Cruse Bereavement Care Appoints New Trustees | Cruse Bereavement Care

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Five new trustees have been appointed to Cruse Bereavement Care, joining the Board of Trustees led by Chair, Fiona Edwards.  The new trustees bring a wealth of expertise including policy, planning, senior management, commercial skills and finance. Their experiences cover both the private and public sector.

The new appointments will mean the Board of Trustees has a greater representation and which will support Cruse to effectively deliver our strategic plan and vision.

Fiona Edwards, Chair said: "I am delighted to welcome the new Trustees and I look forward to working with them to deliver our vision and strategy. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Trustees for their significant contribution and guidance over many years. They have led Cruse through major organisational change which has extended our coverage and strengthened our governance, leaving us in a strong position at the forefront of bereavement care." 

The new trustees were appointed at the Cruse Annual General Meeting on 14th November 2015.

Cruse Bereavement Care New Trustees 2015: Debbie Kerslake (Cruse Chief Executive), Robin Cuthbertson, Claire Henry, Helen Causley, Poppy Mardall, Michael Whitehouse, Fiona Edwards (Cruse Chair)

Photo left to right: Debbie Kerslake (Cruse Chief Executive), Robin Cuthbertson, Claire Henry, Helen Causley, Poppy Mardall, Michael Whitehouse, Fiona Edwards (Cruse Chair).

Helen Causley

Helen is a senior health policy professional with a wealth of experience of policy development and implementation in mental health, quality improvement and regulation. Her current role is as a Senior Policy Adviser for a new joint Work and Health Unit set up between the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions. Helen has held a number of senior policy roles throughout her career in the Department of Health including policy lead roles across the areas of secure mental health services, controlled drugs, and coronary heart disease. Helen is currently a Bereavement Volunteer for Cruse in Greenwich.  

Robin Cuthbertson

Robin is a senior organisational effectiveness professional with creative talent and people skills. He has 10 years’ experience consulting in business improvement backed with 10 years of people and project management for charities and in customer services. He also has extensive experience in performance and governance – where his work has been published – with a focus on finance, people and health and safety. He is currently working as Company Performance Manager (a corporate management role) for EDF Energy, the UK’s largest energy generator. Robin has trained as a Bereavement Volunteer with Cruse in Oxford. 

Claire Henry MBE

Claire has had extensive experience in the palliative care sector and is Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care/Dying Matters. Prior to this Claire has held a number of senior roles within the field including Head of Programmes for Long Term Conditions and End of Life Care NHS Improving Quality and National Programme Director, End of Life Programme. Claire was awarded an MBE in 2013 for improvements in end of life care. 

Poppy Mardall

Poppy is the Founder and Director of Poppy’s Funerals. In the three years since launching Poppy’s Funerals she and her organisation have won a number of prestigious awards including a Lloyds Bank First Women Award and a Good Funeral Award for ‘Most Promising New Funeral Director’. The company has also been included in the Smarta 100 most exciting new companies and in 2014 Poppy was named one of Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35. Previously, Poppy was a Deputy Director at Sotheby’s. Since 2012 Poppy has been a volunteer at Trinity Hospice and has previously volunteered with the Samaritans.   

Michael Whitehouse

Michael has been Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of the National Audit Office (NAO) since 2009. An accountant and auditor by profession, he has had responsibility throughout his career for numerous public sector portfolios, including the Health, Education, Social Welfare, Housing, Defence, Diplomatic Service and International Aid sectors. As an NAO director, he developed the NAO’s work on cross government systemic issues, which is now a well-established feature of the NAO brand.