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Sharon Allen OBE CEO

Sharon Allen joined the charity as CEO in April 2019. A qualified social worker, Sharon achieved her MBA from the University of Bradford in 2002 and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to homeless people, social care and housing. She joined the charity having been CEO at Skills for Care since 2010 and prior to this was CEO of St Anne’s Community Services. Sharon has over thirty years experience of public service provision in social care and supported housing provision, most of this working in the charity sector. Moving to Cambridge from Bradford in 2013, Sharon joined CHS Group as a board member and chair of Operations Committee and is also a Trustee with Age UK. Having worked at regional and national levels and had family experience of hospice provision in other parts of the country, Sharon was excited by the opportunity to join Arthur Rank Hospice Charity to continue and develop the brilliant provision of this local charity.

Sara Robins Director of Clinical Services

Sara Robins joined Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, as Director of Clinical Services in September 2018. Prior to this Sara has been a Matron at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and was responsible for acute medical services, medicine for the elderly and the palliative care specialist nurses. Sara has worked in the acute care sector for over 22 years and her experience has been in leading teams caring for patients with complex medical conditions, frail and elderly patients, dementia care, and stroke and neuro-rehabilitation. Sara is passionate about promoting dignity in care and when she is not at work she enjoys trips to the Cinema, walking her beautiful cocker spaniel and travelling.

Lorraine Petersen Medical Director

Lorraine first worked at Arthur Rank Hospice in 2004 when she started her speciality training. When she finished her attachment at the Hospice she knew she wanted to come back and was delighted to return as a consultant in July 2008. Based mainly in the community, Lorraine has an interest in medical law and ethics, advance care planning, chronic neurological conditions and teaching. Lorraine is the Medical Director for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and is also the Caldicott guardian and joint chair of the Quality Development Group (previously called the clinical care board). She is a keen salsa dancer and enjoys cycling and running with Jean-Pierre (JP) her standard poodle.

Jenny Tunbridge Finance Director

Jenny joined the Charity in June 2018 to provide maternity cover for Karen. Jenny is a qualified accountant and has been working in senior charity finance roles for the last thirteen years. Her previous roles have included eight years at the Royal Society of Chemistry and most recently as the Finance Director at the Thalidomide Trust where she has been working for the last five years. Jenny finds working in the charity sector very rewarding and was attracted to this role as she feels it pulls together the skills she has gained in her previous roles. She welcomes the opportunity to enter the hospice movement at such a well-regarded organisation as the Arthur Rank Hospice and is looking forward to working with everyone at the Charity.

Gemma Manning HR Director

Gemma became Arthur Rank Hospice Charity's first HR Manager in July 2017, having initially joined the world of ‘hospice HR’ in 2015 at a local childrens’ hospice. Working closely with the senior leadership team, she quickly established the role and was proud to be promoted to HR Director in March 2019, demonstrating the value that the Charity places on it’s 200 employee and 500+ strong volunteer workforce. Gemma has worked in various HR roles since leaving school in 2000 with language A levels and not really knowing what to do next! She now holds the CIPD level 7 diploma, a post graduate diploma in HRM and upon moving into a leadership role, in 2016 achieved the ILM Leadership Award. Gemma thoroughly enjoys working in the charity sector and loves supporting and guiding her team to ensure that we have a highly committed, engaged, compassionate and developed workforce that can continue to meet the evolving needs of our community. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, camping holidays with her family and walking her pet lurcher, Rango.

Donna Talbot Director of Fundraising & Communications    

Donna joined the charity in November 2012 as fundraising and marketing manager, a role which she wanted to realise further the voluntary experience gained at St. Elizabeth hospice in Ipswich. Donna was motivated to become a volunteer having felt extremely uneducated about hospice care, when she herself lost a close friend to a life limiting illness. Donna found being a volunteer was interesting, exciting and more importantly rewarding. Having specialised in events in previous positions at Ipswich Town Football Club and Newmarket Racecourses, Donna immediately recognised her transferable skills could be put to good use at the hospice. Appointed Director of Fundraising & Communications in April 2015 Donna continues to enjoy working closely with her team of nineteen staff in the hope that we continue to make every moment count for our patients and their loved ones.