Large group of Treetops Hospice staff

The staff team are led by the Senior Leadership Team who oversee the day-to-day running of all aspects of the hospice's work.

There are currently over 150 members of paid staff working for the hospice.

Staff manage every aspect of our work, including all the clinical services, administration, health and safety, finance, fundraising and volunteers.

Meet Treetops Senior Leadership Team

The Senior Leadership Team oversees the day-to-day running of the hospice. The team currently has five members:

Julie Heath, Chief Executive

I am a Social Worker by profession and have 30 years’ experience as a manager of both teams and services in Derbyshire County Council’s Adult Care Department.

I have a wide range of experience from working in child protection, adult safeguarding and have worked with people from a variety of client groups.

Julie Heath, Treetops Chief Executive
Julie Heath, Treetops Chief Executive

Throughout my social work career, I have always been committed to empowering people and providing services that are personalised. As a manager, I have always attempted to develop staff and to create a culture that promotes teamwork and support.

Prior to my appointment, I enjoyed a lengthy association with Treetops. I have always been passionate about providing first-class services to people and their families who have a life-shortening condition. We have to get it right for individuals and their loved ones as there is no second chance. People that come to us at their time of greatest need should expect the best care and support available. I served on the Board of Trustees for 22 years, 7 of which as Chair.

During this time I saw Treetops grow from an organisation that provided 20 hours of Hospice at Home support per week to one that provides almost 18,000 hours each year. Throughout my time as a Trustee I was involved in establishing emotional support, therapeutic services and also the development of Hospice at Home.

I am looking forward to the challenge of leading Treetops Hospice in the next stage of its development. I am committed to maintaining our current services and excellent reputation in the community. I am proud to be part of the “Treetops’ family”.

Phil Shreeve, Director of Clinical Services

As Director of Clinical Services my role is to ensure that we always strive to deliver the highest standards of care possible for the population we serve here at Treetops Hospice.

Phil Shreeve, Director of Clinical Services at Treetops
Phil Shreeve, Director of Clinical Services

During my time with Treetops, our clinical services have had to adapt in line with changes that we see in the wider health care world of the NHS.  Our services have had to respond to the growing need for care to be delivered directly to people in their own homes and the communities in which they live.  Our fantastic clinical team have developed and evolved services that deliver innovative ways of enabling people to connect with us and to gain the support and care that they need at a time and place that works for them. 

My personal career has included many years working in the field of palliative and end of life care. Later years were focused on service improvement, redesign and innovation working at a senior management level in the NHS and Department of Health.

Carol Munton, Director of People and Culture

Whilst studying Business, I decided that I was much better with people than with figures and specialised in Human Resources Management.

On graduating, I became an HR management trainee with the Co-operative and trained in Recruitment, Welfare and Retirement, HR systems, Employee Relations and Employee Development.

Carol Munton, Director of People and Culture

In my early career I specialised in the “softer” side of HR but later was appointed as an Employment Tribunal member and gained experience in the technical and legalistic aspects, a role that I still enjoy today.

The Co-op enabled me to work in diverse business activities such as retail, logistics, banking, catering, pharmacy and funerals to name but a few! Over the years I worked my way up to be the Regional HR Operations Manager. I left after 25 years to help care for my Dad, returned as a field HR Manager and then, in 2008, retired to care for my Mum.

Once arrangements were in place for Mum, it soon became clear that retirement and day time television is not for me and I was lucky enough to be offered a position at Treetops in 2013.

In 2016 I was appointed HR Manager and assumed responsibility for Volunteer Services as well as Employee matters.

I feel very privileged to work here and am proud to work for such a special organisation and with such a special team of staff and volunteers.

Rebecca Bostock FCA, Director of Finance

As Director of Finance, I’m responsible for making sure that the hospice can monitor its financial position accurately, both looking at past performance but more importantly planning into the future.  I’m that one person that every organisation has that loves a spreadsheet!

Rebecca Bostock FCA, Director of Finance

During my time at Treetops, I’ve been responsible for changing internal finance systems to try and improve efficiency as well as develop new ways of reporting our performance both externally and internally.  There’s always more to do to drive ourselves forward.

I’ve been a Chartered Accountant for almost 20 years. Although this is my first role in the charity world, I’ve tried to balance the need for a professional mindset, with a desire to enable the hospice to provide the best care it possibly can.

Scott Lea, Director of Income Generation and Marketing

I look after everything to do with making Treetops famous and ensuring we raise enough money to support our care services. I work with a fabulous team of over sixty staff and hundreds of volunteers. That sounds like a lot of people, doesn’t it? That’s because we have quite a few charity shops! 

Scott Lea, Director of Income Generation and Marketing

I’d say my main job is helping to build a great team and working with them to steer Treetops in the best direction.

As a chartered marketer, I can safely say that I love marketing and fundraising. In fact, I’ve worked in those areas for well over two decades. Most of my career has been doing all I can for the charity sector, mainly hospices because I love the difference we make to local lives. I’ve also worked in newspapers, automotive and IT.

I’ve really enjoyed my career to date and this role at Treetops is definitely at the pinnacle. It’s a charity that’s very close to my heart because Treetops has been there for me and my family.

John O'Neill, Director of Operations & Compliance

I started my career training to be an architect but got side-tracked when I joined a company that offered a diverse range of building solutions that covered a varied array of services that make up a modern building infrastructure.

John O'Neill
John O'Neill, Director of Operations & Compliance

Offering consultancy and turnkey solutions from IT to eco-friendly HVAC solutions. I decided that I had more of an interest in making a building work rather than fancy design and decided to become an engineer.

It was a very interesting time in my career and allowed me to garner a wealth of knowledge in several areas. It gave me the chance to work with some great clients and after a six-year project for the University of Derby, being on the design team to transform a tired site into that required for a modern and vibrant campus, I was given the opportunity to work for them running and maintaining the infrastructure I had helped design and implement. A challenging and rewarding role responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of a diverse estate across the county with sites ranging from modern engineering blocks to grade 2 listed buildings.

After 24 years at the University, I decided it was time for a change and a new challenge. Considering the charity sector providing care and essential services appealed to my desire to work for an organisation that was really making a difference for those most in need. Treetops gave me that opportunity and in August 2021 I took up my role to help the organisation deliver its exciting strategy to make us a leader in delivering a range of services for all those coping with end of life conditions.