Board Members

Anu Vedi - Chairman
Anu Vedi - Chairman
Anuj Chande
Anuj Chande
Helen Griffiths
Helen Griffiths

Anu Vedi - Chairman

Anu is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and is an honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (MCIH). He retired in 2009 as Group Chief Executive of the Genesis Housing Group, a role he had held since 1999. Under Anu’s leadership Genesis Housing Group increased its property portfolio ten-fold in just over a decade to become one of the largest housing enterprises in the UK. In addition, Anu established Genesis Community, the Group’s charitable foundation targeting deprivation and social exclusion in disadvantaged areas. He was previously a Board member of the Dolphin Square Trust and Relationships Foundation Advisory Board. Anu was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006 in recognition of his strong and innovative leadership within the housing sector.

Anuj is currently a corporate finance partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP.  Anuj has over 30 years professional and commercial experience having worked previously with Coopers & Lybrand, NCR Corporation in USA and Albright & Wilson. He leads the South Asia Group, set up by him in 1991, to serve Asian owned businesses both in the UK and those investing from the Indian subcontinent and elsewhere. His clients include those in food, drink, media, hotels, technology and property.

Anuj has been recognised as one of Britain's 100 most influential Asians for the second year running on the Asian Power 100 list which is compiled by Carter Andersen in association with the Bank of Scotland. He has been a specialist adviser on ethnic businesses to the West London Business Link and was a Board member of the London Employers Coalition. He has been a mentor for the Prince's Trust charity, a police mentor in the Joint Police Mentoring Initiative with London First and, is a Patron for the Tamasha Theatre Company, an Asian Charity, and also the Embassy of Man Charity.  He has more recently become a Trustee of World Child Cancer.

Helen spent 26 years as a solicitor with City firm, Slaughter and May, the last 16 as a Partner. In the course of a varied transactional career she specialised in energy and infrastructure projects and was closely involved in the development of the firm's African practice. She retired from the Partnership in February 2016, hoping to put the skills acquired in the course of her professional life to good use in a more varied set of contexts. Helen is married with one teenage son. She has a range of cultural and historical interests, and often spends her free time between London and Wales.

James King
James King
Jan Kohler - Chair of Project Commitee
Jan Kohler - Chair of Project Commitee
Karen Brade
Karen Brade

James started work in the Financial Services industry in 1988 at Friends Provident before moving to Macintyre Hudson.

James has been the Managing Director of Price Bailey Financial Planning Ltd (PBFP) since it was set up in 2002, to work alongside the accountancy practice. In 2007 James became an Equity partner of Price Bailey. Later in the same year, James became Head of the Private Client department which merged the firm's personal tax team and financial planning team together to provide a one stop solution for the practice's individual clients, as well as adding an in house Discretionary management service for the clients of the firm.  

 In 2013, James was elected onto the Management Board of the accountancy practice. Price Bailey are currently the 29th largest firm of accountants in the UK.

 Married with two children James has always been very keen to support charitable work that helps children.

Jan Kohler - Chair of Project Committee 

Jan worked as a senior lecturer in Paediatric Oncology in Southampton, UK, for 28 years, retiring from clinical practice in 2012. She was head of the department for many years, and enjoyed being part of a multi-disciplinary team, working closely with nursing and other non-medical colleagues. She loved teaching, and maintains a role within the postgraduate Deanery.

Although participating in clinical trials for all types of solid cancer and leukaemia, Jan’s particular interest was neuroblastoma. She was chief investigator for several trials in the UK and Europe, and an active member of the SIOPEN group from its inception.

She currently chairs the SAB of the Neuroblastoma Society. Jan is also interested in the cost-effectiveness of medical treatments, currently sitting on a NICE new drugs and technologies committee. This interest naturally extends to proposed treatments in less affluent countries. To relax, Jan plays in a wind band, enjoys a variety of sports, and visits her children and grandchildren.

Karen has over 25 years of investment experience in a range of sectors and markets. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 1987, she join Citibank, working on various multi-national project finance transactions. She was an investment principal at the Commonwealth Development Corporation (later Actis), a leading emerging markets private equity firm, where she directed equity and debt investing, portfolio management, fund raising and investor development including India, South Asia and China. Since 2005 she has been an adviser to hedge funds, family offices and private equity houses and is currently a director of Crown Place VCT plc and Aberdeen Japan Investment Trust plc.

 

Kathy Pritchard-Jones
Kathy Pritchard-Jones
Lorna Awo Renner
Lorna Awo Renner
Louise Soanes
Louise Soanes

Kathy Pritchard-Jones is Professor of Paediatric Oncology at University College London, Institute of Child Health and a consultant oncologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is one of the UK's foremost experts in childhood cancer, with a particular interest in clinical trials and translational research in childhood kidney cancers.

