I trained as a nurse in the early nineties and specialised in cancer, then moved into NHS management. This led me to develop nurse education programmes, implement National Institute of Clinical Excellence national cancer guidance, develop ambulatory care centres across the UK, and implement and commission new services for patient in a variety of specialist areas.
I have always been very focused on cancer care and improvements to patient experience, so the transition to working with Teenage Cancer Trust and young people was a natural move for me.
I lead a great team whose sole purpose is to improve care and support for young people with cancer.
I’ve been with the charity 7 and half years, and every decision we have taken has always put young people with cancer first. It means we always do the right thing for the right reasons and it’s a principle that runs to the core of everything we do.
Teenage Cancer Trust and me
There are many highlights from my time at Teenage Cancer Trust, but presenting to hundreds of people at Lichfield Cathedral about the impact Stephen Sutton had on the organisation, and our ability to help more young people, will stay with me for ever.
When I was young I loved school life and always had fun - sometimes a bit too much fun! I loved sport and played a lot of rugby. I hadn’t got a clue what I wanted to do when I grew up; my parents drilled a work ethic into me and had my first job at 13. I did think about becoming a PT instructor in the Army as I loved fitness and sport. When I decided to become a nurse in my early twenties, I knew I had found my calling.
Teenage Cancer Trust is genuine - it’s the real thing, with young people always at the heart of what we do.