LINC has ten trustees at the present time. We cannot increase this number without consultation with the Charity Commission. Each Trustee brings a different skill to the team so we can call on them for their advice. Each Trustee comes up for re-selection every 3 years and a new member can only be appointed when one of the current Trustees resigns. Their job is to ensure the charity is run efficiently and that money is used in the best possible way to improve patient care. The Trustees meet every 8 weeks.
Peter Tyrrell has supported LINC for many years; he became a Trustee is November 2014 and is now the Chairman. Alongside his work with LINC, Peter is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Private Client team at BPE Solicitors LLP based in Cheltenham.
Peter has helped to raise money and awareness of LINC for many years, with his biggest challenge being the London Marathon which he completed in 2015. Peter has also strengthened BPE’s relationship with LINC by heading up their Make a Will Campaign which runs annually and over the years has raised over £6,000 for new equipment and funding of a full time clinical psychologist.
Peter is delighted to be the Chairman of such a fantastic local charity and looks forward to watching LINC go from strength to strength.
Rebecca Frewin graduated from Edinburgh University in 1991 and completed her Specialist training in Haematology in the South West of England. She took up her first Consultant appointment in North Devon in 2004 before moving to Gloucestershire in 2006 where she now lives with her husband and 2 teenage children. She maintains a specialist interest in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia and the Myeloproliferative neoplasms and is active in the education of both Medical students and Junior doctors.
Stephan is a Chartered Scientist who worked for the National Health Service for 43 years in a number of hospitals throughout the country. He worked at the Gloucestershire Hospitals Hematology and Blood Transfusion Department where he managed the countywide service before retirement in 2012. Whilst working in the department he had a particular interest in transfusion medicine and was a member of a number of national groups related to setting and improving standards of hospital transfusion medicine. He and his family became involved with LINC at its inception in 1998 by joining the fundraising committee. He became a Trustee in 1999 and was Chairman of Trustees from 2012 until 2015. Stephan has played an active role in fundraising and helped raise money for the LINC OPD Suite, equipment to speed up and improve the diagnosis in patients, the Robert Dalton Memorial Fund research post, as well as many other projects which help to improve the wellbeing of patients with Lymphoma and Leukaemia who are treated at Gloucestershire hospitals.
Asha Johny completed her training in Haematology in Bristol and Vancouver before joining the Gloucestershire haematology team as a Consultant in 2008.
Having been heavily involved with the re-development of the LINC Edward Jenner unit, she was delighted to become a trustee for LINC. Asha is currently chair of the Teenage and Young Adults with Cancer group for the 3 Counties area. Through her work, she remains in close contact with the patients, carers and services in need of LINC’s ongoing support.
Paul has been a Divisional Director of investment management company Brewin Dolphin since 1995 having been instrumental in the founding of the Cheltenham Office in 1985. Having worked in London and Cheltenham he has considerable experience in managing portfolios for Individuals, Pensions, Trusts and Charities. Paul is a Chartered Wealth Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Paul is married to Sal with two children Kate and Jack, who are both still in full time education.
To relax and in his spare time Paul enjoys most sports including Cricket, Golf, Rugby, Football and Horse racing and is a longstanding member of Glos County Cricket Club. He also assists with Goalkeeper coaching for a local under 12’s football team. From a community perspective Paul has been a member of the Southam Parish Council since 2007 and previously served on the Village Hall Management Committee and is delighted to become a trustee of LINC.
As a long-standing Trustee of LINC I am privileged to have seen first hand the achievements of this wonderful charity. From massive undertakings such as the building of new units at both Cheltenham and Gloucester hospitals to the equally important role of helping individual patients manage their everyday life, LINC continues to be community leaders in helping patients struck by an illness we all dread.
The success of LINC is due to the hard work of Dr Gill Rouse and her dedicated team but more importantly to the generosity of our wonderful supporters and fund raisers. LINC have many exciting plans ahead to improve patient care and fund important research. Thank you for your support.
“Martyn Thomas is a Senior Manager in Crowe Clark Whitehill’s tax department in
Cheltenham, having joined the firm in 1986. His client base includes many local businesses and private individuals, including a number of medical practitioners. His professional but personal approach has always been well received in the Cheltenham business community. He is delighted to be involved in LINC and hopes that his common sense attitude to business life will now prove of value to the charity.
Martyn’s many years of advising clients on practical taxation and business issues in the area have created opportunities in other walks of life, including other charitable
concerns. He is currently the treasurer of the Gloucestershire branch of the Wooden Spoon Society, ‘The children’s charity of rugby’. Apart from rugby, he is an enthusiastic spectator at other sporting events, particularly Cheltenham Racecourse and Gloucestershire cricket. Martyn and his wife Jennie are also pleased to have a 100% attendance record at the LINC Charity Concerts held since 2003!
I moved with my family to Cheltenham in 1970, and spent nearly thirty years as a Consultant Surgeon working at Cheltenham and Gloucester. More recently I was an elected Governor for Cheltenham on the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and am pleased to have been associated with LINC for many years, having become a Trustee more recently.
I retired earlier this year after working for 30 years at Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal as an an accountant, a general manager and latterly as a Director of Operations.
Throughout that time I had a close association with the Oncology and Clinical Haematology teams as well as the Pathology department and have retained the latter connection by driving the Pathology vans around the county collecting specimens.
I became involved with Linc shortly after Drs Dalton and Rouse formed it as one of the team planning for its first major project the construction of the Linc Out-patients department at Cheltenham General. I became a Trustee shortly after that and have continued to serve in that capacity ever since.
“I became a LINC Trustee soon after starting my job as a Haematology Consultant at
Cheltenham General Hospital in 2003. As a clinician, I provide specialist services to patients at Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals. I have a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of leukaemia, clinical trials and postgraduate medical education.
As a Trustee, my contact with patients allows me to see where the help is needed most and how much LINC help to improve patient care. For example, our dedicated Clinical Psychology team, funded by LINC, provides enormous benefit for both patients and their families.