Our Board of Trustees


Sara Weech, Chair of Trustees

Sara brings a wealth of experience to the Board of Trustees at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice following an extensive career within the NHS and social care sector, most notably as Director of Strategy for West Sussex Primary Care Trust. Click here for more.



Edward Nicholson, Deputy Chair of Trustees

Edward’s background is in investment banking and management consulting and he currently advises a small number of families on their business growth strategies and governance, as well as overseeing their personal investments. Click here for more.


Carol Alstrom

Carol's experience as a registered nurse working across health and social care, and more recently with the Hospice, has provided her with a wealth of knowledge and experience which, as a Trustee, she can use to support the mission, vision and values of Earl Mountbatten Hospice. Click here for more.


Anne Axford

Anne is currently a Consultant Performance, Life and Career Coach and Facilitator but prior to this was Associate Director, Learning and Development at the Portsmouth City teaching Primary Care Trust. Click here for more.

Alan Comer

Alan lives on the Island and has worked for 23 years as Managing Director for R C Brown Investment Management PLC whose clients were predominantly charities, the main one being The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Click here for more.

David Farnham

David Farnham has been a professor in the university sector at a senior level, both in the UK and overseas, and has lived on the Isle of Wight for 40 years. Click here for more.

Rosamond Poncia

Rosamond was Head of Special Events and Corporate Department at national charity Save the Children for ten years and then left to set up a new charity, Action on Addiction, dealing with Drugs, Alcohol and Nicotine. Click here for more.

Nitin Pradhan

Nitin is a retired Orthopaedic Surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital. Click here for more.

Sue Price

Sue has worked in London for over 35 years in a variety of roles in financial services, including product development, project management and formerly IT development. Click here for more.

John Pulsford

John Pulsford was County Treasurer and Director of Finance and Information for the Isle of Wight Council for nine years from 1994 until he retired in 2003. Click here for more.

Philip Shears

Philip Shears QC was called to the Bar in 1972. He later became Assistant Recorder and then the Recorder of the Crown Court. Click here for more.

Josephine Smith

Josephine is a retired Chartered Phsyiotherapist, specialising in acute musculoskeletal skeletal injuries. Click here for more.

John Trotter

John graduated from Nottingham University and spent his working life at Bates Wells and Braithwaite (BWB) solicitors, where he was an Equity Partner and then a Senior Partner until his retirement in 2013 when he became a consultant. Click here for more.

 "What should have been a very stressful time was eased by the love, professionalism and warmth we received from all the staff." 


Sandra Aldridge, wife of Colin