Who we are

OUR HISTORY

CHaL started as an informal group of London children’s hospice chief executives meeting on a regular basis to share knowledge, discuss issues and look for collective solutions and areas for joint working.

It quickly became clear that working together more formally would give us the opportunity to make our resources go further. This would mean that we could achieve more and help more children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. CHaL was established as a charity in 2012, and we’ve subsequently grown to cover all children’s hospice care in London and some of the surrounding areas.

OUR STRUCTURE

CHaL has a diverse board with extensive experience across the charity sector. The board meets regularly to discuss mutually important issues, compare ways of working and ensure that our shared resources are deployed efficiently for the benefit of the children and families that we support.

Our Trustees

Mike Palfreman - Chief Executive, Haven House & CHaL Chairman

Mike Palfreman

Chief Executive, Haven House & CHaL Chairman

Mike Palfreman

Chief Executive, Haven House & CHaL Chairman
Mike’s career started in the banking industry, but he soon changed course and joined the Royal National Institute for Blind People. He subsequently spent five years at the Princess Royal Trust for Carers (now the Carers Trust) before becoming chief executive of his local Age Concern. Following a close to home experience of hospice care, Mike joined Hospice UK as interim director of fundraising before stepping in to become chief executive of Haven House in 2011, a role which he has described as his “best job ever”. Mike has been a member of CHaL’s board since it was set up in 2012. He became our chairman in 2017.
Chris Baker - Chief Executive, Richard House Children’s Hospice

Chris Baker

Chief Executive, Richard House Children’s Hospice

Chris Baker

Chief Executive, Richard House Children’s Hospice
Chris became chief executive of Richard House in July 2017, bringing with him a wealth of experience gained during a 30 year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he rose to become a senior partner.
Piers Vimpany - Chief Executive, Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice

Piers Vimpany

Acting Chief Executive/Director of Finance and Resources

Piers Vimpany

Acting Chief Executive/Director of Finance and Resources
Piers is a qualified chartered accountant having qualified in 1994 and has worked in the charity and not-for-profit sector since 1996. After two years in Tanzania working on a Primary School Project, he returned to the UK as a charity auditor at Baker Tilly, then as a senior manager at Crowe Clark Whitehill, two leading firms in the charity and not-for-profit sectors. Piers then worked for the Marine Society and Sea Cadets for more than seven years, helping the charity return to financial stability and increasing cadet numbers by 40% after years of decline. Piers joined Shooting Star Chase in 2012 and has worked on a number of projects with the overall aim of efficient use of resources and financial stability. Piers has represented Shooting Star Chase on the Board of CHaL since September 2017.
Claire Cardy - Chief Executive, ellenor

Claire Cardy

Chief Executive, ellenor

Claire Cardy

Chief Executive, ellenor
Claire is passionate about ensuring that everyone who needs the significant care at the end of their life is able to receive it. She trained as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and went on to specialise in oncology and palliative care. Since then, she has worked in a variety of settings and held a number of senior management roles, both in the NHS and the voluntary sector in health and social care. Claire has a good understanding of charity management and governance, having studied this at post-graduate level. She holds an ICSA certificate. Claire has a track record of successful innovation and service improvement across NHS services and with local, regional and national charities.
Ru Watkins - Chief Executive, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Ru Watkins

Chief Executive, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Ru Watkins

Chief Executive, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
With extensive experience in leadership and change in both private and public sectors, Ru enjoys making a difference. He has a proven record in delivering innovation and programmes in both UK and overseas as well as ensuring calm in chaotic situations. Ru has wide experience of many sectors at both operational and strategic levels, including defence, health, B2C, charity and telecommunications. Most importantly though, he has a passion for working with and developing people. Ru has been chief executive of Noah’s Ark since 2014 during which time he has led the growth and sustainability of the charity and the construction of The Ark, a new state-of-the-art children’s hospice. Ru has been on the board of CHaL since 2014.
Ryan Campbell - Chief Executive, Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Ryan Campbell CBE

Chief Executive, Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Ryan Campbell CBE

Chief Executive, Demelza Hospice Care for Children
Ryan has been chief executive of Demelza since 2015, having spent more than 20 years in the voluntary sector delivering services to vulnerable people. Throughout his career, he has worked alongside service users, families and carers, campaigning for their rights and dignity. Ryan is also chair of Mind, the UK’s leading national mental health charity. He has overseen the charity’s governance at a time when society is challenging the stigma of mental illness like never before. Ryan’s areas of expertise include service design and development, working collaboratively across voluntary and statutory sectors, and models of governance. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Ryan has been on the board of CHaL since 2015.