Our Leadership Team

Imelda Glackin, CEO

Imelda qualified as an RGN in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin in 1984. Once qualified, she moved to London where she worked in Haematology and Oncology in The Royal Free in Hampstead and Kings College Hospital, London.

Having overstayed her planned stay in London, Imelda decided she wanted to move to the sea and Brighton called. Imelda worked at St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing with their Community Palliative Care team before moving to Martlets with the Martlets at Home team.

Martlets is a centre of excellence in my book and she commends all the people who work in it and the patient stories and carer experiences continue to echo the great care and empathy they receive here.


Dr Simone Ali, Medical Director

Simone became a Consultant in Palliative Medicine in March 2004, when she joined the service down in Brighton, providing specialist medical input to the community and to Martlets Hospice. Her specialist training in Palliative Medicine began in 1998 at Edenhall Marie Curie Centre in Hampstead, followed by jobs at Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury, St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham and then Trinity Hospice in Clapham. Simone graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, University of London, in 1993, and did most of her post-graduate medical training in and around London.

From 2010-2016, Simone was the Clinical Director of the Community Palliative Care Team and in June 2013 she was appointed in my current role of Medical Director at Martlets Hospice. As well as her clinical commitments, she has an active teaching role with links to Brighton and Sussex Medical School and with GPs and primary care teams locally.

Simone has a particular interest in medical ethics and in 2005 completed the MA in Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care at Keele University. She is also passionate about clinical leadership in the healthcare setting: Simone completed the NHS Staff College Senior Leadership programme at University College Hospital London in 2012 and went on to be an active part of their Faculty from 2013-2016.

Bobby Dhol, Director of Finance and Support Services

Bobby joined the Martlets team in September 2014 following 18 years of finance and business development experience in the financial services sector. He is a qualified Management Accountant since 2000 following my Finance and Accounting degree at the University of Brighton.

Having lived most of his life in central Brighton, he now resides on the outskirts of town in Westdene living with his wife and three boys whom keep us entertained.

Bobby says he is immensely impressed by the commitment of all of the Martlets volunteers, staff, trustees and donators engaging in a vast array of activities and services. He too enjoys making a difference to serve the local community in which he has lived in for most of his life.


Sally Brighton, Director of Income Generation

Sally graduated with an education degree from Exeter University but had no desire to return to a classroom and so joined M&S as a graduate retail management trainee. After an international retail career, with M&S and then The Body Shop, Sally wanted a change and was drawn to a charity career. Starting with Save the Children, she has since worked for Adult and Children’s hospices and other not-for-profits in a variety of fundraising and marketing roles before joining Martlets in May 2015. Sally is a member of the Institute of Fundraising, Hospice UK, the National Association of Hospice Fundraisers and the Charity Retail Association.

As a member of the leadership team Sally is keen to ensure that the Martlets Brand is as strong as possible, that Martlets’ fundraising activities are always true to the values of the organization and that Martlets achieves excellence in all it does. Sally is humbled by the services provided by the clinical teams and is proud to support them by raising funds in a sustainable and ambitious way.

 Sally’s children have all grown up now, leaving her free to dote on her black Pug called Ella and two cats, Bluebell and Freddie. Sally loves living in rural Sussex, walking, cycling, reading and gardening in her spare time.

Sharon Howes, Director of People Services

Sharon Howes’ HR experience was mostly developed working in healthcare for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust. For 12 years she was responsible for all aspects of the employment life-cycle, supporting and advising managers and executive teams. 

Specialising in recruitment and employment, benefits, change management, employee relations, Sharon supported a wide range of service improvements and efficiency projects. Before joining Martlets her role was focussed on project and programme management.

Sharon has a CIPD membership and is an Enterprise Advisor at Cardinal Newman School, Hove supporting their leadership team develop strategies to help pupils get the skills they need ready for the world of work. 

“I am passionate about helping Martlets become an employer of choice and promoting Martlets, developing wider connections with our community, enhancing awareness of our amazing organisation and the skills and expertise of our staff and volunteers. I am very excited about our journey developing volunteering further at Martlets. 

I spend any spare time with family and friends, my visitors love that I chose in 2014 to live in Hove, we spend time enjoying the city and beach."



Karen Taylor, Director of Clinical Services

Karen had worked in a variety of healthcare settings before discovering hospice care as an agency nurse. From that very first shift Karen knew that hospice care is where her heart lay. Karen has worked in a variety of roles and departments at Martlets and this has given her practical experience of the breadth of services that Martlets provides. Since 2007, Karen has held a position as part of the Leadership Team as Director of Clinical Services.

Along with being a Registered Nurse, Karen's qualifications include Diploma in Palliative Care, Post Graduate Certificate in Management and Masters Degree in Health Ethics.