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Meet the team

CEO

Cliff O'Gorman

Cliff was a founding trustee of the charity following the loss of his brother and sister, Paul and Jean. For over 25 years he has been Honorary Spokesman of the charity, speaking at events in the UK and overseas. Cliff’s main commercial background has been as director/ buying director for national retail store groups.

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    Our trustees ensure that we always have a clear strategy and set of goals in place ensuring that we're working towards a united and shared goal of fighting childhood cancer.
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    Our scientific advisory panel offers comprehensive scientific guidance that is vital in the fight against childhood cancer. You can find out more about our panel here.

CEO

Cliff O'Gorman

Cliff was a founding trustee of the charity following the loss of his brother and sister, Paul and Jean. For over 25 years he has been Honorary Spokesman of the charity, speaking at events in the UK and overseas. Cliff’s main commercial background has been as director/ buying director for national retail store groups.

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Philanthropy Officer

Dhivya O'Connor

Dhivya joined in July 2017 from The Prince’s Teaching Institute, where she spent seven years building up and establishing the Fundraising department. Dhivya has extensive experience with HNWIs, Corporates and Development Committees. Prior to this, Dhivya spent 10 years in commercial and strategy / business development roles.

Head of Compliance & Stewardship

Pippa Gough

Pippa is our longest serving member of staff and has been part of our team since 1989 - just a year after we were founded. She has undertaken almost every role and is now responsible for ensuring great stewardship across the charity. This is done by maximising fundraising leads and ensuring fundraising activities are legally compliant.

Head of Events

Ben Twyman

Ben joined the charity in December 2004 from Marie Curie Cancer Care. As Head of Events, Ben develops the charity's fundraising activities for UK and overseas mass participation events including runs, bike rides and treks. He also oversees our special events and community fundraising.

Head of IT Operations

Camelia Vasilcan

Camelia joined the team in December 2004 and plays an important role in ensuring our supporter databases are accurate and updated.

Head of Individual Giving

Emma Sheard

Emma joined the charity in December 2015 with nine years of charity experience, working previously at The Children’s Society, NSPCC and RSPB. Emma is responsible for managing the Direct Marketing team and for recruiting new individual supporters and developing our existing supporter base. Emma is currently on maternity leave.

Head of Communications

Mark Hooley

Mark has over ten years marketing and communications experience having previously worked for Blood Pressure UK and Child Brain Injury Trust. Mark works with all of our teams to promote our work and look after the brand of the charity.

Scientific Director

Denis Henshaw

Denis Henshaw, formerly Professor of Human Radiation Effects at Bristol University, has wide experience in environmental factors affecting childhood cancer risk. Denis works with the charity’s Scientific Advisory Panel to award funding for high quality research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancer.

Medical Research Director

Nick Goulden

Nick has a long link with the charity from his time on our Scientific Advisory Panel; he took up the role of Medical Research Director in 2016 on retiring from Great Ormond Street Hospital. He is working with the Scientific Advisory Panel and the staff team to maximise the positive impact of our research funding.

Direct Marketing Manager

Daniel Collins

Daniel joined the team in March 2017 after eight years in the charity sector, most recently with CAFOD. He is responsible for a range of fundraising and stewardship activities, including those related to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Direct Marketing Coordinator

Samantha Slough

Samantha joined the team in October 2016, having previously worked in Direct Marketing at Barnardo’s and The Lullaby Trust. She is responsible for managing cash and raffle appeals, digital activity and legacy marketing.

Supporter Services Administrator

Alan Prior

Alan joined the charity in 2007 bringing over 20 years of experience gained with charities such as Age Concern England and the Bible Society. He is responsible for providing valuable support to the DM team.

Direct Marketing Coordinator

Lulu Smithwick

Lulu joined our team in June 2017, having previously worked in the Direct Marketing team at VSO. She is responsible for a range of supporter engagement activity within our Direct Marketing team.

Supporter Care Manager

Fiona Judge

Fiona joined the Direct Marketing team in 2007 and is now responsible managing our Supporter Care Team. She previously spent six years in the retail industry and three years in customer service. She was inspired to help our cause after a family member survived childhood leukaemia.

