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.
Gill has had a long and varied career within the health service. Originally training as a nurse and midwife at Cheltenham, then moving into management and eventually becoming a Director of Operations at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Gill has worked nationally on health improvement schemes, having the opportunity to visit many hospitals, to help them review care and make positive changes for the benefit of patients. Latterly she worked as an independent consultant, predominantly working with Trusts with poor ratings, to improve services for patients.
Gill is married, has 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Having retired, she is now involved with a number of community organisations, as well as running a small business.
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.
Joe Pointon is a entrepreneur who lives and works in Gloucestershire.
He founded Witcombe Cider Festival in 2012 which 200 people attended. The festival now has 10,000 daily visitors and showcases the best musical talent from around the UK and beyond. A star studded lineup of Mercury and Brit award winners have all headlined the festival.
Joe in his spare time is a rugby referee with the RFU following several years of playing at elite level.
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.
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.