Executive Team

Viv Culleton –  CEO / 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.


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