Meet our Education and Advocacy team
Find out who's who, and who does what in the Education and Advocacy team
Director of Education and Advocacy
I joined Teenage Cancer Trust in 1995 as their third employee and originally committed to helping the charity for a year in response to what happened to a fourteen year old young man I was coaching at rugby, who developed cancer. It was the first hand experience of this young man’s journey that motivated me to become involved with Teenage Cancer Trust. After initially being involved in most things the charity were doing, I then recognised the need for education about the whole subject of cancer in teenagers and young adults. Primarily, this education was to be aimed at the school and college population, to empower them to be aware of their own bodies and to challenge the medical profession if they felt they were not being taken seriously. However, this role has subsequently evolved into being responsible for all education and advocacy matters undertaken by the charity.
Head of Education and Advocacy, UK North
07903 374 311
I joined the Education and Advocacy team in 2007 having previously been a qualified paediatric nurse. I also have a degree in paediatric cancer care. Working in the Education and Advocacy team is something I am hugely passionate about and it feels great to be able to use my experiences on the ward to help educate and inform young people about cancer and about the fantastic work that Teenage Cancer Trust does. Outside of work I love all sports including ice skating, fencing and wakeboarding.
Head of Education and Advocacy, UK South
At the age of 19 I started my career in the NHS on the Paediatric Oncology ward at Addenbrookes hospital as a qualified Nursery Nurse. I stayed there for 18 months and then headed to the bright lights of London after successfully getting the position on the Oncology day care ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital. I was accepted onto the Hospital Play specialist Course at Southwark College and became a qualified HPS. After qualifying I moved onto the oncology in-patient ward and infectious diseases ward at GOSH.
A new challenge was needed and a job became available at the Teenage Cancer Unit at the Middlesex Hospital as their Youth Support Worker. The next 3 years I learnt about the world of teenagers living with cancer along with their families. I also learnt how great this charity is. In 2002 I joined the team. I was the 8th employee of the charity and the 2nd in the Education team. To this day I enjoy every opportunity to raise awareness and talk about the work that we’re doing.
Education Team Administrator
020 7612 0398
I've worked with Teenage Cancer Trust since August 2010, primarily assisting and supporting the Education team in general. My previous experience has been volunteering and temping with other charities and also working as a Student Adviser for an American higher education provider.
Education and Advocacy Manager, Midlands
07903 421 447
I originally trained as a Registered General Nurse and went on to become a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse. I've worked at a large Children’s Hospital for 16 years on a paediatric oncology ward where I became a cancer and bone marrow transplant specialist nurse before joining the charity in 2008. In my spare time I teach at my local swimming club where I am a Level 1 swimming coach.
Education and Advocacy Manager, South Yorkshire, East Midlands and Greater Manchester
07943 314 962
I joined Teenage Cancer Trust Education and Advocacy Team in September 2010 and have been involved with the charity since 2002, due to my own cancer diagnosis. Not only has Teenage Cancer Trust done an enormous amount for me personally, but when I look back, I know how significant an education session would've been to my friends who felt scared by my diagnosis. Since finishing my treatment, I gained a degree in Geography, completed a teaching qualification and had three great years in primary teaching. The chance to mix teaching and cancer awareness was an unmissable opportunity and I'm very much enjoying the experience of presenting to young people.
Education and Advocacy Manager, South
As a teenager I was diagnosed with Bone Cancer and that’s when I stumbled across Teenage Cancer Trust and was lucky enough to have all my treatment in a Teenage Cancer Trust Unit. Once I finished all my treatment I completed my studies in Computing and Psychology, with a Masters in Computer Software Engineering. After working in IT for 8 years as a Technical Analyst, I joined the Education and Advocacy team in 2008.
Education and Advocacy Manager, London, Kent & Essex
07852 723 454
I joined the Education team in January 2010 and have enjoyed every minute of my time with Teenage Cancer Trust. The opportunity to work with young people to facilitate their learning about cancer, a subject which is so often swept under the carpet, is an absolute pleasure and privilege. My previous work as a youth worker (JNC Qualified) has seen me work with young people in many different education and community environments. These experiences have taught me lots of skills in making sure my engagement is appropriate to the age and needs of the young people I’m working with.
Education and Advocacy Manager, Northern England
I joined Teenage Cancer Trust at the end of November 2010 and have enjoyed every single minute! It’s a real honour to work with young people to empower and educate them on such important health issues. Before this role I worked for an international utility company, managing their community investment and employee volunteering programmes. This involved working closely with charities and community groups to set up effective and mutually beneficial community projects. Outside of work I love the great outdoors and enjoy my extreme sports, mountain biking, surfing and skiing.
Education and Advocacy Manager, Scotland & Northern Ireland
07535 841 103
I joined the Education and Advocacy Team in February 2010 and I've really enjoyed working for such an amazing charity. I am a graduate of the University of Glasgow but I'm originally from the Western Isles and still like to visit regularly even though I'm now based in Glasgow. I love working with young people and previously worked with young people who were looked after by the local authority to introduce a new Stop Smoking Service and policy. I feel strongly about what Teenage Cancer Trust strives to achieve with its Education Programme as cancer is a topic that is not often discussed in schools.
Education and Advocacy Manager, South West & South Wales
I joined Teenage Cancer Trust in 2010 and have been blown away with how supportive the charity is and staggered at all the amazing work it does to help young people, their friends and families who have been affected by cancer. I previously worked as an Education Officer for Exmoor National Park and have also run outreach projects for disadvantaged children and I 'm a qualified teacher. Outside of work I love all sports and am a keen rugby player, I also love climbing, diving, Walking and snow boarding. I'm an active fundraiser and am taking part in the North Devon Marathon this year.