Meet our Senior Management Team

Meet our Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team at Willow Burn Hospice is responsible for the day-to-day management of the charity and for implementing the hospice's strategy as agreed by the Board of Trustees.

The Senior Management Team is headed up by David Barker MBE MBA, the Director of Willow Burn and he is supported by a Clinical Lead, Finance Director, Marketing Communications Manager and Senior Administrator.

David Barker MBE MBA - Director
As Director of Willow Burn Hospice, David's role is to David Barker is to give leadership to the teams of staff and volunteers, drive financial sustainability and be responsible for the effective operational management of the hospice and best practice throughout.  

David’s previous roles include senior leadership of Springboard, United Response, Disability North and Percy Hedley Foundation. He is currently the Vice Chair of Voluntary Organisation Network North East (VONNE) and a Trustee of Difference, a north east disability rights charity.

He is a graduate of The Open University with a BSc in Social Sciences and Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). In 2000 David was awarded an MBE for services to the employment of disabled people in 2000.

Carol Hagri - Clinical Lead
Carol is the Clinical Lead and registered manager for the in-patient, day care and counselling services at Willow Burn. Her role is to provide leadership and management to all clinical staff, take overall clinical responsibility of the Hospice and ensure the highest standard of palliative care is delivered to patients, families and carers.

With over 35 years of experience in nursing Carol has worked in a wide-range of clinical settings, from care homes, to community midwifery.

Born and bred in Derwentside, Willow Burn is very close to Carol's heart and she is well known in the community from her days as a community midwife.   

Chris Hewitt - Director of Finance
Chris has worked in Finance for over 30 years, gaining experience in public and private sector businesses, both in the UK and abroad. He is responsible for overseeing all matters finance and gets involved in forecasting, risk, compliance and governance. He enjoys the positive, unselfish intent of all involved with Willow Burn.

Rachel Todd - Marketing Communications Manager
Rachel has worked in health and social care for over 14 years and is passionate about helping people to find the services they need at a time when they need them the most. After eight years of marketing management in the private care sector, she joined the charitable sector to head up the income generation and marketing teams at Age UK Northumberland and now Willow Burn Hospice.

As Marketing Communications Manager, Rachel oversees and develops all of the marketing and income streams at Willow Burn and help individuals, communities and businesses to make a difference in County Durham.

Julie Crisp - Senior Administrator
Julie has been in the role of Senior Administrator since December 2019 and is a vital part of the hospice operations. As well as managing all of the administration at the hospice, she is instrumental in the recruitment of both staff and our valuable volunteers. Julie has worked in the health and social care private sector for over 20 years in various roles and is pleased she can put her skills to use and help those that need it during a hard time in their lives.