Meet Our Trustees and Directors
We are governed by a Board of Trustees headed by Stephen Baynard and supported by a Forum of Advisors. The Care Quality Commission regulates our services and the Charity Commission and Companies House regulate our business. A listing of Weldmar’s Patron, President and Vice Presidents is available here
Below is a listing of our Management Team:
Mr Stephen Baynard – FCMA CGMA
Mr Baynard joined Weldmar Hospicecare in 2010 and was appointed Chairman in November 2014.
He has had a very distinguished and successful career in Corporate Finance principally in the travel industry and has held posts including Worldwide Finance Director of ‘Thomas Cook’ and CEO of the major travel retailer ‘Going Places’ with over 750 retail stores.
He has particularly helped Weldmar in the development of the Retail and Fundraising arms which fund most of its activities.
He is a keen sportsman and has a love of Oriental antiques. He has four adult children and lives with his wife and Rhodesian Ridgeback in Burleston, five miles outside of Dorchester.
Chief Executive Officer
Ms Caroline Hamblett – LLB, FCIPD
Caroline Hamblett joined Weldmar in January 2016. She has had a varied career, initially as a police officer, before moving into the commercial sector with the Hanson Trust and Nestle. Caroline had a long and successful career in Marie Curie Cancer Care in all areas, including HR, operations, retail and service delivery. She holds a law degree, a legal practice certificate and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Caroline has two teenage boys who are rugby mad and a beautiful cockapoo dog. When not standing on the sidelines of windswept rugby pitches, Caroline enjoys yoga.
Dr Karen Steadman – MB ChB, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG
Dr Steadman qualified in medicine at Leicester University in 1989, then trained for General Practice. Having a special interest in palliative care, she decided to retrain in Southampton for four years and completed her higher specialist training in Palliative Medicine in 2000, becoming a Consultant at Weldmar.
She is particularly interested in education and training and is a clinical supervisor for junior doctors. She became Medical Director at Weldmar in 2013. Karen is also the Caldicott Guardian for the organisation.
Director of Nursing
Caroline Sweetland – RN, PGCE, NMP, MSc – Registered Manager
Caroline qualified as a Registered Nurse at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1987 and since then has spent most of her career in palliative care having a passion for making a difference to those at the end of their lives.
She held a variety of roles in Royal Trinity Hospice and St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, as a palliative care nurse specialist in Cornwall and at Musgrove Park Hospital and St Margaret’s Hospice in Somerset before coming to work at Weldmar in January 2010.
Caroline is also a trained teacher and enjoys the opportunity of developing the knowledge and skills of all those involved in care and has a strong belief in the role of the multi-disciplinary team.
She became Director of Nursing at Weldmar in January 2018 and is the Accountable Officer for the charity.
Director of Finance
Dean Daniels – FCCA
Dean Daniels has been Director of Finance at Weldmar Hospicecare since March 2020.
As a Chartered Accountant, Dean trained whilst working for East Dorset District Council as an Auditor. He spent the early part of his career within the Local Government sector within various Dorset Local Authorities. When he left Local Government Dean worked as Finance Manager for the charity Diverse Abilities before moving to Christchurch where he worked as the Finance Manager for a charitable housing provider.
Dean lives on the edges of the New Forest with his Fiancee, children and cats. When not working in the summer months you will find Dean umpiring cricket matches within Dorset & Hampshire as well as being part of the National Panel of Umpires, to which Dean was appointed in 2019.
Director of Fundraising & Marketing
Matt joined Weldmar Hospicecare in November 2006 after previously supporting the charity for many years in a voluntary capacity.
He has delivered several roles since working for Weldmar with event management being his specific background. Matt has an understanding of all aspects of fundraising including community, events, challenges and individual giving. With in-depth and hands-on knowledge and experience of Weldmar’s services, he is responsible for all fundraising, marketing, communication and PR functions within the organisation.
Matt lives in Dorset with his wife, is a trained chef and has been located in the county since he was born. Both Matt and his family have a personal connection to Weldmar and are committed to supporting a charity that is so close to many people’s hearts.
Director of Retail
Gavin joined Weldmar Hospicecare in June 2015 having supported the charity at events and fundraisers.
Having grown up in the Midlands he relocated to Cornwall in 1988 where he first started in retail becoming a Store Manager for a national footwear chain. Over the years Gavin has held various roles with large national retail organisations such as Tesco, Lidl, Iceland, Shoe Zone and Stead and Simpson. Having previously lived in Dorset Gavin relocated back to the county in 2010 with his family.
A keen sportsman in his younger days Gavin still enjoys going to watch both football and rugby games, when he is not spending time with his wife or 2 teenage daughters.