Directors and Staff

Les Bourgs Hospice relies on the generosity and commitment of a wonderful team of volunteers who willingly give their time to support the paid staff group.  With the help of the volunteers we are able to keep the staffing costs to a minimum to enable us to use as much of the valuable income we raise for direct patient care as possible.

The hospice has a highly skilled and experienced nursing team to care for the patients and a small administration team co-ordinating volunteers, fundraising, office management and cleaning.  All of the team are managed by Mrs Jo Boyd MBE who is the Hospice Director.

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Mr Greville Mitchell OBE and Mrs Lisa Mitchell

Founding Patrons
The founders of the Andrew Mitchell Christian Charitable Trust are Greville Mitchell OBE and Mrs Lisa Mitchell who arrived in Guernsey with a vision to create a charity and from that vision Les Bourgs Hospice was founded.

Greville says: 'It has been both a privilege and a joy to be involved in the creation of Guernsey's Hospice. Having already lived in Guernsey for some 10 years, Lisa - who had the idea first -and I believed Guernsey needed a Hospice - though the Powers that be at that time disagreed. With construction as my background, I personally paid for the purchase and the redevelopment of the Open Market Property Les Bourgs into Andrew Mitchell House. Having spent time in some 8 Hospices on the Mainland, I co-ordinated the design, project managed the Development and paid the first years running costs becoming the Hospices first Chairman. Subsequently the old Andrew Mitchell House was given to the people of Guernsey for the site of the New Hospice. In the meantime I remain a Trustee and will continue to support the Hospice going forward in any way I can' Lisa says: 'It was a joy to be involved in the creation of the original Andrew Mitchell House and for many years I enjoyed frequent visits to play the piano. Originally a Governor I am now Administrator of the Hospice Store and have been involved with the Store since it began. I continue to be an active supporter of the Hospice and enjoy visiting and meeting with the Day Patients.'

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The Very Rev'd John Guille

Director and Chair
John was involved in the setting up of the hospice and was privileged to serve on the Board from its inception until leaving the island in January 1999 to take up a post in Winchester.

In those early days he set up the Ecumenical Chaplaincy Team and assisted in the training of volunteers. Soon after returning to the island in 2014, John was invited to renew his association with the hospice and in January 2018, was appointed Chair of the Board.

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Mr Anthony Creasey

Director and Vice Chair
I am the Chairman of Creasey and Son Ltd the Islands principal Department Store owner and operator of the Marks and Spencer Franchise on the Island.

I joined the Hospice in the mid nineties as a Governor and joined the Management Committee at that time. I am the Chair of that Committee that provides support to the Hospice Director in the day to day issues that arise in the non-medical aspects of running the “business” of Les Bourgs Hospice. In particular, given my retail background, I have been involved in the retail activities of Les Bourgs which has become such a valuable source of funds to the organisation. I am married to Helen and we have 3 children and currently 4 grandchildren. Helen is from Melbourne, Australia and our daughter, husband and 2 of our grandchildren are now “downunder”. Holidays are now spent visiting that wonderful country. I am a keen golfer and tennis player (but not much good and either!) and try to play both regularly

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Mr Chris Bound

Director
Chris is Senior Partner of Collas Crill and an experienced director, trustee and lawyer.

Chris offers a combination of chairmanship, entrepreneurial and leadership skills in corporate, trust, partnership and non profit making environments. He has served on the boards of several charities in Guernsey Forward thinking, Chris looks to the future embracing and leading change. His characteristics are a strong and industrious work ethic with stamina and determination to help others formulate and achieve objectives. Extensive experience over many years at Board level of insurance, fiduciary services, investment for pension and endowment purposes, real estate investment and development.

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Dr Nick King

Director
Dr Nick King qualified from the Charring Cross Hospital in 1978.

He is a family GP who has a particular interest in men's health, sexual health, minor surgery, oncology and palliative care.

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Mrs Tamara Mentshvilli

Director
Tamara Menteshvili has wide financial services experience, both commercial and regulatory, honing her career with Merrill Lynch in New York and London, latterly as Vice-President and Regional Administration Manager, Institutional Fixed Income Sales.

Then later at the UK’s IMRO before her appointment as Deputy Director of Investment Business at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission; following which she established the Channel Islands Stock Exchange LBG as Founding Director and Chief Executive.