She is a current member of the board of the European Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOP E) working to deliver the European Cancer Plan for Children and Adolescents (www.siope.eu/SIOPE_StrategicPlan2015/#). This aims to improve survival and quality of survival through research, dissemination of standards of care (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27131152) and reducing inequalities in access to care and innovation (www.expornet.eu/). She has published over 200 articles in the field of childhood cancer, including collaborative research on information needs, consent and ethical issues in clinical trials and banking of tissues for research from children and adolescents with cancer and their families.

She is also chief medical officer for an integrated cancer system, London Cancer, where since 2010, she has led redesign of whole pathways of cancer care for a population of 3.2 million in North and East London, in partnership with patients, primary care, public health and the voluntary sector, to improve clinical outcomes, patient experience of care and access to clinical trials and innovation. 

Prof Lorna Awo Renner is the lead doctor for our project in Ghana. She is the Head of the Padiatric Oncology Unit at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in the capital, Accra. This is the main teaching hospital in Ghana and one of only two providing comprehensive paediatric oncology services in the country (Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi is the other centre providing such a service). She is currently the Africa Continental President for the International Society of Paediatric Oncology.

Lorna undertook some of her training in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, UK and during her time there made long-lasting professional contacts and friendships which led to the creation of the twinning partnership between the hospital and the unit at KBTH.

Lorna is extremely dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and care of children with cancer in Ghana, and is an active campaigner and advocate of the cause. She often writes articles and speaks to journalists and government officials about the issue of childhood cancer in Ghana and due to her hard work there are now several local funding sources supporting the project.

Lorna stresses the need for a multi-disciplinary team approach when it comes to childhood cancer; the input and training is needed of not only doctors but also nurses, psychologists, social workers and pharmacists to name a few.

Several training workshops have been arranged at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital since the start of the twinning program covering a wide range of medical and nursing topics in paediatric oncology and Lorna believes that these are key to improving the services for children with cancer, especially those focused on palliative care which is an area needing much development in Ghana.

 

Louise is an experienced children’s and young people’s cancer nurse. She has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, UK, as a Nurse Practice Educator and has lectured in nursing at the South Bank University in London. Before taking up her current role as Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Consultant for Adolescents and Young People at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust she was the Trust’s Senior Sister for Children’s Services.

She brings a wealth of experience to the both the Project Committee and the World Child Cancer UK Board and has had direct experience of programmes in developing countries, having visited childhood cancer wards in Bangladesh. As well as working full-time, Louise gained her professional doctorate in nursing and is the author of academic articles and books on nursing.

Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis
Rory Macmillan
Rory Macmillan
Shaun Wilson
Shaun Wilson

Rachel Hollis is Lead Nurse for Children’s Cancer, and Matron for Haematology in the Leeds Children’s Hospital at the Leeds Hospitals NHS Trust. She has spent almost thirty years working in paediatric oncology and haematology in the acute sector.

Rachel is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom. She has been involved in developing services for children and young people with cancer in the UK at the national level.

Rachel is a member of the nursing group within the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP). She is a former Chair of the SIOP Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) Nursing Working Group. In that capacity she has advocated for and worked with nurses from Low and Middle Income Countries in looking to define base-line standards of care and a curriculum framework for nurse training and education.

Rory Macmillan is a Principal with The Carlyle Group and the Director of External Affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Macmillan is based in London.

Mr. Macmillan came to Carlyle from Nike Inc, where he was the Director of Government and Public Affairs for EMEA. Prior to joining Nike, he held several senior positions in the international government relations and communications sectors, most notably with the L'Oréal Group, Cosmetics Europe, the European Toiletry & Cosmetic Industry Association and ISA, the International Food Industry Additives Association.

Mr. Macmillan is a graduate of University of Dublin, Trinity College where he earned his Masters Degree in Economics.

Mr. Macmillan remains an active member in numerous prominent business organizations. Currently he chairs the board of EPER, the European Private Equity Round Table as well as being member of the board at Invest Europe, the European Private Equity Association . He also serves on the Board of World Child Cancer, an international non-profit association which supports some of the poorest children worldwide to access cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.

Shaun Wilson is a Paediatric Oncologist based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Shaun read his medical degree at the University of Cape Town and subsequently he started his career as a Community Medical Officer in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He undertook his Paediatric Oncology training in Australia and the United Kingdom, completing his PhD in translational oncology at the University of Birmingham, UK. His particular interests include the management of children, teenagers and young adults with brain tumours, sarcomas and rare tumours.  He has national roles in the UK specialist groups managing embryonal brain tumours, germ cell tumours and TYA oncology. His interest in the management of childhood cancer in resource – limited countries derives from his growing up in Africa combined with a desire to provide access to sustainable healthcare for vulnerable people.  

Staff

Alice Castle - Community and Events Executive
Alice Castle - Community and Events Executive
Anne McMurrey - Trust and Partnerships Manager
Anne McMurrey - Trust and Partnerships Manager
Eugene Kojo Asagba - Programme Assistant Ghana
Eugene Kojo Asagba - Programme Assistant Ghana

Alice joined the World Child Cancer team in late November 2016 as the Community and Events Executive. Her work consists of managing relationships with School and Universities to promote fundraising and awareness campaigns with them. She also looks after all Outlanders and loves to work with such an enthusiastic group of people. Furthermore, she supports the Community and Events Manager in the recruitment and organisation of the charity’s events portfolio.

