Our Trustees

The Board of Trustees at Richard House govern the organisation and take responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the hospice. They give their time, effort and skills free of charge.

The Hon Mr Justice Knowles CBE was the first chairman of Together for Short Lives (the UK umbrella charity for children’s palliative care), and was instrumental in the formation of CHaL (Childrens Hospices across London). Robin was awarded the CBE for his contribution to pro bono legal services and was recently knighted on his appointment as a High Court judge. He has lived in the East End almost all his adult life.

Mizan Abdulrouf is a barrister specialising in crime and family, and is heavily involved in the Muslim community.

David Bickerton has been a partner in Clifford Chance since 1997. David is an active supporter of FreeLaw, a programme through which lawyers give pro bono advice at community Law Centres.  He is also a trustee of Age UK. David has completed several cycles and marathons for charities, most recently the London marathon in April 2016 for Richard House.

Sara Hazzard has three beautiful children. Her middle child, has a life-limiting health condition and uses Richard House services. She has always been a huge fan of the work of the hospice and never thought she might one day need them. She has worked in PR and Communications for nearly 20 years and currently works for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy as the Assistant Director of Strategic Communications.

James Joly is the managing partner at Moncrieff Joly Group, which continues to support Richard House and CHaL, focussing on community engagement to forge partnerships between the business community, charities and NFP organisations.

Derek Lovelock is currently Executive Chairman of Mamas & Papas, a Non-Executive Director of Spartoo.com and an Advisor to Catapult Ventures Ltd.  He has spent a career in fashion retailing during which he was a Main Board Member of Storehouse PLC, Sears PLC and Chairman of Aurora Fashions. In 2013 Derek was appointed  Honorary Professor and received a lifetime achievement award from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Gowhar Shaikh has two children with complex health needs and has experienced bereavement and the need for the hospice first hand due to the deaths of her six babies. She has previously worked for Barclays and as a school teacher in Pakistan as well as a receptionist at a GP practice. She loves to help people, always tries to stay positive and makes the most of each day.

Dr Meng Tan is a consultant community paediatrician who has worked in Newham for nearly 20 years.

Wendy Pritchard (Vice Chair) is a solicitor and heads the legal department at The Berkeley Group plc. Wendy has been a supporter of Richard House for many years and with The Berkeley Foundation has been an active fundraiser for the hospice.

Nicola Ukiah (Chair) works for advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, based in nearby Canary Wharf, and has been a trustee since 2005. She chairs the clinical and community engagement governance committee and has also supported Richard House by running a marathon.

John Winter oversees MUFG’s strategy and governance for its securities business across EMEA as CEO. He also heads up the Global Corporate and Investment Banking business arm of MUFG in EMEA, having worked within financial services for over 31 years.