Our trustees are responsible for ensuring that Halton Haven Hospice is well-governed and has a strategic vision. They play important roles as ambassadors and advocates for the Hospice.
Phil Hallam – Chairman
I sit on the Board as a recently retired representative of the General Practitioners in the Halton area-whose patients are the main users of the services available at Halton Haven. I was a GP at the Peelhouse Plaza Practice in Widnes, where I worked from 1987 to 2016.
My aim as a Board member is to support the Hospice and its staff in providing the range of vital Palliative Care services available at Halton Haven.
I am married with a grown up daughter and live in Chester. My leisure interests include golf and hill walking.
Chris Parlane JP – Trustee/Chairman of the Finance sub Committee
Born in 1941 I was educated at Farnworth C of E School and then at Merchant Taylors’ School where I boarded. I am now retired having spent my working life in our family transport business. A widower with 3 children and 3 grandchildren, I have lived most of my adult life in Widnes.
I became involved with the Hospice after the death of my wife Angela in Halton Haven in 2004 and have been a Trustee since 2005 and have for some time now been Chairman of the Finance sub Committee.
Other interests include being a member of Widnes Rotary Club, a Liveryman in the City of London and a magistrate for 39 years, retiring under the age rule.
Colin M. McKenzie – Chairman of fundraising sub committee
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, resided in South Africa for 11 years prior to residing in the Wirral, Wigan and my home in Widnes. I have resided in Widnes for more than 22 years, being an fan of the local rugby league and ice hockey teams.
I am married with two grown up children. Both have trained to be teachers. I have two grandchildren that have the energy that I used to have.
My working life has consisted of electrical engineering, project, programme and portfolio management.
I enjoy my membership of Rotary Club of Widnes.
My father was diagnosed with a terminal illness and this had an impact on all of my family.
This was in Aberdeen, however the excellent care that he received there is most certainly also evident here in Halton.
For years I have had a keen interest in the caring work of the Haven. I am extremely proud to be a trustee. It is a role that I take seriously.
Michelle Wood – Trustee
I have worked as General Manager for the Liverpool GP Federation since February 2016, before that I worked for a registered social landlord in Liverpool and the part of my role which I enjoyed the most was providing great customer service and having the opportunity to help people to improve their lives through the quality of housing we provided and worked with a range of partners to improve health outcomes and access to training and employment.
I became a Trustee at Halton Haven as I have always been interested in health. I also wanted to gain a better understanding of the fundraising activities and the retail aspect of hospice work. I find the Hospice really inspiring, interesting and varied which means I always enjoy my time spent there. I am also a Trustee for Age Concern, Liverpool and Sefton, as another passion of mine is providing services for older people, particularly care and support.
I live in St Helens with my husband David, daughter Ellen, pet cat and snake (everyone is always surprised about the snake!). My hobbies include studying (I always have a qualification on the go) and dressmaking when I can find the time. I also enjoy travel when I can and my favourite place to visit is Cyprus.
Julie Hunt – Trustee
I retired in 2013 after working for more than 40 years in the caring profession, including care homes, inspection and complaints investigation, and adult safeguarding. I worked in Halton, Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral.
I was delighted to be invited to apply for the role of trustee for the hospice and feel privileged to be part of this hugely valued service.
Since 2014 I have regularly visited the hospice with my dog as part of the Pets as Therapy and, subsequently, the Canine Care charity scheme, each of whose primary aim is to bring joy, comfort and companionship to the many individuals who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly animal. My dog and I also visited a special school for children on the autistic spectrum.
My interests other include gardening, walking, reading, and occasional pastel painting, and I am a trustee of a charity local to Helsby, the Friends of Harmers Wood Trust. I also enjoy things dog-related e.g. dog training sessions and supporting local animal charities.
I live in Frodsham with my partner and our two dogs.
Andy MacKenzie – Trustee
I am a solicitor who has been working in the Runcorn area for around 2 years. Having been involved with the hospice through work I am delighted to have been given the opportunity get more involved as a trustee.
The excellent reputation that the hospice has with the local community is something that I am very much hoping to assist in continuing.
Mike Frodsham – Trustee
I am originally from Runcorn but have lived in Helsby with my wife for the past 11 years. I am Pharmaceutical Development Manager at Quay Pharmaceuticals based in Deeside, where I have held this position for the past 12 years. I am heavily involved in the drug product development process but also in supporting the growth of the company during this period. I enjoy the outdoors and travelling, particularly camping and spending time in the mountains.