Before moving to the charity sector, I was a cancer nurse working with children and young people in many NHS hospitals across London and South East England and in many roles from staff nurse to nurse consultant. I also worked as a Senior Lecturer in Cancer Nursing at London South Bank University. As someone who was never academic, I have to my surprise studied for degrees, published and presented at conferences across the world. I have always been interested in the Third Sector and worked with several charities related to cancer and healthcare which led me to join Teenage Cancer Trust as Director of Services in September 2019. I moved to the role of Chief Nurse in 2020.
My role is to provide strategic leadership for Teenage Cancer Trust’s nursing and Youth Support Coordinator workforce, building on our successful model of care for young people with cancer. This includes supporting the development and engagement of our nurses and Youth Support Coordinators. I also undertake cross-functional influencing activities, providing specialist, strategic advice to the wider organisation. My work also includes maintaining our external reputation in the Teenage and Young Adult specialism, representing the charity among key stakeholders nationally and internationally, through media activities, conferences and other external channels.
Teenage Cancer Trust & me
The opportunity to join such a dynamic organisation as Teenage Cancer Trust was enormously exciting. It’s great to work with colleagues across the charity, Third Sector and the NHS to deliver greater impact for young people and their families.