Our Board of Trustees
Patrick Beasley FRCS – Chair of Trustees (UK)
Our chair of the BCH board of trustees is also the President of Hospiscare, an adult hospice charity covering the area around Exeter, and an 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 MBE – 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. In 2010 she co-founded the Butterfly Home in Changsha, and in 2011 in Nanjing, the first steps in pioneering this care for life limited children and their families in China.
Lyn continues to travel from her home in the UK to China several times a year to continue developing and advocating for policy change and services for families with suffering children.
She is a board member of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) and a frequent speaker at international events on the development of services, nursing and change management. She is sought after to provide consultation for developing services in resource poor settings such as Africa.
In 2017 Lyn was awarded an MBE by the HM Queen Elizabeth II for her work in China.
Charles Sommer – Trustee Treasurer (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 (USA)
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.
Prof. Li Chi-Kong (Hong Kong)
Dr. Li is a paediatrician trained in Hong Kong and his subspecialty is haematology and oncology. He was Chief of Service, Department of Paediatrics at Prince of Wales Hospital of Hong Kong from 2004-2014, currently Professor of Paediatrics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He holds a number of senior posts in managing hospital services. He was board member of Hospital Authority of Hong Kong from 2012-2015, currently member of Governing Committee of Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service. He also actively involves in clinical research in children’s cancer with close collaboration with international groups and also centres in mainland China. In recent years, he also strongly promotes palliative care for children and is the founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Children’s Palliative Care in 2017.
Gabrielle Quilliam (Australia)
Gabrielle has a background as a Registered Nurse and Midwife and has worked as a social change agent in local, national and international settings that include Emergency Relief, Community Education and Tertiary Hospitals. Combining her clinical skills, her experience as a foster carer for children with complex medical needs and her passion to make a difference, Gabrielle co-founded Hummingbird House as Queensland’s only children’s hospice.
Gabrielle continues to contribute to health care innovation through her role as a Board member with Health Consumers Queensland. Her commitment to authentic and comprehensive stakeholder engagement has resulted in outstanding human-centered community based outcomes that reflect her advocacy skills in the clinical, political, philanthropic, corporate and consumer sectors.
Gabrielle is passionate about identifying gaps in services that can be remedied through collaborative partnerships, resulting in creative and sustainable solutions that positively impact communities. She has an affinity with China through family and professional connections and feels privileged to use her experience and skills to support the life-changing care that is delivered through Butterfly Children’s Hospices.
Maggie James (Australia)
Maggie Yee-Ling James has over 16 years of experience in paediatric healthcare and is the Clinical Leader of Allied Health Oncology Services and Clinical Leader of Music Therapy Department at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH), Queensland, Australia. Maggie leads a team of allied health professionals to provide holistic multi-disciplinary care to children with cancer and their families in addressing psychosocial, developmental and physical needs.
Maggie has a passion for creating a sustainable paediatric healthcare model engaging regularly with supporters and community in securing non-government funding for the creative therapy program at Children’s Health Queensland over the past 15 years. This program has grown to the largest paediatric music therapy program currently in the Southern Hemisphere. Maggie’s volunteer work includes International China Concern. She is passionate in collaborating with organizations, communities, families, staff and volunteers to maximising children’s quality of life regardless of their health conditions and needs.
Whilst completing her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2014, Maggie was recognised for her community efforts through the University of Queensland MBA Service to Community Award. Maggie has published in a number of journals to demonstrate the benefits of music therapy and regularly presents for national and international conferences on the topic of music therapy for children and creative use of therapy in paediatric healthcare.
Nick Shiah (China)
Nick is a businessman with nearly 40 years’ experience. In 2003, Nick started his own company specialising in early childhood development and education in China. His work is focused on curriculum development and children’s learning by establishing fun and enjoyable programmes.
Nick is married with 3 daughters and lives in the city of Shanghai. For the past ten years, Nick and his family have supported Butterfly Children’s Hospices by raising awareness, fundraising and providing ongoing advice and support.
As a trustee, Nick feels excited to be able to use his experience and knowledge of children’s development and education in China to support less advantaged children throughout the country.
Craig Morley (UK)
Craig is an experienced international affairs and strategy expert with over ten years’ experience working in UK Government, Parliament, and politics. A former British diplomat, he has a strong background in communications and public policy.
He has over 12 years experience working in and about China, including in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s China Department, Embassy in Beijing, and Consulate-General in Guangzhou. He has also lived in Hebei Province. Before leaving the Foreign Office in June 2018, he headed up the UK’s South China Regional Network, which included responsibility for Hunan Province (among others).
Craig also volunteers as a Member of the Strategic Independent Advisory Group to Thames Valley Police; Mentor to students from low-income backgrounds in the UK through Future Frontiers; and Public Speaker for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
He is a passionate rugby player and supporter. Having played for a team in Beijing and coached mini rugby in Guangzhou, he now is a Head Youth Coach at Bicester RUFC. He is also a keen cyclist and has campaigned for improved road safety in China. Craig lives with his wife and two young children in North Oxfordshire.
Supporting our Board
Stephanie Withrow – Director of BCH US Inc.
She is the mother of three children adopted from China, is married to Doug, and works as a counsellor in her own practice.
Stephanie was on our board for 4 and a half years but now continues to support BCH in her role as Director of BCH US, registered as a not-for-profit in the United States of America.
Dr Anthony Herbert (Australia) – Adviser
Dr Anthony Herbert has been Director of the Paediatric Palliative Care Service at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service in Queensland, Australia since 2014. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the Queensland University of Technology and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on children with life-limiting conditions and their families, focusing on clinical communication with this population and workforce development initiatives.
Dr Herbert leads the Quality of Care Collaborative for Australia in Paediatric Palliative Care and is a co-investigator on the Australian Research Council and Gilead projects being undertaken by the Paediatric Palliative Care Research Group. He has provided education in Paediatric Palliative Care in both Malaysia and Vietnam.
Dr Herbert presented at the Chinese Association for Life Care (CALC) Founding Assembly and at their First National Symposium “Children’s Palliative Care and Family Health Care Professional Services Committee” held at the Beijing Children’s Hospital held in May 2018. He is also on the Board of AusHeal – an Australian not-for-profit organisation directly supporting hospitals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by providing professional health expertise, logistical support and developmental aid.