Meet the Board
The President holds an honorary position but does attend board meetings. The role also involves conferring awards to LOROS staff and volunteers and promoting and representing LOROS in the local community.
1999 as LOROS President
LOROS Special Events Committee
As president, Lady Gretton involves herself in LOROS activities and events. She recently has become more involved in the 1,500 volunteers by trying to make this large group of people feel more connected and part of the Hospice and the wider LOROS community.
Jenny has a daughter, who is married with three children, and a son, who is also married with three children. Jenny’s hobbies are music, sport and all aspects of steam.
Lady Gretton’s husband died in LOROS in April 1989 after being looked after by the nurses and doctors for 14 months after his diagnosis of terminal cancer.
Retired Dermatologist/Medical Manager
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Education and Research Committee, Honorary Officers Committee, Remuneration Committee
This is my second period as a Trustee, having served three terms in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. I rejoined the Board in November 2012 and succeeded Professor John Feehally as Chair in June 2017.
Although I practised in a medical discipline where death was a rare event, I have always been passionate about the need for society to treat older people with dignity, and to offer comfort and care at the end of life to all who need it and to their families and friends. Accordingly, in addition to my involvement with LOROS, I was at various times directly responsible for trying to improve end of life care in the community and in the acute hospital sector – as the Clinical Lead for End of Life Care for the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority and as Director of Services for Older People at University Hospitals of Leicester.
Past President and an Honorary Member of the British Association of Dermatologists. Member of the Executive Committee of the St Francis Leprosy Guild. Chair the Philanthropy Advisory Board at the University of Leicester. Robin is active in his local parish (Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in East Leake) and was for a number of years a member (some of the time as Chair) of the Board of Governors of Ratcliffe College and Grace Dieu Manor School. He has been a member of the Catenian Association for over 40 years.
Partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants
Honorary Officers, Treasurers Committee, Remuneration Committee, Income Generation and Marketing Standards Committee
Andrew’s uncle died from cancer in hospital over 30 years ago when there were no hospice facilities available. Just afterwards the previous LOROS Treasurer asked him if he would volunteer as he was retiring. Andrew felt that this was an ideal way to use his professional training as an Account to help the development of LOROS.
Nurse / NHS Director
Risk review group
Recently moved to Leicestershire from the Derbyshire Peak District to get married to Kevin. They have a blended family of 6 young adults, Becky's three adult sons in Sheffield and Kevin's teenagers here in Leicestershire.
Becky has been a Registered General Nurse for over 25 years, working in a variety of settings within Health and Social Care. She has a special interest in clinical governance and risk having studied for her Master's degree in Healthcare Risk Management at Loughborough University.
In her role within UHL Becky is responsible for the compliance with regulatory requirements of the CQC, as well as Safety and Risk.
Chair of Retail Committee, Chair of Business Development Steering Group
Chris is married to Diane and has two grown up Children, Charlotte and Matthew, both of whom are Scientists. Chris had a 40 year Executive career in the UK Energy industry during which time he chaired 3 companies, was CEO of 3 others and held numerous other Executive and Non-Executive positions.
Chris has a passion for skills development and was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list for his services to skills in the Energy and Utility sector and for his charity work. He is a past President of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers with a keen desire to see the value of Engineering more widely recognised with the UK.
Having been a keen sportsman throughout his life Chris took up distance running in 2011, ran his first marathon in 2013 (raising funds for LOROS) and has since racked up over 20 marathons, completing all the world’s major marathons in the process.
Former owner/director of Kirby & West
Health, Safety and Environmental Committee
Graham has been an active supporter of LOROS for many years attending fundraising events and participating in, sponsoring and helping to organise the Leicester Marathon.
After university in Aberystwyth he undertook a number of roles within logistics before returning to the family dairy business, where he oversaw the significant restructuring of the business before its sale.
He now sits on a number of local charity boards including AgeUK LSR, Hope Against Cancer, National Forest Charitable Trust (Conkers).
Graham is married to Sharon and they have a son Henry who has recently graduated from university.
He is a keen runner and has completed 6 marathons and also is a qualified official for the sport.
Former GP in Leicestershire
Member of the Clinical Governance Committee
Richard was born in Thurmaston and qualified in medicine from Guy’s Hospital, University of London in 1977. After junior hospital appointments, he was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps and served in Germany and Northern Ireland.
He subsequently became a full time GP in Syston until 2016, including the on call out-of-hours commitment until 2004.
He also served as Medical Officer, and later Commandant, of the Leicestershire Northamptonshire & Rutland Army Cadet Force.
During his career, he was also a clinical teacher at the University of Leicester and an immediate care doctor.
He served on various NHS administrative bodies locally, and was a board member of East Leicestershire & Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group from 2013 to 2016.
He was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire in 2006. He co-chairs the Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Civil Military Partnership Board and is also a member of the East Midlands Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee.
He lives with his wife Dinah in Rutland; they have two married children and two grandsons. Richard enjoys bell ringing and open water swimming.
He was a new GP in Syston when LOROS opened its doors to its first patients and their families in 1985 and ever since he has witnessed the superlative care offered by all the team to patients and their families at a crucial time in their lives.
He aims to play his part in helping LOROS retain its excellence in caring for our people, and hopes that his clinical experience as a front-line GP in the county for over thirty years will be of value.
As Chief Executive Officer at Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE has utilised his passion for drug discovery and International Trade towards the company’s commitment to “Making Quality Healthcare an Affordable and Accessible Reality Throughout the World”.
Nik started his education at Newcastle, with a First Class Honours Degree in Chemistry; then he went on to do a PhD at Imperial College in London, and finally further Doctorate work at Cambridge University. His areas of research included drug discovery of molecules to treat type II Diabetes and Infection.
