The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance of LOROS and meets six times each year.

The Board comprises up to 15 members who are both trustees of the registered charity and directors of the company, which is limited by guarantee.

All of our trustees are unpaid volunteers.

The President holds an honorary position but does attend board meetings. The role also involves conferring awards to LOROS staff and volunteers and promoting and representing LOROS in the local community.

Jennifer, Lady Gretton, DCVO JP LLD (Hon) D Univ (Hon) Hon DLitt

President

Date of joining LOROS board

  • 1999 as LOROS President

    Work/occupation

  • Retired

    Activity on LOROS sub-groups/committees

  • LOROS Special Events Committee

    About Jenny

    As president, Lady Gretton involves herself in LOROS activities and events. She recently has become more involved in the 1,500 volunteers by trying to make this large group of people feel more connected and part of the Hospice and the wider LOROS community.

    Jenny has a daughter, who is married with three children, and a son, who is also married with three children. Jenny’s hobbies are music, sport and all aspects of steam.

    Lady Gretton’s husband died in LOROS in April 1989 after being looked after by the nurses and doctors for 14 months after his diagnosis of terminal cancer.

    Other community involvement

    Organisation Position
    Leicester Early Music Association Patron
    SSAFA President of Leicestershire and Rutland branch
    Radio Leicester Applause Charity President
    Soft Touch Arts Patron
    Menphys President
    Leicestershire Historic Buildings Trust Patron
    1279 Squadron Air Cadets Melton Mowbray President
    Jo Humphries Memorial Trust Committee for Inspire Awards
    Leicester Cathedral Music Foundation Trustee
    Friends of Leicester Catherdral Member

  • Professor Robin Graham-Brown, BSc(Hons) MBBS FRCP FRCPCH

    Chairman of the Board of Trustees

    Date of joining LOROS board

  • 2012

    Work/occupation

  • Retired Dermatologist/Medical Manager

    Activity on LOROS sub-groups/committees

  • Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Chair of the Education and Research Committee
  • Honorary Officers Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

    About Robin

    Robin is married to Margaret and they have three grown up sons and four grandchildren. Robin is a member of the MCC and, as well as cricket, enjoys most sports but especially equestrianism, as well as travel and music. He and Margaret have been members of the Ratcliffe Chorale for a number of years.

    This is my second period as a Trustee, having served three terms in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. I rejoined the Board in November 2012 and succeeded Professor John Feehally as Chair in June 2017.

    Although I practised in a medical discipline where death was a rare event, I have always been passionate about the need for society to treat older people with dignity, and to offer comfort and care at the end of life to all who need it and to their families and friends. Accordingly, in addition to my involvement with LOROS, I was at various times directly responsible for trying to improve end of life care in the community and in the acute hospital sector – as the Clinical Lead for End of Life Care for the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority and as Director of Services for Older People at University Hospitals of Leicester.

    Past President and an Honorary Member of the British Association of Dermatologists. Member of the Executive Committee of the St Francis Leprosy Guild. Chair the Philanthropy Advisory Board at the University of Leicester. Robin is active in his local parish (Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in East Leake) and was for a number of years a member (some of the time as Chair) of the Board of Governors of Ratcliffe College and Grace Dieu Manor School. He has been a member of the Catenian Association for over 40 years.

  • Mr Andrew Stant, FCA FIAB

    Vice-Chairman & Honorary Treasurer

    Date of joining LOROS board

  • 1987

    Work/occupation

  • Partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants

    Activity on LOROS sub-groups/committees

  • Honorary Officers
  • Treasurers Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Income Generation and Marketing Standards Committee

    About Andrew

    Andrew lives in Ashby with his wife and has one son. Andrew is also Treasurer of a model railway club in Coventry.

    Andrew’s uncle died from cancer in hospital over 30 years ago when there were no hospice facilities available. Just afterwards the previous LOROS Treasurer asked him if he would volunteer as he was retiring. Andrew felt that this was an ideal way to use his professional training as an Account to help the development of LOROS.