Alice joined the team straight after completing a three-month Challenge Events Internship and a month full-time Student Fundraising Assistant role with Action Against Hunger. From these roles she learnt first-hand how a charity manages challenge event participants and supporters them to reach their fundraising target and full potential. She graduated this summer from Royal Holloway, University of London with a degree in History, and was also the RAG Chair in her final year. It is her role within university fundraising where her passion and enthusiasm for the charity sector grew.

Alice is excited to join the World Child Cancer team, and to play her role in helping to save the lives of children with cancer living in the developing world.

Anne McMurrey - Trust and Partnerships Manager

Anne hails from California, where she worked for more than 4 years in San Francisco doing PR and donor relations for local health and arts organisations.  She then moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she worked for 3.5 years, including 2.5 years with an NGO hospital, Children’s Surgical Centre. After seeing the challenges of health delivery in a low-resource setting first-hand, and the lack of options for cancer patients in particular, Anne was excited to join World Child Cancer team as their Trusts and Partnerships Manager. Since moving to England in 2015, she married a Brummie, worked in rural South Sudan as a communications consultant, obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Global Health from the University of Manchester, and has taken up hot yoga as an escape from the English weather!

Eugene graduated from the University for Development studies, Wa in Ghana where he obtained a first degree in Integrated Business Studies. Eugene also has experience in field research through taking part in Field Practical Progammes which seek to ascertain the challenges faced by rural communities (health, education and access to basic needs) and recommend solutions.

During vacations from university, Eugene spent time working as an attaché at the Volta River Authority. He worked closely with the accountant in the finance department updating the cash book, checking receipts of daily revenue and reconciling them with monthly bank statements.

Eugene has also worked with the NGO Naamansa Foundation as a Personal Assistant to the Coordinator. In this role, Eugene communicated with schools to schedule appointments, managed records, prepared and distributed scholarship letters and assisted applicants through the help line.

Eugene enjoys field work and getting results through hard work. He is passionate about working hard to put smile on faces. “One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others” – Lewis Carroll.

George Achempim - Programme Coordinator Ghana
George Achempim - Programme Coordinator Ghana
Halima Begum - Finance Assistant
Halima Begum - Finance Assistant
Jon Rosser - Chief Executive
Jon Rosser - Chief Executive

George Achempim - Programme Coordinator Ghana

George joins World Child Cancer with over 13 years’ work experience in adult and child education and public health. He spent the last eight years working with CARE International in the area of project management and coordination; with temporary international development experience in Rwanda. Before Care International George worked at Radio Valco as a broadcast journalist where he was in charge of the publication of his student hall magazine - The Observer. George majored in Health Education as an undergraduate and trained in Public Heath Practice and Adult Education as a postgraduate. He hopes his education and work experience will allow him  to make a meaningful contribution to improving public health in Ghana and Africa.

George is passionate about citizens' active participation in sustainable humanitarian development; and his commitment to development is guided by this statement; “You can buy a man’s time, you can even buy his physical presence at a given place but you cannot buy enthusiasm, you cannot buy loyalty and commitment to duty, you cannot buy devotion of hearts, minds, or souls; you must earn these.

Halima Begum - Finance Assistant

Halima has been working in the Charity sector since 2008 and enjoys being part of World Child Cancer due to the vital work it does to help children suffering with cancer.

She is responsible for processing invoices, recording donations received, paying expenses and dealing with other finance-related matters.

In her spare time, Halima enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.

Jon Rosser - Chief Executive

Jon joined World Child Cancer as Chief executive in 2015. Before that Jon spent 5 months in Nepal organising a post earthquake emergency response for VSO, placing a number of volunteer health teams into affected district hospitals; and building temporary learning centres to replace damaged schools; and placing expert volunteers as emergency coordinators in the worst affected districts

In the past Jon has worked for Save the Children, managing its merger with Merlin, and was UK Director of VSO, managing UK fundraising, recruiting volunteers and the UK Advocacy and parliamentary liaison functions. He was also VSO Interim Country Director in Sierra Leone.

Jon had an earlier career in UK charities and was Chief Executive of two housing associations. He also has extensive experience as a trustee. 

He has one grown up daughter.

Joseph Dixon - Programmes Manager
Joseph Dixon - Programmes Manager
Lisa Fernandes - Community and Events Manager
Lisa Fernandes - Community and Events Manager
Liz Burns - Head of Programmes
Liz Burns - Head of Programmes

Joseph Dixon - Programmes Manager

Joe joins World Child Cancer with over four years’ experience in International Development, including three years spent working in the field, in Cambodia, Vietnam, India and Nepal. His most recent work with The Salvation Army and Asia Foundation included conducting a human trafficking situational analysis in the Northeast of India, and designing a civil society engagement strategy. Prior to this Joe lived in Cambodia where he worked for a local human rights NGO as well as Co-founding Agile Development Group, a social enterprise and development consultancy group.

