Sir Tim Jenner

Chair

Sir Tim Jenner joined the Royal Air Force and served as an operational helicopter pilot in the UK, Germany, Middle East and Belize for 20 years before progressing to a number of staff appointments. His last post was Chief of Staff at RAF Strike Command. On retirement he joined Serco Group and was the Chair of the Defence and Aerospace Division. He left Serco in 2011 and became a trustee of Thames Valley Air Ambulance, which he chaired for eight years.

Sir Tim joined Katharine House as a trustee in April 2019, wanting to make a contribution to this vital charity at a time of significant challenge for hospices in the UK.

He says, 'Katharine House provides an absolutely crucial service to the local community and the demand is growing. I am proud to have joined a dedicated and highly professional team that is constantly striving to enhance the outstanding care it provides.

Lindsey Bowser

Lindsey has spent the last 27 years working with a global professional services firm and is Talent Leader for their Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) strategy and transactions business. Her experience covers all aspects of human resources strategy and operations with a strong focus on change management and understanding the talent implications and needs of a complex and dynamic people-centred business.

Lindsey joined as a Trustee in March 2019 and is also a regular ward clerk volunteer in the inpatient unit. She also has a passion for fundraising for the hospice.

She says, ‘For a number of years my husband Quentin and I regularly participated in fundraising for the hospice at our local village pub. Then Quentin was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 49 and in his last months and weeks received exceptional care, initially from the Community Nursing team and then within the inpatient unit. The care was absolutely exceptional as was the support to our family.  

‘What was also so important - and valued - were the seemingly little things, such as being able to bring our dog in to visit him every day where we could sit outside in the beautiful garden with Baxter at his feet. It is such a positive and tranquil environment, which also affords moments of genuine laughter and joy, and that is an absolute gift to both patients and their families. It’s a privilege to be a trustee at this incredibly special hospice and to get to know through volunteering the wonderful individuals who make Katharine House the exceptional place it is.’

Geraldine Burke

Geraldine has enjoyed a clinical career in the NHS, working in several London hospitals as a nurse, senior manager and executive director. She specialised in surgery, oncology and palliative care, initiating new and patient-focused services. Geraldine worked with NHS commissioners to integrate and merge hospitals and community services, all requiring change management and financial accountability.

Geraldine has worked for the Care Quality Commission as a specialist advisor, inspecting end of life care across the country. She has also been a hospice trustee in Hertfordshire for six years and, since 2017, as a clinical trustee for Katharine House Hospice.

Geraldine says: 'Having worked in many settings, initiating, designing and providing palliative care for patients and those close to them, I believe there is still much to be done to make the speciality accessible to all and to further meet the individual needs of those people and families at a most vulnerable time of their life.

'It is vital that hospices survive during international financial crisis and never more do we need the support of local communities to give financial donations, help to fundraise and volunteer to work with us. I look forward to working in partnership with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) to continue to improve and develop palliative care for the people of Oxfordshire.'

Robbie Cooke

Robbie has worked as a marketer in the creative industries for over 12 years. Starting his career with publishers Taylor & Francis and Pearson, he moved to the video games industry with Oxford-based studio Rebellion in 2013 where he founded the marketing division and launched a number of award-winning video games and the studio's first feature film. He is currently on a career break and can often be found at Banbury rugby club or in the fields around Banbury with his Staffie, Nellie.

Robbie joined as a trustee in March 2021 wishing to give back to the organisation that cared for his late wife Jan, who died in 2019, aged just 34.

He says, 'The word hospice can be a scary one when you are young, but through my wife’s amazing care and the Living Well programme I saw first-hand how end-of-life care is just the tip of the iceberg at Katharine House and how many positive stories there are to tell about everything it does. I want to help ensure as many of the community as possible have access to all its wonderful services.'

Claire Dobbs

Claire is Chief Executive of a group of healthcare agencies that specialise in global brand strategy and development, including medical education and medical communication. She has a wealth of experience in the international pharmaceutical and health arena having held senior marketing positions within the pharmaceutical industry. She has a passion for brand building and  developing effective brand communication plans.

She is an Associate Member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and has a strong interest in building effective teams and personnel development. She is a keen equestrian and yoga teacher and runs her own company providing training across both disciplines. 

Claire says, 'The work that Katharine House Hospice does is exceptional, providing a unique service that is valued greatly by the local community. I am delighted to be supporting the work they do.'

Richard Jones

Richard Jones

Richard has worked all his working life in the wine trade. He started his career at Saccone and Speed and spent ten years there in various marketing and sales roles. For the last 27 years he has been managing director of Reh Kendermann UK, the largest supplier of German wines in the UK. Richard is also Chairman of both his 170-year-old family business SH Jones Wines, based in Banbury and Yapp Brother in Mere.

The Jones family moved back to the Banbury area 27 years ago to bring up their three children. Richard and his family have been involved with fundraising for Katharine House for 20 years. The family has benefitted periodically from the extraordinary care and help from the hospice over the last eight years since his wife contracted breast cancer.

He says, 'Katharine House is an amazing organisation and we as a community are incredibly lucky to have this support during our darkest moments. It is vital that we continue to support the hospice and I hope I may be able to contribute to the future of Katharine House ensuring that we continue to offer this wonderful gift in the years to come.'

Christina Lloyd

Christina started her working life as a biology and applied sciences lecturer in a further education college, moving to the Open University soon after. Although initially an academic, Christina has a background in senior university management, teaching and learning, and student support.

The wish to engage and contribute to the community, as well as the charity sector, is confirmed by the roles she held as parent governor in her son’s primary school, a governor on the board of a local further education college and a trustee on the Board of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Soon after her retirement from the Open University in 2016, Christina became a volunteer at Katharine House Hospice working as a ward clerk in the inpatient unit. The initial motivation stemmed from the fact that a very dear friend was cared for and supported by Katharine House. This gave her a first-hand experience of the very critical and compassionate work done in supporting individuals and helping ‘put life into the last days of life’.

She says, 'Katharine House helped my friend as well as his family cope with the most difficult time in their lives. I want to be part of the Katharine House team to do the same for the many families that engage with our services.'

Sam Shadbolt

Sam is a solicitor with eight years post-qualification experience in a mix of private practice and in-house roles. He is the UK&I Head of Legal with a global manufacturer of paints and coatings, having previously worked in legal roles within the technology sector and, before that, with a leading UK law firm.

Living near and growing up close to Katharine House, it has been ever-present in Sam’s mind as the local charity of choice. Following the global pandemic, and after reflecting on how best to give something back, the legal trustee role allows Sam to contribute to the charity both his legal experience and commercial skills within a large organisation focused on improvement and growth.

Sam says, ‘The work that the charity does is renowned locally and is greatly valued by friends and family in the local area. I am delighted to be involved in some of the inner workings and support the opportunities available to the charity.’

Cate Teideman

Cate qualified as an accountant in 2004 and has worked for commercial organisations and charities. She has many years of experience working with trustees, advising on financial strategy and supporting long-term objectives.

Outside of work, Cate has been involved with fundraising for charities for many years. This is both taking part in events and activities, as well as being part of the committees, often as the role of treasurer.

She says, 'I have enormous respect for the work that Katharine House Hospice does, and appreciate how important this is to our region.'