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Mr Stephen Oliphant

Director - Finance
STEPHEN OLIPHANT spent an entire 42 year career with Barclays Bank and moved to Guernsey with his family in 1990 to take up an appointment with Barclays Private Banking.

After retirement he joined the management of Les Bourgs Hospice as company secretary. He stood down from this role in 2009 to pursue other interests in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector but retuned to Les Bourgs as a director in 2017. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and the Chartered Institute of Bankers and is a member of Rotary Club of Guernsey and is currently Chairman of the trustees of Guernsey Symphony Orchestra.

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Dr Brian Parkin

Director
Dr Brian Parkin is 61 years old and married with four children and two grandchildren. He has worked as a GP in Guernsey for 30 years.

Since arriving in Guernsey he has held the posts of Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Chairman of the Primary Care Group and Chair of the BMA Executive. He is currently Chair of the St John Ambulance Clinical Standards Committee and the Media spokesman for the local Division of the British Medical Association. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2006. In his free time he has interests in sailing, Skiing, Bridge and winter mountaineering - he also holds a Diploma in Mountain Medicine.

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Dr Peter Richards

Director
Dr Peter Richards is married to Dr Stella and has four children. He has lived and worked in Guernsey for 30 years and has seen Les Bourgs Hospice grow from strength to strength.

He has had a long-term interest in providing the best possible palliative care for the residents of Guernsey with emphasis on “quality of life”.

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Mrs Jo Boyd MBE

Hospice Director

Telephone: 01481 251111

Email: Jo.Boyd@lesbourgs.com

I took up post as Director of Nursing in Oct. 2006 having previously worked for a group of Hospices at a senior level in Kent.

The post was an exciting one as it incorporated all aspects of my previous role whilst having the challenge of working on the redevelopment of a new hospice. Thus the journey began and as a new girl on the block I had a lot to learn about how things work in Guernsey! However there is no quicker learning curve than on the job and here we are nearly seven years later happily ensconced in our new hospice and wondering where the time went. It is impossible to convey to everyone how privileged we are to be able to work in this lovely environment and how grateful we feel to the people of Guernsey for supporting us. I am immensely proud of the team here who give of their best to try and ensure that every patient and family's experience with us is as positive as it can be. We know we face many challenges ahead both in continuing to raise funds for our work and ensuring we have the right team on the ground to carry it out. I remain quietly optimistic about the future after all look what we have achieved together so far. To quote HRH the Prince of Wales on officially opening the hospice "I think it is one of the best hospices I have ever seen ". Who am I to argue with our patron?!

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Mrs Jenny Batiste

Office Manager

Telephone: 01481 210321

Email: Jenny.Batiste@lesbourgs.com

I first came to Les Bourgs Hospice in 1997 to help the Director of Nursing, who at that time was setting up the 931 Care of the Dying course and required a typist to help out.

I found the work here at the hospice very interesting, it was not all sadness as so many people seem to think, there were many very happy times and lots of laughter and we all worked as a family. Shortly after helping out I was offered a secretary position which I happily accepted. My work here has so many different aspects to it which makes it very interesting. The College of Further Education held a Higher Diploma course in Administration and Secretarial Procedures which the hospice agreed for me to do. I undertook this course over the following 12 months which made me look at the fundamental process of each section of administration and secretarial. The hospice is very supportive in their staff gaining new knowledge which in turn benefits the hospice. I have seen many changes at the hospice all for the better, as the hospice became busier it outgrew itself and it was obvious that a new building was needed. The fundraising began as 4 million pounds was required for the rebuild. It was a very exciting time, but also a sad one, especially the day the old hospice was demolished. At that time we had moved into the Princess Elizabeth Hospital for 18 months. This was an upheaval with the need to box everything up for the move and before we knew it we were again boxing up and moving and unpacking once more in the new building. When we moved back in January 2012 I had my own office where I could work in comfort and ease not at all like my office in the old hospice which I had to share, and which was also a walkway to another office, oh this office is bliss. Watching the stages of the new hospice garden grow has been interesting what will be the next bush or flower to come into its own. In July 2012 we had even more excitement with visit of HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to officially open the new hospice It had been quite a year. There's never a boring time at Les Bourgs there is always something new happening.

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Mrs Trish De Carteret

Fundraising Administrator

Telephone: 01481 210329

Email: Trish.DeCarteret@lesbourgs.com

I have the daunting task of having to make sure that Les Bourgs Hospice has enough funds to keep it running.

