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Board of Trustees

Hospiscare is governed by a Board of Trustees, chaired by Mr Geoff Pringle.

Geoff became a Trustee in 2012, and Chair of Trustees in 2016. He retired in September 2015 as Chief Operating Officer from the University of Exeter, having joined as Director of Campus Services in 2009.

He previously worked at the University of Birmingham, with BT and in the hotel industry. He is now working part time as a consultant to a number of universities and companies.

The Trustees are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of Hospiscare.  They meet regularly to discuss, decide and review our strategy and policies and receive reports and updates on service delivery and financial management from senior managers.

Our trustees work for Hospiscare voluntarily and ensure we are reaching and improving the lives of as many terminally ill patients, their families and carers in Exeter, mid and east Devon as possible.

Trustees attend quarterly Board meetings and at least one away day each year.  There are also 6 sub-committees which scrutinise specific areas in detail. These are the:

  • Finance Committee, Audit
  • Risk & Corporate Governance Committee
  • Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee
  • Operations Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Remunerations Committee. 

In addition a trustee representative attends Staff Council.

The Trading Company has a ‘Shops Board’ who are responsible for providing the strategic direction of the business and is chaired by a Trustee.  

Trustees regularly attend fundraising events and activities and thank our supporters, volunteers and staff when appropriate.


Meet the Trustees


How Trustees are appointed, how long can they serve and how they are inducted and trained

The Board seeks to ensure that it has an appropriate range of skills and talent within it.  The Nominations Committee oversees the recruitment of new Trustees following Hospiscare’s policy on Trustee recruitment

Trustees are appointed at Board Meetings and serve 3 years after which period they may put themselves forward for re-appointment.  Trustees may be appointed for a maximum of 3 consecutive terms of 3 years after which they must stand down for at least 1 year.

New trustees are given a comprehensive induction which includes spending time with each of the services Hospiscare provides, each department and visiting shops. 

Trustees identify topics they would like training or more information on and Board briefing meetings are held to cover these.  Trustees attend conferences as and when appropriate as part of their ongoing training and learning.