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Lichfield legal firm partner named as chairman of St Giles Hospice Board of Trustees

A senior partner at a Lichfield legal firm has been appointed as chairman of the St Giles Hospice Board of Trustees.

Simon James

Simon James

Simon James, who has been with Ansons LLP Solicitors for more than 30 years, has been a trustee of the charity since 2001.

The role of the Board of Trustees is to represent the local community and provide strategic direction for the hospice to ensure it adheres to its core philosophy and values.

“I’m honoured to step into the role of chairman of the Board of Trustees at St Giles Hospice, a charity which is so close to the hearts of so many local people,” Simon said. “I’d like to thank the outgoing chairman, Peter Durrant, for his careful stewardship of the charity over the last four years.

“My challenge is to provide strategic advice and direction for St Giles in the face of an increasingly elderly population living with more complex conditions and needing more support, while at the same time traditional fundraising channels are dwindling in the light of the tough economic climate.

“My aim is to ensure continued success during this challenging time for the hospice, and I am looking forward to working closely with the community, the Board of Trustees and the Management Team at St Giles.”

Simon, 56, lives in Yoxall with his wife Jenny and 17-year-old daughter Katherine. He was born in nearby King’s Bromley and has lived in Staffordshire all his life.

He also holds a number of key roles within the local community – as warden of Lichfield Conduit Lands Trust, clerk of Lichfield Municipal Charities and chairman of trustees of the HE and CT Robinson Charitable Trust for Lokono Arawak and Carib Indians.

Welcoming the new chairman, St Giles Hospice chief executive Peter Holliday added: “The Board of Trustees plays a vital role in shaping the strategic aims of St Giles, and with its help we are able to maintain and develop our free specialist care services for patients and their families across the region.

“Simon brings a wealth of experience and is well placed to help us tackle the challenges of the years ahead.”

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1 Comment

  1. Mark Jukes

    10th January, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Simon, I have known you for a good number of years and congratulate you on your recent achievement. Your involvement in the local community and good causes is an inspiration to us all. I wish you well in all that you do and achieve.