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. 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
Dave Sculthorpe - Corporate Account Manager
Dave Sculthorpe - Corporate Account Manager
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.

Dave joined World Child Cancer in March 2018. His role is to account manage the expanding corporate support that the charity receives. Dave graduated in History from Sheffield University in 2012, his dissertation focusing on Aztec Mexico.

After university Dave went into a career in the outdoors, leading expeditions across the globe and the UK, gaining experience and living and working in many countries. After being introduced to the charity sector working for an expedition company he decided it was time to move into something that he was passionate about. Dave was first encountered International Development by his leadership of community and project work expeditions. He is now keen to bring these skills and experience to World Child Cancer.

Outside of work Dave is a keen traveller, climber, runner and snowboarder.

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
Glenn Mbah - Programme Coordinator Cameroon
Glenn Mbah - Programme Coordinator Cameroon
Halima Begum - Finance Assistant
Halima Begum - Finance Assistant

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.

Glenn has worked as a children’s cancer nurse in Cameroon since 2010, after obtaining a BSc in nursing in 2009. Over time, he has become a nurse trainer and an active member of the nursing group for pediatric oncology in developing countries, and continental pediatric oncology nursing representative for Africa. Glenn is also the co-chair of the Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine working group for pediatric oncology in developing countries. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health, and is particularly interested in childhood cancer research and advocacy.

Glenn is leading several childhood cancer awareness and advocacy initiatives in Cameroon that bring together stakeholders from the public and private sectors. Glenn found common interest in World Child Cancer’s mission to improve rates of diagnosis and access to curative and palliative care for children with cancer, one whose essence he can testify to, after working for 8 years in the pediatric oncology service of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, which is supported by World Child Cancer.

Outside of work, Glenn plays volleyball and football, and is a die hard fan of Arsenal football club (the Gunners).

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 - Senior Programmes Manager
Joseph Dixon - Senior Programmes Manager
Kieran Sandhu - Marketing and Communications Manager
Kieran Sandhu - Marketing and Communications Manager
Lisa Fernandes - Community and Events Manager
Lisa Fernandes - Community and Events Manager

Joseph Dixon - Programmes Manager

Joe joined 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 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 to long-term sustainable change. When not working Joe loves to cook and entertain friends and family in his kitchen.

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 and is passionate about building relationships within the community to raise the profile of World Child Cancer in the UK and worldwide. After visiting the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, she is even more motivated to raise as much money for children with cancer in the developing world. 

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

Mark McGuinness - Programme Manager
Mark McGuinness - Programme Manager
Meg Collington - Health Partnership and Programme Officer
Meg Collington - Health Partnership and Programme Officer
Megan Cruise - Psychosocial Support Advisor
Megan Cruise - Psychosocial Support Advisor

Mark joined World Child Cancer in February 2018 with six years of experience working in the international development and humanitarian sectors. He spent four years in Palestine, Pakistan, India and Sierra Leone, working on the design and delivery of projects funded by DFID, USAID, the EC and UN agencies, as well as major foundations and corporations. Much of his work has focussed on health projects, including interventions to treat war-wounded people and programmes promoting the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and children.

Mark feels passionate about the right to health and the importance of community-led development, writing a thesis on participatory development approaches for his MA in Post-war Recovery Studies in 2009.

Outside of work, Mark likes to travel, play music and study.

After completing a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development including modules on public health that helped to develop her interest in health-related international development Meg started her career in the sector working for a women’s rights NGO (a cause close to her heart). She has also worked for a charity focusing on hepatitis. Before this, she studied Criminology and is still fascinated by crime documentaries.

Meg joined the World Child Cancer team as Programme Officer and is now excited to add Health Partnerships into her repertoire. She is passionate about the welfare of children in developing countries and hopes to utilise and develop her skills in the programme team.

Megan Cruise joined World Child Cancer as our Psychosocial Support Advisor in 2018 after spending a year volunteering in our programmes across Ghana, Malawi and Myanmar. Megan is a trained counsellor with vast experience and a passion for counselling young people who have cancer and their families. Her career history includes working for ten years at the UK’s largest cancer charity for children, CLIC Sargent.

Having spent a significant amount of time directly supporting families who have a child with cancer in developing countries, Megan has seen the enormous impact childhood cancer has on every aspect of family life. Whilst working at World Child Cancer she aims to increase families' access to the emotional, practical and social support they so desperately need and deserve. She feels passionately about families receiving holistic care and about support for healthcare professionals who work with families, often doing highly stressful and emotionally challenging jobs.

Outside of work Megan enjoys travel, exploring new areas of London with friends, swimming and sewing!

Megan Parry - Programme Coordinator Mexico
Megan Parry - Programme Coordinator Mexico
Najimur Rahman -  Accounts and Admin Officer Bangladesh
Najimur Rahman - Accounts and Admin Officer Bangladesh
Nick Sankey - Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships
Nick Sankey - Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships

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. 

Najimur Rahman has a Masters in Business Administrative (MBA) in Finance. He joined World Child Cancer with over three years’ experience in the development sector. He had started his career working with CACTS Limited, a software firm as business development and marketing executive and then in Eastern bank limited in retail banking section.  After that, he has started working with a national NGO called Mukto Akash as a Finance & Admin Officer. In Mukto Akash he was responsible for a project name Chetona which was focused in Child protection. This project was funded by Save the Children International (SCI). He received different types of training on financial management, child protection, child abuse, child safeguarding policy. His work with a child protection included conducting different programmatic and financial auditing situational analysis in the southern area and capital of Bangladesh.


Najimur is leading several childhood cancer awareness and advocacy initiatives in Bangladesh that bring together stakeholders from the public and private sectors and is particularly interested in research work for children with cancer. He hopes his education and work experience will allow him to make a meaningful contribution to improving public health in Bangladesh.

Najimur loves to sing, playing cricket and spend quality time with friends and family.

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 you want to introduce Nick to your company, foundation or fellow philanthropist that might be interested in our work! His email address is nick.sankey@worldchildcancer.org 

Piera Freccero - Director of Programmes
Piera Freccero - Director of Programmes
Rebecca Ross - Finance Director
Rebecca Ross - Finance Director
Sadie Whitfield - Donor Relations Officer
Sadie Whitfield - Donor Relations Officer

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 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.

Sadie joined World Child Cancer in September 2017 as an Intern for the Community and Events Team, after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Geography. Inspired by the work that the charity does, she took on the role of Donor Relations officer in February 2018. Her role involves communicating and building lasting relationships with our wonderful supporters and database management.

Sadie is passionate about expanding our donor base to help the charity to support more children with cancer in the developing world.

Outside of the office, Sadie enjoys playing lacrosse, travelling and photography. 

Tun Zaw Min - Programme Coordinator Myanmar
Tun Zaw Min - Programme Coordinator Myanmar

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.