Leadership Team

Meet the Team

We’re led by a small part-time leadership team comprising of an Executive Director, Head of Nursing Services, Head of Head of Community Fundraising and Head of Operational Support which collectively manage the daily activities of the charity.

Our Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Trustees via an Executive Committee (EXCO) comprising of three Trustees. The Executive Director and the Executive Committee have responsibility for the daily operational management of the charity, together with the planning and execution of our strategic plan.

Andrew’s 2021 review


After the pandemic began doing its damage in March 2020, phrases like, ‘this can’t last for ever’, ‘next year will be better’, ‘we’ll get through this’ were all too familiar. Our ‘Battle of Britain Spirit’ did its best to improve the UK’s positivity despite the high human cost we have witnessed via the media or more sadly, closer to home within families and friends.

Whether the pandemic has affected you directly or otherwise for many of us the last two years has been a life changing experience which has possibly impacted our outlook on life and probably impacted our routines both at work and at home. Shipston Home Nursing has continued to operate despite the pandemic. Luckily we have so far escaped the impact of the virus on our staff who have continued

to operate as normal with relevant PPE and infection control protocols. During the twelve months to 30 June 2021, we cared for 215 patients, an increase of 28 patients on the previous year. Often the complexity of the illnesses our patients had were more severe, possibly due to the lock-down impact delaying the availability of some treatments. We continue to encourage people to meet us as soon as they are diagnosed with an incurable, life limiting illness. Psychologically, it is a big ‘step’ to accept help from a Hospice but please be assured that the level of our involvement is tailored to the specific needs and wishes of the individual patient and our approach is very much
‘step by step’. If a member of your family or a friend needs our services, please reach out to us.

Day to day we continue to work closely with our GP practices and the community nursing teams to ensure care is carefully planned and its delivery well-coordinated. Care in the community is truly a team effort and the NHS long term plan has the ambition for health and care to be joined up locally around people, with a strong focus on stakeholder collaboration. A recent practical example of this is the culmination of an eighteen month technology project so that patient notes and treatment plans can be accessed by relevant authorised healthcare users to improve the delivery of care through accurate, real-time data.

Income for our financial year to 30 June 2021 was £680,854, more than 2020 due to the incredible and humbling generosity of our supporters, one of whom gifted a property to us. Additional grant income was also received from the Central Government Covid support fund. Expenditure was marginally lower than for the previous year partly due to lower staff costs of raising funds.

Improvements in the pipeline for this year include the strengthening of our Bereavement Care Services to include Counselling in addition to Support. We are fortunate to now be working with Anna Trye who has many years’ experience of supporting bereaved families both independently and through the charitable organisation CRUSE. We will also improve the way of communicating with you by trying to be more specific and relevant with the information we send to you and would therefore ask you to complete the enclosed form and return it to us in the enclosed envelop to help us to do this more effectively.

I also wanted to share with you some ‘people’ changes:
Our chairman, Dr Clive Irwin has decided to retire after some 7 years at the helm of the charity but has agreed to support his successor for a period, when that appointment is made. Clive has been a hugely supportive chair to us all and instrumental in getting us to where we are today.

Rebecca Mawle will also retire towards the end of this year having spent 25 years supporting and working with us. Her commitment and energy in developing our profile and maintaining the support and goodwill we have, has been
truly inspirational and we are determined to keep her involved in some way in the future.

Both Clive and Rebecca will leave with our thanks and gratitude for their contributions and we’ll let you know who will replace them in due course.

Finally, my thanks go to our supporters, volunteers, staff and trustees who are unfailing in their efforts and commitment to ensure we provide the best services possible to families that need our care and support.
Very best wishes
Andrew Revell
Executive Director

Andrew Revell

Executive Director and Nominated Individual

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Andrew spent many years in Banking and Finance both in the UK and abroad and took the opportunity where possible to get involved with national and local charities. He became more involved with Shipston Home Nursing in September 2017 following a period where we supported him to look after his late wife.

Andrew subsequently volunteered to help provide management support to us and was asked by the Trustees to review how we did things operationally to understand areas where improvements could be made. Following the review Andrew joined us as our Interim Executive Director in November 2017.

He strongly believes that the patient and family experience we can provide is fundamental and should underpin everything we do.

Gemma Roberts – Head of Nursing Services

Gemma is a Registered Nurse who trained at Coventry University and started her nursing career in Critical care. Soon after Gemma realised her passion was in community nursing and she joined the Shipston District Nursing team.
Palliative care then became her special interest and she then joined the Stratford Evening Nurse Service, where she worked closely with local Hospice at Home services and developed a keen interest in Hospice at home care.

Gemma is committed to giving people choice at the end of their lives and being part of Shipston Home Nursing allows her to make this to happen.

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Rebecca Mawle – Head of Community Fundraising

Rebecca lives in Great Wolford and has been working with Shipston Home Nursing since its conception in 1997. The original reason she became involved was due to a strong friendship with Penny Birtwell, the late sister of our Founding Trustee Charlie Wells. Rebecca is well known in our community and works tirelessly to build relationships with supporters, sponsors and donors to ensure that people in need of our Nursing care are well informed and know that help is only a phone call away.

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Tracy Brewer – Head of Operational Support

Tracy has lived locally for over 20 years. A book binder by trade until she relocated in the early 1990’s and re-trained in business administration, leading her to her first charity role.

Tracy’s career has been diverse; from Citizen’s Advice Bureau to HM Forces, local authority and Dogs for Good (formerly Dogs for Disabled). She very much enjoys working in the charity sector and ensuring that service users and their families receive the best possible information, support and care.

Tracy joined Shipston Home Nursing in December 2015 and is primarily responsible for our Administration and Support function. She is incredibly proud of the service we offer and the community we serve.

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