Ruth Wooldridge RGN OBE - Chair of Trustees
has been involved with palliative care overseas since co-founding Nairobi Hospice in 1988 and later the home based palliative care service for CanSupport in New Delhi. She also pioneered palliative care in Rwanda, starting a home based care service and training and more recently has been involved in the THET mentoring programme in Rwanda.
She has been involved in the production of the Palliative Care Toolkit for resource limited settings. In 2000 she was awarded the OBE for services to palliative care in developing countries.
Dr Karilyn Collins MBBS DTM&H Dip Pal Med MBE - Treasurer
is a specialist palliative care physician with experience in the United Kingdom and Tanzania. She worked in both general practice and palliative care in the UK for 25 years after which she worked for 6 years in Tanzania and founded Muheza Hospice Care, the first independent hospice in the country to provide palliative care in both hospital and community. Her particular field of interest is the integration of palliative care into HIV care and treatment programmes, and supporting Palliative Care Toolkit teaching and mentoring at various locations in Tanzania, Ghana, India, and Rwanda. Under her mentorship, the team in Dapagaon, India has had a paper on the palliative care needs in HIV accepted for the 2016 IAPCON conference in Pune. The mentoring in Rwanda with the THET programme facilitated by Edinburgh University is on-going and she will be mentoring teams there again in 2016. She was awarded the MBE in 2011 for services to palliative medicine in Tanzania and the U.K.
Dr Gillian Chowns BA MSc PhD
was a senior lecturer in palliative care at Oxford Brookes University and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton. A specialist palliative care social worker, with a particular interest in children, her association with Africa goes back over 30 years. She has lived and taught in Kenya for several periods, and in 2007 travelled widely in East and southern Africa as a Winston Churchill Fellow, researching the effectiveness of palliative care education and the support offered to children of the terminally ill.
Since founding PCW she has taught and mentored in Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana.
She currently holds a post as a hospice Bereavement Supervisor and Trainer, and is Guest Editor of a Special Issue on Palliative Care for the Journal of Social Work Practice.
Helen Bennett RGN BSc MSc
Jane Appleton RGN BA MSc
has twenty five years experience in palliative care practice and education, and as Programme Leader at Oxford Brookes University helped to establish the Nairobi-based Diploma programme. She has worked as Quality and Learning Manager for a major charity, and now manages a hospice in Reading, Berkshire.
Stephen Chowns BSc(Eng) MPhil - Secretary of PCW
has retired following a career as a specialist in human resource management. He now does voluntary work in his local community and for the Youth Hostels Association. He was a volunteer 'Games Maker' at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games!
His career has included HR appointments in industry and commerce, and lecturing and consultancy in both in the UK and Kenya. He focused particularly on employee relations, team-building, leadership and employment law.
Dr Charlie Bond BA Hons, BmBch, DTM&H, MRCGP
Dr Richard Collins MA FRCP MBBS DTM&H DRCOG
Dr George Smerdon MB BS DRCOG FRCGP
Dr Michael Minton BSc. MBBS FRCP London
He was appointed in 1987 as consultant colleague to Dr Robert Twycross at Sir Michael Sobell House, Oxford (WHO Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care), and was medical director of the clinical service from 1988-2009. His interests are in the relief of pain and other difficult symptoms, in the training of communication skills, and the psychosocial management of patients and their families. He was co-chairman with Prof Jacek Lucak (Poznan, Poland) of an annual 5 day residential palliative care course in Poznan between 1992-2002, which attracted doctors from all over central and eastern Europe. Over the last 10 years he has visited India annually and contributed to the IAPC conference, and given regular teaching sessions to the charity Cansupport in Delhi (of which Ruth Wooldridge was a co-founder).
Now retired from his full time NHS job he would like to share knowledge and experience of palliative care with colleagues, particularly those in resource limited countries. He is currently a mentor to the THET / University of Edinburgh project in East Africa.