Our People.

At St Leonard’s Hospice, we provide care that’s personal – that means support for terminally ill people and those with life limiting illnesses tailored to their specific needs, but it also means work that matters to our team. 

Our commitment to St Leonard’s, our patients and each other is what makes the Hospice a truly special place to work. Everyone shares that same commitment, from the board and management team, to medical staff and the army of volunteers who bring sunshine into our Hospice on a daily basis. You can hear from a few of our people below.

The Hospice is governed by a Board of Trustees under the leadership of the chair, Mr David Dickson. Our Trustees are all volunteers coming from a range of backgrounds.

Learn more about our board of trustees

Meet our Senior Management Team.

Emma Johnson.

Chief Executive 


I started work at the Hospice as Director of Clinical Services in January 2012, before becoming Chief Executive in 2019. Prior to that I spent 15 years working in NHS Hospitals in Leeds. I have worked in senior nursing positions in Surgery, Neurosciences, Gastroenterology and Critical Care and have also worked as a Clinical Educator and Directorate Manager. 

My role at the Hospice involves leadership, service development and staff management alongside providing expert knowledge on matters relating to the Care Quality Commission and patient safety with the aim of continually improving quality of care and meeting statutory inspection requirements.

Best thing about working at St Leonard’s Hospice?

Our ability to go the extra mile for patients and their families makes me feel proud to work here. I love the fact that we are able to provide holistic individualised care for our patients whether they’re attending the Sunflower Centre, an in-patient or being cared for in their own homes by our Hospice@Home team.   

Jenny Brandom 

Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Clinical Services / Registered Manager


I started work at the Hospice as Director of Clinical Services at the beginning of September 2019. Prior to that I worked for two Clinical Commissioning Groups as their Deputy Executive Nurse across Scarborough and York. I’ve also enjoyed managing and leading teams across community and hospital services. As a Registered Nurse my clinical experience includes working in hospital and community settings.

My role at the Hospice involves leading our expert teams that provide care to people in the Sunflower Centre, the In-patient Unit and Hospice@Home. I have a lead role to deliver against Care Quality Commission compliance and patient safety as well as recognising the value of effective staff support to foster a learning culture. I am also the registered manager. 

Best thing about working at St Leonard’s Hospice?

Being part of a dynamic team that is actively engaged in improving patient care for those receiving our services.

Dawn Clements.

Director of Income Generation


I joined the Hospice in March 2015 after a 15 year career at Asda Head Office in Leeds, where I held roles ranging from food product development and customer service to working at George Clothing. I then moved to a role heading up their community programme for the whole country, which exposed me to the amazing charity sector and helped me decide my next move.

As well as my role at the Hospice, I am an appointed governor for the York Teaching Hospice Foundation Trust where I represent the hospice movement. I am also an active Dementia Champion, having trained over 400 people to be Dementia Friends.

Best thing about working at St Leonard’s Hospice?

First, the people I work with – there’s such a variety of skills and experience, and such driven people who are here to make a difference to our patients. Second, the variety of my job – no two days are the same as I cover Retail, Fundraising and Communications. I have many hats but that keeps me on my toes and always striving to do better. The difference we make to people when they need us the most and the absolute pride this gives me!

Bill Hulme.

Medical Director


I studied Medicine at the University of Leeds and, following graduation, completed my general medical training in St James’ University Hospital. After a 6 month post at St Gemma’s Hospice I realised that this was the career for me, and gained a place on the Yorkshire palliative medicine training rotation in 2004. I was awarded a Master’s Degree in Medical Ethics in 2008 and, on completion of specialist training, went on to work as Medical Director at the Prince of Wales Hospice (2009-2013). I joined St Leonard’s Hospice with my consultant colleague Dr Sarah Wilcox in 2013. 

Best thing about working at St Leonard’s Hospice?

I feel proud to be part of the team delivering care to our patients and families.

Ingrid Jenner.

Director of People


I joined the Hospice in April 2019, and I’m responsible for the Human Resources team and our Volunteer Services. I started my career in HR in the NHS in 1997, so it’s rewarding to return to healthcare. I’ve worked in both public and private organisations across a range of sectors including healthcare, education, financial services and professional services. I’m a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and hold a masters in HR Management. At the Hospice I will lead on delivering our People strategic aims to build and support a leadership and staff team that is fit for the future and to be an employer of choice.

Best thing about working at St Leonard’s Hospice?

Working with a great organisation and team that has a real sense of purpose. I’ve joined at a brilliant time where we are developing our 5 year plan, and look forward to seeing our ambitions come to fruition.