Who we are

Welcome to Penny Brohn UK! Here you will find more information about some of the people who keep our services running. If you would like to work or volunteer for us, please click here.

Our Services Team

MSc Nutritional Therapy, BA(hons), mBANT, CNHC

Nicky joined Penny Brohn UK in 2018, and as part of the senior leadership team she leads the development and management of the charity’s cancer support services. She combines over 20 years of ethical business and charity management experience with her passion for the evidence and benefits of deliciously nutritious food and other enjoyable lifestyle ‘therapies’ in supporting health and wellbeing for everyone.

A photo of Taonga, a black woman with short black hair

BSc in Biomedical Science (Pharmacology), PGDip in Radiotherapy and Oncology, Certificate in Mammography

Taonga joined Penny Brohn UK in 2019 and in July 2022, become part of the Services team as the Services Project Manager. In this role, Taonga’s purpose, is to lead the cross-departmental planning, development and management of key services, projects and products.

Taonga’s background of having started her career as a Radiotherapist and then gaining further skills in Mammography, means she has a great understanding of the cancer pathway; as well as an appreciation of the impact a diagnosis and subsequent treatment can have on one’s world. She recognises the value that Penny Brohn UK brings to each user and is passionate and is committed to ensuring all adults have equitable access to the services on offer, to meet their individual needs.

A graphic with the Penny Brohn UK logo

MSc, BSc (Hons)

Having completed her Masters in Social and Organisational Psychology at the University of Exeter, Rachel first joined Penny Brohn UK in 2011 writing evidence based resources on integrative approaches to cancer care. Rachel has extensive experience and training in research and evaluation methodologies, questionnaire design and evidence-based medicine. She has also worked as a freelance evaluation consultant on social prescribing projects and authored evidence summaries for the internationally recognised CAM Cancer database.

Rachel now leads the Evaluation, Evidence & Insight area of the charity – making sure that our services are robustly evaluated and putting the voice of the client at the heart of everything we do. Rachel is passionate about using data and insight to increase our reach, identifying the interventions that are most effective, and demonstrating the impact of our services to funders and supporters.

A photo of Janey, a white woman with brown hair tied up in a ponytail

BA (Hons), Dip Cah, VRT, CNHC

With over 25 years as a Complementary Therapist, Janey is an enthusiastic and supportive practitioner, course facilitator and wellbeing advisor. Janey is a qualified reflexologist, massage therapist and advanced clinical hypnotherapist, with additional training in a wide range of specialist areas including ScarWorks, 5 Elements, Oncology Massage, VRT and Fertility Reflexology.

Janey joined Penny Brohn UK in January 2018 and leads the Wellbeing team, providing a wide range of support and services to help clients live well with and beyond cancer.

A photo of Heidi, a white woman with long brown hair

BSc (Psychology), AET Trainer, MHFA Trainer

Heidi joined Penny Brohn UK in 2022 within the Wellbeing Services team coordinating the development and delivery of the in-person wellbeing days and retreats, online wellbeing program and web-based resources in order to support the wellbeing of Penny Brohn UK clients.

Heidi combines her 18 years’ experience within senior and board management across the charity, sport, and retail industry with her passion for Mental Health and Wellbeing to support the Whole Life approach. She empowers individuals, groups and businesses to make a positive contribution to themselves and those around them.

A photo of Allon, our counsellor. He is a white man with short dark hair, a moustache and beard.

BA (Hons), MA, Diploma in Professional Skills (Counselling), BACP

Allon has over 15 years’ experience as a counsellor, workshop facilitator and supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care. He joined Penny Brohn UK in 2016 and leads a team of three experienced counsellors, offering support to clients at all stages of the cancer journey, from the shock of diagnosis and treatment, through the often-delayed emotional impact of cancer, as well as offering support to those facing a terminal prognosis.

A photo of Rachel, a white woman with brown curly hair.

BA, LLB, Adv Prof Dip (Distinction) Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Rachel Hawkins-Crockford joined the Penny Brohn UK counselling team in March 2022. She has over seven years experience supporting people in a range of settings, including private practice and the charitable sector. She has an interest in compassion focused therapy, writing for wellbeing and ecotherapy and how these approaches can support clients as they seek to live well and meaningfully with a cancer diagnosis.

A photo of Kim, the Nutrition Lead. She is a white woman with short hair. The photo is in black and white.

