Alan House
Acting Chairman
“I retired as Deputy Chief Fire Officer for the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2010 after 42 years of operational service. Since then I have given my time to volunteer for a number of local charities, including the Trust, as well as researching and writing 19 books.

“I joined the Board of Trustees soon after retiring and later that year became Vice-Chairman, a position I am still proud to hold today.”


David Hoare
“After leaving school I served articles and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, working with a growing practice for 40 years.

 “I became a Trustee in 1981, not long after the Trust was formed, and am immensely proud of what the Trust has achieved over the past 35 years.”



Richard Starr
“As a retired insurance broker, I was invited by the Trustees to join the Board after acting for the Trust for several years.

“I had always been impressed by the work the Trust did, and so I was delighted to have the opportunity of helping them to proceed and progress.”


Janice Gabriel
“I have been a nurse for 40 years, and have spent 35 of them in various aspects of cancer care including clinical, research, teaching and management. I first became involved with the Trust when I was a nurse specialist in Portsmouth, where Wessex Cancer Trust helped to support the development of their chemotherapy unit, and went on to become a Trustee in 2013.”



Barry Rinaldi
 “I first became involved with the Trust in 2010 when my wife Sara was diagnosed with breast cancer. I then spent a number of years volunteering, and stood as Fundraising Group Chair from 2012 to 2015.

“After standing down from this position I very much wanted to stay involved with the charity and became a Trustee in March 2016.”


Norman Wood
“I joined the Trust in 2010 and stood as Chair of Trustees between 2011 and 2015, when I took up the role of Director of the WCT Wessex Limited, the retail arm of the charity. I look after the existing shops and have helped to secure premises for 5 new outlets over the last year, whilst also remaining a Trustee.

“I’ve found that my work background in Royal Navy operations and running my own business has been an asset for my work with the Trust, particularly within my retail role.”


Peter Boucher
“I became involved with Wessex Cancer Trust in early 2014, after my mother passed away from cancer. Working as a Commercial Director in sales and marketing has allowed me to help to drive the Trust forward over the last few years, and my family background has given me an added passion to help to provide cancer support for other local people also.”


Asha Senapati
“I am a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. I have looked after patients with colorectal cancer for many years, and am committed to making a difference to anyone diagnosed with cancer.

“I have been a Trustee since 2002 and have always been very proud of the work that the Trust does to help those in need with this difficult illness.”


Janet Warwick
“I previously worked as a pharmacist at both Winchester and Andover hospitals, and more recently as a Councillor for Winchester City Council.

“Being a City Councillor means getting involved with and being passionate for your local community, and after discovering the Trust’s Winchester Cancer Support Centre, in April 2016 I became a Trustee to help to support a fantastic local charity!”

Nick Hawkins
I began my career in commercial radio, then spent five years in various roles at the BBC before returning to the independent sector. After leaving broadcasting, I purchased two care homes in 2003 and have remained in the care industry ever since, adding a third home to the group in 2008 and selling one in 2013. I was appointed as a magistrate in 2007 and sit in the adult criminal courts. I am currently the Deputy Chairman of the West Hampshire Magistrates’ Bench (until April 2018).

I was invited to become a Trustee in 2016 through my involvement with Round Table. My best friend has leukaemia, various relatives have had cancer and my wife was a Palliative Care specialist, so it was an easy decision to offer my time and skills. I enjoy seeing the amazing results that are produced from the hard work of our staff and volunteers, and look forward to playing a part in developing the charity’s achievements in the future.