Our Trustees

Kathy Gore

Kathy GORE OBE DL (Chair FSH)

Kathy has been involved since the charity started in 1995 and has held the role of Chair since 2001. Before moving to Sussex with husband Jack in 1993, Kathy worked in London for a US Investment Bank, marketing new share issues to European institutional investors.

From 2000 to 2010 she was a Trustee of The Martlets Hospice in Hove and served for three years as a Trustee of The Sussex Beacon, the AIDS/HIV facility in Brighton. She was a Trustee of the Sussex Community Foundation from 2006-2014 and remains committed to the Charity.

Kathy was made a Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex in 2006 and was High Sheriff of the county in 2011/12. She is a Patron of The Chestnut Tree House and The Martlets Hospice. Kathy has completed six marathons to raise funds for FSH and was privileged to have been an Olympic torch bearer in 2012 in recognition of her fund-raising activities.

She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List for services to charity and to the community in East Sussex, particularly to hospice care. Kathy’s running is her meditation.


Edouard ALTENHOVEN (Treasurer)

Eddy has over 30 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience covering capital markets, project and structured finance as well as financial advisory mandates.

He started his career in 1979 at Deutsche Bank in Stuttgart and Frankfurt before moving to London in 1985 to establish the bank’s debt capital market subsidiary.  He subsequently worked in the field of project and structured finance primarily focussed on large international energy related assignments at, i.a.,  J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank.

Since 2002 Eddy has been a self-employed finance adviser with an emphasis on project development, debt structuring and financing, as well as corporate restructurings.

He holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from the Open University Business School.

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Tony BRIDGER (Chair - Marketing & Publicity)

Tony began his career as a trainee reporter on the Evening Echo in Essex before moving to Sussex to edit his first weekly newspapers. He edited papers in Wiltshire and was assistant editor of The Huddersfield Daily Examiner before being appointed Content Director of Trinity Mirror Digital at the height of the “Dotcom boom”.

He then moved into communications, working with Sussex Probation, the Legal Services Commission and the social care charities Anchor and St Christopher’s Fellowship.  He is currently Communication Manager with NEL Healthcare Consulting in the City of London, proudly supporting 28 NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across London and East Anglia.

Outside paid work Tony has volunteered at various times as school governor in Haywards Heath, a co-opted manager of a secure psychiatric hospital and a panel member of West Sussex Youth Offending Team. He has three grown-up daughters.

Phyllida DE SALIS DL

Phyllida DE SALIS DL

Following a career as a solicitor, Phyllida became involved in various aspects of healthcare. She served for over nine years as a non-executive director of the East Sussex Hospitals Trust and enjoyed six years as Chairman of St. John Ambulance, Sussex. She is currently a Trustee of Burrswood Christian Hospital, The Sussex Beacon and Citizens Advice East Sussex and is a public governor of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She serves as an associate hospital manager for both the NHS and The Priory, reviewing the rights of patients under the Mental Health Act. She is a Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex. She is married with two children and four grandchildren and she sings, gardens, plays golf and walks.

Christine FIELD

Christine FIELD (Chair - West Sussex)

Christine’s interest in the hospice movement dates back to her days in training to be a Medical Social Worker. After leaving Nottingham University, she moved to Sussex where she has lived ever since, with her husband and ever growing family. In 1987 Christine was elected to Mid Sussex District Council, where she served for 20 years including 2 years as Chairman and 6 years as Leader. During that time she was appointed to numerous Regional and National Boards and took a special interest in health and social care issues. In 2009 Christine was elected to West Sussex County Council where she led the work on Health and Wellbeing, retiring as Deputy Leader in 2017.

Christine has also worked with the NHS, chairing the Mid Sussex NHS Trust from inception to its merger with Brighton University Hospital. Her non-executive role in the family funeral directing business also gives Christine an insight into the importance of end of life care, not only to those in need, but also those who love and support them.


Dr Ian GOUGH (Vice-Chairman, West Sussex)

Born in 1954 in a British military hospital in what was then West Berlin, Ian was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford and Guy’s Hospital Medical School. He qualified as a dental surgeon in 1977 and practiced in Shoreham-by-sea and Brighton and Hove until retirement in 2014. He  served in the Royal Navy and RNR as a Dental Officer and as a General Commissioner of Income Tax for Brighton and Hove. He is a trustee of the Friends of Lancing College Chapel. Married to a physiotherapist he has a son in the RN and a daughter training to become a barrister. Interests include classical music, opera, growing vegetables and restoring old cars.

Heather MERCER

Dr Heather MERCER PhD, MA, RN, RHV

Heather is a specialist cancer nurse and a Professor of Nursing. She completed her specialist cancer training at the Royal Marsden Hospital and worked as an Executive Director for Education and Research for Marie Curie Cancer Care and Age Concern England. She worked as a member of the National  Cancer Survivorship Initiative and led the national work on palliative care of older prisoners.

She is currently a manager for Penny Brohn Cancer Care working in a specialist radiotherapy hospital. She is a local Councillor and served as Mayor of Worthing and is an Honorary Alderman. She is a Past President of the European Association for Cancer Education and is a member of the editorial boards of two specialist cancer journals. She is married with four sons. She sings in the Rotary choir and enjoys her family, socialising with friends, opera, music and reading.

