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Jason Rigby

Please meet our Chief Executive Officer, Jason Rigby, 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.

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.

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

Jason Rigby

Jason joined the charity in 2017 moving from the commercial sector and bringing a wealth of experience in strategic direction and executive leadership. Having initially led the Fundraising & Communications teams, Jason was promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer in July 2019.

Now leading the charity in the development and deployment of a 5 year strategy, Jason will bring his passion and commitment to building a best in class team that has the ability and direction to be able to deliver the strategy and enable Children with Cancer UK to enter its next stage of development that will result in more children and more families being kept together.

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.

PA to the Directors

Sharon Brown

Sharon joined the charity in April 2014 after working with Deloitte for 10 Years. She is the personal assistant to Director of Fundraising and Communication and Director of Operations.

Head of Fundraising

Emily Roff

Emily joined Children with Cancer UK in 2012, since then she has progressed from a fundraising assistant to the Head of Fundraising. Emily’s role is to lead the fundraising team to ensure we raise as much money as possible for our vital specialist research.

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.

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 Marketing

Hannah Chambers

Hannah joined Children with Cancer UK in April 2018 after working for a number of years in the private sector and more recently for 4 years at the charity for The Royal Parks. Her role is to lead the marketing and communications team to help raise awareness of childhood cancer and the life-saving research that we fund. Hannah is inspired every day by knowing that we are here to help save the lives of children with cancer so that more families can stay together.

Head of Supporter Experience

Fiona Judge

Fiona joined the Direct Marketing team in 2007 and is now leading 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Rina joined in July 2018 after previously working for The National Deaf Children’s Society in Supporter Care. Rina helps with questions from supporters about the charity and carries out general administrative duties.

Supporter Care Administrator

Lizzie Ball

Lizzie joined in October 2018 after finishing her Master’s degree. Lizzie helps with questions from supporters about the charity and carries out general administrative duties for the Supporter Care Team.

IT and Database Officer

Mihai Vasilcan

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IT Support Officer

Alexander Stewart

Alex joined our IT team in 2018. He provides vital technical support to fundraising and supporter care staff, ensuring our smooth day-to-day operations and the best experience for our supporters.

Individual Giving Manager

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.

Individual Giving Manager

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.

Individual Giving Coordinator

Fabiha Anwar

Fabiha joined the team in October 2018, having previously worked in the Direct Marketing team at Unicef UK. She is responsible for managing cash appeals, as well as the SMS and email programmes.

Individual Giving Coordinator

Valbona Alijevic

Valbona joined the team in February 2019, having previously worked at Amnesty International Australia. She is responsible for different supporter acquisition activities within the 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.

Special Events Manager

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.

Special Events Coordinator

Katie Russell

Katie joined Children with Cancer UK in March 2019, having previously worked for The Jermain Defoe Foundation and on multiple International Development projects. She helps to organise welfare events for children with cancer and their families, and supports on special events such as the Gala Ball and Opera at Syon Park.

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.

Sports Events Manager

Jonathan Littledale

Jon joined the Sports and Community Events Team in October 2018. He previously worked at the Christie Charitable fund and Tommy’s the Baby Charity. He’s now been involved in sporting events for over 5 years.

London Marathon Coordinator

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.

Senior Sports Events Coordinator

Aneeka Shah

Aneeka joined the Sports and Community Events Team in October 2018. She did a three month internship at Cancer Research UK, before moving to the Sports Team at Macmillan Cancer Support. She now provides support to our Virgin Money London Marathon team as well as other running events.

Sports Events Coordinator

Natasha Morris

Natasha joined the team in February 2019 and is responsible for events such as the Great North Run and Tough Mudder. She previously worked at Ronald McDonald House Charities as part of their challenge events team.

Sports Events & Community Fundraising Coordinator

Zoe Daniels

Zoe joined the team in July 2018 as the Sports and Community admin intern as part of a placement year at University where she studies Events and Marketing.

Regional Fundraising Manager - South

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.

Regional Fundraising Manager - North

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.

Regional 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.

Regional Fundraiser - South West & Wales

Elouise Powell

Elouise joined Children with Cancer UK in February 2019 as Regional Fundraiser for the South West of England and Wales. She previously worked for Cancer Research UK and Helen and Douglas House Hospice before joining our team. Elouise will be offering fundraising support, advice and guidance to anyone looking to support the charity.

Regional Fundraiser - Scotland

Marielle Bricks

Marielle joined Children with Cancer UK in February 2019 as Regional Fundraiser for Scotland. Having relocated from the South of England, where she spent a number of years working within the third sector, Marielle is excited to be working closely with our incredible supporters across Scotland, offering fundraising support, advice and guidance to anyone who would like to get involved and find out more about supporting the charity. Marielle has previously worked as a community fundraiser for children’s and animal welfare charities.

Regional Fundraising Administrator

Hannah Lewis

Hannah graduated from University of Ulster in 2015 and previously worked in the charity sector in Northern Ireland. She joined the Children with Cancer UK team in February 2019 as Regional Administrator. Hannah will be working closely with all Regional Fundraisers, dealing with enquiries and assisting with larger projects within the team.

Senior Corporate Partners Manager

Zahra Scott

Zahra joined the team in June 2019, having worked most recently at Together for Short Lives and previously Mencap, UNICEF and NSPCC. Her role is to lead our Sports, Regional and Corporate teams to deliver exceptional service to our supporters and donors, and to drive ambitious and sustainable income to invest in more vital research, keeping even more families together.

Corporate Partnerships Coordinator

Dionne Gooding

Dionne joined our team in March 2019 as a Corporate Partnership Coordinator.
She recently finished a contract with a not for profit organisation, Give a Car, who work closely with Children with Cancer UK and 100's of other UK based charities.

Digital Marketing Manager

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.

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.

Communications Officer

Mikaela Algranati

Mikaela joined the team in January 2019, having previously worked as a Marketing and Communications Officer for the Royal Hospital Chelsea. She is responsible for planning and delivering communications campaigns to a range of audiences to raise awareness of Children with Cancer UK’s lifesaving research and welfare projects and highlighting the need for support.

Media Officer

Kelli Hooks

Kelli joined the team in February 2019 and has a background in journalism and public relations. She is responsible for raising awareness of Children with Cancer UK's lifesaving research, welfare projects and fundraising campaigns through the media.

Digital Content Officer

Rachel Berkoff

Rachel joined the team in March 2019, having last worked as Communications Officer for the Royal College of Pathologists. She is responsible for creating and developing digital content – such as video, webpages and blogs – to help explain the important work that Children with Cancer UK does.

Senior Finance Manager

Sadia Baig

Sadia manages all aspects of Children with Cancer UK’s financial management including leading the production of statutory accounts, management accounts, budgeting and forecasting. She is part of the senior management team contributing to charity-wide decision making and leading the finance team.

Financial 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.

Assistant Management Accountant

Ana Harvey

Ana joined in December 2018 after working 10 years in the private sector as Bank Reconciliations Specialist. Her new role will involve reconciling our accounts and assisting in the month end processes.