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Who we are

Dr Julian Abel, Director: Julian became a consultant in palliative care 2001, working initially at a district general hospital and a hospice. Over the last 10 years he has become increasingly involved in finding ways of building compassionate communities around people as they reach the end of life. Read more…

Professor Allan Kellehear, CC-UK Associate Director: Allan is the academic founder and international lead for the public health approach to palliative and end of life care. He established and led the Palliative Care Unit at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia – the first non-clinical, public health practice-based, palliative care unit in the world. Read more…

Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders, CC-UK Associate Director: Catherine is the Lead GP for End of Life for the Royal College of General Practice and GP representative for Marie Curie. As well as being a practising GP, she is a commissioner for end of life for Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group. Read more…

Dr Manjula Patel, Trustee  is Chief Executive Officer of Murray Hall Community Trust, which is a community development organisation supporting children, families, young people and older adults with a range of different services from early years to end of life. Manjula has over 30 years background in community development. Manjula is completing her PhD in Compassionate Communities with Warwick University and has been at the forefront of taking this approach forward in the UK.  

Ed Straw, Trustee: Mr Straw is a writer on systems of government and their radical overhaul. He is a visiting fellow at the Open University in the Applied Systems Thinking in Practice group. He was a consulting partner at PwC for 20 years, chair of Relate, and chair of Demos, and government adviser. Read more…

Liz Rees, Charity Administrative Support: Ms Rees has over 20 years experience working with various organisations delivering education and training projects and strategy.  She has also worked within the voluntary sector as a Volunteer and Training Manager within a Hospice, becoming seconded as an education lead in the South West.   Read more…

Dr Emma Hodges, Development Director: With nearly twenty years of experience in healthcare,  Emma has been involved in many areas of service and workforce redesign.  She developed a keen interest in issues contributing to deprivation and inequality after working with North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone several years ago. Read more…

Amber Jeffrey, Coordinator: Amber Jeffrey is the Founder and community leader of The Grief Gang podcast. Since 2019, Amber has dedicated these years to create a compassionate community with grief support at it’s centre. She does this by sharing her ongoing experiences of her own bereavements candidly & honestly both through her podcast and social media platforms.. Read more…

Steve Crabb, Trustee: is an independent chair, consultant and writer who specialises in improving services for people in vulnerable circumstances… Read more…