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Michael graduated from Southampton University in 1970 with a BSc. in Economics and joined the Electricity Council Pension Fund as a trainee investment analyst. In 1978 he joined Laing & Cruickshank’s Eastbourne office as a senior investment manager and moved to Brighton in 2005 following the takeover of the firm by UBS. He now heads the investment committee of the Brewin Dolphin Brighton team. Michael has over 40 years of investment experience and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. His interests include gardening, skiing and Sussex cricket.



David graduated from Cambridge University and trained at Guy’s Hospital and spent 17 years in the Royal Air Force, initially in general practice and then adult medicine before
training in paediatrics. He retired as a Wing Commander. David has been a Consultant
Paediatrician for over 30 years and moved to Hastings, Conquest Hospital in 1988 where  he set up and developed the Paediatric Department. He founded the ‘Children of the Milky
Way Appeal’ in 1992, which funded the first Community Paediatric Nurses in Hastings. He has
a special interest in epilepsy. In 1996 David became Trust Medical Director a post he held for 12
years. He has done work for the Healthcare Commission, the Department of Health and the
General Medical Council and chaired the British Medical Association Medical Manager’s
Commitee for 7 years until 2012.

David is married to Mimi and has two grown up sons and
three grandchildren. His interestsare gardening, photography and travelling.

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Marion SHEPHERD DL (Vice-Chair FSH, Chair - East Sussex)

Marion was educated in North London and had a 30 year nursing career, principally as a midwife, but including community nursing and nursing in the corporate sector with John Lewis Partnership.

She took over as MD of Shepherds UK Ltd following the death of her husband until the company was sold 12 years later.

Marion is currently Vice-chair of the charity, Chair of the East Sussex Fundraising Committee and Vice President of the Sussex Association of Local Councils. She is actively involved in all aspects of work and worship at her Salvation Army Church in Tunbridge Wells. She also works with the Sussex Army Cadet Force and The Army Benevolent Fund, and is a Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex.
She has one grown up daughter and enjoys opera, football, theatre and embroidery.

Daphne Slator


Daphne is a Registered General Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor, with specialist experience in spinal injuries and neurology. On entering management, Daphne was the first Health Visitor to join the first primary care trust. She spent 4 years as a nurse/midwife on a Salvation Army mission station in Zambia and is a passionate advocate for patient centred healthcare. Daphne currently enjoys a successful career as an independent healthcare consultant running her own company and advising on patient care pathways, healthcare software requirements for child health, NHS community services, cancer services and renal dialysis.

Daphne is married with two grown up children. Her interests include Worthing Community Welcome In Project, fundraising for Salvation Army overseas medical or education projects, gardening, music and travel.

Di Steele


Dianne qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1968 and as a midwife in 1970 before choosing to specialise in the operating theatre at Kings College Hospital, South London. She married in 1972 and had a daughter in 1974 after which she qualified as a Chiropodist/Podiatrist and embarked on a 40 year career in the private sector.

Dianne became Medical Loan Officer for the Heathfield Branch of the British Red Cross in 1991 and has been a volunteer reader and recording engineer for Wealden Talking News since 1995 – now also serving as a trustee. She has been an FSH fundraising committee member since 2009 developing a keen interest in web and digital design.

Dianne has had a life-long love of opera and has worked front of house at Glyndebourne Opera House since 1994. Other interests include skiing, Scottish dancing, needlepoint, and bridge.


Lisa WELTON (Chair - Corporate Strategy Group)

Lisa is the Chair of the recently formed Corporate Strategy Group for FSH. After reading French at the Sorbonne and Oxford Polytechnic, Lisa pursued a career as a corporate conference organiser with major international publisher, IBC Ltd, and went on to establish the conference arm of Acquisitions Monthly. Lisa moved from London to East Sussex in 1996 where, in addition to bringing up a young family, she focused on raising the profile of Tommy’s The Baby Charity, London, a cause close to her heart having had three very premature babies.

Her work included both fundraising for The Trevor Mann Neonatal Unit in Brighton, as well as the publication of a self-help guide for parents living through the neonatal experience.

She also became a regional breast pump agent and worked closely with Crowborough Cottage Hospital. Lisa was a Community Governor for Beacon School, Crowborough for seven years, taking it through the transition to an Academy. She has lived in Newick with her husband and three children since 2009, and supported FSH in a variety of ways, including staging an Evening of Celebratory Music to showcase young musical talent in Sussex. She was brought up, educated and married in West Sussex.

Chantal WILSON

Chantal WILSON DL (Chair - Governance)

Chantal was educated at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Girls and the University of London where she achieved a degree in Sociology. After ten years as an army wife she worked for Twinings and a division of Unilever. Since 1983, and with husband Clive, she has run an architectural design practice.

Chantal has played an active role in the local community as Crowborough Town Councillor (1979-91), Independent Wealden District Councillor (1991-2011), Chair of Wealden District Council (2007-9), Trustee of Action in Rural Sussex, Trustee and Vice Patron of Friends of Crowborough Hospital and as Chairman of the Crowborough Community Association. She has two grown-up daughters and loves gardening, wildlife and the countryside. She is passionate about supporting hospice care.