Joe is extremely passionate about sustainable development and believes incorporating business/enterprising strategies is key long-term sustainable change. When not working Joe loves to cook and entertain friends and family in his kitchen.

Lisa Fernandes - Community and Events Manager

Lisa joined World Child Cancer in February 2016 as the Community and Events Executive.  With over 7 years’ voluntary experience in community fundraising and campaigning for Cancer Research UK, Lisa was delighted to join the World Child Cancer Fundraising team.  

Joining at a very exciting time for the charity, Lisa hopes to identify new and innovative events to engage a wide range of communities and demographics.  Utilising her diverse skillset, she intends to build and maintain relationships with current and new supporters.

After her love of fundraising, Lisa is a foodie and live music enthusiast. 

Liz Burns - Head of Programmes

Liz started working at World Child Cancer in 2011, following a year of voluntary work in Ghana which led her to develop a strong passion for working in international development. After completing an internship with the charity she then began a permanent role in developing the programmes team. Her role is to oversee the programme staff in the UK, Ghana, Bangladesh and Myanmar, and work on the strategic development of the charity's programmes in Africa, Asia and Central America.

Meg Collington - Programme Officer
Meg Collington - Programme Officer
Nick Sankey
Nick Sankey
Piera Freccero - Statutory Grant Manager
Piera Freccero - Statutory Grant Manager

Meg has recently completed a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development. The course included a module on public health that helped to develop her interest in health-related international development. Before this, she studied Criminology and is still fascinated by crime documentaries.

Meg started her career in the international development sector working for a women’s rights NGO (a cause close to her heart) and she has also worked for a charity focusing on hepatitis. Meg is very excited to be joining the World Child Cancer team as she is passionate about the welfare of children in developing countries and hopes to utilise and develop her skills in the programme team.

As a result of living in Canada for two years, Meg has developed a love for skiing, poutine and Justin Trudeau. She enjoys reading, running and has recently taken up quilting.

Nick joined World Child Cancer in October 2016 as Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy. Following a Masters in International Development he spent three years working in Nepal for Child Rescue Nepal on an anti-child trafficking project. Nick later moved into fundraising, firstly for  Hope and Homes for Children and then for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Buttle UK. He is delighted to be working in International Development again. 

Please do get in touch if can introduce Nick to a company, foundation or philanthropist that might be interested in our work! His email address is nick.sankey@worldchildcancer.org 

Piera Freccero - Statutory Grant Manager

Piera has joined the team at World Child Cancer to take on the position of Statutory Grant Manager with over ten years experience in the International Development sector. During the eight years spent working in China, Mongolia, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam she has managed a number of donor funded interventions – European Commission, USAID, UN and foundations, developing an expertise in programme management, monitoring, evaluation and learning, gender and social inclusion. Piera is very passionate about adult education and skills transfer and has gained an MA in Education and International Development at the University of East Anglia in 2011. She has therefore a particular interest to contribute to World Child Cancer’s efforts to find sustainable solutions to improve the skills of healthcare staff in the developing word. As Statutory Grant Manager she manages World Child Cancer's current statutory relationship and DfID grants in Myanmar, Ghana and Bangladesh. When not working Piera loves cooking, reading and spending her time with her family.

Rachael Brown - Marketing and Communications Manager
Rachael Brown - Marketing and Communications Manager
Rebecca Ross - Finance Director
Rebecca Ross - Finance Director
Rebecca Westhorpe - Individual Giving and Database Manager
Rebecca Westhorpe - Individual Giving and Database Manager

Rachael joined World Child Cancer in June 2015 as an intern. She is now the charity's Marketing and Communications Manager, which involves leading on the communications and marketing across the charity, in order to raise both income and awareness of World Child Cancer. 

From the time when Rachael was given her first ever mini globe, straight through to university, she has always shown a genuine passion for Geography and even more so International Development. With her continued commitment to her volunteering in Eastern Europe and campaigning against institutionalisation it has always been Rachael’s dream to work for an international charity and help address global inequalities.

Rachael is extremely passionate about what World Child Cancer stands for as an organisation. She hopes her commitment and enthusiasm for the cause will help to make a difference to both the lives of the children, and their families, living in some of the poorest countries in the world.

In addition to Rachael’s natural love for her job, she is a very keen runner.  She is currently training and fundraising for the London Marathon, and is determined to complete a half Iron Man before she is 30…. she will soon regret saying this! When Rachael is not busy training or exploring the outdoors, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends back at the farm in rural Staffordshire.

Rebecca Ross - Finance Director

Rebecca has a long history with the charity, having worked with the charity since 2008. Rebecca is a chartered accountant and prior to joining World Child Cancer, worked for professional services firms and for an international travel company.

Rebecca is responsible for overseeing the financial management of the charity and ensures that all statutory and legal requirements are met. As well as looking after finance, Rebecca is also responsible for HR and Company Secretarial matters.

