Arshad Rafiq

Meet Ash

Arshad Rafiq


I was an NHS dentist for 15 years – practising in and around Lancashire – and now I’m a McDonald’s franchisee. My role as a trustee is to ensure that the hospice is managed in a manner which will see it continuing to deliver excellent care, and ensuring the organisation is in a strong position to long continue its work into the future whilst adapting and delivering to the needs of the individuals and families we provide services for.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be involved in healthcare, and I chose dentistry as it allowed me to help people using very practical skills. I changed career as I wanted a new challenge that allowed me to work with people of all ages and varying backgrounds in a fun, fast-paced and dynamic environment. I still harbour a keen interest in healthcare, and being part of Derian and the great work it delivers allows me to continue contributing to people’s wellbeing.

What’s the best thing about being on the Board of Trustees here at Derian House?

Being part of a diverse group of people with varying backgrounds and experiences all wanting to drive the hospice for its betterment, sustainability and longevity. We all love the work that Derian House does, and that’s what is at the heart of all the decisions we make.

Tell us about a favourite moment…

My niece Zoya was cared for at the hospice and she spent the last few weeks of her life here. The care, compassion and support that she received along with the family will stay with us forever. Derian House is truly a remarkable place and all that work and contribute to it make it special.

What makes you feel proud to be a part of an exciting new chapter at Derian House?

Diversity is being embraced wholeheartedly at Derian, and I’m excited at how we are well into a journey to ensure the hospice provides for everyone in a sensitive and tailored approach – with accessibility to all being paramount. I’m proud to be a part of this journey helping to steer Derian House to a positive and brighter future, building on the phenomenal work that has already been achieved.