Michele Shepherd: Nursing Manager – RN (Child) DiP HE Children’s Nursing

Michele provides leadership for the entire range of services offered to families, and actively supports the Nursing Team in the delivery of the respite the Trust provides. She oversees the professional practice of all the Charity’s nursing and care staff and ensure it is maintained to the highest standard




Shelley Askew: Senior Nurse – ‘RN (Child) BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing’




Emma Cheetham: Senior Nurse – ‘RN (Child) BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing’



Ellen Haskins: Senior Nurse – ‘RN (Child) BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing’

Shelley, Emma & Ellen are responsible for ensuring the smooth running and operation of the respite care we provide. They help to manage new referrals and for maintaining a caring and supporting environment for the children.  When not in the office they can also be found in the playroom helping to make magic memories.

Joanne Bowden: Play Leader – NVQ Level 3  Diploma in childcare

Jo, our  play leader creates a fun, safe and stimulating environment for our children. She ensures that each child is given the opportunity to explore play through their interests, adapting activities to suit each child’s individual needs when and where necessary. She is responsible for planning the day to day activities for the daily respite sessions.



Sarah Cook, Jenny Cooper, Cath Howells, Poppy Thompson & Jennie Bates Respite Nurses

Jane Murphy, Wendy Challonder & Leanne Noble – Bank Respite Nurses

As a proactive members of the Nursing Team they assist in creating and maintaining a caring, supportive and safe environment for the children they look after. They work in close partnership with the children and their families. They are a key person that the families regularly talk to when their child receives respite either at Kites Corner or in the family home.

Bethan Rees – Deputy Play Lead 

Mary McCabe, Ria Dummelow, Karen Jones & Zoe Mann Health Care Assistants

Lauren Wynn, Kelly Fraser & Rebecca Pillow – Bank Health Care Assistants

Our Health Care Assistants work under the direction of the play leader and respite nurses/senior respite nurse and in partnership with the child and family. They work in a sensitive and professional manner, to ensure that the child’s emotional, social and physical care needs are met in a way which promotes James Hopkins Trust’s vision, mission and values. They undertake a range of duties to support the play and personal care needs of a child.