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Advisory Board

Shaping Our Future

Since our founding in 2020, Music In Hospices is constantly growing.

Our advisory board is made up of industry professionals within the Hospice and Music Outreach sectors who contribute their own unique experiences and skills to ensure we're constantly striving to provide the best service for our Hospices and our Musicians. 

Find out more about our advisory board below.


David Praill

Former CEO of Hospice UK

For 18 years, David Praill was the CEO of Hospice UK.

Praill originally joined the national hospice charity in 1996, when it was Help the Hospices. In his time with the charity, Praill played a central role in developing the organisation’s grant programmes - distributing over £150m worth of grants. 

Praill also helped create and launch eHospice - an international digital, palliative news and information website in 2012 serving for 5 years as its' Chairman. 

Praill, who first started working in the hospice sector in 1991, was also a co-chair of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance. The WHPCA is a non-governmental, hospice action network which features members from over 70 countries around the world.


Heather Richardson

CEO of St Christopher's Hospice, London

Heather Richardson works as one of the Joint CEOs of St Christopher’s Hospice, London.

She has previously held the role of National Clinical Lead for Hospice UK, serving as executive lead on the National Commission into the Future of Hospice Care and worked as Clinical Director, then Strategy Advisor to St. Joseph’s Hospice in East London.

Heather is a registered general and mental health nurse and has worked in hospice/palliative care since 1988.

She has a PhD, her research concerned with users’ experience of day hospice.

More recently she has developed a research interest around public health and end of life care.

She currently serves as an honorary professor in palliative care at Lancaster University.


Julie Pearce

Chief Nurse; Executive Director of Quality and Caring Services at Marie Curie

Julie joined Marie Curie as Executive Director of Nursing, Allied Health Professionals and Quality in 2018, before moving into the role of Chief Nurse; Executive Director of Quality and Caring Services in August 2019. Julie is a Registered Nurse and she holds a BSc in Nursing from Leeds Beckett University, and a MSc in Nursing from the University of Manchester.

During her career in the NHS Julie worked in a number of teaching hospitals in Leeds, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, and Southampton. Julie specialised in intensive and critical care nursing and combined a clinical and teaching role for many years. Julie gained experience in the development of national policy through a role as nursing advisor for acute and specialist services at the Department of Health, England.

Julie has held two previous roles as Executive Director of Nursing and Quality at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, and Chief Nurse in the Strategic Health Authority in Hampshire. Julie held two Executive Director roles as Chief Operating Officer, in East Kent Hospitals and at Dorset County Hospital before joining Marie Curie.

Julie is passionate about person-centred care and development of the workforce. This is Julie’s first charity role although she has volunteered for a number of local charities during her adult life.


Sandra Schembri

Chief Executive of Nordoff Robbins

Sandra joined Nordoff Robbins, the UK's largest Music Therapy provider in October 2019 from The House of St Barnabas, where as CEO for 10 years, she oversaw immense transformation and development of the organisation, turning it into one of the UK’s leading social enterprises working within the homelessness sector.

Earlier in her career she worked at Bloomberg, The Royal Academy of Arts and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in a variety of income generation roles. 

She is also a music graduate from Middlesex University.

Advisory Board: Meet the Team
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