Imelda qualified as an RGN in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin in 1984. Once qualified, she moved to London where she worked in Haematology and Oncology in The Royal Free in Hampstead and Kings College Hospital, London.
Having overstayed her planned stay in London, Imelda decided she wanted to move to the sea and Brighton called. Imelda worked at St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing with their Community Palliative Care team before moving to Martlets with the Martlets at Home team.
Martlets is a centre of excellence in my book and she commends all the people who work in it and the patient stories and carer experiences continue to echo the great care and empathy they receive here.
Simone became a Consultant in Palliative Medicine in March 2004, when she joined the service down in Brighton, providing specialist medical input to the community and to Martlets Hospice. Her specialist training in Palliative Medicine began in 1998 at Edenhall Marie Curie Centre in Hampstead, followed by jobs at Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury, St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham and then Trinity Hospice in Clapham. Simone graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, University of London, in 1993, and did most of her post-graduate medical training in and around London.
From 2010-2016, Simone was the Clinical Director of the Community Palliative Care Team and in June 2013 she was appointed in my current role of Medical Director at Martlets Hospice. As well as her clinical commitments, she has an active teaching role with links to Brighton and Sussex Medical School and with GPs and primary care teams locally.
Simone has a particular interest in medical ethics and in 2005 completed the MA in Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care at Keele University. She is also passionate about clinical leadership in the healthcare setting: Simone completed the NHS Staff College Senior Leadership programme at University College Hospital London in 2012 and went on to be an active part of their Faculty from 2013-2016.
Bobby joined the Martlets team in September 2014 following 18 years of finance and business development experience in the financial services sector. He is a qualified Management Accountant since 2000 following his Finance and Accounting degree at the University of Brighton.
Having lived most of his life in central Brighton, he now resides on the outskirts of town in Westdene living with his wife and three boys whom keep him entertained.
Bobby says he is immensely impressed by the commitment of all of the Martlets volunteers, staff, trustees and donators engaging in a vast array of activities and services. He too enjoys making a difference to serve the local community in which he has lived in for most of his life.
My HR experience was mostly developed working in healthcare for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust. For 12 years I was responsible for all aspects of the employment life cycle, supporting and advising managers and executive teams. I specialised in recruitment and employment, benefits, change management, employee relations. I have supported a wide range of service improvements and efficiency projects. Before joining Martlets my role was focussed on project and programme management. My skills therefore requires the upmost integrity as I deal with many sensitive, confidential and challenging issues for our people.
I am passionate about helping Martlets become an employer of choice and promoting Martlets, developing wider connections with our community, enhancing awareness of our amazing organisation and the skills and expertise of our staff and volunteers. I am very excited about our journey developing volunteering further at Martlets.
I am committed to my own personal development alongside my teams development, as our service model continues to evolve. My CIPD membership and qualification enables me to continue learning, working with leaders in other businesses and accessing amazing resources. I am an Enterprise Advisor at Cardinal Newman School, Hove supporting their leadership team develop strategies to help pupils get the skills they need ready for the world of work. I spend any spare time with family and friends, my visitors love that I chose in 2014 to live in Hove, we spend time enjoying the city and beach.
Karen had worked in a variety of healthcare settings before discovering hospice care as an agency nurse. From that very first shift Karen knew that hospice care is where her heart lay. Karen has worked in a variety of roles and departments at Martlets and this has given her practical experience of the breadth of services that Martlets provides. Since 2007, Karen has held a position as part of the Leadership Team as Director of Clinical Services.
Along with being a Registered Nurse, Karen's qualifications include Diploma in Palliative Care, Post Graduate Certificate in Management and Masters Degree in Health Ethics.