This is, thankfully, a task already largely undertaken by a group of fantastic and dedicated Friends of Les Bourgs, who I will work with closely to develop new ideas and support existing ones, but the running costs keep going up, so I need to keep on the ball with new ideas. The other exciting task I have in this role is to develop, update and maintain the hospice website, this is a new experience for me and has been an amazing challenge and a fantastic learning experience. I have worked most of my life in a Healthcare environment, having been with Health and Social Services Department for 21 years prior to moving here. I am lucky that my Husband and Family are very supportive and willing to help out when they are needed, which is really helpful if I have a lack of volunteers to call upon. I have been a volunteer since I was 10 years old when I joined St John Ambulance as a Cadet. I worked my way up the ranks of St John Ambulance to become Commissioner Youth. In this post, and many before it, the need to raise funds was paramount. Raising money meant that we could offer more opportunities for the young people so I developed an ethos for fundraising at an early age. It was always put to me, both at home and St John that nothing comes for free and that I needed to put effort into what I did to get a good outcome! I stepped down from Commissioner Youth in December 2011. At the time my (then) Fiancé and I wanted to support a charity together and Les Bourgs were moving back from the PEH to the new building and were looking for supper volunteers. As both of us were keen cooks this seemed perfect for us and we started in January 2012. It was really clear that, from the first day, Les Bourgs was a great place to be, very upbeat, the patients and staff were lovely and the whole atmosphere was professional but relaxed. In August 2012 a job was advertised in the Guernsey Press for a Fundraising Administrator for Les Bourgs Hospice and the job really took my fancy. It seemed to me to be a natural progression to fulfil my dream of working for a charity to remain within a healthcare environment. I applied for the role and was delighted to have been successful and have not regretted the decision for a minute since I came. Working for Les Bourgs is a rewarding and varied experience, it gives me a huge sense of satisfaction each day to know that what I have done has helped to keep this amazing facility operational. I have overcome my reluctance to ask for money from others, as the cause is so worthwhile its easy to push that little bit harder. I am sure this role, which has already become very busy, will continue to develop and I am looking forward to the challenges that will come as the running costs increase and more fundraising is needed.

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Mrs Vanessa Kenny

Retail and Volunteer Manager

Telephone: 01481 210322

Email: Vanessa.Kenny@lesbourgs.com

Having initially been introduced to the Hospice as a temp I was instantly overwhelmed with the feeling of warmth and happiness that exudes from the staff and volunteers.

Fortunately, two months later a permanent position was advertised and I jumped at the chance to become part of the team. That was 13 years ago and to this day I can honestly say that it's a privilege to be part of such a dedicated team. I initially started my career as a recruitment consultant which necessitated trips to London along with long working hours. Whilst this was fine prior to having children it became increasingly difficult to reach an acceptable balance of home and work when I started my family. I then decided to take 5 years out of work whilst my children were young. At this point I commenced temping to ease me back into the working environment which in turn led me to Les Bourgs Hospice. My work at the Hospice is predominantly leading and supporting our large group of volunteers. I also have involvement in the retail side of the Hospice which raises nearly a quarter of our annual running costs. People volunteer for all sorts of reasons and I am fortunate to be able to work with a superb team of volunteers, who bring diversity, loyalty, humour and their invaluable individual life experience. Volunteering is open to everyone and I always look forward to welcoming new people on board our team.

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Mrs Letishia Vermeulen

Nurse Manager

Telephone: 01481 210325

Email: Letishia.Vermeulen@lesbourgs.com

I came to Guernsey in 2007 working at the PEH on an acute medical ward. Although overwhelmed with Guernsey`s scenery and beaches I felt as if I had a greater purpose in life.

I was introduced to Jo and the staff at the hospice through a friend. I started doing some bank work as a Band 5 nurse and soon realised that this is why I decided to do my nurse training. It is a privilege to be able to look after patients and their families, to give them the support, reassurance and care that they deserve. A post became available as the nurse manager and I applied for it. Since then I have not looked back. Working at the hospice enriches my life. It is a pleasure every day to come to work and know that the nursing team we have are here because they want to be here and will give their best for the patients and their families. I have been able to continue my development and will be completing a 2 year diploma course in counselling in May 2013. With this learning experience we introduced a further bereavement follow up service for relatives and friends.

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