hospital, hospice and the community and ever since then I have been a passionate advocate for delivering truly integrated and holistic high quality care.
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John Kirk

Company Secretary
I've wide ranging experience in advising on general business matters and commercial property matters in particular. I'm a member of the Building Committee and act as Company Secretary and I've been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2013.
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Senior Management

Dr (h.c) Leigh Vallance

Chief Executive
Leigh joined Bolton Hospice in 2012 and has been a CEO for over 20 years working for organisations at local, regional and national level.
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Dr Jenny Klimiuk

Consultant in Palliative Medicine
Jenny joined the team at Bolton Hospice in January 2019 as our Consultant in Palliative Medicine.
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Jenny Gallagher

Clinical Nurse Director
Jenny joined Bolton Hospice as our Clinical Nurse Director in April 2019 and is responsible for leading the Inpatient Unit, Community Services, Education and Facilities.
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Masud Kala

Finance and Corporate Services Director
Masud, an accountant by profession with over 25 years’ experience, joined Bolton Hospice in 2012 as Finance & Corporate Services Director.
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Alice Atkinson

Director of Income Generation and Communications
Alice joined the hospice team in 2011 as our Director of Income Generation & Communications.
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Dr Aurelia (Ellie) McCann

Medical Director/Consultant Physician - with specialist interest
Dr Aurelia (Ellie) McCann became Medical Director at Bolton Hospice in July 2017, and joined the hospice full time as Medical Director and Consultant Physician with a specialist interest in Palliative Medicine in April 2020.
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