A typical day for Rebecca is very varied and can include reporting to donors, overseeing the annual audit, managing the payroll, budgeting and reviewing management accounts and working with our overseas partners to ensure the funds raised by our wonderful fundraisers and supporters reaches those children most in need and has the most impact.

Rebecca is very motivated by the work of World Child Cancer having been personally affected by cancer. As such, she is thrilled to be working for an organisation making such a difference to the lives of children with cancer.

Rebecca joined World Child Cancer in December 2016 as the Individual Giving and Database Manager. Her role involves working with individuals who regularly donate to World Child Cancer. She is looking to increase the numbers who support the work so that the charity can continue to grow. She also looks after the organisation's database, making sure we can remain accountable to and in touch with our supporters.

Since completing her Masters degree in Civil Society, NGO and Non-Profit Studies, Rebecca has worked for a number of charities focused on international development, education, children and health.  She has been passionate about charity from a young age, fundraising and volunteering for many charities since her early teenage years. In her spare time she enjoys craft, travel and the great outdoors.

Rizwana Hussain - Programme Coordinator Bangladesh
Rizwana Hussain - Programme Coordinator Bangladesh
Tun Zaw Min - Programme Coordinator Myanmar
Tun Zaw Min - Programme Coordinator Myanmar

Rizwana Hussain - Programme Coordinator Bangladesh

Rizwana Hussain has joined the team at World Child Cancer to take on the position of Programme Coordinator (Bangladesh). She graduated from University of Dhaka in Sociology and also completed a Post-Graduation Diploma in Human Resource Management. Rizwana started her career in 2007 and gained multi-sector work experience in programme implementation including Gender rights & Empowerment; Gender based violence against women, Disaster risk reduction and resilient school and community, along with Public Health in water, sanitation, hygiene & health education projects. Previously she has worked with Save the Children in Bangladesh, UNFPA, ActionAid Bangladesh and icddr,b.

Throughout her career, she has always been involved with children and adolescent groups, and working with World Child Cancer gives her the opportunity to work for the children. It is always a great feeling to be involved with an organisation such as WCC UK, which is dedicated to lessening the suffering of children. Rizwana is married with a daughter who is almost 4 years old. 

Tun Zaw Min - Programme Coordinator Myanmar

Tun joined World Child Cancer in November 2015 as Programme Coordinator for the Myanmar programme. He is a registered medical doctor in Myanmar with a Master’s in Public Health and over 2 years’ experience in cross border Health programme management including China- Myanmar DFID funded Primary Health Care programme.

Tun also has more than four years’ experience within the clinical field working as a Health System Strengthening Manager in post- conflict areas. In his current role as Programme Coordinator, Tun works with local partners and manages the programme to achieve its objectives on time. He develops public awareness posters to highlight the early warning signs of childhood cancer, and conducts pilot surveys to explore the needs of patients and family members during hospitalisation. Making the transition from communicable disease programmes to non-communicable disease programmes has made Tun more eager to find the unreported childhood cases in Myanmar in the future.

When Tun is not busy working, he enjoys spending time composing and singing songs and writing poetry.

Patrons

Caitriona Balfe
Caitriona Balfe
Gill Thaxter
Gill Thaxter
Lady Joanna Staughton
Lady Joanna Staughton

Whilst studying drama in Dublin, Caitriona was scouted by an agent and spent several years working as a model for top fashion brands. After returning to acting, Caitriona was quickly cast in a number of films including ESCAPE PLAN, JJ Abrams’ feature SUPER 8 and NOW YOU SEE ME alongside Woody Harrelson and Mark Ruffalo. Most recently, Caitriona co-starred in the feature film MONEY MONSTER with George Clooney and Julia Roberts, directed by Jodie Foster. Caitriona continues to star in the series leading role of Claire in the Starz hit television series OUTLANDER - a role for which she has won many awards and accolades.

The country you are born in should not be a deciding factor in your battle against cancer.  World Child Cancer works daily to give children in developing countries access to treatment and care and a fighting chance against this disease.  I am proud and honoured to be a patron of such a worthy charity. Please join me in helping in any way you can.

Gill became patron of World Child Cancer in 2008. Along with her husband, Geoff, she saw the immense need for improvement in care for children with cancer in developing countries after visiting Bangladesh. It was that visit which inspired Geoff to found World Child Cancer. You can read more about Geoff in the ‘Founder’ section of the website.

Over the past years, Gill has been immensely proud to watch the growth of the charity and is thrilled that so many children and their families, have been helped.

Lady Staughton has been involved for many years in Hertfordshire and London in matters concerning children, health education, and the law. She was a JP for the Inner London Commission for a period of some 30 years, serving also as Chairman of the Inner London Youth Panel in the early 1990s. 

