Our International Board of Trustees
Patrick Beasley FRCS – Chair of Trustees (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)
Our CEO and co-founder, 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.
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. She is also the Director of BCH US, registered as a not-for-profit in the United States of America.
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.”
Benny Axt – Trustee (UK)
Benny is a Senior Director of International Strategy and Analytics for DaVita, a FORTUNE 500® company that provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the world. Benny is focused on developing market access strategies, operational processes and analytical tools to launch DaVita’s global growth.
Benny was involved with leading the operationalization of DaVita’s largest international project, an initiative in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he assisted with the development of various business functions and served in an interim capacity as the Head of Human Resources.
Benny obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is the co-founder of Philanthropy Without Borders and is passionate about global causes which promote healthcare, social empowerment and economic development. In his free time, Benny enjoys travelling, reading, and scuba diving. Originally from Denver, Benny has worked on six continents and traveled to more than 115 countries. He currently lives in London with his wife, Story.