President: Mike Hatch

Mike came to teach at Sherborne School in 1969 and was Housemaster of Lyon House from 1983 to 1994. After Sherborne he became Headmaster of Sandroyd School from 1995 to 2003. Upon their retirement Mike and Christine returned to Sherborne where Mike joined the Executive Committee as Publicity Officer. He was elected Chairman in 2007, a role he fulfilled until 2016 when the Friends elected him President. Both Mike and Christine continue to be involved with The Yeatman with Christine running the hospital trolley shop and Mike one of her “trolley dollies”. Mike is Chairman of Sherborne Good Neighbours and is currently Joint President of The Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles.

Chairman: David Hayes CBE

Having spent the majority of his military career serving overseas with his family, the Hayes family settled in Sherborne some twenty years ago, while David continued to serve until 2011 when he joined an international security company. In 2015, David joined the FOYH Executive Committee, bringing his experience as the Trustee Strategy of a charity delivering welfare overseas and furthermore his experience as Chairman of a military welfare charity. He was appointed a Trustee of the Friends of Yeatman Hospital in 2015, and invited in 2016 to establish a Strategy Committee before assuming the Chairmanship in 2016.

Vice-Chairman: Jill Warburton

As Vice Chair of the Yeatman Friends Cllr Jill Warburton has a passion for health in the community. She worked for our local Fire service for over 15 years. She’s an elected town councillor and ‘dementia friend’, as last years’ Mayor helping Sherborne become a Dementia Friendly Town. She’s also interested in young people‘s mental health and safeguarding the future of the Yeatman. The Yeatman hospital is a vital service and the Friends’ help is essential to support and sustain the work of our hospital for the whole community.

Treasurer: John Thompson

John studied Mathematics at Oxford and taught for seven years at his old school in Hastings. He moved to Sherborne in 1985 to take up a post teaching Advanced Mathematics and Statistics at Sherborne School. He retired in 2012 and now looks after the accounts for several local charities and voluntary organisations. His spare time is spent looking after his house and garden, cooking, reading, listening to music, solving The Guardian cryptic crossword and watching foreign language television detective dramas.

Honorary Secretary: Fiona Hartley

Fiona Hartley’s professional career was in executive management largely centred on education and children’s services. She spent the first years of her career in secondary schools and a local education authority inspection advisory service. Before moving to Sherborne in 2017, Fiona was a senior executive/director in a leading Children’s Services consultancy where she provided advice, professional development and support to schools and local authorities. Fiona is also a member of a number of governing bodies, a Trustee for an education charity and President of a national association of education professionals. She is an enthusiastic cook, keen gardener and enjoys reading.

Trustee: Elizabeth Turnbull

Elizabeth has been involved with the Friends of the Yeatman for a while. She was Secretary for a time and then became Honorary Secretary. As she is a Secretary by trade this makes sense! She has been involved with other Charities and worked for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme a long time ago. She runs a Food Fair in her village, and all the proceeds from that go to Charity. She plays tennis three times a week, and generally make a nuisance of herself.

Trustee: Peter Neal

Peter is in his third term on the Executive Committee, where he sits on the Strategy, Governance and Marketing and Communications Sub Committees. He also represents the Friends on the Sherborne PPG Chairs Committee. He is Vice-President of the Dorset branch of CPRE (the Countryside Charity), President of the Sherborne and District Society, Chairman of the Sherborne and District Gardeners’ Association, Vice-Chairman of the North Dorset Leader Project group and a member of the organising committee for the annual Cerne Abbas Music Festival. He is a retired management consultant and university lecturer, having previously held senor sales and human resource posts in blue-chip companies.

Trustee: Roger Marsh

In 1944 The Battle of the Bulge commenced in Ardennes, Belgium and on the same day another “battle of the bulge” took place in the Yeatman Hospital in Sherborne and Roger was born. He has lived in Sherborne all of his life. Having spent his working life involved with aviation medicine both within industry and also as a member of the British Standards Institute, Roger retired in 2001. In his retirement Roger has chaired the Patient Participation Group at Newland Surgery and following the practice merger is now Chairman of the Grove PPG. He is also a member pf the North Dorset Health and Wellbeing Strategic Group and the North Dorset Health Network Group. Roger’s other interests include philately, family history research, railways.

