Our patrons and trustees are all volunteers and committed to the aims and values of St Gemma’s Hospice.
Rt Rev Marcus Stock (Catholic Bishop of Leeds)
Bishop Marcus Stock studied theology at Keble College, Oxford and subsequently trained for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1988 by the then Archbishop of Birmingham. From 1988 until 2009 Bishop Marcus served in a number of parishes within the Birmingham archdiocese.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bishop Marcus was a Tutor in Theology for the Archdiocese of Birmingham and a teacher of Religious Education at the European School at Culham, in Oxfordshire. From 1995 to 1999, he was Assistant Director of Schools for the Archdiocese of Birmingham and then became Director of Schools from 1999 to 2009. From late 2011, until the spring of 2013, he was also the Acting Director of the Catholic Education Service.
In 2009, he moved to London when he became the General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, a post he held at the time of his appointment to the Diocese of Leeds. He was appointed a Prelate of Honor by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.
Bishop Marcus’ appointment to the See of Leeds by Pope Francis was announced by the Vatican in September 2014 and he was ordained Bishop and installed as the tenth Bishop of Leeds in the following month.
Rt Rev Nick Baines (Anglican Bishop of Leeds, Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales)
The Rt Revd Nick Baines became the first Anglican Bishop of Leeds for the Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales in June 2014.
Nick Baines was previously Bishop of Bradford (2011-14), and before that was Bishop of Croydon (in the Diocese of Southwark). He read German and French at Bradford University and, before ordination, worked for four years as a Russian linguist at GCHQ.
Bishop Nick is a fan of social media; he has over 10,000 followers on twitter (@nickbaines), and his own blog ‘Musings of a Restless Bishop’. He’s frequently asked to comment nationally on topical issues and is regularly heard on the Chris Evans Show on Radio 2 and Thought for the Day on Radio 4.
He has a keen interest in music, literature, art, film, theatre and football. He’s married to Linda (a health visitor and artist) and they have three adult children: Richard, Melanie and Andrew, and two grandchildren.
The Earl and Countess of Harewood
David Lascelles is the 8th Earl of Harewood. He is a film and television producer and became the 8th Earl, following his father’s death in 2012.
The Earl of Harewood is married to Diane Howse. After attending Art College in Exeter, Diane developed a professional career as an artist and sculptor. These days, the Countess of Harewood takes on the additional responsibility of being the curator of the art exhibitions at Harewood House.
The Earl has three children and five grandchildren.
Professor Gerald Richards
Gerald was born in Cardiff. For the first ten years after graduating in medicine, he held appointments in a variety of clinical specialties, including National Service in the RAMC in Malta and a traineeship in general practice. His career then changed direction with two large epidemiological research projects, in Cardiff and in London, providing material for his Doctoral theses.
In 1967 he was appointed Director of the Social Paediatric and Obstetric Research Unit in Glasgow to study the health of children in that city and the use made of its obstetric services. He was also an adviser on child health to the Scottish Home and Health Department. A move to Leeds followed in 1973 to be Professor of Public Health Medicine in the University’s Medical School – a post that combined teaching, research (mainly into cancer) and development of his specialty in Yorkshire. Based on his experiences in Glasgow, he chose ‘Inequalities in Health’ as the subject of his public inaugural lecture. The post provided an opportunity to introduce epidemiology, general practice, ethics and palliative care into the medical undergraduate curriculum. He chaired the Leeds Medical Ethics Forum, the Committee on Facilities for the Disabled in the University and the Christian Council.
An invitation to chair the Yorkshire Task Group on the Care of the Dying led to an involvement in the hospice movement in general and St Gemma’s in particular, with membership of its Board, later chairmanship of the Trustees and, on retiring from those responsibilities, the honour of becoming a Patron of the hospice. During that time, he was an Adviser on Cancer Care to the World Health Organisation and continues to have a strong interest in the work of St Gemma’s.
Gerald is married to Geraldine who, until their marriage, was a surgical ward sister. They have two children and also two grandsons whose careers are providing great interest and satisfaction for their grandparents! Gerald is an active member of St Mark’s Church in Harrogate and served as Church Warden for seven years. He enjoys music and reading.
Arif is Head of PwC’s London region Assurance practice, providing audit and financial due diligence services to a range of clients across different sectors, and work with companies from FTSE 100, through AiM, private equity and privately owned.
After studying Economics at Newcastle University, Arif joined PwC in Leeds in 1996. Since that time, he has worked in PwC’s offices in London, Leeds, and Chicago/Cleveland (US). From 2013 – 2016 he was PwC’s Leeds office Senior Partner, leading the 700+ staff in this office.
He is a keen sports fan, with a passion for cricket as well as supporting Middlesbrough FC.
Arif served on our Board of Trustees for three years and we are delighted he is continuing his involvement with St Gemma’s as a Patron.
Tom was born and educated in North Yorkshire and graduated in Modern History from Trinity College, Oxford in 1989. After university, Tom joined the civil servant’s fast stream where he progressed through a variety of jobs, specialising in environmental policy.
On his return to Yorkshire, he set up the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward, which he Chief Executive of in 2006, supporting 10,000 businesses during the recession, completing award-winning regeneration developments and pioneering low carbon initiatives.
Tom is a Patron in his personal capacity but he is currently Chief Executive of Leeds City Council. He took up this post in August 2010 and is the youngest Chief Executive in the history of the council.
Tom is a keen tweeter (@Tom Riordan). He is married to Louise and has two children and a dog called Bolt. In his free time Tom enjoys football and is an avid dominoes player.
Zulfi Hussain MBE
Zulfi is an entrepreneur and philanthropist and is driven by making a big difference in everything that he does. Zulfi has significant experience of working with businesses and charities around the world. He is an international motivational speaker and ‘hands on’ practitioner in the areas of inspirational leadership, executive coaching & mentoring, equality & diversity, and social enterprise.
Zulfi is seen as an excellent role model for others and is an inspiring and tireless worker for charities. He believes each one of us can help change the world, so he turns his ‘vision into reality’, through his social enterprise, Global Promise, by educating and linking people across the social spectrum, around the world.
Ed Anderson is the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, having previously been the Deputy Lieutenant and also High Sheriff of West Yorkshire. He is also currently Chairman of National Savings & Investments and of the Airport Operators Association. He serves on the Council of the University of Leeds, is Pro Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University and serves on a number of other boards in the region. Ed was CEO of Leeds Bradford Airport for 10 years and Chairman of the Yorkshire Building Society for 8 years.
Ed has a long association with St Gemma’s, having been a trustee of the Hospice for 12 years and Vice Chairman of the board.
Marilyn Stowe was educated at Leeds Girls High School and the University of Leeds. She studied at The Hague Academy of International Law and lectured English law at the University of Le Mans France. As a solicitor she has held judicial office, which she resigned to head both general and advanced tiers of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and she was also its Chief Examiner. She has twice been a member of legal advisory groups to the Law Commission advising on changes in family law to government. One of the first accredited family mediators in the UK she was also one of its first appointed Family Law Arbitrators. She was elected a Fellow of the prestigious International Academy of Family lawyers by her peers.
Marilyn founded and solely owned her family law firm, which she grew from a small office in Halton East Leeds into the largest family law firm in the UK. She sold it to private equity in 2017.
Passionate about justice, Marilyn is best known for obtaining pro bono the evidence which freed fellow solicitor Sally Clark from two murder convictions of her babies. This led directly to a major review and changes to the conduct of criminal and civil procedures in such cases.
Marilyn is married to Grahame Stowe, a Mental Health Tribunal Judge. They have one son, Benjamin, a family lawyer in London.