Our International Board of Trustees
Patrick Beasley FRCS – Chair of Trustees (UK)
Our Chair of Trustees, Patrick is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and was a Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust before retirement. He became Medical Director of the Trust for five years.
He is also the President of Hospiscare, an adult hospice charity covering the area around Exeter, and a ex-trustee of Hospice UK the national charity for adult hospice care in the UK.
Patrick became a trustee of Butterfly Children’s Hospices through knowing Lyn Gould as an NHS colleague for many years and maintaining and interest in her work in China.
Patrick’s most memorable event was attending, with trustee colleagues, the official opening of the Changsha Butterfly Home in 2010 and meeting local Chinese managers and dedicated ayis and staff at the Home. The opening was celebrated with a deafening firework display!
Patrick is married to Anita, a retired dental surgeon, and has three children and a number of grandchildren.
Lynda Gould – Trustee/CEO (UK)
Lynda is an experienced nurse, manager and leader with a career spanning nearly 40 years in the English health service (NHS). Lynda started to work in Chinese orphanages in 1994, and in 2004 she took early retirement from the NHS to dedicate her time to abandoned, dying children in China.
Lynda lived in China from 2006 to 2013 developing palliative care services for children and their families. In 2010 she co-founded the Butterfly Children’s Hospices; a hospice and pioneering community outreach response dedicated to providing palliative care in Changsha and Nanjing.
Lyn continues to travel from her home in the UK to China several times a year to continue overseeing care in the Butterfly Home. She is a frequent speaker at international events on the developments of nursing and change management. She is currently focusing on policy change and education; by highlighting the success of the Butterfly Children’s Hospice set-up as a fully scalable community model to children’s palliative care throughout China.
Jamie McNeil – Trustee (Australia)
Jamie lives with his wife Fiona and children Matilda, Harry, Joey, Zhi Xia and Taolin and works in county Victoria, Australia. A rural veterinarian since 1992, Jamie is a partner in a two clinic practice which employs 7 vets and 10 support staff. He also provides advice and strategic guidance to the Australian dairy industry through his work as a private consultant. In addition to his undergraduate degrees in veterinary science, Jamie has completed two Masters degree in veterinary science and public health and management.
Jamie has a unique understanding of China and the challenges faced by Butterfly Children’s Hospices. In 2007 he made his first of now many trips to China to bring home his daughter and in 2013 he brought home his youngest son.
His life journey has made him acutely aware of the need for a children’s palliative care service in China and made him a strong advocate for improving the life of Chinese children.
Jamie is Chair of the Finance and Governance subcommittee as well as being President of Chinakidz Australia Inc, a registered charity in Australia which raises awareness and support for Butterfly Children’s Hospices. In his spare time Jamie tries to keep fit and active and tries to not let many opportunities pass him by.
Stephanie Withrow – Trustee (USA)
She is the mother of three children adopted from China, is married to Doug, and works as a counsellor in her own practice.
Stephanie currently chairs the Income Generation and Fundraising Subcommittee for Butterfly.
Gerry Lawler – Trustee (UK/Portugal)
Gerry has recently retired after 40 years in international freight, the last 18 as Managing Director of World Transport Agency Ltd. He was highly involved in setting up businesses, recruiting and managing people in China and travelled there frequently. He now lives in Portugal, married to Diana with 2 daughters adopted from Russia.
Gerry became interested in BCH through an associate in Hong Kong when he was looking for a charity where support from his company could make a difference. He and his colleagues have been long time supporters of BCH and several of the company members including Gerry have visited the orphanage in Changsha.
Charles Sommer – Trustee (UK)
The company has supported Butterfly Children’s Hospice for some time and having met Lyn in person, Charles was keen to help further. He described the Changsha Home, which he visited in 2016, as “A place of great love.”