Simon Davies has been Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust since 2000. He has successfully focused on developing Teenage Cancer Trust's specialist health facilities, research, education and professional development initiatives for teenagers and young adults with cancer throughout the UK. He has been primarily responsible for the organisational development of the charity and its growth towards becoming a nationally recognised force for change within the NHS, thereby advancing the status of cancer medicine for young people.
Director of Services
Simon joined Teenage Cancer Trust as Director of Services in February 2007 having worked in health care for 13 years. Simon leads the development of Teenage Cancer Trust Units and works with the NHS in the development of key services such as Nursing Staff; Youth Support Coordinators and Family Support Networks.
Simon leads a team of 4 people who cover the whole of the UK, they work with our NHS partners to make sure that Teenage Cancer Trust invest its money in the right way that reflects patients needs, ensure patient’s needs are met appropriately and that any investment is sustainable.
While the majority of Teenage Cancer Trust's funds are spent on developing units, this is only the start of the work that needs to be carried out. The philosophy and quality of care on Teenage Cancer Trust units are paramount and Simon and his team will be working with the NHS to ensure that the very highest standard of service is provided in each unit. This will take time, but Simon is determined that all teenage and young adult cancer patients’ holistic needs are met.
Teenage Cancer Trust recognises the value of treating the whole person, this means that patients' psychological, social and medical needs should be met equally. While the medical treatment that patients receive is of paramount importance, teenagers and young adults have other unique needs. The NHS are now beginning to recognise this and Teenage Cancer Trust will be working with and on behalf of patients to ensure that their needs are met effectively.
Director of Education
Nigel joined Teenage Cancer Trust in 1995 as their third employee.
He originally committed to helping the charity for a year in response to what happened to a fourteen year old young man he was coaching at rugby, who developed cancer. It was the first hand experience of this young man’s journey that motivated Nigel to become involved with Teenage Cancer Trust.
After initially being involved in most things the charity were doing, he 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 matters undertaken by the charity.
Head of Policy
Sasha Daly joined Teenage Cancer Trust in 2011 as their first Head of Policy after managing a project at National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) to develop policy and influencing skills in the voluntary sector. Sasha has many years experience of working in policy in charities, she led the policy team at Ambitious About Autism and freelanced in a range to charities including Asthma UK, Arthritis Care and the Refugee Council.
Sasha began her policy career as a policy advisor for the General Medical Council where she worked for nearly four years, including a key role on the policy development for revalidating doctors in the UK. Sasha holds a BA degree in Geography for the University of Leeds and an MSc in Public Policy from the University of Bristol. She has also qualified as a PRINCE2 project manager and has recently completed a professional course in teenage and young adult cancer care at the Coventry University.
Head of Service Strategy and Policy, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Dawn joined Teenage Cancer Trust in 2006. Since then she has delivered the Education Programme in Scotland & Northern Ireland, and has grown and managed the fundraising team in Scotland to deliver 3 specialist units for young people with cancer.
Now working within Services, Dawn is focused on establishing a strategy for service development within Scotland and Northern Ireland. This will involve managing and developing relationships at all levels to influence the development of Teenage and Young Adult services and inform the charity approach and direction.
Dawn will also establish and maintain a strategic overview of all policy relating to teenagers and young adults with cancer in Scotland and Northern Ireland and lead on policy initiatives for the area.
Dawn’s source of inspiration? She says 'I never fail to be inspired by the young people and families I meet. We owe it to them to ensure that their needs are taken account of within the wider cancer agenda. Far too many times I have heard of the inequalities experienced by this age group and this has to stop. Young people deserve nothing less.'
Myrna Whiteson MBE
Founder member and Life President of Teenage Cancer Trust
As well as fundraising for the charity, Myrna has played a pivotal role in developing Teenage Cancer Trust units throughout the UK. She has done much to promote awareness of the needs of young people with cancer in the UK and abroad.
Myrna has also highlighted the needs of young cancer patients with MPs, government bodies, radio and television, and has represented teenagers with cancer on the Government Task Force - Choice, Responsiveness and Equity in the NHS. She has also contributed to the charity by participating in 12 treks worldwide.
In 2002 she was awarded an MBE for services to Teenage Cancer Trust.
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Siobhan Dunn - Director of Fundraising
Siobhan began her working life at Sothebys in arts marketing before moving to Deutsche Bank to work in Internal Communcations.
She joined the charity to manage the charity of the year partnership with Credit Suisse which was extended for a second year raising £1.3m. Siobhan became Director of Fundraising in 2010.
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Professor John Radford
Professor John Radford was appointed as Teenage Cancer Trust’s Professor of Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Medicine- succeeding Professor Tim Eden, who held the post since 2005.
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