Our Patron & Trustees

Our Patron The Rt Hon The Countess Lady Bathurst

“To say it is a privilege to be the Patron of Lilian Faithfull Care would be to completely understate the huge pride I feel being a part of such an amazing charity.  I have met with many members of staff and spent time with the extraordinary residents and had the opportunity to learn some of their stories.

Too often the senior members of society are side lined as unimportant, or no longer of use to modern life, but what we so easily forget is they formed our modern life and ways. I relish being an integral part of Lilian Faithfull Care, its past, present and future.”

Rt Hon The Countess Lady Bathurst


As a charity, Lilian Faithfull Care is governed by an experienced board of trustees. This volunteer team, all experts in their field, meet regularly with our executive team to set the strategic direction and oversee the work of the charity.

Gill Pyatt MBE


Gill retired from being a Headteacher of a comprehensive school and joined LFH Trustees in 2010 taking over the Chair in 2014. Gill is also a member of the Independent Monitoring Board of a women’s prison and a Lay Chair for the Severn Deanery (postgraduate medical education).

Jane Woodley

Vice-Chair of Trustees

Jane is a former Headmistress of an independent school and was also an inspector of schools.  Immediately upon retirement she went to Birkbeck College, London and studied for an MA after which she lectured there for several years.  More recently, through different personal circumstances, Jane has gained extensive experience of conditions and quality in care homes in both London and the South West.

Chris Dickenson


Chris has retired from a career in human resource management, also serving on employment tribunals.  He became a trustee in 2014 and is also a British Red Cross volunteer. After a lifelong interest Chris achieved a Masters in international relations as a rather mature student!

Janet Ballinger


Janet is a Certified Accountant, who is employed as a Finance Business Partner for a national construction company, she works mainly from their Gloucester and Bristol offices. Janet has been a trustee of LFH since 2010 and is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee.

Alan Bishop


Alan joined the Board of Trustees in November 2014. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and has spent most of his life working overseas first with P&O and then in aviation airport based. Retiring from aviation he and his wife purchased and jointly manage Beaumont House, a 16 bedroom Guest house in Cheltenham.

Ellie Fox


Ellie Fox originally trained as a nurse, working in the NHS, specialising in cardiology care. She then moved to Cheltenham to manage the Nuffield Hospital for 18 years. She has a keen interest in quality care and became an inspector for the Health Quality Service. She later joined the local care home inspection team where she worked for 4 years before finally retiring.

Tim Griffin


Tim is a Chartered Surveyor and was a Consultant with a large international Property Consultancy. He is now semi-retired and continues to advise a number of Clients on property matters. He was appointed a Trustee with Lilian Faithfull Homes in1986 and was Chairman of the Society from 1991 to 2004.

Richard Lyons


Richard Lyons is the Chair of Strategy and Development Committee. He lives in Montpelier and has been resident in Cheltenham for the better part of thirty years. He is involved in other charities in a variety of capacities. By profession he is a solicitor now retired though he still assists his previous firm in a consultative capacity largely restricted to trust work.

David Nye


In 1981 David inherited Faithfull House and its Chapel (where two weekly services were held) as part of his new Cheltenham parish. He became a Trustee in 1989 since when he has served on every committee at some stage and as Chairman of the Board for six years from 2004.

Gareth Parry


Gareth is a partner in a local firm of solicitors, where he specialises in wills, trusts and elderly client matters. Prior to joining Lilian Faithfull in 2012, Gareth was a trustee of our fourth home, Dowty House, and oversaw its merger into the Lilian Faithfull fold.

Martyn Smith


Martyn is a Chartered Accountant. He has worked in a range of finance roles in industry and now works part-time in his own consultancy business. He was on the board of a local housing association for ten years (three as Chair) and was President of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He was a trustee of Resthaven for several years before joining Lilian Faithfull following the merger.

Fiona Court


Fiona is a local Consultant Breast Surgeon working at both Cheltenham Hospital and The Nuffield.  In her consultant role she has an interest in Clinical Governance, innovation and leadership and has been the recipient of several prestigious surgical fellowships. She also cares for her elderly disabled parents and therefore has a very personal interest in the provision of high quality care. In her spare time she enjoys creative pursuits with watercolour painting and jazz. She finds travel a great way of broadening her experience of different cultures, finding inspiration and learning new skills and uses every opportunity to visit new parts of the globe.