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.
Nigel Harding

Nigel Harding

Chief Executive, Shooting Star

Nigel Harding

Chief Executive, Shooting Star
Nigel Harding joined Shooting Star in September 2018 as Chief Executive, bringing 20 years’ of experience in senior appointments in medical and palliative care. Most recently Nigel was Chief Executive of St Joseph’s Hospice, where he remains a Trustee, and Chief Executive of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices. He previously worked as Director of Development at St John’s Hospice in St John’s Wood, and then moved to Ireland to run the Mount Carmel Medical Group, a private health care company with three acute hospitals in Dublin, Kilkenny and Sligo.

Vikki Harding

Vikki Harding, Chief Executive, ellenor

Vikki Harding

Vikki Harding, Chief Executive, ellenor
Vikki Harding has been a registered nurse for 35 years and has worked in the healthcare sector for over 30 years specialising in respiratory care. She has 20 years of management experience within the NHS and pharmaceutical industry and has held senior management roles within the NHS. Vikki says, “I am passionate about providing high quality care and support to patients and their families and I am proud to be part of such a wonderful organisation.

Sophie Andrews OBE

Chief Executive, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Sophie Andrews OBE

Chief Executive, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
Sophie Andrews OBE joined Noah’s Ark as Chief Executive in 2020. Prior to that Sophie was Chief Executive of The Silver Line since its inception in 2012, co-founding the national charity with Dame Esther Rantzen. In 2017 she was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list in recognition of her contribution. Before that she was Deputy Chief Executive of the Wave Trust, having previously been Head of Volunteering at the NSPCC.
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.