Richard has been working in the third sector for more than two decades, joining Sarcoma UK as their Chief Executive in July 2018 after eight successful years at the national blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.
Leading an 80-strong team as the charity’s Director of Engagement, he was responsible for overseeing communications, fundraising and marketing, helping the charity to dramatically increase the recruitment of stem cell donors from 20,000 per year to 80,000.
Prior to that he was a Director at health communications agency, MHP and spent 11 years as the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Cancer Research UK.
He is Chairman of Emilia Clarke’s charity, SameYou, which is dedicated to increasing access to rehabilitation services after brain injury and stroke for young people. He is also a board member of SPAEN, the European network of sarcoma patient advocacy groups. For a number of years he has also been a judge for the Kingston Smith Creative Vision Awards which awards charities with free short animated films.
Richard enjoys cooking, park running and listening to music. He is a proud northerner but doesn’t go back to the north east anywhere near enough. He lives near Hampstead Heath with his partner.
Sorrel joined Sarcoma UK in February 2020 as our Director of Research and Policy. She brings a background in academic research and completed her PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research, working in the field of developmental biology and genetics. After deciding she wanted her work to make more of a direct impact, she moved into the charity sector in 2014. She took up a role at the MS Society, where she focussed on communicating research to patients before moving into research management and strategy.
Sorrel leads our research and policy programmes, working closely with the scientific and clinical community to ensure that we fund high quality research and influence policy to drive forward progress for people affected by Sarcoma. She has a passion for patient involvement and working in collaboration to achieve impact.
Sorrel lives in north London and likes to get outdoors as much as she can, spending her weekends running, hiking, or visiting her family in the Cotswolds.
After graduating with a degree in Psychology in 2015, Emma started her career in fundraising with a volunteer work experience placement at Sarcoma UK working in the Community Fundraising team. Over the next couple of years, Emma continued to work in charity fundraising while keeping her link with Sarcoma UK, a charity close to her heart.
Emma is delighted to be back with the charity where she looks after all the amazing community fundraisers across the country.
In her spare time, Emma enjoys seeing musical theatre shows. She can often be found exploring London on days out or walking in the forest near where she lives. She is also a keen baker and enjoys making cakes and treats for the office team.
Enda has worked in the digital sector for over 15 years and as a result has a digital footprint that's way too large.
Before moving to London from Ireland in 2009, he worked in the education sector where he got to explore the impact of digital tools and social media on learning. He's immersed himself ever since in the power of online communication to encourage creativity, share stories and form communities. He was recently honoured with an Inspiring Communicator award from CharityComms for his use of 'master storytelling ...to use his passion for communications to raise awareness of sarcoma'.
Ironically, he's a big lover of music on vinyl and has a collection that's getting a little unwieldy.
Sam is our first nurse specialist. She comes to us having worked with sarcoma patients for 17 years at the Royal Marsden Hospital and before that she worked with teenagers and young adults with sarcoma at UCH.
Sam is passionate that all patients with a sarcoma diagnosis have access to a specialist nurse and team to be able to support them through the best option for them.
Sam has recently been part of the European consensus group for demoid tumours and was a specialist advisor for NICE standard for improving care for sarcoma patients.
Sam is often found on her bike training for long distance rides like to London to Paris or Somerset to London. Other passions include baking and Arsenal!
Laura joined Sarcoma UK in September 2019, bringing her experience of providing information and support at Citizens Advice. She is passionate about ensuring that patients and carers get the information and support they need.
Her role includes producing and editing information resources and ensuring that these pass through professional and patient review. Laura is the key contact for support group leaders across the country, and works with other members of her team to develop support services. She is also responsible for maintaining the Clinical Trials Hub.
Away from work, Laura enjoys watching a wide range of films at the cinema and reading as many books as she can.