  • Mr Richard L Brucciani, OBE DL

    Date of joining LOROS board

  • 2016

    Work/occupation

  • Executive Chairman of Pal International Ltd

    Activity on LOROS sub-groups/committees

  • Education and Research Committee
  • Business Development Group
  • Create 2020 cultural audit
  • Tell us what you think patient survey work

    About Richard

    Married to Sheila, they have two daughters in Harrogate, one son in Toronto and another in Olomouc (Czech). Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant and subsequently becoming a Director of the fledgling Young Volunteer Force Foundation in London.

    Now Executive Chairman of Pal International Ltd, a company specialising in infection prevention and hygiene products for export to food, pharmaceutical, healthcare and industrial markets. The manufacturing base is located in Lutterworth and the company has offices in the Middle East and representation in Asia Pacific.

    Former Chairman of East Midlands CBI, becoming National Chairman of the Smaller Firms Council and member of the National Manufacturing Council.

    Richard was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 1995 for his contribution to smaller businesses. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire in 1999.

    Other voluntary activities have included Membership of Leicester University Council, Trustee of the Chaplaincy to the University, Trustee of Menphys and school governorships.

  • Mr Chris Greenwell, LLB

    Date of joining LOROS board

  • 2014

    Work/occupation

  • Partner in Gateley LLP

    Activity on LOROS sub-groups/committees

  • Income Generation And Marketing Standards Committee

    About Chris

    His main field is dispute resolution, an area for which he is responsible within the practice across the East Midlands.

    He has been an equity partner, based in Leicester, in various law firms since 1987.

    Chris has long been professionally ranked in the Legal 500 and/or Chambers which are objective quality appraisers of the Legal profession.

    He is a member of The Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and is a Past Chairman of the Round Table Area 14.

    Chris is married and has two adult children. He enjoys mountaineering, skiing, rugby and military history.

  • Mrs Elizabeth Kitchen

    Liz worked in the advertising industry both in London and Leicester and was also PA for a national energy group. She was secretary for the Leicestershire branch of the Institute of Directors for a number of years. Currently she works for a large international insurance company as an events co-ordinator.

    Liz has been a member of the Charnwood NSPCC fundraising committee for over 20 years and has also served on various charitable committees organising various events.

    Liz lives in Queniborough, is married to Peter and has two children at university. Having played tennis for years she is now trying to master the games of golf and bridge in her spare time.

    Mr David Lindley, QPM DL

    Born in a mining community in South Yorkshire, David graduated in 1974 from Leicester University with a 2:1 honours degree in the biological sciences. David went on to have a successful career spanning nearly thirty five years in policing. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal- QPM for distinguished service in 2002 and retired as Deputy Chief Constable Leicestershire Police.

    A former governor of Welbeck the Defence Sixth Form College, Woodhouse, Leicestershire and chair of its Facilities committee and COPS- Care of Police Survivors. David has a long interest in the wellbeing of young people and was previously chair of The Princes Trust Business leaders group supporting the Team programme.

    David is a trustee of LOROS, and the Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods Trust. He is the Independent Person for Leicester City Council dealing with complaints about the conduct of its councillors and Ambassador for Giving World Online.

    David nows relaxes as a volunteer by carrying out conservation work for the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods Trust. He has a passion for drystone walling and is Life member of The Friends of the Leicester University Botanic Gardens.

    David was commissioned Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire in 2015.

    Mrs Ajmer Mahal, PgDip

    Date of joining LOROS board

  • 2010

    Work/occupation

  • Owner/Director of two family run companies

    Activity on LOROS sub-groups/committees

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Clinical Governance Steering Group

    About Ajmer

    Ajmer is passionate about the care for the elderly, vulnerable and the lonely. Mental Health is another area of interest for Ajmer.

