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The trustees (of whom there must be no more than 15 and no fewer than 3), are directors of the Charity (described in the Articles of Association as trustees) for the purposes of company law.

The trustees are responsible for ensuring the Charity is solvent, efficiently managed and delivering the outcomes for which it was created.

The trustees present a report each year at the AGM, along with financial statements, which are set out for adoption at the AGM.

Trustees delegate operational management to the Chief Executive.

Our Trustees are:

Douglas Claxton

Appointed as a Trustee: October 2016

Part Time Solicitor specialising in family law and town and country  planning.

His interests include walking, most sports particularly football, rugby and skiing. His real passion is travel. Douglas has a daughter in Abu Dhabi and another daughter in Madrid who he and his wife  travel to see regularly. He has three grandchildren in Madrid. He also has an interest in gardening and crop growing and shares an allotment with a friend.

Mike Clementson

Appointed as a Trustee: October 2016

Chartered Insurance Practitioner, Head of Agriculture for Crawford & Company Adjusters (UK) Limited. Mike has over 30 years of business and commercial adjusting experience.

Hobbies include reading, Rugby Union, Squash and Golf. Mike is also a member of the Wine Appreciation Society in Penrith and is a race horse owner.

Nicholas Coulson

Appointed as a Trustee: October 2016

After nearly 30 years in European finance, Nicholas spent six years running his own business in Hong Kong before returning to live  in Cumbria, where he and his wife Kate have long-standing links.

Nicholas is a past trustee of the Lakeland Arts Trust, the Calvert Trust and the Hospital of SS John and Elizabeth in London.

Besides people, Nicholas is also interested in the arts, architecture, gardens and trees.

Michael Cousins

Appointed a trustee in February 2013

Tribunal Judge (part time); non-practising solicitor

Interests include travel, skiing, tennis, reading and music.

Margaret Drury

Appointed as a Trustee: October 2016

Margaret was employed as a regulatory inspector for The Care Quality Commission and retired in March 2017. Most of her career has been working in the care of older people specialising in dementia care.

Margaret’s interests are reading, choral singing and classical music. Margaret has recently started horse riding and has enjoyed making friends with all the horses in the riding school.

Peter Lambert

Appointed as a Trustee August 2013

Retired Chartered Accountant

In his spare time, Peter enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, reading and travel

Lady Elizabeth Leeming

Appointed as a Trustee February 2013

Hospice volunteer since 2001, specialising in helping patients who wish to write their life story.

Patron of Hospice at Home 2006-13

Worked in book publishing in London and Boston, Massachusetts

Elizabeth enjoys books, theatre, music and being at home with her family and dogs.

John McLaren

Treasurer and Vice Chairman

Appointed as a Trustee: August 2011

Retired Chartered Accountant

In his spare time John enjoys lawn bowls and walking

Dr Alison Miles


Appointed as a Trustee: February 2014

Retired rural GP and palliative care doctor. Last two years of her career were spent working as a staff grade doctor on the inpatient ward at Eden Valley Hospice.

In her spare time Alison enjoys her home, her pets, music, theatre and gentle fell walking.

Prof Shirley Reveley

Appointed as a Trustee: October 2014

Former midwife, health visitor, nurse teacher and education manager.

Former Dean and Director on Studies of the Faculty of Health and Care at the Open University, Non- Executive Director at Cumbria PCT and at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Currently a Non-Executive Director at Cumbria Health on Call.
Emeritus Professor at the Open University and Honorary Fellow and Visiting Professor at the University of Cumbria and worked as Visiting Professor at the University of Skovde, Sweden 1999-2005.

Shirley is married to Chris and has three children and five grandchildren