Our leadership

Dorothy House is committed to pursuing excellence and continuous development, ensuring that these are embedded in all that we do.

Our Executive Team and Trustees lead in a manner that motivates and inspires the organisations and the communities with whom we work.

Executive Team

Wayne de Leeuw

Wayne de Leeuw

Chief Executive and Accountable Officer

Wayne brings a wealth of Health and Social care experience, gained from his work at the Hospice over the last 16 years and his time in the wider NHS where he qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1997. He has worked in the NHS for over 30 years and was appointed as Chief Executive in 2019. His leadership style is built on openness, empowerment and a non-hierarchical approach.

He is passionate about ensuring that the care provided by Dorothy House reaches everyone who needs it. He believes that care should be delivered through collaboration, known for its clinical excellence and built on a foundation of outstanding research and education in palliative and end of life care.

Tony De Jaeger

Tony De Jaeger

Director of Finance and Income Generation, Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) and Deputy Chief Executive

Dorothy House Finance Director Tony De Jaeger has extensive experience of creating multi-cultural finance, legal and ERP system infrastructures. He has a track record of influencing and shaping strategic direction in business planning, acquisitions, restructuring and organic growth.

James Byron

James Byron

Director of Marketing and Engagement

James has been working in the Third Sector for over 15 years and is passionate about ensuring the work of Dorothy House reaches everyone who needs it. He has lived in Bath since 2008, has two young children and is a volunteer member of the Chronic Pain Health Integration Team executive committee.

Maggie Crowe (RN, MA, MSc)

Maggie Crowe (RN, MA, MSc)

Director of Patient and Family Services

Maggie is passionate about nursing and holistic care. She has a clinical background in cancer nursing, advanced clinical practice and leadership. Maggie has experience of service development in the charitable sector and of working collaboratively across health and social care boundaries.

Liza Pinching

Liza Pinching

Director of People and Services

Liza has been a human resources professional for over 30 years and has held a range of HR and leadership roles in the Senior Civil Service before joining Dorothy House in August 2021. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and a Chichester University accredited Advanced Practitioner in Organisation Design and Development. She is passionate about her work and enjoys supporting businesses to move forward. She strives to continually professionally develop herself and takes pride in developing others to their full potential.

Board of Trustees

Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor

Chair of Trustees

Stephen has worked for 30 years with large organisations, in the UK and twenty other countries, on their ‘soft’ issues: leadership, teamwork, behaviour, culture, communication. He was chief executive of the Leadership Centre for Local Government for five years. Since 2010 he has been chairman of Taylor Made Media, which makes films for business.

Francesca Thompson

Francesca Thompson

Vice Chair of Trustees

Francesca’s background is in specialist palliative care and she has worked in a number of hospices and voluntary care sector organisations, including St Christopher’s Hospice in London. It was here that she had the privilege to work with its founder, Dame Cicely Saunders. Francesca has a passion for understanding what matters most to our patients and their loved ones and having learnt so much of what does matter during her hospice years, she is keen to spread her learning.

Francesca was also Chief Operating Officer at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and during her time at the RUH she pioneered the role of Head for Patient Experience and led the early design of a Quality Improvement Centre which continues to flourish at the RUH.

Francesca lives with her husband in Bath and has tw0 grown up daughters.

Dr Simon Burrell

Dr Simon Burrell

Trustee

Simon was previously a GP partner at the Porch Surgery in Corsham. He has always had a particular interest in care of the elderly and has had a longstanding involvement in NHS commissioning for Wiltshire. Until recently he was a board member of Wiltshire CCG and remains active in the North and East Wiltshire commissioning group.

David Cavaliero

David Cavaliero

Trustee

David has been a solicitor specialising in Corporate, Commercial Contracts, IT and Intellectual Property. Having spent eight years in the City, David moved to Bath in 1995 and was Head of the Corporate Department of Bath’s largest law firm until he retired from this role in 2016.

Neil Deuchar

Neil Deuchar

Trustee

Neil is an interfaith minister and spiritual counsellor, having previously been a consultant psychiatrist and medical director in the NHS. Of Scottish ancestry, he was born and bred in London and now lives in Bath. He writes, runs, and engages with community development and climate change activism. He has also undertaken foundation training to become an end-of-life doula. Neil’s experiences and travels around the world have nurtured in him an ecumenical disposition regarding spirituality and an inclusive approach to pastoral care.