    Ajmer is married and a mother of three grown up children, all pursuing their careers in medicine, business and properties.

    In her spare time for hobbies Ajmer enjoys spending time with friends, going to theatre and concerts. Although she listens to all genre of music, she is particularly keen on classical music as well as travelling with her family.

    As part of her role of trustee she actively engages with the wider and diverse community and attends numerous events.

    As a former broadcast journalist at BBC Nottingham and news anchor for Midlands Asian TV, based in Leicester, Ajmer later became involved in local politics. Although no longer a parish councillor in her village she still remains active politically in her local community.

    Since 2010 Ajmer continues to represent women on the Board of Directors at Leicestershire Asian Business Association (LABA). She does this also at the East Midlands CWO as the regional Chairman of the National Conservative Women’s Organisation. Ajmer regularly hosts speakers at the business networking events company she has been running for a number of years.

  • Tim Maxted

    Date of joining LOROS board

  • 2016

    Work/occupation

  • Chairman and Chief Executive of Berkeley Insurance Group

    Activity on LOROS sub-groups/committees

  • Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Chair of the Education and Research Committee
  • Honorary Officers Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

    About Tim

    Tim has significant experience of trusteeship and advisory boards at both local and national levels. These include The Prince’s Trust, Victim Support, The University of Leicester, the Children’s Hospital Appeal and also a charitable trust that he founded. These roles all demonstrate Tim’s enthusiasm and commitment to the charitable and voluntary sector.

    He was appointed by HM The Queen as High Sheriff of Leicestershire, completing this annual appointment in April 2018.

    The work of LOROS has long been of interest to Tim and he brings his broad skills and experience to the governance of the charity of which he has served as a Trustee since November 2016.

    Tim also plays an active part in the local business community; he enjoys rural life from his home in East Leicestershire and spending time with his two young sons.

  • Dr Kathryn Oliver, MB ChB FRCGP

    Kathryn has been a GP for the past 20 years and has worked in Coalville for the past 11 years. She has always had a professional interest in palliative care. She first worked at LOROS for nine months following her GP training, and continued contact with the organisation by holding the post of GP Macmillan Facilitator from 2000-2006. This was a strategic and educational post funded by Macmillan, then the PCT and based at the Hospice.

    Kathryn is involved in GP appraisals and revalidation, working as an Associate Appraiser in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

    She has been on the Board of Trustees since 2008.

    Kathryn lives in Quorn, is married to Jon and has three school-aged children. Her interests include orchestral playing (cello), bell ringing, pilates and following the Leicester Tigers with the family

    Mr Priyesh Patel, MBE BSc MBA

    Date of joining LOROS board

  • 2010

    Work/occupation

  • Managing Director of Cofresh Snack Foods

    Activity on LOROS sub-groups/committees

  • Business Development Group

    About Priyesh

    Priyesh is Managing Director of Cofresh Snack Foods. The family-run business has been established since 1974 and specialises in ethnic ambient and frozen foods. He has been active in the business since 1997 after completing his MBA at the University of Leicester. The company is now the largest ethnic snack food manufacturer in the UK, supplying all the major supermarkets and most independents and wholesalers. The company has establishments in India and Australia.

    Recently Priyesh has been involved in a care home for the elderly specialising in dementia with further plans to extend the number of homes.

    Priyesh is also a board member of Leicester Asian Business Association (LABA), dedicated to assisting businesses in the East Midlands to reach their goals.

    Priyesh lives in Leicester and is married to wife Divya. He has two daughters, Keya and Tia.

  • Mr Michael Pearson, DL DUniv(Hon) BA(Econ) LLB ACIS

    Date of joining LOROS board

  • 2010

    Work/occupation

  • Retired, formerly Bursar and Finance Director of Loughborough University

    Activity on LOROS sub-groups/committees

  • Treasurers Committee

    About Michael

    Michael graduated from Manchester University in Economics, and later took an external degree in Law from London University. He states his career highlights included a Commonwealth Universities Travelling Fellowship and leadership of an efficiency study on behalf of the Cabinet Office. At various times, Michael has been an adviser to the Department for Education and other government bodies.

