About us

St Vincent’s Hospice (the little hospice with the big heart!) is a Scottish Charity (SC006888) and a company limited by guarantee (SC150148). We also have a trading company (SC150149).

The hospice exists to provide care for people who have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness including in the last days of their lives. We also help the loved ones of our patients through the entirety of their journey, and afterwards through bereavement support.

Services at St Vincent’s are regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) who have rated us “Good” across all aspects of our operations. Our latest inspection report can be found here St. Vincent’s Hospice, Howwood – service overview and inspection reports (healthcareimprovementscotland.org). St Vincent’s Hospice is governed by an experienced Board of Trustees who serve on our Board for up to 8 years. Day-to-day management is delegated to our Chief Executive (Gillian Green) and other members of our Senior Leadership Team, including our Director of Care and Quality (Susan McCallum). Our highly qualified and experienced medical team is led by a Consultant in Palliative Medicine (Mairi-Clare McGowan).

In addition to any public funding that the hospice receives, every year we have to raise over £1.5M to keep the doors of the hospice open and ensure that our services are available when people in Renfrewshire and adjacent areas of North Ayrshire need us most. You can see the hospice accounts here. If you would like to help the hospice to raise funds, please click here.

Board Members

Sharon Adamson


Former Director of Regional Planning for the West of Scotland, with a background in NHS Adult Services treating patients following stroke, laryngeal surgery or diagnosis of progressive neurological conditions such as MND, MS, Parkinson's Disease, Sharon is Chair of our Board.

Brendan Faulds

Recently retired Associate Director for Health and Care Innovation at NHS National Services Scotland, Brendan is a member of our Clinical Governance and Finance Governance Committees.

Christina Hamill

Christina Hamill

With a background in Community and District Nursing specialising in palliative and end of life care developing further education and training, Christina is the Chair of our Clinical Governance Committee.

Louise Cooper

Recently retired solicitor and co-founder of Reid Cooper Solicitors, Louise is a member of our Finance Governance Committee.

Jared Cordner

A Chartered Accountant with Ashton McGill, Jared has a long standing interest in Palliative Care and is the Chair of our Finance Governance Committee.

Iain Findlay

Consultant Cardiologist, former Honorary Senior Lecturer Glasgow University’s Department of Medicine, and past President of the Scottish Cardiac Society with extensive experience of working on national advisory committees Iain is a member of our Clinical Governance Committee.


Lorna Hood

Former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen from 2010, the Very Rev Dr. Lorna Hood OBE is Chair of our Staff Governance Committee.

Jill Burgess

Jill is an independent HR Consultant and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Jill is also an active campaigner and licenced workplace trainer on menopause & menstruation.