Our Directors

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Our directors are passionate about providing the highest quality specialist palliative care service to local people, and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Hospice.

Collectively they have operational authority and responsibility for running our organisation, and are supported by Our Trustees with regard to strategy and performance.

Sarah Thompson

Sarah joined St Clare in May 2017 with 11 years experience in the hospice sector. Prior to St Clare,...

Chief Executive

Dr Syed Qamar Abbas

Qamar graduated from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan in 1993 after which he moved to the United Kingdom in 1995...

Medical Director

Riyad Islam

Riyad joined the director team at the Hospice in 2009, and is also responsible for our IT and facilities departments....

Director of Finance and Resources

Carolanne Brannan

Carolanne has worked in many areas within healthcare delivery but has mainly specialised in oncology and palliative care. Her previous...

Director of Patient Care

Rosie Knowles

As Director of Income Generation Rosie is responsible for our fundraising, lottery and retail activities. She joined St Clare because...

Director of Income Generation

Helen Grubb

As Director of Human Resources at St Clare Hospice, Helen is responsible for Human Resources and Volunteer Services. She joined...

Director of Human Resources