Our volunteer Trustees have overall financial and legal responsibility for Cornwall Hospice Care. They bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to our charity.

Lesley Ross, Chair of the Board

Serving as Chair of the Board is both a demanding and rewarding experience. It is an ongoing and increasingly difficult task to raise the funds essential for the operation of the charity and then to ensure that they are put to the best possible use. At the same time, it is a great privilege to be able to use both my financial and fundraising experience and 17 year association with the hospice movement to support such a dedicated and caring team.

Dr Mary Turfitt, Chair Clinical Service Committee
My role as trustee is particularly focussed on clinical services and, with the other trustees, my responsibility is to ensure good governance to maintain the high standards required by Cornwall Hospice Care and to meet the Care Quality Commission standards, in order to provide the best possible care for our patients.

Alan Brownscombe, Chair Finance Committee  

I am the Chair of the Finance Committee and sit on both the audit and Income Generation committees. My aim is to use over 30 years of business experience with Winter Rule (as a partner for 25 years and Chairman and Managing Partner for 10) in the private sector for the benefit of the hospice organisation.

Margaret Geake, Vice Chair Income General Committee

I first got involved in the fundraising team when Mount Edgcumbe Hospice was being built - after many years I am still here! I have been a Board member for over twenty years. It is such a privilege to see the wonderful work that Cornwall Hospice Care has achieved in the county.

   Dr Raj Dhumale

 I was invited to Probus to offer a unique surgical service and set up a 'state of the art' surgical centre in    2004. Having accomplished this project successfully, I retired in 2012 and engaged myself in various charities. I am delighted to be invited to join the Board of Trustees and use my past clinical and managerial experience in maintaining and sustaining the high standards of care.

Dr Steve Hawkins, Vice-Chair Clinical Services Committee

 Until I retired recently I was a GP in Truro for over thirty years, in which time I came to the conclusion that end of life care is the touchstone of a good health care system.  That view was strengthened by the experience of looking after my wife at home when she died from breast cancer.  I joined the Board of Trustees at the beginning of 2016 and was immediately impressed by the expertise on hand and by the commitment to the service.  I hope to make a contribution as part of the clinical services committee and I am particularly interested in the roles of education and training and the opportunities we have to facilitate further improvements in end of life care across the county.

David Renwick, Chair Income Generation Committee   

I have been very, very blessed and incredibly lucky to be in good health but like everyone else in Cornwall know people who have used and been supported by the wonderful team at Cornwall Hospice Care. I have in business and at a personal level carried out carried out fundraising and sponsorships, including a variety of treks raising funds for the essential work undertaken in the Duchy over the years.

On my retirement from the Ocean Housing Group, an opportunity arose which has allowed me to join the board of Trustees and play a part in ensuring Cornwall continues to have the best possible community and hospice care possible in the years ahead. 

My fundraising activity has not stopped and this year I joined a wonderful group of people and trekked to Everest Base Camp raising funds for our much loved Cornish Charity!


Lesley Clarke

I was born in Essex, where I was educated. Due to a job relocation I moved to Norfolk, where my three              children were raised. Following my divorce I remarried and moved to Cornwall in 1989. I am now living in the Truro area and have been widowed since 2011.

I ran my own Heavy Commercial Garage in Norfolk, which I sold when I moved to Cornwall.

I have served as a Councillor on Newquay Town Council and Restormel Borough Council for 12 years, serving on both councils as the Mayor.

I have helped in a volunteer capacity with Newquay Victim Support and Newquay Gateway Club, been a Governor with Trenance Learning Academy in Newquay, and a member of both Newquay Towan Blystra Lions and Truro Lions Club. In the Lions I have progressed, being Club President, Secretary and Treasurer, Zone Chairman and recently I served as District Governor for the South West. At present I am the District Treasurer for the Lions Clubs of the South West. I was also a Board Member for the Ocean Housing Group for 17 years and have recently retired from the role.