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

derian house - 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 Derian House


Director of Clinical Services

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 - Derian House


Head of Facilities and Infrastructure

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

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Ben Leavesley - Derian House


Head of People and Culture

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 - Derian House


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


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 - Derian House


Head of Finance

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

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Vanessa Spinks - Derian House


Head of Governance and Compliance

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

Ruth Islip


Hospice Manager

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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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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