Our trustees

The charity is overseen by a Board of Trustees who are unpaid. They bring their experience and expertise to the operation of the charity ensuring that we adhere to our Charity Objects, establish a strategy and comply with laws and regulations. They challenge and support the Executive Team and monitor the organisation in its use of best practice.


Richard Aveling (Chair)

Richard has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Leicester University


Maureen Gaskell

Most of Maureen's career was spent working in the University sector after completing her first degree in Information Science. Her responsibilities included leading the Library and IT Services at two Universities. She was involved in the planning and building of The Women's Library in Tower Hamlets and the new University Library and School of Architecture in Greenwich.

John Smith

My entire working life was spent in the NHS – Hospital Doctor, General Practitioner, Macmillan Fellow and then finally Consultant in Palliative Medicine.  For much of that time I was responsible for the ongoing education of doctors, initially as course organiser for GP training and later as Oxford University Clinical Tutor.

While I was Consultant I was responsible for the formation of Cransley Hospice and on retirement became its Patron.  I am also Patron of Northamptonshire Motor Neuron Disease Association and Vice President of Parkinson’s UK Kettering.  In 2006 I was ordained Priest in the Anglican Church.