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Meet the team

CEO

Dhivya O'Connor

Please meet our Chief Executive Officer, Dhivya O'Connor, and the rest of our dedicated team.
Our small team is united by a common goal – to save and improve young lives and keep their families together.
Meet our team below.

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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.

Chief Executive 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.

Director of Fundraising & Communications

Jason Rigby

Jason’s role at Children with Cancer UK as Director of Fundraising & Communications, is to lead and inspire. His team consists of Communications, Individual Giving, Sports, Events, Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy. We work toward our vision and ensure our strategy and fundraising goals are aligned to the aim of the charity.

Executive Assistant to CEO

Lorraine Tait

Lorraine recently joined the charity in March 2018 as Executive Assistant. She brings with her a wealth of experience as an Executive Assistant having worked in the corporate and private sectors in Bahrain, Hong Kong, Bermuda and Dubai.

Head of Compliance, IT & Supporter Care

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 Finance

Gary Murphy

Gary was welcomed back in to the team in May 2013. He previously worked for the charity from 2003-2008, 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.

Head of Database Information

Camelia Vasilcan

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

Senior Human Resources Manager

Zehra Hussain

Zehra has been a HR Professional for over 15 years where she provided HR solutions within the public and private sectors across the HR spectrum before she joined Children with Cancer UK in March 2018. She has extensive experience in creating robust HR infrastructures in small organisations. Outside of work, Zehra enjoys long rambling walks and creating a fusion of middle eastern and British dishes as well as reading 18th century romantic literature.

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.

Senior Manager Individual Giving

Jagdip Jandu

Jag joined the team in May 2018 and has worked in the charity / voluntary sector for 19 years. She has worked at RSPCA, RNIB, Parkinson’s UK, Prostate Cancer UK and Samaritans. She is responsible for ensuring the Individual Giving programme is delivered successfully.

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.

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 Services Coordinator

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.

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.

IT and Database Officer

Mihai Vasilcan

Bio to follow.

IT Support

Alexander Stewart

Bio to follow.

Supporter Care Administrator

Kemi Disu

Kemi joined in March 2018 after previously working in the retail industry. She helps our supporters with any questions they have about the Children with Cancer UK and general administrative duties for the Supporter Care Team.

Supporter Care Administrator

Rina Begum

Bio to follow.

Senior Sports Events & 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 Manager

Yvonne West

Yvonne was undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia when she started as a volunteer in March 2006. Having made a full recovery, she has worked on a number of campaigns over the years including looking after our community fundraisers, the annual Ball and numerous challenge and sports events. She now looks after our prestigious London Marathon team providing fundraising support, advice and guidance.

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Donna Allsop

Bio to follow.

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Imogen Hill

Imogen joined as Corporate Partnerships Manager in June 2018 after working in the Sports Events and Community Fundraising team for Children with Cancer UK since August 2017. Imogen will be working closely with our corporate supporters of the charity as well as developing new relationships. Imogen has previously worked with the corporate supporters of Heads Together, the mental health campaign spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Corporate Partnerships Coordinator

Brittany Mucciarone

Brittany joined us in September 2018 and has stepped into the role as corporate partnerships coordinator. Brittany has moved her life from Western Australia to the UK bringing with her a passion for charity and community fundraising having experience in raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis research in Australia.

Regional Community Fundraiser

Ashleigh McCluskey

Ashleigh joined in October 2014 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

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 Events & Community Fundraising Coordinator

Will Morrison-Ayton

Will graduated from the University of Sussex with a 2:1 in History in 2015. He did a three month internship within the Bobby Moore Fund at Cancer Research UK, before moving to the National Deaf Children’s Society. He now recruits and provides support to participants taking part in some of our major events, including Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

Sports Events and Community Fundraising Administrator

Jennifer Hunt

Jen graduated from King’s College London in 2017 and after a three month internship at the charity Oasis, joined Children with Cancer UK in January 2018. She recently moved into the Sports Events and Community Team as the team fundraising assistant.

Sports Events & Community Fundraising Coordinator

Zoe Daniels

Bio to follow.

Sports Events & Community Fundraising Coordinator

Jai Patel

Jai joined our team in July 2018 and is responsible for working on our major events including Vitality 10,000. He previously worked for Prostate Cancer UK and National Hindu Students Forum (UK) before joining our team.

Regional Community Fundraiser North

Gillian Clason

Gillian joined the charity in July 2018 as a Regional Fundraiser for the North region. Gillian has been a supporter of the charity since 2009, following the death of her friend’s son, who had battled leukaemia since the age of 9 months old. Gillian has run many marathons and completed a number of cycle challenges for the charity over that time.

Regional Community Fundraiser South

Claire Milloy

Claire joined Children with Cancer UK in October 2018 as Regional Fundraiser for the South. Claire will be working closely with our incredible supporters throughout the South of England, offering fundraising support, advice and guidance to anyone looking to support the charity. Claire previously worked as a Fundraising Manager at her local Hospice and before that, for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as a Community Fundraiser.

Senior Manager Philanthropy and Events

Isabelle Hayhoe

Isabelle joined in October 2018 to build our philanthropy programme and extend the events calendar. Her previous roles include managing charitable foundations for HNWIs and organising events for an international education charity. Isabelle is passionate about our work and believes that her team can help us create a world so no child dies of cancer.

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.

Special Events 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.

Trust Manager

Hal Davidson

Hal joined Children with Cancer UK in June of 2018, having worked and volunteered for several small and large non-profit organisations. Hal looks after the charitable trusts and foundations who support our efforts to beat childhood cancer. His commitment to the organisations and individuals making our work possible is to ensure they are appropriately updated and remain well informed on the impact of their kind support.

Senior Marketing Communications Manager

Hannah Chambers

Bio to follow

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.

Research Grants Manager

Joseph Bryan

Joseph joined the Charity in October 2016 to manage fundraising from Trusts and Foundations and is now responsible for managing the administration of our medical research grants, which can total over £5million per year. With over seven years’ experience in the sector, he has worked for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and Girlguiding.

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.

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.

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.

Financial Accountant

Nicola Heylin

Nicola joined in April 2018 on a maternity leave contract. Her previous experience was within finance in Apple’s European Headquarters in Cork over an eight year period. Nicola worked in a number of different roles in Apple including Accounts Payable Team Lead and EMEIA Corporate Card Implementation specialist. Nicola relocated from Cork in Ireland to work with Children with Cancer UK in London. Her new role will involve completing the month end process; preparing management accounts and implementing financial software across the organisation.

Facilities Manager

Sharon Brown

Sharon joined the charity in April 2014 after working with Deloitte for 10 Years. Sharon looks after our office facilities, which includes the day to day running of the office and all office requirements.

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