Chair of Trustees – Dr Robert Sawdy
Dr Sawdy is a local NHS hospital consultant who became aware of the care access needs of the homeless and rough sleeping people in the vicinity of Bournemouth Town Centre in his role as Parish Warden to that Parish. He volunteered on the HealthBus and worked with the PCC and local Church Council of St Stephens, to secure a strong relationship with the HealthBus as a key user of the Hall adjacent to the Church, which is the main site of HealthBus operations. Rob became a Trustee in 2017 and took on being Chair in late 2019.
Vice-Chair / Fundraiser – Christopher Wakefield
Chris is a management professional and worked as a hospital manager for a number of years. He has been involved in charitable work for the last 20 years and has set up three charities, two as Chair. Chris was a Bournemouth Councillor for 12 years, working in the ward of Boscombe West. Chris has been involved with the HealthBus since 2017 and is passionate about supporting the homeless.
Secretary – Jane MacDonald-Styslinger
Jane graduated from Nottingham University with a Bachelor of Laws and then completed her training at Guildford School of law and was admitted to the Supreme Court as a solicitor in 1989. Jane is now self-employed after a 30-year international career in corporate law. She is a member of Bournemouth Rotary and has been asked to become its President in 2020. She joined the HealthBus Trust in 2019 after seeing the HealthBus teams passion and commitment to helping people to get better and shape their steps on a journey, which will see them re-integrated into a happier life off the streets.
Treasurer – Gareth Sherwood
Gareth is the Chief Executive of Bournemouth YMCA. He is passionate about transforming people, families and communities through compassion, hope and vision. He has 13 years of experience in bringing together businesses, volunteer groups, local government, faith groups and charities for community-wide collaborative work in a whole range of areas. These include youth work, children’s work, housing, family support work, education and training, domiciliary care, refugee support and international aid to name a few. He is a family man with 2 children, a qualified medical doctor with 8 years of clinical experience, has further studies in medical ethics and law and is an ordained minister.
Trustee with Human Resources responsibility – Ed Briggs
Originally a seafarer by trade, Ed started out teaching dinghy sailing and later joined the Royal Navy’s executive branch. After qualifying as a bridge officer and completing an operational deployment to the Middle East, Ed left the armed forces to go into church work. Since Bible school, he has worked for local churches and charities. Ed lives in Bournemouth with his wife, two young daughters and their dog. He works for Citygate Church where he supports a number of social action projects including Bournemouth Foodbank and the HealthBus.
Medical Director – Dr Maggie Kirk
Dr Maggie Kirk has worked for over 20 years as a GP with a special interest in homelessness and addictions. Since 2003 she has enjoyed being part of the Crescent Providence Surgery in Boscombe, who have supported the work of the HealthBus.
Seeing how hard it is for people to engage with traditional health services whilst homeless, led to Dr Kirk launching the HealthBus in 2016. More recently, Dr Kirk has been developing a new Homeless Care Team in Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Dr Kirk has encouraged partnerships between many different professionals and volunteers, who share her desire to see the end to health inequalities affecting people who are homeless.
Operations Director – Kate Hibbitt
Kate joined the HealthBus in May 2019. Kate brings a wealth of experience and skills to her role at the HealthBus, having previously worked in both charitable and commercial sectors. Kate is responsible for the operational running of the HealthBus. She is passionate about helping homeless people access healthcare and supporting rough sleepers to gain access to permanent accommodation.