About Us

John Taylor Hospice has been providing expert ‘Taylor-made’ end of life care for families in Birmingham since 1910.

Work for us

Staff Nurse: Hospice at Home

Closing Date: 10 July 2020
Salary: £26,109 – £30,714
Location: John Taylor Hospice

The Hospice at Home Team is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated staff nurse to join a team caring for palliative patients in the community.

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Your Hospice Lottery Charity Fundraiser - external vacancy

Closing Date: Ongoing
Salary: £25,000 on-target
Location: Birmingham

Charity Fundraisers work for Your Hospice Lottery on behalf of John Taylor Hospice. Full and part-time positions are available.

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Our History

John Taylor Hospice has a rich history and we have been providing care in the heart of our city for more than a century.

One of the oldest hospices in the UK, we launched in 1910 and are named after Professor John Taylor, a gynaecologist who worked at the Birmingham and Midland Hospital for Women in the late 1800s. The hospice was gifted to the NHS in 1948 and in the 1970s began treating people in their own homes and cared for men as well as women. At this time we changed our name to John Taylor Hospice.

In 2011, the staff at John Taylor Hospice voted to take the hospice out of the NHS. Initially this was as a community interest company with a charity attached and on 1 April 2018 the hospice brought all of its business into the charity. Over the decades we have provided specialist and much-needed care for generations of families and today we are here for hundreds of local people.

For more on our history please see this link. To read the stories and memories shared by former staff and family members please click the button below.

Board of Trustees

John Taylor Hospice is a charity with a Board of Trustees which meets every two months. All of our trustees hold the post in a voluntary capacity and are committed to using their skills and expertise for the benefit of the hospice, its staff and the people we care for. If you would like to find out more about our organisation and our strategy, finances or annual accounts please see reports.

Harry Turner

Chair of Trustees

Harry’s background is in hospitality. He has held board level positions in Premier inn, Marriott International and Travelodge. He has been a Magistrate since 2005 and is Vice Chair of Worcestershire Magistrates. He has eleven years’ experience of NHS Boards, eight of them as Chair of the Worcestershire Acute Trust which had three sites and a £360m turnover.  As well as being Chair of the Board at John Taylor Hospice, Harry is Chair of Dudley Multispecialty Community Provider and Vice Chair of the Robert Jones Orthopaedic Hospital.

Lindsey Webb

Deputy Chair of Trustees

Lindsey has worked as a registered nurse within the NHS for over 35 years, including nine years working at Board level in acute hospitals across the Midlands.  In addition to her clinical qualifications, Lindsey has a Masters in Health Sciences and has more recently completed the ILM level 7 Executive Coaching qualification. Three years ago Lindsey left full time NHS work to pursue a portfolio career and has since undertaken a wide range of roles.

Jonathan Shapiro


Dr Shapiro gained a reputation as a senior leader, change agent and policy analyst on the back of a deep understanding of healthcare organisations, their culture and staff. His experience includes non-executive leadership, consultancy in fields including leadership and change management, policy development and service evaluations, university academia and clinical medicine as a GP for many years.

Kimara Sharpe


Kimara is the Company Secretary for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. She also does voluntary work at the Arts’ Centre in Bromsgrove and Martineau Gardens (a therapeutic garden) in Edgbaston.

Jean-Luc Oliveira-Priez


Jean-Luc joined the NHS in 1989 as Planning Officer for a Regional Health Authority and a Family Health Service Authority. In 1992 he was appointed Locality Manager for the Forest of Dean. In 1996 he was invited on a secondment to lead the Cotswold Care Hospice in Gloucestershire – a post he held for 10 years as Chief Executive. In 2006 he was appointed Chief Executive & Company Secretary to Lench’s Trust, an almshouse charity in Birmingham, a post he holds to this day.

Bev Edgar


Bev Edgar has spent the past 25 years working in education and HR. She remains employed by the NHS with a focus on improving staff experience.

Jackie Kelly


Jackie is a Senior Cancer Awareness Nurse at Cancer Research UK and SpA for the CQC. She has been a nurse for 33 years and has worked in oncology, palliative and end of life care in the NHS with acute and community services and in the third sector for Macmillan, Marie Curie and several hospices within the West Midlands Region. Previous volunteer roles include Governor of an NHS Trust appointed to represent the voluntary sector. Prior to her current role, she led hospice clinical services as Director of Nursing for 21 years.

Paul Wainwright


Paul is a solicitor of 20 years’ experience and is a partner at national law firm Browne Jacobson, LLP based in its Birmingham office where he heads the counter fraud practice and specialises in fraud, financial crime and commercial litigation.

Gordon Snelgrove


Gordon was a long-standing member of the League of Friends for John Taylor Hospice, a charity which merged with the hospice in October 2019.

Rob Pickup


Rob is Director of Finance, Performance and IMT at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust. Rob has worked in both provider and commissioning sectors in senior management roles throughout his career. Prior to joining the trust, Rob worked at Birmingham & Solihull NHS Foundation Trust as Deputy Director of Finance. Rob is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and also the West Midlands Branch Vice Chair and member of the Mental Health Steering Committee for HFMA.



Our directors report to the Board of Trustees.

Penny Venables

Chief Executive

Gail Hipkiss

Director of Corporate and Commercial Services

Alex McQuinn

Chief Finance Officer

Sarah Mimmack

Director of Clinical Services

Joanna Duggan

Director of Income Generation and Marketing

What our patients think

“The care was second to none”

“At such a heartbreaking and difficult time, the nurses and care assistants knew exactly what to do and to say – we’d have been lost without them. The care they provided for my beautiful wife was second to none and I’ll be forever grateful.”

Roger Perks

“Nothing is too much trouble”

“I can’t thank hospice teams enough. From fitting grab rails in my house and ordering a reclining bed, reviewing of all my medication, providing me with new medical equipment and even helping to organise domestic help for us at home – they’ve covered everything but are always willing to do even more.”

Jackie Bannister

“I don’t know where I’d be without them”

“The support I get is truly is invaluable and I honestly don’t know where I’d be without them. I’m able to talk openly about my illness and ask for advice and support if I need it. I’ve made some incredible friends and the hospice is a very special place full of laughter and kindness. “

Liz Warren

Hope and Healing Appeal