Meet the Team at Derian House

The Derian House Care Team includes registered children’s and adult nurses, learning disability nurses, play specialists, clinical support workers, physiotherapists, social worker, family counsellor, bereavement support, sibling support worker and volunteers.

Underpinning the crucial care that Derian House provides is a diverse team which provides vital support including Fundraising, Administration, Finance, Catering, Maintenance, People Services, Training, Housekeeping and Volunteering.Together, they all contribute to the enviable reputation of Derian House in setting exceptionally high standards in children’s hospice care.

Senior Management

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David Robinson

Chief Executive

My career started in the travel industry and over a period of 30 years I worked for private and corporate organisations ending my travel career with a large listed business.

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Lynn Grayson

Clinical Director

I have more than 30 years of nursing experience working in a number of hospitals across the country in Paediatric Intensive Care and Paediatric Oncology.

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Luke Bateson

Facilities & Managed Services Manager

As Facilities Manager I am responsible for the management of services and processes that support the core operation of Derian House.

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Ben Leavesley

HR Manager

I have a passion for working alongside people and improving the way in which they interact with our organisation.

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Caroline Taylor

Head of Income, Marketing and Communications

As Head of Income, Marketing and Communications it’s my job to make sure everybody knows about the good work we do at Derian House.

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Andrew Upton-Ford - Head of Retail and Online Sales

Andrew Upton-Ford

Head of Retail and Online Sales

As Head of Retail and Online Sales my aim is to present our customers with a vibrant, service-focused experience in all of our shops.

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Diane McNally

Finance Manager

I am a qualified accountant and have worked at Derian House Children’s Hospice since 2014.

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Vanessa Spinks

Compliance Manager

As Compliance Manager for the hospice, it’s my job to protect the legal and ethical integrity of the charity.

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Senior Care Team

Lisa Barlow - Operational Lead

Lisa Barlow

Hospice Manager

I have worked at Derian for 5 years and had experience of working with children with complex needs and their families for the past 12 years.

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Dawn andrews

Dawn Andrews

Family and Young People Services Manager

As the Family and Young People Services Manger my role is to oversee the Family Support Team, Play and Wellbeing team, Youth Work and Transition Support within the hospice.

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Dr Siobhán McCoy

Clinical Educator

I have been a nurse for 16 yrs and during this time I have worked in a number of specialities on a number of continents.

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Clare Grady Smith

Clare Grady Smith

Community Service Manager

As the Community Service Manager my role is to support the community teams to ensure families have choice…

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Care facilities and services are regulated and audited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Fundraising undertaken by Derian House is regulated by the Fundraising Regulator and the Charity Commission, and as a member of the Institute of Fundraising, Derian House works in conjunction with its Code of Practice.

Derian House is a member of Together for Short Lives – the UK organisation for children and young people who are not expected to reach adulthood and their families and a member of Hospice UK (formerly known as Help the Hospices) the national charity for hospice care

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