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.
Ronald Graham – Director of Business Resources
I started my professional life as a trainee accountant in public practice for a small firm in Loughborough and spent 30 years preparing accounts, tax returns and carrying our audits for all sorts of organisations of all shapes, sizes and business sectors. I qualified whilst working at the practice as a Chartered Certified Account and became a fellow of the Association. After spending a few years in industry I joined the Trust in 2013 as a Business Development Manager and later took up the role of Finance Manager before progressing to my current position as Director of Business Resources. My responsibilities now include Finance, IT and Company Secretarial.
Jane Nunn – Director of People
Jane Nunn is the Director of People and was appointed in February 2019. Jane has over 20 years’ experience as a Human Resources professional working in both the public and private sectors. She joined us from East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust where she held the position of Head of HR Wellbeing and Culture . Jane is a member of Rainbows Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the People Strategy and for the creation and development of the Organisational Development Plan for the Charity. She leads a multi-disciplinary team which includes Human Resource Management, Organisational Development, Recruitment and Resourcing, Learning and Development, Volunteering, Health and Safety, Estates and Facilities and Catering. Jane is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)