Dr Jane Collins
Jane became Chief Executive of Marie Curie in September 2012 and has overall responsibility to the Council of Trustees for the day to day operation of the charity including its strategy and policy.
Before this she was a consultant paediatric neurologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital until becoming its Chief Executive in 2001. She combined this role with running the hospital’s charitable arm.
Professor Bill Noble
Bill is the charity’s lead on medical matters, clinical governance and palliative care research. Bill oversees clinical governance of all caring services including the charity’s nine hospices and the Marie Curie Nursing Service. Bill is also in charge of the charity’s research strategy and contributes to quality and clinical developments.
Bill practised as a GP and hospice doctor for 16 years before taking up a post as Macmillan Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine at the University of Sheffield in 1996. He has worked in end-of-life care in all settings for 30 years. His clinical work as a consultant physician in palliative medicine informs his research on care in the community.
As chairman of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland from 2007 to 2010, Bill co-ordinated a strategic review to take account of developments in the field of palliative care and the changing role of the specialty.
Director of Nursing
Dee has worked or the NHS for a number of years and joined Marie Curie in 2013 from Bolton NHS Trust, where she was the Director of Patient Safety & Experience and Chief Nurse.
Before moving into a director role Dee was a cancer nurse and has experience of caring for terminally ill patients and their families at home, in hospital and in a hospice setting.
Passionate about improving patient care and the patient experience by ensuring staff have what they need to deliver high-quality care to all our terminally ill patients and their families.
Dee provides leadership for the charity’s 2,000 Marie Curie Nurses, clinical nurses as well as Allied Health Professionals, Chaplains and social workers. A Florence Nightingale scholar, Dee has had the opportunity to study at Harvard (Paris) bringing the best from around the world to her role at Marie Curie.
Dr Adrian Tookman
Medical Director at Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead
Adrian manages all medical and clinical matters surrounding the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead and began working for the charity as a consultant in 1986.
Adrian is also Clinical Advisor of the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit at ULC and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University College Medical School.
He is a past president of the Palliative Care Section at the Royal Society of Medicine and Co-Chairman of the North London Palliative and Supportive Care Network. Adrian also has a large in-patient and out-patient clinical practice serving the palliative care needs for patients with terminal illnesses.
Director of Policy & Public Affairs
Simon is responsible for leading the charity’s policy and public affairs work.
Before joining Marie Curie, Simon was Head of Public Sector Recruitment in Wales at head hunters Odgers. Prior to this he spent 10 years as the Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre,and over six years as the Chair of Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust. He was also Chair of Bro Taf Health Authority.
Simon was a member of the Charity Commission Board for five years until 2012. He chaired the commission which reviewed the National Assembly for Wales’ Voluntary Sector Scheme and was a member of the Council of Cardiff University.
Divisional General Manager, Wales & South West
Andrew is responsible for all caring services in Wales and the South West of England, which incorporates the Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale and the Marie Curie Nursing Service.
Andrew started his nursing career in Leicester in 1991 and worked in various nursing roles until joining a hospital specialist palliative care team in 1995. Moving to Wales in 1999, Andrew worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in specialist palliative care at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.
Since joining Marie Curie in 2000, Andrew has held various senior clinical management roles including managing the Marie Curie Hospices in Cardiff and the Vale and West Midlands as well as the Marie Curie Nursing Service in the South West and, more recently, in Wales.
Divisional General Manager, Central & Eastern England
Jo is responsible for all caring services in Central and Eastern England alongside London and the South East of England. This includes the Marie Curie Hospice, West Midlands and the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead, as well as home nursing services across the region.
Before joining Marie Curie in June 2013, Jo worked in an Acute Trust as the Associate Director of Operations with a responsibility for performance.
Jo started her career as a Registered General Nurse, specialising into cardiac and intensive care nursing. She has also held a variety of general manager’s posts, including managing A&E services, cancer services and elective services at a number of London hospitals.
Divisional General Manager, North East England
Karen is responsible for all caring services in the North East and North West of England. This includes the Marie Curie Hospices in Bradford, Newcastle and Liverpool and home nursing services across the region.
Karen has worked for Marie Curie for 10 years in various posts across hospice and community nursing services. She is a Registered Nurse and has worked for the NHS and voluntary sector for 30 years, in both nursing and managerial roles.
Whilst working in the NHS, Karen facilitated a support group for brain tumour patients and their families, and represented this patient group in a national role for the Association for Neuro-oncology Nurses (UK), which included working in a research capacity to improve care for patients.
Karen also holds a post-graduate qualification in Palliative Care.
Divisional General Manager, Northern Ireland and Scotland
Eamon is responsible for all caring services in Northern Ireland and Scotland, including the Marie Curie Hospices in Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and home nursing services across the two countries.
A law graduate from De Montford University with a post-graduate qualification in management, Eamon has worked in the community and voluntary sector for 25 years in a range of areas including rural development, homelessness, advice and advocacy services, and economic development. Before joining Marie Curie in 2015, Eamon spent 15 years as Director of a public health charity that included a 2-year secondment into the Republic of Ireland.
In a voluntary capacity, Eamon also chairs a rural development charity that he helped set up in his home village in 1994.
Executive Director for Caring Services and Partnerships
Peter is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of delivering high quality care to people living with terminal illness across the UK. A key function of his role is also to develop innovative strategic partnerships with the NHS and other organisations.
Peter has been Director of Operations in two Acute Trusts in England, Chief Executive of two NHS Trusts in Scotland and most recently spent ten years as a director of health and social care.
Head of Policy & Public Affairs, England
Scott is responsible for leading the charity’s policy and public affairs work in England.
This includes representing the work of the charity to Parliament and the Government as well as campaigning to ensure that people with a terminal illness and their families get the best possible care and the support, wherever they are and whatever their personal circumstances.
He has previously worked for the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Department of Health.
Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Scotland
Richard is responsible for leading the Marie Curie’s policy and public affairs work in Scotland.
This includes representing the work of the charity to the Scottish Parliament and Government as well as campaigning to ensure that terminally ill patients and their families get the best possible care and the support they need wherever they are.
He has previously worked for Barnardo’s Scotland, Children 1st, Fleishman-Hillard, Help the Aged, the NHS and the Home Office.
Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Northern Ireland
Joan is responsible for leading the charity’s policy and public affairs work in Northern Ireland.
Joan joined Marie Curie having worked in a range of senior management roles in UK and Irish banks. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Patient and Client Council.
Marie Curie Nurses
At the forefront of our charity, Marie Curie Nurses are available to talk about the free nursing care they provide to patients and the support they give carers, in the home and in our nine hospices in the UK.