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St Vincent's Nursing Home

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Corporate information
St Vincent’s Nursing Home opened in 2006, however, St Vincent’s has a long history, starting in 1907, as a home for crippled boys in Clapham, London. Please click here for more information.

The charity is run by a Board of Directors who act as trustees for its charitable affairs. The directors receive no monetary gain from the charity but freely give their time to progress the aims of care that have been a part of St Vincent’s for so many years. Being a charity, all monies earned are retained in the charity and are ultimately used for the benefit of the residents and to further the charitable aims.

Currently the Board consists of seven Trustees. They are joined at their quarterly meetings by two members of the Senior Management team and from time to time reports are also received from other professional advisors. The Trustees are selected because of their management experience and the skills gained in senior positions in the professions, business or commerce that they are able to contribute to the Board.

From time to time vacancies arise for new Trustees. Trustees will almost invariably have demonstrated a career record of high achievement in the public and/or private sectors in fields relevant to the management of the St Vincent’s Nursing Home. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment as a Trustee should write to the Chairman of St Vincent’s Nursing Home with a brief explanation of their relevant qualifications and an up to date CV.

The Board of St Vincent’s Charitable Trust currently consists of:

Chairman: Fr. John P Deehan



Pat Black

Pat has been a nurse in the NHS for 51 years and has just recently retired from that aspect of her life. For the last 30 years she set up and led the stoma care department at Hillingdon Hospital and became Nurse Consultant. In 2013 she moved to St Mark’s Hospital as Senior Lecturer in Gastrointestinal Nursing working in conjunction with Birmingham City University where she is now Associate Lecturer.

Pat is nationally and internationally known and has lectured across the world and published in excess of 300 articles and several books, all on stoma care and has been in the media – tv, radio and press. For the last three years she has been working with colorectal surgeons and nurses in Vietnam, training them in stoma care.

Pat is currently completing her Ph.D and in any spare time enjoys the theatre, opera, embroidery and travel.

In 2017 Pat was awarded the MBE for Services to Stoma Care Nursing.

Mr Alan Edmondson
Alan EdmundsonAlan Edmondson joined the Board of St Vincent’s Hospital in 1978. He succeeded Ben Turner as Chairman of Trustees in 1985. In 1992, to meet an immediate need, he assumed responsibility for the day to day running of the Hospital as Director and General Manager. This continued until 1996 when a new General Manager was appointed and he resumed membership of the Board. He was very involved with the transition of St Vincent’s from a hospital to nursing home in 2006.

Professionally he is a chartered engineer with long experience of operational management and as a company director in the motor industry. He is married with three children and seven grandchildren and now lives in Oxfordshire. He is pleased to continue his long association with St Vincent’s as a member of the Board.

Linda Martin
Linda MartinLinda has twenty years’ experience, running a successful business as a florist in the locality. 

An active volunteer and supporter of disability integration in the community, Linda regularly supports and fundraises for local charities. She has been an active volunteer for the Michael Sobell Centre in Northwood and joined the Board of St Vincent’s as a Trustee in 2015.

Linda has a 20 year old son, David, who lives in the local area and her hobbies include dancing, baking, and trying new experiences such as clay pigeon shooting! She loves to travel.



Mr Neville Ransley MA, MEd
Neville RansleyNeville Ransley comes from outside the health sector.  He has had a wide variety of experience in education for over 40 years.

He was involved in teaching and education management both in this country and abroad.  He led a local Catholic Sixth Form College for a number of years.  He served as an independent director of an adult education development company and has long experience at strategic level.  He has many years service as a Governor in Independent and Voluntary Aided schools and sits on a number of educational consultative bodies. 

Neville is married and has been on the Board of Trustees of St Vincent’s since January 2010.

Mr John Steinitz
John SteinitzJohn is recently retired following a successful sales career in the world of IT and communications.  He is recently widowed and has two grown up daughters. He is currently a governor at St John Fisher Catholic Primary School in Pinner having previously spent 10 years as a governor at the Sacred Heart Language College in Wealdstone. He spent 15 years as a Special Constable in the Metropolitan Police. John is the proud recipient of the Binney award for bravery and an Assistant Commissioners commendation from the police, having come to the aid of one of his neighbours who was badly injured during an attempted burglary. John and his late wife used to run Marriage Preparation courses on behalf of Marriage Care, both in the diocese of Westminster and in Brussels for the local English speaking parish. John is a member of the Catenian Association (motto: Strengthening family life through friendship and faith) and he enjoys playing golf as a member of Northwood Golf Club.


Estates and Facilities: Mr Raymond Plummer
Raymond PlummerRay joined St Vincent’s Hospital in August 1995, was General Manager at its close and has remained part of the team through the development, opening and operation of St Vincent’s Nursing Home.

He has worked in Facilities Management for many years, primarily in healthcare settings. His most recent position was as Associate Director Facilities & Estates managing services within estates and hotel services with an annual budget circa £15m. In addition to managing both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ FM services he has undertaken project management of many developments including construction and opening of new buildings and refurbishments. He has experience of both in-house and contracted services. Ray is a past Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and a Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management.

In his leisure time Ray enjoys sailing in the Solent and taking part in race organisation for the Island Sailing Club.  He is an active member of the ISC Race Committee team and enjoys assisting with club events including Cowes Week and the Round the Island Race.

Management staff:

Matron: Mrs Shiria Halsey RGN
Shiria HalseyPost Graduate Nursing Certificate in Advanced Practice (Cancer), IPD (Personnel Cert.)
Diploma in Management Studies, Registered Manager’s Award

Shiria is a Registered Nurse with vast experience in clinical nursing. She has had a long and varied career, which includes acute hospital experience in urology/surgery, orthopaedics and accident & emergency. Throughout her career the wellbeing of the patient/resident has always been at the centre of her work ethic.

Her management skills were developed in the NHS, and her previous posts have included Surgical Ward Sister, Senior Nurse Manager, Matron and Acting Director of Nursing. These positions allowed Shiria to develop her skills in leadership and in the management of a diverse workforce. She has good ‘people skills’ and an understanding of what constitutes the development of a good team who deliver excellent service.

Shiria has experience in setting up new facilities such as a Day Surgery Unit and was part of a PFI project, for a local trust. She was very enthusiastic, about being an integral part of the team, that developed St Vincent's  Nursing Home, in 2006.

Shiria is married with two adult children. She and her husband Peter enjoy travelling and are also keen theatre and concert attendees.

Company Secretary: Mr Jonathan Lipscomb
Jonathan LipscombJonathan spent the best part of 20 years in and around the Lloyd’s market in a variety of roles. He qualified as a Company Secretary and has since acted as such for a number of small start-ups alongside more substantial positions in adult education and an accounting practice. Committed at the same time to a service ethic, Jonathan sees in St Vincent’s an ideal opportunity to put his skills and experience to use in the furtherance of a community whose values he shares.

In his spare time he enjoys art, contemporary music, swimming and Pilates. He is a season-ticket holder at Chelsea.


To view a copy of the latest Annual Trustees Report, please click here.

‘We would like to congratulate the Matron on her recruitment and selection of staff. She has the ability to make people feel at ease. She relates well to members of staff as well as residents, volunteers and relatives.’

‘High standard of care maintained by vigilance of Matron and senior staff.’

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St Vincent’s Charitable Trust in Pinner is an independent not for profit charity and provides residential and nursing care for the elderly.
Registered Charity Number (1014889).
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