Meet our Trustees
Trustee Paul Gwinn portrait version (cropped)

Paul Gwinn

Paul Gwinn was Deputy Managing Director and Publisher for Greater London & Essex Newspapers for 30 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. 

Acting Chair

Amanda Hallams trustee

Amanda Hallums

Amanda is a registered nurse and midwife. Currently Amanda is working as an interim hospital director, and is also a Trustee at the children's hospice, Havens House. 

Interim Vice Chair

Trustee Peter Adams (cropped)

Peter Adams

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 and qualified as a Manger in 1986.

Trustee since 2002

Anne Bender 3

Anne Bender

Anne worked as a bank staff nurse in the IPU and Hospice at Home for 11 years. Since retirement from clinical duties she has volunteered in many roles. This was alongside her permanent role as Director and joint owner of a large manufacturing company producing garments overseas for major UK retailers.

Trustee since 2022

Ian Gunn (cropped)

Ian Gunn

Ian spent 36 years working for Ford Credit Europe, a regulated bank and a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. He was Regional Director of the bank. He has also been a Trustee of the Ford Senior Pension fund. 


Malcolm Hines

Malcolm Hines

Malcolm has spent over 40 years in the NHS, 30 of these have been as a Chief Financial Officer, in roles across Essex, East London, and South East London. He has been a lead director on Governance, Estates, Information Technology and HR. He has chaired groups tasked with developing NHS finance staff across London.

Trustee since 2023


Esther Marshall

Esther qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 and has practised in the local area since then. She is now a Member of a leading firm in Havering, where she specialises in Employment Law and Commercial Litigation.

Trustee since 2023

Dr Gurdev

Dr Gurdev Saini

Dr Saini is a qualified physician with teaching experience. Special interests include Palliative Care, Dermatology, Medical Politics. Other lead roles have included MacMillan GP Facilitator for Havering and Chairman of National ME Charity.

Trustee since 2010

Angela Sharma

Angela Sharma

Angela has been practising as a Family Solicitor for over 25 years in the local area. She was a partner in a local firm for over nine years and involved with its‘ management and compliance with regulations. Angela also worked as a Non Executive Director with the North East London Mental Health Trust.

Trustee since 2023

Chairman Bob Weatherstone (cropped)

Dr Robert Weatherstone

Bob qualified in medicine from Cambridge University and Guys Hospital in 1970. He was appointed to the post of Consultant General Physician with a special interest in respiratory disease in 1979. Bob has been involved with the development of the hospice as a Council member for over 20 years.

Trustee and former Chairman

Meet the Trustees

Our Chairman, Peter Crutchett, and Trustees Amanda Hallums and Stephanie Lawton explain why they wanted to become trustees and why they enjoy the role so much. 


Meet the team

Meet the staff and volunteers who make Saint Francis Hospice the warm and caring organisation it is.