Staff

Jon Rosser - Chief Executive
Jon Rosser - Chief Executive
Alice Castle - Senior Community and Events Executive
Alice Castle - Senior Community and Events Executive
Alind Bamarni - Finance Officer
Alind Bamarni - Finance Officer

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.

Alice joined the World Child Cancer team in late November 2016 as the Community and Events Executive before moving into the position of Senior 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.

Alind is the Finance Officer of World Child Cancer, joining the charity in September 2019. He is responsible for recording all income and expenditure into the charity’s accounting software system and reporting this to the directors and other stakeholders of the charity.

After graduating from the University of Bath with a degree in Economics, Alind worked as an accounts assistant in the property industry. While at university he spent three months volunteering in northern Iraq, teaching English and Maths to Yazidi refugees.

Outside of his work in the charity, Alind is writing an independent research paper about Monetary Economics and Growth Theory.

Alisha Hardy - Marketing and Communications Executive
Alisha Hardy - Marketing and Communications Executive
Anna Ransome - Trusts and Partnerships Manager
Anna Ransome - Trusts and Partnerships Manager
Dr. Tin Tun Naing - Programme Coordinator Myanmar
Dr. Tin Tun Naing - Programme Coordinator Myanmar

Alisha joined World Child Cancer in April 2019 as a Marketing and Communications intern, after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a BA in Sociology. After completing the internship in July 2019, she took on the role of Marketing and Communications Executive and looks forward to continuing to raise the profile of World Child Cancer across a variety of digital platforms.

In her free time, Alisha enjoys travelling and playing the piano, guitar and singing .

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.

Dr. Tin Tun Naing is a public health professional with six years' expert knowledge in primary healthcare, HIV and TB control programmes, working with an impressive number of organisations in Myanmar. Dr. Tin Tun is passionate about delivering quality health care services to those most in need and supporting affordable treatment to those affected by chronic diseases.

Dr. Tin Tun became interested in World Child Cancer after completing his post-graduate study in public health in New Zealand where he witnessed a difference in cancer survival rates. Dr. Tin Tun was inspired by the work of the World Child Cancer's Myanmar programme and decided to become a member to help support children with cancer.

During his spare time, Dr. Tin Tun enjoys playing tennis and hanging-out with friends. 

Emmanuel Amankwah - Data Manager Ghana
Emmanuel Amankwah - Data Manager Ghana
Eugene Kojo Asagba - Programme Assistant Ghana
Eugene Kojo Asagba - Programme Assistant Ghana
Glenn Mbah - Programme Coordinator Cameroon
Glenn Mbah - Programme Coordinator Cameroon

Emmanuel joined World Child Cancer as Project Administrator in 2014 during the refurbishment of the Paediatric Oncology Day Care at the Department of Child Health-Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Emmanuel had played a similar role at Ghana Cancer Care Foundation (CanCare), the local facilitator for World Child Cancer that refurbished the Paediatric Oncology Day Care. The facility is currently serving hundreds of children from Ghana and the West Africa sub-region who would otherwise have no place to access quality health care.

At present Emmanuel is the Data Manager for World Child Cancer, Ghana. He generate's data that is utilized in planning for improved service delivery for the Paediatric Oncology Unit. Through this role Emmanuel has developed project-specific data management plans that address areas such as data coding and reporting. This ensures quality data collection techniques are used for reporting and analyses. Emmanuel also provides data management support to local team lead and other medical staff on specific study projects.

Emmanuel graduated from University of Cape Coast with BSc Psychology.

With Emmanuel's background in Psychology he is able to provide some psychosocial support to some of the caregivers who visit the daycare. Emmanuel provides a listening ear and words of encouragement, bringing about hope for many of these families. Emmanuel does this voluntarily knowing that hope is also an essential aspect to the continuation of cancer treatment. In his spare time, Emmanuel also enjoys watching and playing football as well as being updated on local and international politics.

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.

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).

Heather Rendell - Head of Gifts and Events
Heather Rendell - Head of Gifts and Events
Joseph Dixon - Senior Programmes Manager
Joseph Dixon - Senior Programmes Manager
Loyce Kantwela - Programme Coordinator
Loyce Kantwela - Programme Coordinator

Heather joined World Child Cancer in July 2019 as Head of Gifts and Events, having just recently moved from Australia to the UK with her partner and dog.

Heather is very passionate about fundraising for access to health care, she has almost 12 years’ experience in the third sector, working for a range of charities in the health sector including Kidney Health Australia, Multiple Sclerosis Australia and Royal Flying Doctor Service.  She aims to raise the profile of World Child Cancer through the development of new and innovative fundraising campaigns.

Outside of fundraising, Heather’s passions include cooking, reading, travel and painting.

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.

Loyce Joined world Child Cancer in November 2018, as our Programme Coordinator for Malawi. Loyce’s past roles include working as a Data Officer and Research Assistant and spent six years working with the Blantyre Malaria Project in Malawi. Loyce is passionate about supporting children, especially those from vulnerable backgrounds.

Mark McGuinness - Programme Manager
Mark McGuinness - Programme Manager
Megan Cruise - Psychosocial Support Advisor
Megan Cruise - Psychosocial Support Advisor
Najimur Rahman -  Accounts and Admin Officer Bangladesh
Najimur Rahman - Accounts and Admin Officer Bangladesh

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.

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!

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 Sankey - Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships
Nick Sankey - Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships
Piera Freccero - Director of Programmes
Piera Freccero - Director of Programmes
Rebecca Ross - Finance Director
Rebecca Ross - Finance Director

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 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 Whitfield - Donor Relations and Corporate Account Executive
Sadie Whitfield - Donor Relations and Corporate Account Executive
Zoe Macalpine - Director of Fundraising and Communication
Zoe Macalpine - Director of Fundraising and Communication

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 and Corporate Account Executive in February 2019. Her role involves communicating and building lasting relationships with our wonderful supporters and corporate partners.

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. 

Zoe joined World Child Cancer in September 2019 and has over twenty years fundraising experience. Passionate about making meaningful change, she is keen to be part of a team working towards a world where every child, regardless of where they live, receives the best possible treatment and care for cancer and is able to realise their ambitions and dreams.

Most recently Zoe has been Global Head of Fundraising at ActionAid International, having worked at ActionAid UK as Head of Major Gifts a few years before. She has experience of cancer charities through her time at Marie Curie and Bloodwise and also lead the Major Gifts and Special Events team at Terrence Higgins Trust.

Zoe is excited to be leading a talented team of Fundraisers and Marketeers, who are working to raise the profile of and increase income to World Child Cancer to enable us to reach 10,000 children a year with cancer across the globe by 2023.