She is a past member of the Committee of Magistrates for Inner London, and of the Police Complaints Board. At the same time she served as a Governor and Chairman on the Boards of State primary and secondary schools. She was a Governor of the two Francis Holland Schools, London for 25 years, and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Princess Helena College, Hitchin, from 1998/2003. At this time she became Chairman of the Hertfordshire Family Practitioners Committee, and served for a period of 8 years, during which she was involved with the Committee’s transition to the Family Health Services Authority, and the re-organisation of the NHS services in Hertfordshire. She has served as a member of the Council of what is now the NHS Confederation, and was Chairman of the Independent Review Panels for NHS Complaints from 1996-1998. From 1998 she has acted as an independent assessor in the appointments process for the Department of Health. In 1995 she was given the Freedom of the City of London. Her charitable work has been, and remains, extensive.  It includes past involvement with the British Heart Foundation, as a Council and Executive member; with RELATE, where she held the Presidency of the Watford branch for several years; with the National Children’s Bureau, as a member of the Council; with the Child Accident Prevention Trust; with the St Albans Abbey Music Trust; with the Royal Patriotic Fund and as President of the Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Scouts.   

She was a Governor of the University of Hertfordshire for some years until 2013. She remains a Trustee of her family almhouses in Sarratt, Hertfordshire.   She was made an OBE in January 2014 for services to charity, education and the law in Hertfordshire.    She was a Deputy Lieutenant for Hertfordshire until 2012.

Professor Tim Eden
Professor Tim Eden
Rhys Williams
Rhys Williams

Tim has held senior academic and clinical positions in Bristol, Edinburgh, London and Manchester where he was the Teenage Cancer Trust Professor of Teenage Oncology. He has chaired many national and international committees including as the President of SIOP (International Society of Paediatric Oncologists), Chair of UKCCSG (now CCLG UK) and the Medical Research Council Childhood Leukaemia Working Party. Tim’s interests include research into causation, incidence and survival of children and adolescents with cancer worldwide, equable delivery of care for all children worldwide and the provision of psycho-social support for all children and their families. He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers, editorials and book chapters on paediatric and adolescent haematology and oncology.

Tim retired in 2008 but remains very active in a number of organisations working in the field of childhood and teenage cancer in the UK and in developing countries. He continues as a Medical Advisor to the Teenage Cancer Trust in Scotland and is active on several committees in the UK. He was an invaluable Trustee to World Child Cancer since the inception of the charity, tirelessly providing advice on the strategic development of projects and using his extensive network of international contacts to develop effective and sustainable twinning partnerships.

Tim has been married for 46 years to Randi Forsgren who introduced him to his second beautiful home of Norway. He has a son and daughter and three grandchildren. In between his busy work and his family, he enjoys Scandinavian crime novels, walking, photography, gardening, history and politics. His biggest dream is to retire and complete his first novel, not as easy as the non-fiction he has written over the last 35 years!

Rhys is the current European Champion in the 400m hurdles and competed in the London 2012 Olympic Games. He comes from a very sporting family. His father, JJ Williams, played rugby for Wales and his siblings are also international athletes. Rhys started his interest in sport with swimming and then rugby before finding his career in athletics. He is a dedicated, professional athlete currently living and training in Wales. Inspired by competing in the London 2012 Olympics, he is working hard to step up to the next level over the next few years. We are thrilled to have Rhys’ support and are looking forward to working with him in promoting the work of World Child Cancer – it is an honour to have such a successful athlete recognise and share our passion for helping children with cancer around the world.

“Every child deserves a chance in life, the chance to live a healthy and happy life. World Child Cancer is doing everything they can to help children all around the world with cancer. I am very proud to be associated with such a charity and their worthwhile cause. If you could help in any way I would ask you to do so”.

Ambassadors

Alex Shammas
Alex Shammas
Geeta Nanda
Geeta Nanda
Mark Everard
Mark Everard

Alex is a management consultant at PwC and got involved with World Child Cancer through a charity support scheme called BeyondMe. Alex has seen the impact that a child having cancer can have on a family first hand and was extremely excited to support World Child Cancer from the minute he met their fundraising team. Alex has supported World Child Cancer with their fundraising strategy, as well as taking part in various challenge activities for the charity including the Amsterdam and Berlin Marathon.

Geeta is CEO of Thames Valley Housing Association and a regular supporter of World Child Cancer. Geeta is embarking on a very special fundraising challenge together with Mark Everard and supporters from across the housing world to raise vital funds for children with cancer in Cameroon. You can follow & support Geeta's fundraising efforts here.

 

Mark is embarking on a very special fundraising challenge together with Geeta Nanda and supporters from across the housing world to raise vital funds for children with cancer in Cameroon.  You can follow & support Mark's fundraising efforts here

Project Commitee

Abby White
Abby White
Alison Finch
Alison Finch
Annabel Foot
Annabel Foot

Abby White is the co-founder and voluntary Chief Executive of Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund, which has the mission of bringing optimal evidence based life and sight saving care to all children with retinoblastoma.  Abby’s father was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma in Kenya in 1946, and treated in England.  Abby was also born with tumours in both eyes.  She has an artificial eye and limited vision in her remaining eye that is now failing due to late effects of radiotherapy in infancy.  Abby studied geography at university, with a special emphasis on development in sub-Saharan Africa.  She co-ordinates the extensive activities of Daisy’s Eye Cancer Fund while also assisting individual families. Abby enjoys creative writing, audio books, sailing, open water swimming and country walks with her guide dog, Annie.

