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Our Trustees

Our trustees are responsible for ensuring that Halton Haven Hospice is well-governed and has a strategic vision. They play important roles as ambassadors and advocates for the Hospice.

Neil Townsend – Chairman

Neil, became a trustee of the Hospice in 2009 and was elected its chairman in 2012. Neil worked until recently for Riverside Housing Group as a Director. After 24 years working in social housing and regeneration Neil took up the post of Chief Executive of CancerCare ( North Lancashire & Cumbria), a charity that supports survivors of cancer. He is proud to be associated with the Hospice and the cancer support movement. Neil who has recently moved to Lancaster still stays connected and committed to the work of Halton Haven working closely with all the trustees, volunteers and staff. His spare time is taken up directing musicals for the amateur stage, messing in his garden or under the bonnet of his old classic car.

John Maddock – Deputy Chairman

I have had the priviledge of being a Trustee of Halton Haven for more than three years. Born in Frodsham, I lived there most of my life, only very recently moving to Stockton Heath.

The majority of my working life was spent in engineering sales both internationally and in the UK. For the last 8 years, before retiring, I was employed by Claire House Children’s Hospice as Events Organiser/Community and Corporate Fundraiser.

I am married, have two sons and four grandchildren. My hobbies include Sport (particularly Motor Sport), music and theatre and for a number of years I was a member of Frodsham Town Council with the honour of being Mayor in 2007.

Chris Parlane JP – Trustee/Chairman of the Finance sub Committee

Born in 1941 I was educated at Farnworth C of E School and then at Merchant Taylors’ School where I boarded. I am now retired having spent my working life in our family transport business. A widower with 3 children and 3 grandchildren, I have lived most of my adult life in Widnes.

I became involved with the Hospice after the death of my wife Angela in Halton Haven in 2004 and have been a Trustee since 2005 and have for some time now been Chairman of the Finance sub Committee.

Other interests include being a member of Widnes Rotary Club, a Liveryman in the City of London and a magistrate for 39 years, retiring under the age rule.

Teresa Tierney- Trustee

I am married with two children and four grandchildren and live in Worsley, Salford. I have worked in the housing sector for the last 38 years , working in Halton since 2001. As Director of Housing Services at Halton Housing Trust I was able to work with hospice prior to becoming a Trustee which gave me an insight to the work of the hospice.

Like the majority of people my life has been touched by family and friends who have been diagnosed with terminal illness and have seen first-hand the services/support that places like the Haven offer.

Colin M. McKenzie – Chairman of fundraising sub committee

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, resided in South Africa for 11 years prior to residing in the Wirral, Wigan and my home in Widnes. I have resided in Widnes for more than 22 years, being an fan of the local rugby league and ice hockey teams.

I am married with two grown up children. Both have trained to be teachers.  I have two grandchildren that have the energy that I used to have.

My working life has consisted of electrical engineering, project, programme and portfolio management.

I enjoy my membership of Rotary Club of Widnes.

My father was diagnosed with a terminal illness and this had an impact on all of my family.

This was in Aberdeen, however the excellent care that he received there is most certainly also evident here in Halton.

For years I have had a keen interest in the caring work of the Haven. I am extremely proud to be a trustee. It is a role that I take seriously.

Michelle Wood – Trustee

I have worked as General Manager for the Liverpool GP Federation since February 2016, before that  I worked for a registered social landlord in Liverpool and the part of my role which I enjoyed the most was providing great customer service and having the opportunity to help people to improve their lives through the quality of housing we provided and worked with a range of partners to improve health outcomes and access to training and employment.

I became a Trustee at Halton Haven as I have always been interested in health.  I also wanted to gain a better understanding of the fundraising activities and the retail aspect of hospice work.  I find the Hospice really inspiring, interesting and  varied which means  I always enjoy my time spent there.  I am also a Trustee for Age Concern, Liverpool and Sefton, as another passion of mine is providing services for older people, particularly care and support.

I live in St Helens with my husband David, daughter Ellen, pet cat and snake (everyone is always surprised about the snake!).  My hobbies include studying (I always have a qualification on the go) and dressmaking when I can find the time.  I also enjoy travel when I can and my favourite place to visit is Cyprus.

Phil Hallam – Trustee

I sit on the Board as a representative of the General Practitioners in the Halton area-whose patients are the main users of the services available at Halton Haven. I am a GP at the Peelhouse Plaza Practice in Widnes, where I have worked since 1987.

My aim as a Board member is to support the Hospice and its staff in providing the range of vital Palliative Care services available at Halton Haven.

I am married with a grown up daughter and live in Chester. My leisure interests include golf and hill walking.


Julie Hunt – Trustee

I retired in 2013 after working for more than 40 years in the caring profession, including care homes, inspection and complaints investigation, and adult safeguarding. I worked in Halton, Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral.

I was delighted to be invited to apply for the role of trustee for the hospice and feel privileged to be part of this hugely valued service.

Since 2014 I have regularly visited the hospice with my dog as part of the Pets as Therapy and, subsequently, the Canine Care charity scheme, each of whose primary aim is to bring joy, comfort and companionship to the many individuals who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly animal. My dog and I also visited a special school for children on the autistic spectrum.

My interests other include gardening, walking, reading, and occasional pastel painting, and I am a trustee of a charity local to Helsby, the Friends of Harmers Wood Trust. I also enjoy things dog-related e.g. dog training sessions and supporting local animal charities.

I live in Frodsham with my partner and our two dogs.