    Since retiring, Michael has chaired the boards of a large housing association and a group of independent schools. He is currently Honorary Treasurer of Vista, the local charity supporting people with sight loss. He has also been a director of a mutual insurance company and an adviser on treasury management issues.

  • Mrs Pauline Tagg, RN/RM MBA

    Date of joining LOROS board

  • 2014

    Work/occupation

  • Chairman EMAS

    Activity on LOROS sub-groups/committees

  • Chair the Clinical Governance Committee
  • Member of the Placement Steering Group

    About Pauline

    Pauline qualified as a State Registered Nurse and a Midwife in the 1970’s. After gaining experience in a number of nursing and midwifery roles she was appointed as Director of Surgical Services and then Executive Director of Nursing and Quality at the Grantham and District Hospital where she stayed for 5 Years before moving to Wigan. After two years as Executive Director of Nursing and Facilities at the Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust she was appointed Executive Director Nursing at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in 2000, a position which she held for eight years. During that period she was responsible for the standards of nursing care, development and delivery of nursing strategy and Infection Prevention and Control. She was Executive Lead for patient and public involvement and completed two periods as Acting Chief Executive.

    Since that time Pauline spent two years as an independent consultant in the NHS providing executive coaching, planning and conducting reviews of clinical services, as well as hospital quality assessments commissioned by the Department of Health. In 2010/11 Pauline was a non-Executive Director for the Leicestershire and Rutland County PCT where she was involved in developing commissioning strategy and scrutiny of provider Trusts, as well as chair of the Clinical Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

    In the autumn 2011 she was appointed a non-Executive Director of the East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust focussing on strategy development, scrutiny of executive directors and Chair of the Quality and Governance Committee. She was appointed Interim Chairman in November 2013 to stabilise the leadership team and work with the interim Chief Executive to create an environment to deliver improved performance and strengthen governance. Following a recruitment process in August Pauline was appointed as Chairman of EMAS from October 1st for two years.

    Pauline was awarded an MBA from the Henley Management College in 1997 and she has received an MBE in recognition of her contribution to healthcare in Leicestershire. In her spare time Pauline plays golf and enjoys walking.

    LOROS is an excellent local charity providing healthcare to the most vulnerable funded in the most by charitable donations. Hospice care is something Pauline is passionate about and now she has the time to offer her knowledge and expertise.

  • Dr Nik Kotecha OBE

    As Chief Executive Officer at Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE has utilised his passion for drug discovery and International Trade towards the company’s commitment to “Making Quality Healthcare an Affordable and Accessible Reality Throughout the World”.

    Nik started his education at Newcastle, with a First Class Honours Degree in Chemistry; then he went on to do a PhD at Imperial College in London, and finally further Doctorate work at Cambridge University. His areas of research included drug discovery of molecules to treat type II Diabetes and Infection.

    Nik draws on his expertise in R&D and worldwide ethnic and cultural diversities gained through visiting most continents, and experience of exporting Healthcare products worldwide. He has a strong passion for giving back to the local community, country and International Aid Sectors.

    As a board member of the British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) Nik represents the interests of UK based manufacturers and suppliers of generic medicines and helps to promote the development of the generic medicines industry in the United Kingdom. As well as this, Nik became a Councillor of the CBI East Midlands Regional Council, an Enterprise Forum which represents the voice of business to government.

    In the June 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours Dr Nik Kotecha was truly honoured to be awarded an OBE for services to Entrepreneurship, Innovation in Pharmaceuticals Services and Philanthropy.

    Nik enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, other family members and friends. He regularly watches sports games and has a keen interest in economics. Nik also likes to have an active involvement within political affairs.