New trustees join hospice board

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ST MICHAEL’S Hospice welcomed three new local figures to its board of trustees recently.

Irene Dibben, Charles Everett and Michael Foster have been elected as new trustees of the St Leonards-based hospice.

Bringing their considerable local knowledge and expertise, they will join the board in developing strategies to ensure that the hospice continues to provide the highest standard of care to meet the needs of local communities. Julian Avery, chairman of St Michael’s Hospice, said: “As the local hospice for all of Hastings and Rother our services provide vital support to local communities and I’m delighted that Irene, Charles and Michael have joined us.

“Each of them brings not only a valuable range of different skills but also knowledge of and involvement in different parts of our catchment area.”

Northiam resident Irene Dibben worked in human resources for multinational companies and retired as an HR director of Reuters in 2003. She joined East Sussex Hospitals Trust as a non-executive director later that year and was appointed as chairman in 2008, retiring in 2011.

Irene is chairman of governors at Mountfield and Whatlington Church of England Primary School and also chairman of Headliners UK, a charity which inspires and encourages the personal development of young people through journalism.

Charles Everett, who has lived near Robertsbridge for more than 30 years, is a non-executive director and vice chair of NHS Sussex.

He is also a non-executive director of the Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust. From 2007 to 2011, he was chair of NHS Hastings and Rother and prior to that, Charles was a director of the Home Office from 1999 to 2006 having worked in a number of Government departments throughout his career.

Michael Foster DL of St Leonards, is a solicitor practising as Michael Foster Law in Hastings town centre. Michael holds a Master of Laws degree in employment law.

He was the Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye from 1997 to 2010, previously serving on the local council and health and police authorities. He is a Freeman of the Borough of Hastings.