Executive Committee

President: Mike Hatch

David Hayes CBE

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.

Jill Warburton

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.

John Thompson

Treasurer: John Thompson
John has lived in Sherborne for 34 years, and retired from teaching advanced mathematics and statistics in 2012. He now looks after the accounts for several local charities and voluntary organisations.




Elizabeth Turnbull

Secretary: 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.

Rebecca Tillin

Friendship Trustee: Rebecca Tillin
Miss Tillin is an Assistant Housemistress at Sherborne Girls, where her duties focus on the pastoral welfare of the pupils. In addition, she is Matron Coordinator for the school. Originally from Somerton, Rebecca has lived and work in Sherborne for 9 years. Her outside interests include gardening, tennis and riding her bicycle.


Peter Neal

Trustee: Peter Neal
Peter is in his second term on the Board of trustees, where he sits on strategy, governance and marketing/communications committees and 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, and vice-chair of the North Dorset LAG; and is 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 senior sales and human resource posts in major blue chip companies.

Mike Sandy

Trustee: Mike Sandy
Mike Sandy was born and bred in the west country. He spent 40+ years in education, held the post of head in several Dorset village schools culminating in 20+ years as head of Sherborne Primary. Now retired, Sandy’s time is occupied as chair of the local parish, governor of the Gryphon School and member of several local groups and committees.
He joined the Friends of the Yeatman from a commitment to keep essential services local for local people

Tony Meehan

Tony Meehan
Tony Meehan  retired to Sherborne from Scotland in 2013, prior to which he was the founder and chairman of the international award winning PR agency TMA Communications. In addition he was Governor at St Leonards School St Andrews and Visiting Professor in Marketing and Communications studies at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a Life member of the Royal Society for the Arts, a Member of BAFTA and Chairman of the Grove Medical Practice Patients Group.

Fiona Hartley

Trustee: Fiona Hartley                     Fiona Hartley’s professional career was in executive management, largely centered on education and children’s services. She spent the first years of her career in secondary schools and a local education authority inspection advisory services.

Prior to 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 in schools and local authorities.

In addition to being involved ineducation, Fiona was also a member of a number of governing bodies, a trustees of an education charity and president of a national association of education professionals.

She is an enthusiastic cook, keen gardener and enjoys reading.

Helen Hun

Matron: Helen Hunt
I started my nursing career at Blandford Hospital in 1989 when I was 19 years young!  My role was as a Nursing Auxillary, as they were then, with the original plan of gaining some experience before training as a Social Worker.  The Ward Sister at the time felt I would make a much better nurse and encouraged me to do my training, I followed her advice.  I trained as a RGN at Salisbury, commencing at Salisbury Infirmary before it closed, what an amazing building that was.  After qualifying I worked as a Staff Nurse on a Trauma & Orthopaedic ward at Salisbury then worked for a few years in the operating department.  I then returned to Blandford Hospital in the late 90’s and worked as a Staff Nurse.  After a couple of years I wanted to go back to the operating theatres and worked in the private sector for 5 years, it was great to gain the experience of working in the private sector, very different to the NHS!

My next role was as a Ward Sister at Shaftesbury Hospital which I did for 8 years, I then took a post in 2000 as a Senior Sister at St Leonard’s Hospital ,Ferndown which a few years later led to me becoming their Matron.  Sadly St Leonards Hospital closed and I then transferred to Blandford Hospital in 2018 as their Matron.  So I have plenty of experience of working in community hospitals in Dorset, which I am very passionate about.

On a personal note I live in Motcombe, near Shaftesbury.  I am married with 2 teenage boys which can be a challenge at times & my lovely Jack Russell Miley, who is never a challenge and always pleased to see me! Lovely at the end of a busy day to see her wagging tail.

Helen Lawes

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 that time she has had varied clinical roles that have included Falls Presentation, 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 locality and is honoured to be working with the Yeatman Team and the League of Friends.

Dr Rob Childs

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 have been asked to sit on the Yeatman Hospital League of Friends Committee. Rob has been involved with Dorset CCG and Dorset LMC for many years and he would hope to bring some of his knowledge and experience to the committee to assist it with its ongoing and excellent work for the hospital and the local community.

Jane Carling

Sherborne Town Council: Jane Carling
Jane has lived in Sherborne for most of her life; studying, working and living here. She has always been aware of the Yeatman Hospital’s central role in the community and the force of the affection in which it is held. So, as a representative of Sherborne Town Council, she is pleased to have the opportunity to work towards the wellbeing of the hospital through the FOYH. Jane’s experience and current activity, are concerned with secondary education, senior citizens, the NHS and counteracting the effects of climate change.

Trevor Rogers

Special Projects: Trevor Rogers
Trevor has lived in Thornford near Sherborne since 1983. He served in the Royal Navy from 1963 – 1974 and then after three years at college he worked in industry and local government in Manchester and Dorset. Trevor has a teaching qualification and he is a graduate of the Open University. Following Trevor’s retirement in 2005 he has worked voluntarily for the Night Shelter in Yeovil, for Citizens Advice in Sherborne, as a Parent-Governor at The Gryphon School, and, until recently as Chair of the Patient Participation Group at The Apple Medical Centre, Sherborne. He enjoys reading, walking and travelling. Trevor is also Chair of Thornford Twinning Association.

Roger Marsh

PPG: Roger Marsh
In December 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 Marsh was born. Roger 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 Vice Chair of the Grove Patient Participation Group. He is also a member of 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 and photography.

Linsley Withers

Administrator: Linsley Withers
Linsley Withers 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 Administration 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 museum. She likes a good “who done it”, being creative with paper and walking their dog, Bella.

Nick Baker

Webmaster and IT Support: Nick Baker

Nick got his first computer when he was 13, by the time he was 17 he wrote his first programme and hasn’t looked back since. He studied Computer skills and  programming at Ansford Community School and has worked as a freelance computer and social media adviser in Sherborne for many local organisations including ReBorne Community Church, local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. He likes a good crime novel.


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