Chief Executive

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.

IT and Database Manager

Part of the team from the beginning in 2010, Lorena set up our office in London.  With her background in office management and operations, Lorena keeps our day-to-day business running smoothly. 

Lorena is our IT guru, implementing and managing Raisers Edge as well as designing and restructuring our office layout to fit in our ever increasing staff team!

Guitar Hero, teaching Spanish and London mews are a few of her favourite things!

Fundraising Officer - Community and Events

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.

Database Assistant

Natalie is part of the Ops team working alongside Lorena. She has worked in the third sector for over 10 years in various IT and administration roles.

Using her database experience, she is taking on the challenge of working with Raiser’s Edge, the fundraising and CRM tool used by Sarcoma UK.

In her spare time, she enjoys going to the cinema and theatre, meeting up with friends and curling up with a good box set.

Head of Finance and Resources

Having previously worked in the Mining and Insurance sectors, Katy moved into the charity sector 6 years ago joining the Crafts Council as their Finance manager and has worked in the sector ever since. 

Katy is also completing a part-time MA in Illustration and Book Arts at Cambridge School of Art.

Katy is the maternity cover for Karen Wines.  

Digital Communications Manager

Enda has worked in the digital sector for over 15 years and as a result has a far too large digital footprint.

Before moving to London from Ireland in 2009, he worked as Assitive Technology Advisor at NUI Maynooth where he got to explore the impact of digital tools and social media on learning. In London he has worked as a copyeditor and social media consultant. He first came on to Sarcoma UK's radar in 2015 with the relaunch of the website and he's still here.

Outside of digital stuff, Enda is an Airbnb Superhost and is currently looking for space to accomodate his expanding vinyl collection. 

Sarcoma Specialist Nurse - Support Line

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!

Executive Officer

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.  

Support Line Advisor

Joshna is a Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Occupational Therapist with more than 20 years of experience working in the NHS, 12 of which were in sarcoma rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery. 

From her time at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford and the Royal National Orthopaedic Centre in Stanmore, Joshna has a deep understanding of how important it is to provide support and information to those affected by sarcoma, having supported countless patients who have undergone complex surgeries. 

Joshna is as passionate about transforming the lives of those affected by sarcoma as she is about yoga, dancing, getting out into nature and exploring diverse cuisines from around the world.

Director of Information and Support

Claire brings her expertise on information production from the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

She is dedicated to developing Sarcoma UK’s support and information initiatives to the benefit of patients and carers, including our accredited booklets. 

Claire is passionate about providing support for the whole sarcoma community, collaborating with our support groups in person, as well as our online chat groups and answering the Support Line  – enabling the community to feel less isolated.

Claire enjoys The Guardian quiz and badge making, and after a long day, she settles down with copious amounts of tea whilst reading dystopian science fiction novels.

Fundraising Officer (Trusts & Foundations)

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.

Communications Director

Bevis brings with him more twelve years of experience working in media and communications within the third sector. Starting at the press office of international development charity, VSO, to leading the communications team at the British Skin Foundation then a leading NHS charity, Imperial Health Charity, he has developed a broad skillset that reflects his passion for the power of communications to do good.

A firm believer in the necessity of research and the impact it has on society, Bevis likes nothing more than creating exciting content for all of our communications channels.

When not working, he can often be seen running up and down hills, doing yoga and hiking up mountains.

Director of Research and Policy

Sarah has more than two decades of experience within the NHS, research, and health sectors and has led the charity’s diverse research programme since joining in 2014. With a background in both diagnostic pathology and research management she is a passionate supporter of research, having seen the impact it has on scientific discovery and improving patients' diagnosis and treatment, as well as the need for providing support and quality information about sarcoma.

A well-known and respected figure in both the scientific and sarcoma community, Sarah works alongside a wealth of partnering organisations relating to research and sarcoma cancer. These include the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) as well as the charity’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and the Board of Trustees.

Under Sarah’s leadership; Sarcoma UK’s research programme has seen significant expansion, she has brought together the sarcoma basic science community and is now leading the development of the Policy programme to bring better treatment, care and outcomes for sarcoma patients.

Fundraising assistant

Louisa graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2017 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.

Finance and Office Assistant

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.

Research Grants Officer

Sarah has a background in medical physics and worked in peer review management at Nature Publishing Group before joining Sarcoma UK. She is passionate about ensuring that the best scientific research gets the funding it deserves. She is fascinated by the way the impact of research is monitored and evaluated, and how these methods are evolving with the use of new technology.

When not in the office, Sarah works as a playwright. 

Policy and Public Affairs Manager

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.

Director of Fundraising

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.

Sarcoma Specialist Nurse - Support Line Lead

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.

Head of Individual Giving and Supporter Care

Kat has previous experience interning and volunteering as a fundraiser with national and local charities, before joining Sarcoma UK in November 2013.  She manages fundraising events, such as the London Marathon and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, as well as assisting all the incredible fundraisers supporting Sarcoma UK.

Kat is an avid reader and spends most her commute time digesting novels.  When not out running, or with her nose in a book, she can be found floundering on a rugby pitch.

Director of Finance and Resources

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.

Karen is currently on maternity leave.