Find out more about our board of trustees
Tim Mourne - Chairman
Tim began his career as an Accountant with a city practice, qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2002. He worked for a number of firms as an auditor and advisor to the SME/OMB sector (services for small to medium sized enterprises and owner managed businesses) before returning to the Manchester office of a now top 10 firm where he specialised in corporate tax and corporate finance. He started his own practice, based in the High Peak, in 2006.
Tim has served on many committees over the years and takes a keen interest in supporting the local community. He is currently Chairman of Whaley Bridge Carnival Committee.
Delia Butler - Treasurer/ Secretary
Delia was educated at Sheffield High School before heading to the London School of Economics in 1981 and then joining Peat Marwick Mitchell, which later became KPMG, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She stayed with KPMG for nearly 20 years moving with the firm to Manchester in 1995 when her husband’s job moved him to Stockport. With three children now, Delia had finally had enough of corporate life in 2005 and moved to Whaley Bridge where she joined a local firm of accountants.
Delia became the youngest ever Trustee of HFT, a leading charity providing residential care for adults with learning disabilities, sitting on the Management Board and chairing the Audit Committee. Her next involvement was with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Manchester where she was Treasurer, and Chairman for a period after the death of the incumbent, at a time of swingeing cuts in the funding of charities.
Delia’s involvement with Blythe House came about because of the Hospice at Home Service. Having seen the problems of end of life care in the area on the death of her father, she was keen to get involved with the project and became a Trustee of Blythe House in 2015.
Dr Louise Jordan - Trustee
I am so fortunate to have been a founding trustee of Helen's Trust and also to be a jobbing GP who can really see the impact and difference that Helen's Trust makes to the local community.
I absolutely know that it is right for each individual to have the choice and the right to be able to die in their own home and in my years of General Practice have had this reaffirmed to me time after time. Beneficiaries have far more peaceful deaths and families have far better experiences, both at the time of their death and in their bereavement.
I bring many years of work and understanding of the world of medicine and health in the community, and also my passion for the core values of the charity. I am privileged to be a part of this charity and feel energised by it's work daily.
Sarah Rowland - Trustee
Helen's Trust is a local charity for me, and I have been aware of its fantastic work for a number of years. I volunteered to help at some events and then realised that I may also be able to support the charity in a different way by using my experience as a Partner in a large national legal firm and by contributing my legal and management skills as a trustee.
It is incredibly rewarding to play a real part in the strategy of the charity, and a privilege to work alongside such a dynamic team who come from very different professional backgrounds but are united by a passion to support people with terminal illness.
Roger Eccleston - Trustee
I first became aware of Helen's Trust when I ran the Chatsworth 10K and, through personal experience, I quickly realised the importance of their fantastic work and the impact it has on beneficiaries and their families.
I am a Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at Sheffield Hallam University and joined the board because I felt that the importance of quantum mechanics to the effective operation of charities is often understated, maybe not though! However I hope my management and leadership experience can help Helen's Trust. It is inspiring and energising to be working with such a great group of highly committed people for such a worthwhile cause.
James Dunlop MBE - Trustee
James has had a broad career working with a variety of organisations ending up in the food industry with United Biscuits for 28 years as the local director in Manchester.
He has been a Commissioner of the Equal Opportunities Commission, a Non-Executive Director in the Health Service with Central Manchester Trust, Stockport Healthcare Trust and a founder director of Stockport PCT.
He was deputy Chair of Stockport and High Peak TEC and was involved with the Princes Trust in Yorkshire. He was also Chair of Stockport CVS until its closure. He was a Council Member of Manchester University and was involved with the merger of the University with UMIST.
He is Chair of Stockport Canal Boat for Disabled People and was Chair of St Mary’s Disley ‘Restoring our Heritage Appeal’. For his work with the Canal Boat and St Mary’s, he was awarded the MBE in 2015. He lives in Whaley Bridge.
Mike Hardman - Trustee
Dr Mike Hardman obtained his BMedSci and MBChB from Sheffield University. He trained in General Medicine (MRCP) and Clinical Pharmacology in Sheffield, Munich and Oxford, conducted basic research at the MRC Unit and University Department of Clinical Pharmacology at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and was awarded his MD from the University of Sheffield. After 10 years of clinical practice and research he joined ICI Pharmaceuticals.
For 28 years, he worked in all stages of medicine development across several therapeutic areas in the UK, USA, Germany and Japan and has had a major interest in education and training. His last position, before retiring, was VP IMI Collaborations AstraZeneca IMED and Coordinator of the IMI EMTRAIN project.
He is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine and a member of the Faculty Education Committee. He is also a lecturer at the EUDIPHARM Masters course in Lyon, the I3H Masters course in Brussels, and an external examiner for the pharmaceutical medicine course at Basel University. He is currently the Co-President of the Rotary club of Buxton.
