Who’s Who?

Senior Management Team

Our senior management team is responsible for the day-to-day running of Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton and Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight.

The team works with our Board of Trustees to develop our strategy.

Chief executive – Nigel Hartley

Nigel has worked in end-of-life care for almost 30 years, between 2003 and 2015 as Director of Supportive Care at the St Christopher’s Group, London, where he was responsible for transforming day and outpatient services, developing volunteers and also leading on community engagement. He previously held posts at London Lighthouse, a centre for those living with HIV/AIDS, and also at Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice in Oxford. He has a postgraduate qualification in management from Ashridge Business School, England, and has an international reputation as a teacher and lecturer.

Nigel is also an experienced published writer having authored numerous articles, chapters and books. His books include ‘End of Life Care – a guide for therapists, artists and arts therapists’ (2014), and the latest edited publication ‘Spirituality in Hospice Care’ (2017), both published by Jessica Kingsley Publications.

Nigel also sits on the Editorial Board of the journal ‘Mortality’ – which promotes the interdisciplinary study of death and dying. He is a visiting Academic at the University of Southampton and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Director of nursing – Liz Arnold

Liz Arnold’s areas of responsibility are leading the quality and delivery of care by nursing and allied health professionals including the Inpatient Unit, Day Services, Hospital Palliative Care Team and the Community Team.

Liz has worked in end of life care for 32 years in a variety of nursing roles including Hospice Home Care Teams, Hospice Ward Sister, Hospital and Community Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care and Hospice Education Facilitator.

Liz is also a qualified District Nurse and gained a BA (Hons) in Professional Practice, Palliative Care in 1994. She completed the Masters in Hospice Leadership programme in 2013, where her interest in organisational culture informed the subject of her dissertation focusing on nursing culture in hospices.

Director of psychosocial care – Jane Hazeldine

Jane’s area of responsibility include leading and managing the psychology and bereavement service. This includes complementary therapy, spiritual care, social work and creative arts.

Alongside her managerial role, Jane works clinically providing psychological support for patients and families affected by cancer and life-limiting conditions. 

Jane gained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004 and spent six years working at Royal Berkshire Hospital in long-term conditions. During this time, she gained a masters in Health Psychology.

She then moved back to the Isle of Wight in 2010 to take the Consultant Psychologist role in palliative care and oncology at Mountbatten Hospice.

Director of Finance – Michael Edmonds

Mike qualified as an accountant in 1987. He occupied senior finance posts for 12 years across the courier and transport sector, casino and hotel resorts, heavy engineering, and import/export of frozen seafood sectors.

He emigrated to the UK in 1999 and has been occupied in senior finance posts in the charity sector from that date to now.

Mike served on the Board of Trustees of a large child fostering charity for 13 years, which included holding the office of Chairman of the Board for six years.

Now living on the Isle of Wight, Mike is an occasional cyclist and sailor.

Director of human resources – John Kempton

John has more than 30 years experience working in the public, charity, health and education sectors and over 20 of these years in senior HR roles.

He holds postgraduate qualifications in human resource management and executive coaching and, underpinning his work, is a commitment to the continuing development of all staff and volunteers.

Having first-hand experience as a volunteer in a number of organisations, as diverse as a nature conservation trust to a poetry education charity, has provided an understanding of the valuable contribution volunteers make to an organisation.

As an independent HR consultant, John has worked with a range of clients broadening his experience in the private sector, religious organisations and communities.

John has been an active member of his church in places he has lived and been elected as a member of two Parochial Church Councils, Deanery Synods, chairing a range of parish committees and supporting the diocesan’s senior clergy by offering coaching and leadership development.

Currently John is on the board of a religious publishing charity and chairs a diocesan committee.

General Manager – Becky McGregor

Becky qualified as physiotherapist in 1996 and over the past fourteen years worked within the hospice sector as a clinician and later in leadership and management positions at Mountbatten Isle of Wight.

In April 2019, Becky started a new role at Countess Mountbatten Hospice as General Manager, part of the senior management team at the Mountbatten Group.

Becky also has experience of working in a voluntary capacity in local third-tier government and community projects – serving for five years as town councillor – including two years as Deputy Mayor and a year as Mayor.

Becky completes her Masters in Hospice Leadership and Management in September 2019.

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