Our Trustees

Meet the team

Our voluntary trustees are from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wealth of knowledge to the organisation from their chosen fields.

Mrs Jean Horton (Chair)


I’m Jean Horton and I joined as a trustee in 2006. I am currently Chair of the Board of Trustees at Ashgate Hospicecare and previously Vice Chair. I have also chaired the Fundraising Committee. I have organised many fundraising activities for Ashgate Hospicecare since 1989 and as a member of Soroptimist International of Chesterfield.

Previously, I was a teacher of children with special educational needs aged 11 to 16.

I am a member of various charity organisations and in the past was involved in a lot of fundraising and community work as volunteer.

My qualifications include M.Ed., (Hon) BA, Dip ED. and Cert Ed.

I enjoy being an ambassador for Ashgate Hospicecare, visiting all parts of the hospice and the shops, as well as supporting and helping at events.

My hobbies include playing the piano, going to the theatre, reading, church work and spending as much time as possible with my grandchildren.

Councillor Terry Gilby (Vice Chair)


I’m Terry Gilby and I became trustee at Ashgate Hospicecare in 2002.

Previous to my role at the hospice, I was a Civil Servant and Local Government Councillor.

I have detailed knowledge of planning and local government as I am Deputy Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council.

I enjoy making a contribution to a hospice that provides first rate care to the people of north Derbyshire.

My hobbies include walking and music. I have climbed the highest points in 48 English counties, plus the highest points in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the The Isle of Man.

Mr Andrew Archibald



I was appointed as a trustee in July 2015 and am honoured to have been asked to join Ashgate Hospicecare.

I am currently Head of Customer Experience at Co-op Insurance and have over 15 years of operations and customer care experience across insurance, hospitality and healthcare sectors. I began my career in the NHS, working in hospitals across South Yorkshire and the ambulance service. Before joining the Co-op I was a management consultant at GE Healthcare and Director of Customer Experience at Travelodge Hotels. In both of these roles I led change programmes centred on improving the efficiency and quality of services for customers and patients. My role at GE allowed me to work across organisations in Europe and the Middle East which was an amazing challenge learning how to work across different cultures.

Outside of work, my 3 children keep me very busy. We try to get out to enjoy the great Derbyshire countryside as much as possible – camping, cycling and walking. Like many dads I now pursue my sporting ambition through my son as I coach one of the junior teams at Tupton Rugby Club.

Dr Steve Bradder



I’m Steve Bradder and I became a trustee of Ashgate Hospicecare 2012. I am a scientist by training, owned and developed businesses in hospitality and then went into property management and development. I’ve also managed services in secondary care, was a director of a large GP medical practice and I am now a senior manager within NHS England.

My key qualifications include PhD Cancer Research, MSc. Molecular Pathology and Toxicology, BSc. (Hons) Applied Biology, Good Clinical Practice, Information Governance certification and a Certificate in Healthcare Finance. I am also a member of the Healthcare Governance Committee.

I really enjoy working with the volunteers of Ashgate Hospicecare and ensuring that the extremely high clinical standards set by the hospice are met and usually exceeded.

My hobbies include cooking, football and being a National Trust member.

Mrs Penny Brooks


I started my nursing career in the NHS in 1976 as a Nursing Cadet before qualifying as a Registered Nurse and a District Nurse. I had experience in both acute, primary and community services before becoming Chief Nurse and Executive Director in 2001 in Doncaster West PCT. I worked as Chief Nurse with a wide portfolio of responsibilities in both Barnsley and Sheffield and latterly as Chief Nurse for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw cluster before the dissolution of PCTs. My current role is Clinical Director for Primary and Community Services Care Group within Sheffield NHS Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust responsible for a wide range of services and staff. I am the lead for developing transforming services and integrated care teams across Sheffield as part of the Right First Time programme.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment in 2012. I sit as the patient representative on the South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Executive Cancer survivor group. I became a trustee of Ashgate Hospicecare in January 2014.

I’m married and have two grown up children. I live in Stanton in Peak with her husband and three dogs.

Mr Andrew Dukelow


I’m Andy Dukelow and I joined as trustee at Ashgate Hospicecare in 2011.

Previously, I was an apprentice trained sheet metal worker, had a career in the Army and had various business roles. I am currently Managing Director of Franke Sissons Ltd. I was also previously a Governor at Whittington Green School.

My qualifications include HND Engineering, ADip. Business Management and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

I enjoy contributing to the development of Ashgate Hospicecare through my knowledge of business and being involved in a number of subcommittees.

In my own time, I work in my wife’s equestrian business and enjoy taking on fundraising challenges.


Mr Malcolm Pope


I’m Malcolm Pope and I joined Ashgate Hospicecare as a trustee in 2015. I am also a member of the Finance Advisory Group.

I am one of nine Partners at Shorts Chartered Accountants, which has offices in both Chesterfield and Sheffield and employs 90 members of staff in the local area. I have been with the firm for in excess of 15 years and I specialise in presenting financial information to local owner-managed businesses in an easy to understand manner and using this information to help management make informed strategic decisions.

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and Auditor as well as a registered and approved coach for GrowthAccelerator.

I am looking forward to using the skills I have gained in my commercial career to date to contribute to the development of Ashgate Hospicecare.

I live in Chesterfield with my wife, Liz, and our two children. My spare time is occupied with the ever-increasing amounts of activities that our children wish to undertake!

Mr Daniel Ratchford


I’m Daniel Ratchford, and have been a trustee at Ashgate Hospicecare since July 2015.

I am Chief Executive of Quality Health, a health and social care consultancy that specialises in measuring and understanding patient and service user experience.  We employ around 50 people at our head offices in Chesterfield, but our work regularly takes me around the UK and further afield.

I’ve previously worked as a director in the NHS, and in local government, and also spent time in central government.

I have degrees in Philosophy and Management Studies; Politics; and an MBA.

When I’m not in Chesterfield, or travelling elsewhere, I live in London with my wife and two daughters. I’ve been (very slowly) learning Italian for at least the last ten years.


Dr Roger Start


I’m Roger Start and I joined Ashgate Hospicecare as a trustee in 2013.

I have been a Consultant Histopathologist at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital since 1996, lead cancer clinician at the hospital since 2008, and a divisional director since 2010.

My qualifications include MD FRCPath.

I enjoy learning about Ashgate Hospicecare services, spending time with staff and patients and helping with the healthcare governance agenda.

I’m married to Sue, a GP, with two daughters, 18 and 15. My hobbies include cycling, walking, theatre, watching sport and LEGO.

Karen Lockwood


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Ian Snow


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Mrs Angela Wright


I’m Angela Wright and I was appointed as a trustee at Ashgate Hospicecare in January 2013.

I worked for the NHS for 17 years, 10 of those in senior management roles in finance and contracting. I then left to spend more time with my two young children. I am a qualified accountant and now work independently as a Management and Accounting Consultant.

I have enjoyed using my financial and management expertise to contribute to the Board and the finance team. It has been a privilege to meet the staff, volunteers, patients and carers at Ashgate Hospicecare. I am deeply impressed by the difference high quality care makes to the lives of patients, carers and families.

I am a member of St Thomas’ Church, Brampton, where I serve on the Parochial Church Council and the World Mission Committee. I also sing with the Honeybelles, a ladies choir based in Ashover.