NCPC announces appointment of new Trustees

13 October 2014
Three experts join NCPC's Board which sets charity's strategic agenda.

The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) has announced the appointment of Ruth Dixon, Mike Hobday and Gary Rycroft (pictured above, l-r) as Trustees of the charity. Each Trustee will serve an initial 3-year term of office.

Ruth Dixon is a qualified social worker, with a master’s degree in Public Service Management. She has had a long and varied career in adult social care and the NHS.  Her current role is with Hampshire County Council Adult Services where she is Deputy Director with responsibility for care and commissioning.  She is a member of the Association of Directors of Adult Services (ADASS) Older Person’s Network and has recently taken on the ADASS lead for End of Life Care. Throughout her career Ruth has been driven by the values of compassion, justice and equality with a focus on the importance of every individual and building positive relationships and partnerships.

Mike Hobday is Director of Policy for the British Heart Foundation, having previously worked for Macmillan Cancer Support and the League Against Cruel Sports. Mike is a highly experienced campaigner, having led some of the most high profile and impactful campaigns of the last decade, from the League Against Cruel Sports campaign to outlaw fox hunting to Macmillan's campaigns to secure free prescriptions for cancer patients.

Gary Rycroft was admitted as a solicitor in 1998 and joined Joseph A. Jones & Co in 2003, becoming a partner in 2005. In recent years, Gary has also developed expertise dealing with a significant number of family inheritance disputes. He has an interest in dealing with the affairs of the elderly, powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters. Gary has been a member of the Executive Committee of The Law Society Private Client Section since July 2007 (as Vice Chair from September 2011) and has sat on the Law Society Wills & Equity Committee since 2009. He is a member of the editorial committee of the PS Journal (a bi-monthly journal published by the Law Society) and often contributes to other publications and media including local and national newspapers, radio and television.

The appointments come as Chris Grimes steps down after completing six years as a Trustee, during which time he made a fantastic contribution to the organisation, most recently as Chair of the Board’s Finance and Personnel Committee.

Welcoming their appointment, Professor Mayur Lakhani, Chair of the National Council for Palliative Care said: 

“I am delighted that Ruth Dixon, Mike Hobday and Gary Rycroft have joined the National Council for Palliative Care as Trustees. They each bring with them a wealth of experience which will strengthen the Board’s leadership and our work, as well as a commitment to improving end of life and changing the nation’s approach to dying. I look forward to working with them and the rest of the Board to support Claire Henry and her team in their excellent and crucial work.”

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