Senior Leadership Team

Angharad Orchard

Chief Executive

Angharad Orchard

Angharad is a qualified accountant with a background in senior management within the voluntary sector. Originally working as an auditor in the not for profit sector, she has worked for a number of charities since including Somerset House Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust, Send a Cow and SafeLives.

Angharad moved back to the Banbury area, in which she grew up, following her own dad’s diagnosis with terminal cancer, and later joined Katharine House having seen first-hand the difference the hospice makes. She says “Katharine House Hospice helped to make the most unbearable thing in our lives bearable. The care and support my family received made all the difference and I’m incredibly proud to now be part of such a talented team working within our local community.”

Bernadette Ross

Director of Nursing

Bernadette Ross

Bernadette qualified as a nurse at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London in 1979. After training she spent six years in a hospice in the east end of London where she completed foundation and specialist courses in palliative care and worked as a ward sister.

In 1991, Bernadette joined the newly opening Katharine House Hospice, working first as the day hospice sister, then inpatient sister and finally as a community clinical nurse specialist before moving into senior management. She became Director of Nursing at Katharine House in 2002 where she directs all the non-medical clinical services. Bernadette is passionate about palliative care with the opportunity it affords to realise and support the unique needs, concerns and ambitions of every individual. She describes the “great privilege” of spending a large part of her working life in this field.

Dr Charlie Bond

Consultant and Medical Director

Dr. Charlie Bond

Charlie qualified in Oxford in 1991 and went on to train as a GP in Bath. He moved into Palliative Medicine in 1999 and completed his specialist training on the Oxford rotation in 2003. He worked at Sobell House Hospice in Oxford before taking up a Consultant post with Severn Hospice in 2006, working in Shrewsbury and Telford. He joined Katharine House Hospice as Medical Director in 2010.

Charlie provides clinical leadership to the teams at the hospice with his consultant colleague and is directly involved in care of patients on the inpatient unit and with the Palliative Care Team at the OUH Horton Hospital.

He has worked extensively in developing countries and has an interest in the teaching and delivery of Palliative Care in resource-limited settings, co-authoring the “Palliative Care Toolkit” in 2008.

He balances work with family, music and growing vegetables.

He continues to be motivated by the difference that Palliative Care can make to patients and families:

“When someone has a life-limiting illness it becomes an absolute priority to try and maintain and improve the quality of whatever time they have left. It is a privilege at Katharine House to be part of a team who work so hard to achieve this goal for patients and families.”

Dr Beth MacGregor

Consultant in Palliative Medicine

Dr. Beth MacGregor

Beth qualified in London in 1997 and has worked in palliative care settings including St Joseph’s, St Christopher’s, Princess Alice and Myton Hospices as well as St George’s Hospital Palliative Care team in London. She joined Katharine House Hospice in 2009.

Beth’s role involves care of patients across the inpatient unit and the community service, working alongside GPs and our Clinical Nurse Specialists. She provides clinical leadership of the medical team together with the Medical Director and is the Training Programme Director for doctors training in specialist palliative medicine across the Thames Valley. Beth has a particular interest in Medical Ethics and completed a post graduate degree in Medical Law & Ethics at King’s College London in 2005. Outside work she’s kept busy with her family, including three children and a never-tiring cocker spaniel.

Of Katharine House, Beth says; ‘It’s a privilege to work as part of the Katharine House team, as the service is such a valued part of the local community making a difference to families at a very difficult time.