Natalie Fielding - Trustee
Dr Natalie Fielding started at the University of Sheffield studying cell biology but quickly decided that she would be far happier with and far better suited to a career in medicine. Whilst at Sheffield Medical School, she spent time with the Territorial Army and commissioned as an officer from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Although she enjoyed the challenge of the TA, she knew that her passion lay with community based medicine. After foundation medical training in Sheffield, she started her GP training in Manchester and quickly settled on the beautiful Peak District as her base.
Alongside GP training, she has juggled the challenges of raising two young children and helping out with her husband’s two very busy hotels/ pubs/ restaurants.
She enjoys feeling part of her community and getting to know her patients and their families. She worked locally at Thornbrook Surgery in Chapel-en-le-Frith and enjoyed this so much that she has now started as a Partner at the surgery.
Bryan McGee - Trustee
Bryan was born in Cape Town in July 1941 and moved to Port Elizabeth aged 8. After schooling in the Eastern Cape Province, he returned to Cape Town to read Mechanical Engineering at The University of Cape Town.
After graduating, he moved to England to join Simon Engineering in Stockport to gain industrial experience. He remained with the Company and its successors (eventually Japanese owned) for the rest of his career; as technical director in his latter years.
His career, in which he became a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, involved extended periods overseas, particularly in Holland, Egypt, North America and the Far East.
Since retirement Bryan has remained a trustee of the UK company pension fund and was, for several years, a trustee of the Armstrong Siddeley Heritage Trust.
Sean King - Trustee
Sean is delighted to join Blythe House, particularly having appreciated the support given to many of his patients over 30 years of General Medical Practice in the High Peak.
He was based almost entirely at Elmwood Medical Centre in Buxton but has also worked as a locum across High Peak over the last 2 years while gradually retiring from clinical practice.
During his time as a GP, he served on various management and representative bodies including: Chairman of Derby and Derbyshire Local Medical Committee, Chairman of High Peak Shadow CCG, and board member of High Peak and Dales PCG and PCT.
After giving up his licence to practice as a Doctor, until recently Sean continued to work part time in the NHS as a Non-Executive Director of Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust.
Lizzy Przychodzki - Trustee
A proud resident of the High Peak for many years, Lizzy now lives in New Mills and has been an academic and law lecturer for over ten years.
Currently the Undergraduate Programme Director for Salford Law, and lecturing across a wide range of legal areas, specialising in the areas of international labour and tort law.
Throughout her academic career, which has included lecturing at The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and summer programme lecturing at The University of Cambridge, Lizzy remains dedicated to the personal and professional development of all of her students.
Alongside her academic career she has also worked in industry for such companies as Stratstone Ferrari and CIPD, and brings with her a wider ranging skill set and strong portfolio of experience in education, management and marketing.
Dr Sarah Parnacott - Trustee
Sarah undertook voluntary work for Trafford social services, and it was here she had her first real exposure to someone who was nearing end of life and their abysmal quality of life. Shocked by lack of services, Sarah visited St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green. She was captivated and thrilled when offered a post as a nursing auxiliary. Sarah worked that summer and all her University holidays for the first two years of her medical degree at Sheffield.
Later she worked at the Christie and St Ann’s Hospice, North Manchester before deciding to train in Oncology at Sheffield. After two years she realised that her heart lay in Palliative Care so switched registrar posts acquiring her CCST in 2000. Sarah was appointed Consultant in Chesterfield finally taking up the post in June 2002.
Sarah runs a weekly Palliative care clinic from Blythe House and also a monthly Lymphoedema clinic. She is on the Clinical Committee. She is passionate about supporting patients to stay in their homes and working closely with nursing and medical colleagues to make this a possibility.
Anne Cawthorne MBE - Trustee
Anne always wanted to be a nurse, so at the age of 17 she undertook nurse training for four and a half years at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
She moved back to Chapel-en-le-Frith when she married and held a variety of posts in rheumatology, orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation at the Devonshire Royal Hospital Buxton. In 1988 she qualified as a nurse tutor and has had a number of roles combining education and clinical practice. She has gained qualifications in aromatherapy, counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.
In 1996 she moved into the field of cancer and palliative care working at the Neil Cliffe Cancer Centre and St Ann’s Hospice. She moved to the Christie Hospital in 2000 to take up a joint post as Lecturer Practitioner with the Psycho- Oncology team and the University of Manchester and was module leader for the cancer, palliative care and communication skills courses.
In 2008, she came to work at Blythe House Hospicecare, integrating the Living Well Service into the hospice. A number of hospices throughout the country have now adopted the supportive /rehabilitation model that she developed at Blythe House.
In 2014 she was awarded the MBE for her work in cancer care in Manchester and Derbyshire.