Alison is Matron and Lead Nurse for Children and Young People's Cancer at University College Hospital in London, UK. Alongside her NHS roles, Alison has maintained a long-standing interest in nursing overseas, having volunteered over a number of years with an NGO in Azerbaijan, undertaken field trips to northern and southern India exploring the core values and role of nursing, and Alison has visited Bangladesh with World Child Cancer to co-lead a nurse education programme in our programme based at BSMMU in Dhaka. Alison has a particular interest in nursing leadership and teenage and young adult cancer care. She is a published author and loves getting involved in nurse-led research projects and activities. Alison has an MSc in advancing professional healthcare practice (palliative care) and was awarded an MBE for services to nursing in 2009.

Annabel is a Member of the Project Committee. She worked as a Consultant in Paediatric Oncology in Bristol, UK, for 15 years, retiring from clinical practice in 2007. In addition to clinical and teaching roles, she was lead clinician for Paediatric Cancer Services. Although caring for all types of solid tumour, leukaemia and transplant patients, she developed particular expertise in the areas of soft tissue sarcoma and neuroblastoma, leading national and international studies in these fields.  Following departure from clinical practice, she spent time working as an Advisory Consultant for pharmaceutical clinical trials.

More recently, following a stint of teaching Paediatric Oncology in Uganda, she has become a student again, now taking a Masters in Public Health, with a view to combining all her skills and helping those in less affluent countries. Leisure activities include photography (having also attained an Arts Masters in this sphere), and outdoor pursuits, including walking, cycling and sailing.

Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo
Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo
Catherine Lam
Catherine Lam
Jan Kohler - Chair of Project Commitee
Jan Kohler - Chair of Project Commitee

Dr Carlos Rodríguez-Galindo, a Spanish native, completed his training in paediatric haematology-oncology at St. Jude Children’s

Research Hospital. After 10 years as clinical researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, he moved to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston, where he was the

Director of the Paediatric Solid Tumour Program, Medical Director of the Clinical and Translational Investigations Program, and Director of the Global Health Initiative in Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders. He was also Professor of Paediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

In 2015, Dr Rodriguez-Galindo returned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to serve as Executive Vice-President, Chair of the Department of Global Paediatric Medicine, and director of the

International Outreach Program. He also holds the Four Stars of Chicago Endowed Chair in International Paediatric Research. Carlos has been working with World Child Cancer’s programme in Myanmar since 2013 and provides valuable guidance for medical staff in Yangon.

Catherine is a Paediatric Oncologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA, where she works in the International Outreach Program including as Medical Director of the Philippines Program and Asian Development, and with patients in the Solid Tumour Division.  Inspired early in her training by the resilience of children and adolescents with cancer and the care providers she encountered in remote parts of Niger, Uganda, Taiwan, and China, she completed her paediatric haematology/oncology training at Toronto SickKids, Canada, with a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins, USA. 

Her specific interests include systems development and quality improvement practices in resource-limited settings, abandonment of treatment, palliative care, rare malignancies including adrenocortical tumours and nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and outcomes evaluation.  She is the Co-Chair for the SIOP PODC Abandonment of Treatment Working Group and Member of the SIOP PODC Core Committee. 

Jan Kohler - Chair of Project Committee 

Jan worked as a senior lecturer in Paediatric Oncology in Southampton, UK, for 28 years, retiring from clinical practice in 2012. She was head of the department for many years, and enjoyed being part of a multi-disciplinary team, working closely with nursing and other non-medical colleagues. She loved teaching, and maintains a role within the postgraduate Deanery.

Although participating in clinical trials for all types of solid cancer and leukaemia, Jan’s particular interest was neuroblastoma. She was chief investigator for several trials in the UK and Europe, and an active member of the SIOPEN group from its inception.

She currently chairs the SAB of the Neuroblastoma Society. Jan is also interested in the cost-effectiveness of medical treatments, currently sitting on a NICE new drugs and technologies committee. This interest naturally extends to proposed treatments in less affluent countries. To relax, Jan plays in a wind band, enjoys a variety of sports, and visits her children and grandchildren.

Lorna Awo Renner
Lorna Awo Renner
Louise Soanes
Louise Soanes
Sandra Luna-Fineman
Sandra Luna-Fineman

Prof Lorna Awo Renner is the lead doctor for our project in Ghana. She is the Head of the Padiatric Oncology Unit at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in the capital, Accra. This is the main teaching hospital in Ghana and one of only two providing comprehensive paediatric oncology services in the country (Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi is the other centre providing such a service). She is currently the Africa Continental President for the International Society of Paediatric Oncology.

Lorna undertook some of her training in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, UK and during her time there made long-lasting professional contacts and friendships which led to the creation of the twinning partnership between the hospital and the unit at KBTH.

