Staff

Jon Rosser - Chief Executive
Jon Rosser - Chief Executive
Adam O'Kane - Director of Fundraising and Communications
Adam O'Kane - Director of Fundraising and Communications
Alice Castle - Community and Events Executive
Alice Castle - Community and Events Executive

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.

Adam has extensive fundraising experience gained from a wide range of charities including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, and St Mungo’s homelessness organisation. Most recently he was the Fundraising Director at an NGO working in international development, particularly focusing on programmes to support gaps in healthcare for vulnerable children in Africa. Much of his career has been working with sourcing and securing successful corporate charity partnerships, as well as helping individuals manage their personal philanthropy.

Adam is keen to continue his career in the international development sector to help to address issues of inequality, and joined World Child Cancer in October 2017 to lead the fundraising and communications team to achieve their ambitious targets.

Outside of the office, Adam enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family. He likes to cook, ski, and play the piano, and has recently rediscovered a love for sailing.

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.

Anna Ransome - Trusts and Partnerships Manager
Anna Ransome - Trusts and Partnerships Manager
Emma Macpherson - Interim Finance Director
Emma Macpherson - Interim Finance Director
Eugene Kojo Asagba - Programme Assistant Ghana
Eugene Kojo Asagba - Programme Assistant Ghana

Anna joined World Child Cancer in March 2017 as Trusts and Partnerships Manager. After graduating from Manchester University with a degree in Writing and Philosophy, she kick-started her career as a Trust Fundraiser in 2009 with SignHealth, a UK-based healthcare charity. She developed this role further at international children’s charity, Hope and Homes for Children. At World Child Cancer, she continues to utilise her writing skills, developing applications and reports for Trusts and Foundations to raise funds to improve and save lives.

Outside of fundraising, Anna’s passions include cycling, mountain climbing, travel and writing fiction.

Emma 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, Emma is also responsible for HR and Company Secretarial matters.

A typical day for Emma is very varied and can include reporting to donors, producing financial reports on programmes, overseeing the annual audit, managing the payroll, preparing 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. Emma has worked in Vietnam and Belize mentoring local accountants in the International Development field, and is delighted to be part of the World Child Cancer team during Rebecca’s maternity leave.

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
Joseph Dixon - Programmes Manager
Joseph Dixon - Programmes Manager

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.

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.

Kieran Sandhu - Marketing and Communications Manager
Kieran Sandhu - Marketing and Communications Manager
Lisa Fernandes - Community and Events Manager
Lisa Fernandes - Community and Events Manager
Meg Collington - Programme Officer
Meg Collington - Programme Officer

Kieran joined World Child Cancer in June 2017 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Having completed a degree in English Language and Linguistics and volunteering with a host of international charities including Hands on Manila, YMCA Cambodia and Our Home Community Orphanage India, Kieran was delighted to join World Child Cancer.

Kieran is passionate about supporting children in developing countries which extends from his voluntary background. He aims to raise the profile of World Child Cancer through the development of innovative digital content across a variety of platforms.

Outside of work Kieran enjoys travelling, writing and playing football.

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. 

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.

Megan Parry - Programme Coordinator Mexico
Megan Parry - Programme Coordinator Mexico
Nick Sankey - Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships
Nick Sankey - Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships
Piera Freccero - Director of Programmes
Piera Freccero - Director of Programmes

Megan is World Child Cancer’s Programme Coordinator in Mexico. Since finishing her BA Hons Geography in 2011 she has spent a large amount of time in the Spanish - speaking world. During her degree and ERASMUS year in Santander, Spain, she focused her studies on health and development. After graduating she travelled to Chile and spent three years working with NGO’s and teaching English. This experience sparked her interest in child health. She returned to the UK to study an MSc in paediatric nursing. Whilst on this masters programme she was awarded a travel scholarship and academic achievement awards which facilitated her research project abroad where she was able to explore her particular area of interest, children's palliative care.  Since registering as a children’s nurse she has worked in many areas of acute children’s health, including children's oncology and PICU. Moving to Mexico has led to the opportunity to coordinate and develop World Child Cancer's programmes in Mexico, an area she is very passionate about.

In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, exploring new cultures and food as well as keeping fit. 

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 - Director of Programmes

Piera first 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 managed 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. Piera moved into the role of Director of Programmes in September 2017.

Rebecca Ross - Finance Director
Rebecca Ross - Finance Director
Rizwana Hussain - Programme Coordinator Bangladesh
Rizwana Hussain - Programme Coordinator Bangladesh
Tun Zaw Min - Programme Coordinator Myanmar
Tun Zaw Min - Programme Coordinator Myanmar

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.

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.