Senior Supporter Care Administrator

David Shaw

David joined in May 2015 after working in supporter care roles at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the Ramblers. David manages the day to day operational function of Supporter Care and offers help and advice to our supporters.

Senior Sports Events and Community Fundraising Manager

Emily Roff

Emily joined in 2012 after graduating with a degree in Events Management at the University of Greenwich. She is responsible for managing and developing our sports events and community fundraising.

London Marathon Events Manager

Yvonne West

Yvonne was undergoing treatment for leukaemia when she started as a volunteer in March 2006. Having made a full recovery, she now provides support to our sports events participants.

Regional Community Fundraiser

Ashleigh McCluskey

Ashleigh joined in October 2014 initially as part of the Supporter Care Team. As of June 2015 she joined the Sports Events Team where she recruits and provides support to participants whilst also responsible for a number of major sports events.

Sports Events & Community Fundraising Coordinator

Imogen Hill

Imogen joined us in August 2017. She recruits and provides support to participants taking part in some of our major sports events. Imogen has previously worked in the charity sector, including The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Sports Events & Community Fundraising Coordinator

Gemma Parker

Gemma joined us in September 2016 and is now responsible for recruiting and providing support to our community fundraisers. She has previous experience working in the charity sector for Marie Curie and ZSL

Sports & Community Fundraising Administrator

Millie Gladwin

Millie graduated from the University of Southampton with a 2:1 in Psychology in 2015. She had a three month internship with the fundraising team at a hospice in West Sussex before joining us. She is responsible for recruiting and supporting the sports events participants.

Sports Events and Community Fundraising Intern

Elita Aristocleous

Elita joined in 2017 as our student intern, currently studying Events Management in Bournemouth University as part of her Sandwich course, she will be assisting the sport events and community fundraising team until April 2018.

Major Relationships Manager

Jayne Falconer

Jayne joined the Corporate team in March 2015. Prior to that, she worked in corporate and major donor fundraising at Hope and Homes for Children, where her passion to work for a cause to improve children’s lives grew.

Trust Fundraising Manager

Joseph Bryan

Joseph joined the Charity in October 2016 and is responsible for managing our fundraising from Trusts and Foundations. With over five years’ experience in the sector, he has worked for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and Girlguiding, working with a wide range of donors.

Senior Events Manager

Suzanna den Dulk

Suzanna joined the charity in May 1990 and is one of our longest serving members of staff. She is responsible for managing and developing our range of fundraising events including The Children with Cancer Ball and Opera at Syon.

Event Coordinator

Stephanie Revell

Stephanie joined the charity in September 2016 after working at the RSPB for two years as part of the London events team. She helps to organise the charity’s events throughout the year including The Children with Cancer Ball and the amazing day out at Zippos Circus.

Senior Web Development Coordinator

Larry McCarthy

Larry first joined the charity in 1990 as a volunteer. She arrived with many years of experience in design, publishing and marketing and has worked across many different areas of the charity. She is now responsible for making sure our website is informative and helpful.

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Shingi Parirenyatwa

Shingi joined us in October 2016, bringing years of digital marketing and communications experience. He's responsible for developing forward thinking social media, digital marketing and communications strategies, driving engagement and building brand awareness.

Finance and Operations Manager

Gary Murphy

Gary was welcomed back in to the team in May 2013. He previously worked for the charity from 2003 to 2008, as our first employee in the Finance Department. He has also previously worked in the private sector. Gary is responsible for the day to day activities in the finance department and general office duties.

Financial and Management Accountant

Elise Bretton

Elise joined in May 2016, she previously worked as an auditor at Deloitte where she completed her accountancy exams. She is responsible for handling the month end accounting process and preparing the management accounting pack.

Senior Finance Officer

Fola Lawal

Fola joined us in 2008 having spent some time with the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust and the Camden Primary Care Trust. She is responsible for looking after our accounts and processing weekly payments.

Office Manager and PA to CEO

Sharon Brown

Sharon joined the charity in April 2014 after working with Deloitte for 10 years. She looks after our CEO and office administration.

Finance Officer

Andreea Gligore

Andreea joined in April 2017 after working for many years in the private sector. She is responsible for our weekly banking processing.

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