Dr Jonathan Williams


Jonathan Williams

Jonathan has been working as a GP locally for more than 30 years and developed an interest in palliative care through his various medical roles.

He has worked closely with Katharine House’s community nursing team since its inception and following a brief period working within the hospice, he joined as a trustee in 2013.

He has seen the benefit that the hospice brings to the community it serves from the viewpoint of patients, their families and carers who have used the services both as inpatients at the hospice and in the community.

Carol Shaw

Carol has spent her working life as a solicitor in private practice, first in London and now as Director and Head of Employment Law at Spratt Endicott Limited in Banbury. Carol joined as a Trustee of Katharine House Hospice in 2017. The help that is provided by the Hospice, to both patients and those who care for them, is a service that Carol supports through personal experience of its value.

She says “I cannot imagine how we as a family could have coped during the final stages of my father’s illness without the support and care given by Katharine House, and I feel genuinely privileged to be able to contribute in my role as Trustee to this organisation, and the benefits it delivers to our community.”

Dorothy Bean

Appointed as a trustee in October 2017, Dorothy’s professional background is in nursing and her interests are in the digitisation of healthcare services to deliver improvements like the development of apps for patients to gain access to their health records and book appointments.

Dorothy has worked in hospital, community and care home services and has a depth of healthcare knowledge and experience.

Dorothy’s interest in hospice care started many years ago as her mother worked in one of the first hospices in the country. Dorothy also worked in the hospice kitchens whilst at college and spent time chatting to patients which no doubt influenced the direction of her own nursing career. She was the first Children’s Macmillan Nurse in the country and later became a lecturer in Cancer and Palliative Care, and research at Oxford Brookes University.

Latterly she has held senior positions at large teaching hospitals, has substantial experience in governance, regulation, risk management, quality improvement, analytics and digitisation projects and has also contributed to CQC inspections.

Dorothy says: "Whilst working with parents whose children were terminally ill, I learned about the terribleness of suffering and the role of love in healthcare, and this inspires me to support the hospice".

Lindsey Bowser

Geraldine Burke

Sir Tim Jenner

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".

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 10 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 S H 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 befitted 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 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’’.

Tony Summersgill

Tony Summersgill

Tony Summersgill has undertaken a number of roles in the NHS and independent healthcare sector. He originally qualified as a therapeutic radiographer and has extensive knowledge in improving quality of patient care in many different clinical services. He is an experienced healthcare manager currently working in North Oxfordshire delivering primary and community clinical services.

He says “Katharine House Hospice offers care and support to people at very difficult time in their lives delivers a great service for the local community.”