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Meet our governors

As an independent charity, we couldn't do it without our volunteers. Our governors give their time and adapt their skills to apply their experience to help St Columba's deliver the best in palliative care.

David Dunsire

I am a charity lawyer and first became involved when providing legal advice to St Columba’s. I was subsequently appointed as a Governor and it is a privilege to be able to use my skills and experience to support such a caring, creative and innovative organisation. It is a particular honour to now be Chair of the Board of Governors.

I became a Governor because I wanted to help St Columba’s continue to be a success and be part of its exciting plans for the future. I see the Governors as being caretakers of the charity during our time in office and we need to ensure that the business remains on a sound footing while at the same time being able to adapt and develop the charity and the services it provides. This is a huge responsibility!

In the time that I have been a volunteer, there has been a real change in the way care is provided, particularly in homes and community settings, as well as in the Hospice building itself. We have also had to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. This has been challenging for everyone.

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I am proud to be part of the team that is driving the Hospice forward and I really enjoy working with the wonderful staff and volunteers who make such a difference to patients and their families at difficult times in their lives.

David Dunsire, Chair of the Board of Governors


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Nick Lanzi

Family and friends have had a long association with the Hospice over time, so I was aware of the importance and standing of the Hospice.

When asked to be a Governor, this was quite daunting as I had no experience of medical institutions and wasn’t sure how I could help.  My career is focused on managing investments for clients and delivering excellent service, which resonated with how the Hospice is run, with the exception of providing medical services instead of financial services.

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Bringing a different perspective, being able to discuss and engage with management and fellow Governors has been rewarding, as we see the benefit of seeing the Hospice rebuild and upgrade facilities, services being developed and expanded and in sustaining and growing resources allowing us to plan for the future.

Nick Lanzi, Governor


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Many volunteers may be put off by common assumptions about what a Hospice is like. Everyone who comes to the Hospice says it is bright and airy, welcoming, friendly … and nothing like they expected. Whether in our Hospice, our shops or out in the community, we want everyone to feel welcomed, heard and respected, and we’re looking for volunteers keen to be part of that. 

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