Katie joined Sarcoma UK in April 2015, bringing her experience in business administration. She provides personal assistance support to Richard, as well as working closely with the Senior Management team. Katie is our main point of contact for our Board of Trustees, and manages our governance administration.
Katie has a passion for hair and beauty, and in her spare time enjoys offering her skills to family and friends. On weekends you will mostly find her interior designing her home and enjoying long walks in the countryside.
Genevieve (Gen) is an experienced Trusts and Foundations fundraiser. She joined Sarcoma UK in 2018 after partnering with some of the most well-known grant givers at the Salvation Army. Her private sector experience means she is entrepreneurial and always looking for new opportunities.
Outside of fundraising Gen is a local Councillor for the London Borough of Newham, and she can be found directing policy or campaigning on the streets with her dog. Gen enjoys hiking, snowboarding and helping people – when she has the time to do so.
Louisa graduated from the University of Lincoln with a first class degree in Media Production, before joining the third sector, working for a small environmental charity on the Essex and Suffolk border. It was here that she gained her strong passion for charity work, particularly in fundraising.
When not using her fundraising skills at the charity, you’ll find Louisa playing sports like football and netball, listening to podcasts and travelling.
Steve has a background in Marine Biology that led to his involvement in marine conservation projects around the world.
After managing a research project on manta rays for 6 years, he felt it was time to assist another charitable organisation and gain experience while doing so. Using the knowledge of managing marine projects, he is now part of the Ops team assisting Karen with our finances.
Outside of work, Steve is a keen swimmer and freediver. In fact, he enjoys pretty much anything to do with the water.
Bradley is the first member of our Policy and Public Affairs team. Bradley specialises in cancer and rare disease policy and commissioning, having previously worked at Prostate Cancer UK and national blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan. He also has experience in global health policy and market access providing services to some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.
Bradley is passionate about improving patient outcomes and access to services by engaging with Parliamentarians and the health service. His particular interest surrounds access to treatments and psychological support.
In his spare time, Bradley can be found gigging with his function band or jazz groups, or working his way through every cookbook he can get his hands on.
Kerry has worked in the third sector for more than 15 years, joining Sarcoma UK as their Director of Fundraising in April 2018 after six successful years at director of fundraising, communications and medical marketing at Mildmay Hospital.
Kerry's first task at Mildmay was the completion of a capital appeal to build a purpose built HIV hospital based in East London. She was delighted to welcome HRH Prince Harry to officially open the new hospital in December 2015. In addition to funding Mildmay UK work, Kerry has supported the Mildmay teams in East Africa to enable them to support over 100,000 people living with and affected by HIV in East Africa.
Kerry lives in Essex although she is not found there much. She spends most of her free time at her caravan based in North Norfolk either walking her elderly Westie by the sea or cycling around the villages. Kerry's eldest daughter in currently finishing her degree at Brighton university whilst her youngest daughter is travelling and working in Australia.
Helen was the first specialist nurse for the Oxford Sarcoma Service and helped to grow the Oxford service from a newly nationally commissioned bone and soft tissue sarcoma service in 2005; leading her to be named The Nursing Times Cancer Nurse Leader of the Year (2010).
Having always advocated for people affected by sarcoma, working with sarcoma patients over the past 18 years (12 of which were in her Advanced Practice role), she brings a wealth of experience to the charity. Helen looks forward to using her knowledge in sarcoma to help increase the level of expertise to the charity’s Support Line service.
Helen became the founding Chair of the National Sarcoma Forum, a group for health professionals working with sarcoma patients in the UK and passed the Chair over in 2015.
Her husband and two young daughters keep her busy, she looks forward to working in a professional capacity alongside enjoying watching her daughters grow up.
Karen is in charge of our charity’s finances. She has 8 years’ experience of working in the charity sector, her previous position was as Finance Manager at the Sick Children’s Trust before joining us in January 2014.
In her spare time, Karen likes to see friends and family. She also enjoys going to festivals, combining her love for travelling and live music.