Nik draws on his expertise in R&D and worldwide ethnic and cultural diversities gained through visiting most continents, and experience of exporting Healthcare products worldwide. He has a strong passion for giving back to the local community, country and International Aid Sectors.
As a board member of the British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) Nik represents the interests of UK based manufacturers and suppliers of generic medicines and helps to promote the development of the generic medicines industry in the United Kingdom. As well as this, Nik became a Councillor of the CBI East Midlands Regional Council, an Enterprise Forum which represents the voice of business to government.
In the June 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours Dr Nik Kotecha was truly honoured to be awarded an OBE for services to Entrepreneurship, Innovation in Pharmaceuticals Services and Philanthropy.
Director of Human Resources
Kate has significant experience as a Director of Human Resources in the NHS, the university sector and most recently within the education sector. Throughout her HR career Kate has developed a passion and commitment to progressing the diversity and inclusion agenda and alongside this focusing on creating training and development opportunities for members of staff. Before moving in HR Kate worked as a primary school teacher for a number of years.
Kate lives in Stoneygate and has three grown up children. Since childhood Kate has been a Leicester City Football fan and also enjoys walking and travelling.
Finance Director at Spirit Health Group
Treasurers Committee, Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee
Louisa qualified as a Chartered Accountant 20 years ago. After qualifying she went to work for KPMG in Australia and Leicester before moving into industry where she’s gained experience in several industries and in heavily regulated companies. Most recently she joined Spirit Health Group, who want everyone to be able to change their lives for the better through innovate healthcare products and service solutions.
Louisa is also a Governor at Leicester College and when time allows enjoys a challenge. She’s successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and walked the West Highland Way.
Louisa enjoys travelling, spending time with friends, interior design and skiing holidays.
Chairman and Chief Executive of Berkeley Insurance Group
Tim has significant experience of trusteeship and advisory boards at both local and national levels. These include The Prince’s Trust, Victim Support, The University of Leicester, the Children’s Hospital Appeal and also a charitable trust that he founded. These roles all demonstrate Tim’s enthusiasm and commitment to the charitable and voluntary sector.
He was appointed by HM The Queen as High Sheriff of Leicestershire, completing this annual appointment in April 2018.
The work of LOROS has long been of interest to Tim and he brings his broad skills and experience to the governance of the charity of which he has served as a Trustee since November 2016.
Tim also plays an active part in the local business community; he enjoys rural life from his home in East Leicestershire and spending time with his two young sons.
Executive Chairman of Pal International Ltd
Education and Research Committee, Business Development Group, Create 2020 cultural audit, Tell us what you think patient survey work
Married to Sheila, they have two daughters in Harrogate, one son in Toronto and another in Olomouc (Czech). Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant and subsequently becoming a Director of the fledgling Young Volunteer Force Foundation in London.
Now Executive Chairman of Pal International Ltd, a company specialising in infection prevention and hygiene products for export to food, pharmaceutical, healthcare and industrial markets. The manufacturing base is located in Lutterworth and the company has offices in the Middle East and representation in Asia Pacific.
Former Chairman of East Midlands CBI, becoming National Chairman of the Smaller Firms Council and member of the National Manufacturing Council.
Richard was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 1995 for his contribution to smaller businesses. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire in 1999.
Other voluntary activities have included Membership of Leicester University Council, Trustee of the Chaplaincy to the University, Trustee of Menphys and school governorships.
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Clinical Governance Committee, Education and Research Committee
Nakul’s first exposure to LOROS Hospice was during his work experience. He could see that LOROS was an incredibly special and unique place that helps look after those vulnerable patients during their end of life in a dignified manner. This experience led him on a path to read Medicine and eventually to become a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with a passion for treating cancer patients.
He attended St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry where he read Medicine. He has had world-class training in Plastic Surgery and has visited many hospitals around the world, including many in the UK, Belgium, India, Canada and America. He has completed six prestigious fellowships which have included treating patients with cancer of the skin, breast, head and neck and soft tissues. He specialises in microsurgical techniques that help transplant tissues from one body site to help reconstruct another. He is an integral member of the ‘Breast Reconstruction Service’ in Leicester. He has set up the ‘Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Service for Melanoma’ to help treat skin cancer patients who previously had to travel to Oxford or London.
He is passionate about innovation in the medical field and being at the forefront of new techniques, materials and technologies that improve patient care. His enthusiasm has led him to previously Co-Lead Innovation for the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). He is also one of a few nationally selected NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs with NHS England. He has gained numerous prizes for research papers and innovations and have been appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Manitoba, Canada. At present, he is in the process of inventing new surgical instruments and processes that will help improve patient outcomes in surgery.
He is the author of two medical textbooks and currently writing another to help train plastic surgeons. In addition, he has written many scientific papers, book chapters, contributed to surgical apps and presented his work at international conferences.
He is married to Sheetal and they enjoy spending time with their two young children and extended family. Nakul always remembers his early experience of LOROS fuelling his passion to becoming a doctor and he hope to use his expertise in having a positive impact on LOROS in the years to come.
Partner in Gateley LLP
Income Generation And Marketing Standards Committee
His main field is dispute resolution, an area for which he is responsible within the practice across the East Midlands.
He has been an equity partner, based in Leicester, in various law firms since 1987.
Chris has long been professionally ranked in the Legal 500 and/or Chambers which are objective quality appraisers of the Legal profession.
He is a member of The Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and is a Past Chairman of the Round Table Area 14.
Chris is married and has two adult children. He enjoys mountaineering, skiing, rugby and military history.