James Gare

James Gare

Treasurer

James has been specialising with not- for-profit clients since 1999. He completed his training with Ernst and Young in 2002 where he was involved with the audit of several large charities. James has recently joined MHA Monahans, transferring from another MHA firm, MHA MacIntyre Hudson. James holds the Diploma in Charity Accounting and has lectured at CASS Business School on their MSc in Charity Finance.

Brian Mansfield

Brian Mansfield

Trustee

Brian is a career marketer having a wealth of experience working both client side and in strategic marketing consultancy. As a hugely experienced Agency leader, he has delivered brand strategy and innovation projects for clients including: Amex, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Hilton, Lego, Malmaison Hotels, Nestle, Orange, P&G, Pret A Manger and Unilever.

He is now an advisor to highly ambitious agencies, Non Executive Director (NED), Brand Strategist and Coach with 15+ years Board Level experience.

Margaret Ndlovu

Margaret Ndlovu

Trustee

Margaret is a extensively experienced registered Social Work Practitioner who has previously held various management roles within NHS for Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health Partnership Trust,  South Essex Partnership Mental Health NHS Trust in Bedfordshire and relocated to Wiltshire in 2013. She is currently the Head of Ageing Well Service in Adult Social Care for Wiltshire Council. She brings to the board immensely valuable management level experience concerning interacting with Health and Social Care professionals, voluntary sector, Multi-disciplinary / agencies and other public services. She has wide experience leading change management and effective partnership work across the NHS and local authorities in a number of areas as well as previously serving on the board for a charity working with people experiencing homelessness and mental illness in Bath.

Margaret values diversity and firmly believes that creating equal opportunities benefits organisations as well as individuals and feels strongly about contributing to the community.

Charity Nichols

Charity Nichols

Trustee

Charity has worked in retail for all of her career. She joined the John Lewis Partnership as a graduate trainee, and worked for 14 years in various roles including senior store management, branding and buying. She left in 2006 to move back to Wiltshire with her husband and young children and started her own business the following year.

She now runs online ethical gifts retail business Green Tulip and, together with her husband, distribution business Green Pioneer which is focused on selling design led sustainable products to retailers all around Europe. She is also a partner in The Inner Yard, a lifestyle and gift shop situated on the north side of beautiful Salisbury Plain.

Warren Reid

Warren Reid

Trustee

Warren is partner at national top 100 law firm Ashfords, where he specialises in property disputes. He acts for a wide range of landlords and property investors, corporate tenants, rural landowners and landed estates, private individuals, charities, and clients in the care sector. Warren is a regular RICS guest speaker, lecturing on a wide range of topics including mediation and property dispute resolution. In his spare time he enjoys travel, long distance walking, surfing, golf, and camper-vanning, whenever possible with his wife Rebecca and three children too.

Bridget Warr CBE. MBA. RSW.

Bridget Warr CBE. MBA. RSW.

Trustee

Bridget is a Registered Social Worker and has worked extensively in the local authority and not-for-profit sectors.

Her career has included specialisms in Probation and Aftercare, adoption and fostering, disability services, education, quality and homecare and she has served on (and in some cases chaired) a number of national and international committees.  She has been Chief Executive of two national not-for-profit organisations and Executive Director of two others.

Bridget is currently working as a social care consultant and mentor to charity Chief Executives as well as providing Social Care advice to NICE and chairing Safeguarding and Quality committees for a national charity.

 

Jon O’Mahony

Jon O’Mahony

Trustee

Jon is a Consulting Partner with Deloitte and brings with him 25+ years of delivery experience in digital and cloud transformation and adoption across many high profile national, regional and global organisations and brands.  Jon loves the challenge of realising the value of investment in technology and the potential opportunities that innovations such as Gen AI, Automation and Cloud can bring to organisations for social, community and people based impacts.  With the social care sector demand for more remote and hybrid working, increased efficiencies, higher customer expectations the need to leverage digital and data is a critical enabler to let our carers and medical practitioners remain focused on patients and their families more, in more places than before.  Jon’s experience is a really welcome addition to our team of Trustees.