Our Board of Trustees comprises 12 individuals who oversee the clinical and corporate governance of Saint Francis Hospice. Their role is fulfilled through a number of committees, which meet quarterly and are updated on work done to maintain, improve and evidence the high quality service provided to our patients, their carers, our supporters, volunteers and staff. The Board also carries out a half yearly informal inspection, speaking to patients, relatives, staff and volunteers.
Chairman - Peter Crutchett MA FIA
Peter is an actuary by profession and spent most of his professional career advising company directors and pension fund trustees on the financing of pension and other employee benefits. Peter is a retired partner in the business advisory firm KPMG where his work also included identifying practical solutions to problems involving financial risk, facilitating strategic decisions and implementing change. He also has experience of managing businesses with income and expenditure similar to that of Saint Francis Hospice.
Paul Gwinn, now retired, was Deputy Managing Director and Publisher for Greater London & Essex Newspapers for 30 years then Senior Sales & Marketing Manager with Scottish & Newcastle for 10 years. Paul has been a Magistrate for 10 years and sits at Romford, Barkingside and Waltham Forest Courts and Snaresbrook Crown Court. He is a Director of Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club. He has been involved with Saint Francis Hospice for some six years as a member of the Ball Committee and has organised the Santathon fun run since its inception.
Peter is the retired Head of Technical & Operational Services for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. He qualified as a Structural Engineer in 1972 (C.ENG, M.I. Struct.E) and qualified as a Manger in 1986 (M.IMgt).
Linda later went to Drama School and then began to study law at Guildford College of Law and trained at the Queens Solicitors Farrer & Co. She qualified as a solicitor in 1998. At the same time she was elected as a local authority councillor in Redbridge. Since then she has served as a councillor for the Monkhams Ward. Linda has also served as Deputy Leader of Redbridge council and as deputy Mayor. She is currently the first female leader of the conservative group at Redbridge Council.
She is married to Brian and has two daughters Emma and Natalie and a 3 year-old grandson Oliver. She is passionate about helping others who are not able to care for themselves.
Linda became involved with our Hospice as we were one of her chosen charities when she was Mayor of Redbridge in 2017. Her charity fundraising helped fund two Redbridge Hospice at Home nurses and she wants to do her utmost to ensure that the service continues to grow and develop for everyone.
Trustee since 2015 and was the Hospice Treasurer between 2016-2019.
Malcolm Miller brings to the board over forty years healthcare experience from the private healthcare sector. He has held various executive positions in general management and finance with BUPA. He recently retired after twenty years as the Chief Executive Officer of London's foremost and largest independent hospital, The London Clinic on Harley Street, Marylebone. Malcolm is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Dr. Saini is a qualified Physician with teaching experience. Special interests include Palliative Care, Dermatology, Medical Politics. In addition to his GP duties other lead roles have included Chairman of Local Medical Committee in Havering & Barking & Dagenham, MacMillan GP Facilitator for Havering PCT, GP Mentor for Havering Primary Care Cancer, Go Advisor to Barking and Havering LIFT-Co, Nursing Home Project Lead, Lad GP Stay Well 75+ and Chairman of National ME Charity.
In his spare time he enjoys running, having taken part in six marathons, football, being a season ticket holder at West Ham United, and spending time with his wife and children, Helen, Isabelle and Thomas.
Colin became involved with the Hospice following the death of his mother in 2015 following a long battle with breast cancer, where he was able to experience first-hand the amazing work and support network provided by Saint Francis Hospice, not only to his mother, but also his father at what an extremely difficult time for the family.
Trustee since August 2020 and previously Governance Committee Advisor. Ranjita continues to volunteer on the Hospice ward, giving her an insight into the hospice both operationally and strategically.
Ranjita has held various analytical and informatics lead positions in the NHS for the last 16 years-currently as Associate Director of IT Applications Support and Performance and Informatics at Moorfields Eye Hospital. She has previous experience in the Civil Service, Insurance and Credit Rating industries and is currently a Board member of the London Informatics Skills Development Network.
In her spare time she enjoys singing and compering shows and has performed on stage many times. She lives in Upminster Bridge with her husband, an accountant. Her son is at university studying Economics.
The hospice offers Ranjita an enjoyable and valuable opportunity to support the local community.