Our Patrons and Board of Trustees are drawn from all walks of professional life including politics, public service, arts and entertainment, healthcare and industry.
This broad spectrum of knowledge and experience is a vital source of guidance and professional support for our activities and operations. None more so than in the area of maintaining our profile and ensuring that our voice is heard above all the other worthy causes and charities competing for financial assistance.
We are fortunate to have a wonderful group of people supporting us at Wirral Holistic Care. We greatly appreciate their kindness and the work that they do on our behalf by donating generous amounts of their time, for which they receive neither remuneration nor expenses.
Gerry Marsden MBE
Gerry is an amazing ambassador of the charity and willingly participates at many of the charity’s events when time permits. These have included celebrity golf matches where he entertained the guests, formally opening our charity shop and singing at a major fund raising event in London on behalf of Wirral Holistic Care Services.
Esther is an entrepreneur, broadcaster and former MP. She is a privy councillor – a member of the formal body of advisors to the Sovereign of the United Kingdom.
As a supporter of the charity she was instrumental in assisting the charity to obtain funds to build on a Quiet Room for the use of those with cancer and their families.
Chris read Biochemistry at Oxford University he also spent time in cancer research. He founded the charity CANCERactive after a very personal experience. He is a formal advertising and communication ‘wunderkind’ and he now champions a mainstream cancer changing CANCERactive.
CANCERactive publishes the magazine ICON which is distributed to various centre and is free to those with cancer. This magazine prints research based evidence to allow people to make more informed choices.
Our Board of Trustees
Dr. William Chong BSC MBCHb – Chair
Born in Liverpool, Bill moved with his family to the Birmingham area at a very young age and after high school he graduated from university as a Bachelor of Medicine. He moved back to his native Merseyside, taking up a post at Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology Wirral and following this, he completed his training in General Practice.
He became a partner in a busy Primary Care Trust group practice based in Wirral where he remained until his retirement in 2016.
Jennifer Coe SRN, Cert Ed, RNT, Dip.N, BA, MA
After many years in Clinical Nursing, Jenny qualified as a Nurse Tutor and held posts in Schools of Nursing and latterly in Higher Education, where she taught undergraduate and post graduate nurses.
She has co-authored a nursing text on human physiology and following retirement she has volunteered with Home Start Wirral which supports new mothers and their families.
Jenny has been an active supporter of WHCS since its formation in 1988.
Hilary Andrews SRN, DN, ISM
Following a dedicated Nursing career in various NHS sectors in both hospital settings and within the community, Hilary was appointed Community Nurse Manager, a position she held for several years.
On retirement from the NHS, she joined the WHCS as a Senior Nurse and continued applying her nursing knowledge for the benefit of the charity’s patients for 15 years. After a break from the charity Hilary returned and was appointed as a Trustee.
Dorothy Crowther RGN, RCNT, RNT Cert Ed, BSc, FRCN
Dorothy gained her clinical nursing experience in various hospital settings in both Scotland and England before qualifying as a Nurse Tutor. She has always had a particular interest in the care of people with cancer and as a result, she taught this subject both in the School of Nursing and on the oncology wards of the regional oncology unit. Her interest in the field of cancer resulted in her carrying out an independent study on the needs of those with cancer.
As a nurse, she was fortunate to gain a scholarship which allowed her to experience the care of cancer patients and their needs in several hospitals in different states in America. She has also presented papers on cancer care at various international conferences and has had published many articles.
Dorothy is the founder of Wirral Holistic Care Services.
Chris Wilkinson is the Chief Technology Officer for SMD Ltd, a world leading sub-sea robotics company, which now forms part of the growing portfolio of global companies acquired by Times Electric Company – part of China’s industrial conglomerate CRRC.
He is a Visiting Professor at the Hunter Centre of Strathclyde University’s Business School where he shares his experiences from industry and the Fab Lab network to both research staff and students.
He is a Board member of the Fab Foundation and facilitated the formation of the UK’s first Fab Lab and has participated supporting the development of a number of new Fab Labs in the UK, US and Europe.
Yvette worked for NWS Bank plc which became Bank of Scotland for over 20 years in Management Development and Training. She was Manager of the Administration Team within the Department and also seconded to help create and implement Personal Development plans for the whole company of over 3000 nationally. Unfortunately ill health forced Yvette to leave the company, however following her convalescence, she studied part time and qualified with NVQ Levels 2 and 3 as a Teaching Assistant and worked in her son’s primary school for a number of years.
Yvette was introduced to Wirral Holistic Care Services through her father who is a Patron and has helped out over the years with various fundraising projects. She has always felt WHCS is a very important asset to the Wirral community and can now speak from personal experience having been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She says that she has ‘benefitted greatly from the treatments provided, wonderful staff and the whole experience of attending WHCS’ and is honoured to have been asked to become a Trustee to help take the Charity forward whilst continuing the success of the last 30 years.