Management Team

Chairman Alison Bunce trustee anon Trustee trustee Bridgette Maunders Meet the Team Meet the team Meet the team Vice Chairman anon Dr Ruth ward John Watson

Keith McKellar, Chairman

Keith joined the Board of Trustees as Chairman on 20th October 2014 and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Health
Innovations, an organisation funded by the Chief Scientist Office to commercialise innovation which arises from within NHS Scotland. 

He also holds a number of non-executive and advisory positions within the world of education and commerce.

Keith brings with him a wealth of experience that will undoubtedly benefit Ardgowan Hospice. 








Ian Marshall, Acting Chief Executive Officer

Alison Bunce

Alison Bunce, Compassionate Inverclyde

Alison started work in Ardgowan  hospice when it originally opened in December 1989 as a staff nurse on night duty. Since that time Alison has worked in all aspects of Palliative Care including IPU, Day Hospice, Community and Acute services. She is currently project lead on Compassiontate Inverclyde.


Catriona Chambers

Hugh Crawford


In Patient Unit Manager


John Cumming

Born in Glasgow in 1947 and educated at Kelvinside Academy and trained as a chartered accountant with Arthur Young.  After qualifying, John followed his family genes by going into the investment management industry; firstly in London then back to Scotland as investment director at James Finlay Bank and then onto Regional Director at Brewin Dolphin.

John has been treasurer of the church and Greenock Cricket Club plus a director of Innerkip Society.  Sporting interests are predominate golf, fishing, curling and has a keen interest in rugby especially, Greenock Wanderers and Glasgow Warriors.

John is married, has three children and four grand children, all now living in the east of Scotland.

Jack Glenny

A Gourock man, Jack has been a Trustee of the Hospice for some 9 years now and  has on a few occasions led the worship at the annual church service for the relatives and friends of those who have benefited, from Ardgowan Hospice.

A Church of Scotland Reader Jack, was for 36 years, a Customs and Excise Officer. He also has, on a number of occasions, compered the Christmas Carol Concert. Although now drawing to the end of his Trusteeship his admiration for the work of the hospice ensures his support for Ardgowan will continue as before .

James Kennedy

Ardgowan Hospice has always been an important part of James' family as his father, a highly respected Greenock GP, Dr John Kennedy was involved in the start of the Hospice movement in the early 1980’s - he then became Ardgowan’s first Medical Director.

James is a local architect and been invaluable by supporting Ardgowan with their many projects involving the fabric of their shops and buildings - in particular, he was the architect for ACCESS  at Ardgowan building.

James is a member of the Property Committee.


Trudy Lafferty

Is a Registered Nurse, Midwife ,Health Visitor  and has degrees and post graduate qualifications in specialist palliative care and healthcare management. Trudy joined  the Board of Trustees during 2011, following retirement from a career in healthcare spanning 42 years, 25 of those spent in specialist palliative care. Trudy has held various roles in hospice care including Macmillan Nurse, In Patient Manager, Matron and Chief Executive at St Vincent's Hospice Howwood. She is a member of the Healthcare Governance committee, and is Chair of  the Risk Management Committee at Ardgowan.  

Bridgette Maunders

Bridgette Maunders, Hospitality Manager

Bridgette has worked in Ardgowan Hospice for over the past twenty years. For 18 years as the Catering Manager and the past few years as the Hospitality Services Co-ordinator.

In her role she is responsible for Housekeeping and Catering known as Hospitality. With her team of 16 staff and over 30 volunteers she strives to ensure efficient services are provided and continually improved across the two hospice buildings. These services are prioritized depending on the individual needs of our patients, families & other service users.

Meet the Team

Dr Sandra McConnell, Consultant

Having trained in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Sandra became a consultant and started work at Ardgowan Hospice in November 2009.

She looks after inpatients and assesses patients in her clinic. Sometimes she visits people in their own homes to give symptom control and support to them and their families. She also gives advice, as requested by telephone, to colleagues in general practice or in Inverclyde Royal Infirmary.

Sandra participates in teaching various groups of professionals and students to try to promote good palliative care for all. In addition, she is involved in governance activities with the rest of the team to ensure the quality of care delivered at Ardgowan Hospice is of the highest standard and by endeavouring to find ways of improving the services provided.

Anne Rae, Executive Administrative Assistant

Meet the team

Dr Stuart Milligan, Education Facilitator

Stuart is responsible for providing an education service to meet the education and training needs of hospice staff as well as visiting professionals and external groups.  He is jointly employed as Lecturer in Cancer and Palliative Care at the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland.

At UWS, he co-ordinates a number of cancer and palliative care modules at degree and postgraduate level and also provides supervision for masters degree students. He has written journal articles and book chapters on topics including the history of palliative care, mouth care, spiritual care, palliative care for older people, palliative care research, palliative care in hospitals and the work of nursing theorist Martha Rogers.

He recently co-authored a textbook on Palliative Care Nursing with UWS colleagues Elaine Stevens and Susan Jackson. Stuart is also active in research and serves on the West of Scotland Research Ethics Committee as an expert member. He is active in local service development, serving as Chair of the Inverclyde Palliative Care Planning and Implementation Group.

Vice Chairman

Stuart Paterson, Vice Chairman

35 years experience in Supply Chain management leading major change projects including IT applications management and systems implementation with Compaq and Hewlett Packard. Has had responsibility for managing large, multi-disciplinary teams in different parts of the world during significant change periods relating to operational ramp-up, business unit closures, mergers and acquisitions and world-wide business process re-engineering.

Prior member, Board of Management – James Watt College - 10years.
Current Non-Exec Director APUC Ltd. – 7 years
Current Advisor and Panel Member of Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland. – 7 years
Current Mentor – Business Mentoring Scotland. – 3 years.

Jack Ray

John Reidy

Brian Stewart

Brian developed a keen interest in Ardgowan Hospice and was especially attracted to how the business was run and in particular, how it was funded.  Like so many other people in Inverclyde, he thought the organisation was awash with money but as a Trustee, he quickly realised that was certainly not the case.

Brian has brought to the Ardgowan Board many years of experience in the business development industry including commercial property development.  Brian believes it a privilege to be able to assist Ardgowan with its forward thinking and enthusiastic approach and to simply focus on the betterment of the organisation. 

Dr Ruth ward

Dr Ruth Ward

Ruth has been a most valuable member of the Ardgowan Board by offering professional advice and guidance.   As a local GP, she has helped to steer and strengthen the organisation's medical and clinical links throughout Inverclyde.   Ruth is planning her well earned retirement from Practice after a dedicated 31 years service and plans to spend more time on her creative passions...!   Ruth is married with 3 adult sons.
John Watson

John Watson

John started his career in Glasgow in town planning, he broadened out into urban regeneration and economic development and then charitable management, latterly with a national role with Marie Curie Cancer Care.  Winner of the  prestigious Scottish Social Services Council  Care Accolade for a major recruitment and training  programme  and having worked in local and central government, the private and charitable sectors and served on boards and set up and run various organisations he is especially interested in governance and organisational development.