I have a background in communications (I worked at Sothebys in arts marketing and Deutsche Bank in internal communications), which helped me hugely in my first role at Teenage Cancer Trust as a corporate fundraiser. Building relationships and encouraging staff to get involved and support our amazing cause was a key part of my first role and it’s still very relevant now, so it stood me in good stead.
After that I set up a corporate fundraising team and lead them through successful pitches with clients including KPMG, Superdrug, and Arsenal Football Club. I became Director of Fundraising in 2010, and Chief Executive in 2013.
Being the Chief Executive basically means I'm the boss and the buck stops with me! I work closely with my Senior Management Team to run the organisation, ensuring we are using the money raised by our supporters to have the greatest impact on the lives of young people with cancer.
I love my job, and have many stand-out memories. Whenever we open a new unit it's an incredible feeling as we know the impact it’s going to have for so many young people and their families, who are going to benefit from being treated in an environment specifically tailored to their needs.
Meeting the young people we support is always special and is a constant reminder of why the work we do is so important.
Teenage Cancer Trust and me
When I was young, in many ways I was your typical teenager. I was pretty sporty and played a lot of tennis and hockey. I also did tap and modern dance for years which I loved. I always sang in a choir and now sing in a band that regularly performs at events in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
I’m very proud to be part of this charity, and to be surrounded by a team of people who not only share the common aim all of us have - of supporting young people with cancer and their families - but who also respect and support one another.
I’m also proud to work with such incredibly loyal supporters who work tirelessly to raise money and awareness of the issues young people with cancer face daily.
Teenage Cancer Trust is a force to be reckoned with. It has a profound impact on so many people's lives, and that's something for us all to be proud of.