Speaker Biographies



Claire Collins

Claire Collins has worked for 11 years as a bereavement counsellor and integrative psychotherapist.  Currently, she works as bereavement coordinator and clinical supervisor the Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead and a clinical supervisor at Camden City Islington and Westminster Bereavement Service.  She is a Schwartz Round Facilitator, and a member of The Association of Bereavement Service Coordinators.  Previously, she has worked in corporate banking, higher education and as a Spanish teacher.  She is studying for a Master’s Degree in Professional Learning: Counselling and Psychotherapy, and is researching therapists’ attitudes towards incorporating theoretical perspectives of grief and loss into their clinical practice.


Catherine DeSouza

Dr Catherine D’Souza is a palliative medicine consultant in New Zealand. She has worked in Cameroon where she provided volunteer services to the Cameroon Baptist Convention and Hospice Africa and has a longstanding interest in global palliative care provision. She is a trustee of hospice23


Bob Heath

Bob Heath was the resident music therapist at Sobell House Hospice in Oxford, UK for 10 years. He has worked extensively in Palliative and Bereavement care both as a clinician and a lecturer/teacher and also has many years experience working in Mental Health and Special Educational settings. He has published work in various books and journals and continues to work as a therapist and supervisor in End of Life Care, Community Mental Health and private practice.

Bob has presented his work at a wide range of events including The Hay Literature Festival and Medicine Unboxed and continues to offer and facilitate training courses and workshops for therapists and health care practitioners. 


Martin Howden

Martin Howden is an Executive Coach and writer who brings 26 years of leadership in business and 14 years of executive coaching to his work in helping individuals and teams to flourish in a wide variety of organisational contexts. He and his 10-person Associate team focus on supporting people and organisations seeking to make a positive difference in the world. He works in the UK, Europe, USA and Africa.


Jane Lings

Jane Lings is a music therapist with extensive clinical experience in palliative and bereavement care. She has also had a parallel career as senior lecturer at the University of the West of England teaching on the MA Music Therapy Course.  She currently works freelance as music therapist, clinical supervisor and educator.  She is associate lecturer for the MA music therapy at UWE and contributes to undergraduate medical humanities courses at Bristol University.   She has presented regularly at conferences both in the UK and in Europe, and contributed to the all-part parliamentary round table about the arts in palliative care. She is chair of Trustees of hospice23 and is also a longstanding Trustee of Changing Tunes, a charity using music in prison to bring about change and reduce reoffending.


Dr Viv Lucas.

Viv qualified in Medicine from Leicester University in 1983. He went into palliative care with a background of anaesthetics and general practice training. He was medical director of the Garden House Hospice in Letchworth Garden City from 1993 until 2016, since when he has worked as a locum consultant in palliative medicine for the West Norfolk Integrated Palliative Care Service. He has wide ranging experience in palliative care in hospice, community and hospital settings. He has an MA in medical humanities from the University of Wales, Swansea, and remains interested in the relationship between medicine and the arts and humanities. He has presented on aspects of music in healthcare and is an amateur singer/songwriter. Viv is also interested in the relational aspects of palliative care and has published papers on empathy and placebo effects in palliative care.

Viv is currently president of the palliative care section of the Royal Society of Medicine and patron of the East and North Herts Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. 


Kate Martin

As centre head at Maggie’s Nottingham Kate ensures the centre runs smoothly and that support provided to anybody who walks through the door is of the highest standard possible. Kate provides drop-in cancer support and facilitates a number of courses and groups. She regular speaks to a wide variety of audiences about the challenges of living with cancer.

Maggie’s ethos embraces everything I believe to be essential in providing support to people with or those affected by cancer. I love having the time to listen to people and support them through a difficult emotional time.


Caroline Mundy

After growing up in Devon Caroline trained as a nurse in London. Upon qualifying she worked at UCLH before volunteering in Uganda for 8 months. On her return she moved to Bristol, joining a small innovative team at the Salvation Army running a community detox unit for homeless men and women. After a couple of years Caroline returned to the hospital setting, working in the local Oncology unit where her passion for palliative and end of life care developed. This passion led her to join the Community Nurse Specialist (CNS) team at St Peter's Hospice in Bristol where she worked for 12.5yrs before joining the education team at the hospice last year. She has a particular interest in Dementia and end of life care, born both from personal experience within her family and caring for patients/families. Caroline enjoys the outdoors, music and cake - which aids her life long desire to help everyone know you put clotted cream on scones first!!


Chris Swift

Chris is a director at Methodist Homes (MHA), providing leadership for the organisation’s 140 chaplains and developing the work of spiritual care for those in later life. As an Anglican Priest for over 25 years Chris spent twenty years working in the NHS, most recently as Head of Chaplaincy in the Leeds Teaching Hospitals.  In 2005 Chris completed a PhD in contemporary health care chaplaincy and continues to teach on MA courses; conduct research; advise on PhD projects and write for publication.  Chris served two terms as president of the College of Health Care Chaplain (2004-7) and was seconded to lead a project developing new national chaplaincy guidelines for NHS England in 2015.  He is author of Hospital Chaplaincy in the Twenty-first Century (2014) published by Routledge.


Michèle Wood

Michèle Wood qualified as an art therapist in 1987, works as an art therapist and clinical supervisor, and has researched and published extensively. She has an international reputation as a leading authority in art therapy in palliative care, having co-edited the first book in this field ‘Art Therapy in Palliative Care: The Creative Response’ in 1998, and contributed chapters to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. Twenty years on Michèle is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge International Handbook of Art Therapy in Hospice and Bereavement Care.

Michèle is Senior Art Therapist at the Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead, London and a Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Roehampton, for the rest of the time. Michèle is a National AHP Clinical Expert, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a Winston Church Fellowship in 2015. She is a Schwartz Round Facilitator, and co-ordinates her profession’s Special Interest Group for art therapists working with those who have life-limiting and terminal conditions.

Relevant publications

Wood, M.J.M. (2015) 4.11 the contribution of art therapy to palliative medicine. In: Cherny, N., Fallon, M., Kaasa, S., Portenoy, R.K. & Currow, D.C. (eds.) Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine (Fifth Edition). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp.210.

Wood, M.J.M. (2015) 'Art therapy, cancer and the recalibration of identity'. In: Liebmann, M. & Weston, S. (eds.) Art Therapy and Physical Conditions. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Wood, M.J.M. (2015) 'Art Therapy: Digital Devices, Tablet Computers, Palliative Care, Chronic Illness'. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow's report:    

 http://www.wcmt.org.uk/fellows/reports/art-therapy-digital-devices-tablet-computers-palliative-care-chronic-illness .






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