Meet our Directors


Dee Sissons – CEO

Dee Sissons joined Rainbows Hospice as CEO in June 2018, after working as Director of nursing for Marie Curie Cancer Care for five years. Her career spans commissioning acute services and the independent sector, and she has represented nursing and end-of-life care at the board and national levels across the UK. Dee continues to plays a key role in nursing leadership, and is an active council member at the Royal College of Nursing and took on the role of Chair of Council in January 2020. She is passionate about developing others and brings a wealth of knowledge about practice development and professional standards. She is also a Florence Nightingale leadership scholar.


Julie Taylor – Executive Nurse & Director of Clinical Operations

Julie Taylor joined the Rainbows team as Executive Nurse & Director of Clinical Operations in October 2019. As a registered Adult and Children’s Nurse with specialist qualifications in Paediatric Intensive Care, Advanced Neonatal Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, Julie has a wealth of experience in large complex organisations in a variety of sectors. She has spent the majority of her career in Children’s and Neonatal Services within the NHS with roles including Head of Nursing for Emergency Care at UHL & National Head of Clinical Practice for Integrated Urgent Care, including NHS 111 and GP Out of Hours Services. In recent years, Julie has changed specialism, moving to Urgent and Emergency Care Services. All of Julie’s senior roles in recent years have incorporated leading on the Safeguarding agenda for the organisation. She has advanced training in Safeguarding children and adults, and has a particular interest in Quality Improvement, Safety and Governance & Leadership Development..


Jane Burns – Director of Supporter Relations

Jane Burns joined Rainbows in December 2019. Jane has over 30 years’ experience in fundraising and working in the third sector. She joined us from Contact a charity that supports familys with disabled children. Prior to that she was Director of Fundraising & Comms for YMCA England and Director of Fundraising for the MND Association. As a member of the senior team Jane is responsible for Rainbows fundraising which includes most fundraising disciplines and retail. Jane is a Member of the Institute of Fundraising. Alongside this Jane is also a Priest in the Church of England and serves as a Curate at St Mary the Virgin, Finedon.


Glyn Rees-Jones – Director of Business Resources

Glyn Rees-Jones joined Rainbows in February 2021. ACMA qualified, Glyn has over 30 years of experience as a finance professional having previously worked within manufacturing, retail, not for profit and Charitable organisations. He joined us from Vista a Charity that provides support to people with sight loss and their families where he was Director of Finance & Resources. Prior to that he was Director of Finance & Integrated Governance at The Chartered Institute of Housing in Coventry. As a member of the senior team Glyn is responsible for Finance, IT, Facilities and Governance. He is also Company Secretary for Rainbows.


Julia Bates – Director of People

Julia Bates joined Rainbows towards the end of 2021, from Curve Leicester, where she was the HR and Operations Director.