Shaun Pollard CEO
I was born and educated to “A” level in Truro in Cornwall and then went to Exeter University to study History at undergraduate level and then Theology as a post-graduate. From there I spent six years on a short service commission in the Royal Air Force involved in a variety of areas including airmen’s welfare, new buildings and maintaining the IT systems involved in monthly pay. At the end of my commission I qualified as a primary teacher in Gloucester working for a number of years in the local parish school where I was part of the senior management structure. I moved to Widnes in 1999 and was initially self-employed in the IT sector and through this became involved with the Hospice. I have been, successively, a lottery collector, the Lottery Manager, the Fundraising Manager, Director of Corporate Services and , since 2013, Chief Executive.
Viv Culleton – Director of Care and Operational Services and Registered Manager
Viv Culleton employed at the hospice for the past two years as the Director of Care and Operational Services and Registered Manager. I have been a nurse for 30 years spending the last 10 years working in various managerial roles.
Born and bred in Widnes which provides me with a robust knowledge of the social, health and welfare needs the people of Halton are faced with.
I have two adult daughters who I spend a lot of time with outside of work and a beautiful chocolate Labrador named Coco.
My main hobbies are dabbling in arts and crafts, decorating, and gardening. I must confess I am not terribly proficient at any of my hobbies and I drive my family to distraction with the constant alterations I make around the house.
I enjoy reading usually biographies and I also enjoy socialising with friends and family .
Dr Averil Fountain – Medical Director.
Dr Fountain qualified as doctor in London in 1985, and after working in a variety of medical specialties to get general experience, qualified as a GP. A chance appointment as a junior doctor to a post in St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney led to an immediate decision to switch to Palliative Medicine. She moved to the North West in 1997 and completed her postgraduate training in Merseyside. She began working as a consultant in Halton in 2003, but only became Medical Director of the Hospice in 2012.
She is married to a retired GP, and has 2 children , a rescue dog, 2 cats and a few thousand bees.