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 Chair
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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Linda Duckworth

Company Secretary
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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Dr Helen Wall

Chair of Quality & Standards Committee
Bolton Hospice will always hold a very special place in my heart. I’m hopeful that my passion for my hometown & this wonderful place coupled with my experience of healthcare and improving services over the years will offer the hospice a great asset.
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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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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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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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Mike Worsley

Chair of Informatics Committee
A Boltonian through and through, I have lived less than ten minutes from the hospice my entire life - a hospice to which I have a close affinity having lost both my father and older brother some time ago here to cancer, and where I witnessed first-hand how incredibly well looked after they were in their final days.
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Claire Fern

Chair of Human Resources Committee
Throughout my career, I have worked in a variety of managerial and leadership roles in both the private, public and charity sector. I adore working with people and I am excited about working with the team at Bolton Hospice.
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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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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

Deputy Chief Executive
Alice joined the hospice in 2011 as our Director of Income Generation & Communications and became Deputy Chief Executive in 2024.
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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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