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.
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. Lilia García – Rodríguez (Lily) completed her training in pediatric oncology at Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gomez. She is Regional Director in World Child Cancer Mexico , Clinical Coordinator and Professor of Pediatrics and Oncology at University of Monterrey in Mexico, International Director of Pediatric Oncology Research at Childrens Mercy Hospital and Pediatrics oncologist in private practice. Member of Childrens Oncology Group, American Society of Pediatrics Hematology – Oncology, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Oncología Pediatrica, Delegate of Latin America in Young Investigators in SIOP, Member of the Women Board in the Sociedad Mexicana de Oncología, and member of the Asociación Mexicana de Oncología Pediatrica
Lily´s mission and passion is to improve survival rates for children in Mexico and Latin America, and empower women in the Oncology area
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 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.
Emmanuel Ayire Adongo is Ghanaian Public Health Expert who worked with Ghana Health Service from 2000 to 2018 rising from the lower ranks at the Sub-district level to the national level as a Programme Manager for Child Health. In 2018, he joined WHO in Ghana as National Professional Officer (NPO) for Quality of care for Maternal and Newborn Health. He also consulted for several organisation including jhpiego, USAID and UNCEF.
He joined World Child Cancer as Regional Coordinator for Sub Saharan Africa in October 2019.
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 paediatric oncology in developing countries, and continental paediatric oncology nursing representative for Africa. Glenn is also the co-chair of the Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine working group for paediatric 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 paediatric 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 Arsenal fan.
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.
Jewel Ahmed joined World Child Cancer in March 2020 as the Programme Coordinator for Bangladesh. He is a development professional with over eight years of experience in stakeholder capacity development, monitoring work plans and budgets and project design. Jewel has also been involved in implementing Gender Based Violence (GBV) programmes, HIV/AIDS work, gender, social inclusion and humanitarian assistance projects. He has vast experience working in major organisations including BRAC, Action Aid Bangladesh, UNFPA, The European Commission and The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Jewel also has experience working across different government departments and agencies including work with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Bangladesh Police, HIV key populations, sex workers and their children, rural communities, refugees and school children and teachers.
Jewel is delighted to be a part of the World Child Cancer team, and to perform his role in helping to save the lives of children with cancer living in the developing world. When not hard at work, Jewel loves to cook and play with his children.
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.
Meg started working for World Child Cancer in June 2016 and enjoys being surrounded by such a passionate team all working hard to ensure that every child with cancer gets the best possible treatment and care. Meg has an MA in Conflict, Security and Development and a BA in Criminology and is still fascinated by crime documentaries! She started working in international development at a charity focused on women’s rights and then moved into health focused charities.
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.
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.
Richard Peter Sabawo joined World Child Cancer in March 2020. A high school teacher by profession, Richard’s expertise lies in project planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and grants management. He is also experienced in community engagement and training.
Richard is currently pursuing a Masters in Global Health Implementation and is passionate about using his skills to empower the vulnerable and marginalized – in particular children and young adults. He shares World Child Cancer’s belief that every child with cancer, wherever they live in the world, should have equal access to the best possible treatment and care.
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.
Saviour joined World Child Cancer as a finance manager, Ghana in March 2019 with over nine years’ experience of managing UKAID, USAID, GAVI and SIMAVI funded projects. Prior joining World Child Cancer, Saviour was a finance officer for USAID Partnership for Education/Learning project. USAID flagship Learning project in Ghana is to support early grade reading and literacy improvement.
Besides, Saviour worked as project accountant for Behaviour Change Communication project on Malaria and Ebola funded by UKAID, Immunization Project funded by GAVI Alliance and Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Project funded by SIMAVI.
Saviour has expertise in project financial management and reporting, internal and external audit and reviews, budgeting & budgetary controls, procurement and grant management.
Saviour is very passionate about his work and the contribution by World Child Cancer in the lives of children with Cancer.
Serwaa Owusu-Ansah joined World Child Cancer on March 2019 as the Programme Coordinator, Ghana. She is a public health professional with over nine (9) years’ experience implementing malaria, HIV/AIDS, health promotion, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, WASH, and humanitarian assistance projects. She has enormous experience working with key multilateral and bilateral organizations including USAID, PEPFAR, UNICEF, Oxfam, European Commission and Save the children. Her experience has been with different populations such as government departments and agencies including Ghana Health Service and Ghana Education Service, Health care workers, HIV key populations, PLHIV, orphans and vulnerable children, rural communities, refugees, school children and teachers.
She has vast experience in project design and implementation, development and monitoring of work plans and budgets, development of appropriate project strategies, development communication including social media, writing and reviewing of progress reports, and monitoring and evaluation.
Serwaa is resourceful and results oriented.
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.