Lorna is extremely dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and care of children with cancer in Ghana, and is an active campaigner and advocate of the cause. She often writes articles and speaks to journalists and government officials about the issue of childhood cancer in Ghana and due to her hard work there are now several local funding sources supporting the project.

Lorna stresses the need for a multi-disciplinary team approach when it comes to childhood cancer; the input and training is needed of not only doctors but also nurses, psychologists, social workers and pharmacists to name a few.

Several training workshops have been arranged at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital since the start of the twinning program covering a wide range of medical and nursing topics in paediatric oncology and Lorna believes that these are key to improving the services for children with cancer, especially those focused on palliative care which is an area needing much development in Ghana.

 

Louise is an experienced children’s and young people’s cancer nurse. She has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, UK, as a Nurse Practice Educator and has lectured in nursing at the South Bank University in London. Before taking up her current role as Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Consultant for Adolescents and Young People at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust she was the Trust’s Senior Sister for Children’s Services.

She brings a wealth of experience to the both the Project Committee and the World Child Cancer UK Board and has had direct experience of programmes in developing countries, having visited childhood cancer wards in Bangladesh. As well as working full-time, Louise gained her professional doctorate in nursing and is the author of academic articles and books on nursing.

Dr Luna-Fineman is Associate Clinical Professor, Paediatrics-Hematology & Oncology at Stanford School of Medicine.

She is a Medical Trustee of World Child Cancer USA, a paediatric hematologist oncologist with over twenty years of experience and leadership roles in the field.

Dr Luna-Fineman’s research and clinical activities are focused on improving understanding of retinoblastoma and childhood lymphoma clinical outcomes, concentrating in resource-poor countries. She has worked with St Jude Children’s Research Hospital International Outreach Program in improving early diagnosis, risk stratification and outcomes in Central America since 1999.

She has a major interest in developing graduated intensity therapy regimens to help centres in low and middle income countries implement treatments that are appropriate for their local conditions, improving outcomes and studying their biology.

Scott Howard
Scott Howard
Shaun Wilson
Shaun Wilson
Stephen Hunger
Stephen Hunger

Scott is the Chair of the World Child Cancer USA Board. He is a Member of the Oncology Department at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital where he treats patients with leukaemia and lymphoma and conducts research on supportive care. His specific research interests include implementation of protocol-based therapy and development of co-operative paediatric oncology groups in low-income countries.

Scott’s mission and passion is to improve survival rates for children in developing countries. He was previously the Chair of the SIOP PODC (Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries) committee and the Director of Clinical Trials for St Jude’s International Outreach Programme. He is now the co-Chair of the Twinning, Collaboration & Support PODC working group. He assists twinning partner centres in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He also assists with content development for the free online oncology resource www.Cure4Kids.org

Shaun Wilson is a Paediatric Oncologist based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Shaun read his medical degree at the University of Cape Town and subsequently he started his career as a Community Medical Officer in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He undertook his Paediatric Oncology training in Australia and the United Kingdom, completing his PhD in translational oncology at the University of Birmingham, UK. His particular interests include the management of children, teenagers and young adults with brain tumours, sarcomas and rare tumours.  He has national roles in the UK specialist groups managing embryonal brain tumours, germ cell tumours and TYA oncology. His interest in the management of childhood cancer in resource – limited countries derives from his growing up in Africa combined with a desire to provide access to sustainable healthcare for vulnerable people.  

Stephen Hunger is a Medical Trustee of World Child Cancer USA and a paediatric haematologist oncologist with over twenty years of experience and leadership roles in the field.

Dr Hunger completed training in paediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Paediatric Haematology/Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is currently Professor of Paediatrics and Chief of the Section of Paediatric Haematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Stephen has extensive experience in international paediatric cancer. He has worked closely with international colleagues to increase collaboration in childhood ALL basic and translational research and to develop new collaborative clinical trials in high risk ALL subsets. Dr Hunger directs a twinning partnership with the paediatric oncology programs in the Dominican Republic to improve outcomes for children with ALL in that country. He has a major interest in developing graduated intensity therapy regimens to help centres in low and middle income countries implement treatments that are appropriate for their local conditions.

Trijn Israels
Trijn Israels

Trijn is a Paediatric Oncologist who works for the Outreach Programme of the Paediatric Haematology – Oncology Department at VUMC Medical Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

She worked for two years as a general paediatrician on the paediatric ward of the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. During this time she conducted daily ward rounds on the childhood oncology ward and coordinated some locally relevant clinical studies which led to a PhD thesis; Management of Children with Cancer in Malawi. She was the joint chair of SIOP PODC with Scott Howard and Coordinator of the SIOP PODC Working Group on Adapted Treatment regimens. This working group has produced consensus clinical guidelines for the management of children with Burkitt lymphoma, Wilms’ tumour, Kaposi sarcoma and concomitant supportive care in sub-Saharan Africa.

Trijn is married and has a daughter and two sons. In her spare time she likes outdoor activities including running, cycling, hiking, camping and soccer / field hockey.