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A New Chapter Begins

Welcoming change within the structure of our Trustees.

For many years, the Board of Trustees has secured the expertise and commitment of local people who are keen to support the ongoing development of the hospice and its charity.

As we moved into the New Year, our Chair and Vice Chair, Lorraine Lenton and the Reverend Christine Bonneywell have decided to step down from their positions to make way for two new charity leads.


The work of Lorraine and Christine over many years, cannot go without praise and the Board commend them deeply for their influence, passion and commitment to the Butterfly Hospice. We are indeed very fortunate to continue to have Lorraine and Christine remain as trustees, whose knowledge and experience extends not only to The Butterfly Hospice but to the local people and communities we serve.


We are delighted to introduce our incoming Chair and Vice Chair.


Mrs Debs Oldham, Chair of Trustees

Debs joined the Trust in December 2018, with primary knowledge and skills in Human Resources, Legal and Business Management. She is a visible leader to the Charity Offices and has supported with the many and varied aspects of staff recruitment and person development. She is also keenly involved in the influencing of wider charity strategy and performance and change initiatives. She has been an integral lead in the staff engagement exercise in succeeding on our annual objective targets. Debs is a seasoned HR professional and is comfortable conversing at all levels and with diverse groups of people in a wide-range of situations. Her mantra is ‘No one is an island’ and she is a firm believer in teamwork – This is certainly proven from her years on the Board and in working with our staff team.

‘Throughout my career I have always strived to succeed while retaining my ethics and standards.’


Mrs Nicki Effield, Vice Chair of Trustees

Nicki joined the Trust in July 2023, bringing with her a lifetime of financial management in business, plus some secondary expertise in Health & Safety and Property Management. Although having a relatively short relationship with the Butterfly Hospice, Nicki has very quickly risen to the challenge in supporting both the hospice and charity’s continued growth. She is an active member of our project management sub-committee, bringing in a wealth of knowledge and understanding of property development. Nicki has very quickly become a much relied upon ‘go-to’ on all matters of finance and budget and in ensuring that the charity’s funds are spent in line with our constitution and to the very best effect for the people who need an excellent hospice service.

‘I believe it is important to have a shared vision so that everyone knows what goals need to be achieved. There is always a way to achieve a goal – you just need to find it'.


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