Trustee: Michael Parkinson

Michael had a career in the Financial Services sector including being the Managing Director of a major Building Society. For a number of years, he was involved in the NHS in various capacities including Chairman of Dorset Healthcare Trust and Vice-Chairman of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Michael is a Rotarian and past President of Bournemouth Rotary Club. He has worked on a voluntary basis with his previous local council on Regeneration Projects and being a Lay member of the Standards Board. Two years ago, he moved to Sherborne and has a special interest in the needs of the Deaf.

Trustee: Amanda Whitlock

Amanda was born locally and has lived in Yetminster for the last 15 years. Prior to starting her own business in 2019 she worked in the charity sector for many years – overseeing services that supported older people to remain independent. Amanda is a mental health and wellbeing consultant and is committed to getting individuals talking about mental health in order to remove the stigma around discussing these issues. She is also passionate about discussing the impact of loneliness on wellbeing especially for older people living alone. Amanda has extensive experience of the role of a trustee including being the Chair of a CIC. She is currently secretary for EEBX – a networking group for Sherborne based businesses. Amanda enjoys walking her dog, reading, and going off on adventures in her converted van!

Ali Low: Matron

I live with my husband and dog Lola in Sixpenny Handley and have lived here for 31 years, I have 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren. I came to DHC in 2014 from Salisbury Foundation Trust having worked there for 17 years, working my way up from nursing auxiliary to staff nurse, I then wanted to develop other knowledge and skills and was fortunate to secure a post as Ward Sister then Senior Sister at St Leonards Community Hospital. I am sure you will be aware due to CSR St Leonards was closed and the beds moved to Bournemouth. I was then fortunate to come to Westminster Memorial Hospital as Senior Sister and then as an Advanced Practitioner in the Hub serving patients in the Community. My career path was always to achieve the ultimate role as I saw it of Matron which I was fortunate to do. I am so passionate about the welfare of patients in our local community and also staff. Being a Matron I feel privileged that I am able to ensure that patients receive the care they deserve and should expect from a highly trained workforce. I am so proud to see the care that the teams provide not only at WMH but also at the Yeatman .

Locality Manager: Helen Lawes

Helen has lived in North Dorset all her life. She trained as an Occupational Therapist and has worked for the NHS for over 25 years. During this time, she has had varied clinical roles that have included Falls Prevention, Community Rehabilitation, Rapid Response, Inpatient Rehabilitation and more recently she was the Hospital Matron at the Westminster Memorial Hospital in Shaftesbury. In January 2020 Helen became the Locality Manager for North Dorset and is delighted to be working with the Yeatman team.

Sherborne Medical Forum: Dr Rob Childs

Dr Rob Childs has been a GP in Sherborne for 26 years and is a lead partner for the newly formed Grove Medical Centre. He is honoured to be asked to sit on the Friends Executive Committee. Rob has been involved with Dorset CCG and Dorset LMC for many years and he would hope to bring some knowledge and experience to the committee to assist it with its ongoing and excellent work for the hospital and the local community.

Sherborne Town Council: Jane Carling

Jane has lived in Sherborne for much of her life, studying and working here. Aware of The Yeatman Hospital’s central role in the community and the force of the affection in which it is held, she is pleased to have the opportunity to work towards the wellbeing of the hospital in the broadening scope of its activities. Jane’s experience and current activities are concerned with secondary education, including running a small charity supporting those who want to pursue a career in the medical world, senior citizens (Secretary of the Sherborne Wednesday Club), and the NHS as a member of the Grove PPG and Health Champion. Jane is involved in projects aimed at counteracting the effects of climate change and improving the environment.

Administrator: Linsley Withers

Linsley has been the part-time Administrator for the Friends since March 2017. Originally from Denver, Colorado, she came to the UK after finishing her degree in Business Management and Physical Education. She met her husband, Duncan, while doing volunteer work at Coventry Cathedral. They have a daughter, Ruth. Linsley has worked for non-profit organisations in a cathedral, castle and a museum. She likes a good “whodunnit”, being creative with paper and walking their dog, Bella.