MSc in Nutrition & Behaviour, mBANT, CNHC

Kim joined Penny Brohn UK in 2019. She has a passion for nutrition research and making evidence-based nutrition engaging and accessible for clients, focusing on simple, joyful, positive approaches towards what we eat. Kim specialises in nutrition to support mental and physical wellbeing cohesively and she also works as Integrative Therapist in Nutritional Psychiatry at The Priory Hospital, and lectures in nutrition.

A photo of Victoria, a white woman with curly short hair. She is holding a chicken in her lap!


Victoria is a registered nutritional therapist who has worked for Penny Brohn UK for over 20 years and also has a private practice. She has a vast knowledge of the history and health benefits of different foods and a passion for inspiring people to cook simple, nutritious and delicious meals using everyday ingredients.

BA Physiol (Oxon), MBBS, MRCP, MRCGP, Fellowship in Integrative Medicine (University of Arizona) Committee member of College of Medicine, BSIO, SIO

Catherine trained to registrar level in Medical Oncology before qualifying as a GP in 1995. She completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in 2010. In addition to her role at Penny Brohn UK, Catherine works part-time as an NHS GP and is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at University of Bristol. She was a GP Clinical Cancer Lead for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG for 5 years.

A photo of Zena, a white woman with mid-length brown hair smiling widely at the camera

BM BS, BMed Sci (hons), MRCP, MSc, Cert Ed

Zena joined the medical team at Penny Brohn UK in 2022, having worked as a Palliative Medicine Consultant in Bristol, and then a full-time mum. The career break enabled Zena to experience the need for ‘more than medicine’ through the integrative approach to healthcare and healing first hand. Zena is on the GMC Specialist Register and brings her experience and training to complement the offering at PBUK to people living well with cancer through the Whole Life approach.

A photo of Duncan, a white man with grey hair and dark glasses


Duncan is a GP and advocate of lifestyle medicine who has worked at Penny Brohn UK for over 6 years. He has particular interests in the role of nature-based therapy, breathwork, nutrition (especially the microbiome!), mind-body practices such as mindfulness and meditation and bodywork. He is an enthusiastic forager and wild swimmer!

Duncan also works as the Education Lead for NCIM’s Diploma in Integrative Healthcare and teaches medical students at the University of Bristol.

A photo of Helen, a white woman with short blond hair. She is smiling at the camera with the sun on her face.

Dr Helen Thomas has worked as one of the Penny Brohn UK Integrative Doctor Team for over 7 years & has worked as an NHS GP for over 25 years in London & Bristol. Throughout her career, she has had a curiosity that has driven her to explore & undertake learning in the wider areas of wellness & wellbeing alongside the western allopathic medicine model. She is a longstanding, passionate advocate of applying a holistic integrative approach to the health and wellbeing of her patients by combining healthy lifestyle advice & social prescribing in tandem with the best of conventional, & complementary medicine approaches when appropriate.

A photo of Steph, a white woman with long straight blond hair and glasses


Steph has worked for Penny Brohn UK since 2018, joining the charity after years of working in the NHS. She is a registered Nutritional Therapist with an strong belief in a whole-person, integrative approach to physical and mental wellbeing. Steph supports local NHS colleagues and patients, working directly from the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Hospital, helping people to access the charity, finding the right services for them and providing individual support. She also co-delivers Penny Brohn UK’s online Treatment Support Programme for people in active cancer treatment.

BA Hons, Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise Specialist

Sean joined Penny Brohn UK in 2023 after qualifying as a cancer rehabilitation specialist in 2022. He has several years’ experience prior to this as a personal trainer to the general population. Following his recovery from Hodgkins’ Lymphoma, Sean decided to work exclusively with people whose lives had been affected by cancer. He now works in the NHS and with several charities including Penny Brohn UK.

A graphic with the Penny Brohn UK logo

BA (Hons), Craniosacral Therapist (Dip, RCST)

Kirsty joined Penny Brohn UK initially as a volunteer offering body-focused meditations in person and online. Today, she works as part of the Wellbeing Services team, which she joined in September 2023, to coordinate and facilitate online services, the wellbeing days and retreats.

When she’s not working for Penny Brohn UK she has her own Craniosacral Therapy practice, which she combines with her experience in counselling and shiatsu. She is fascinated by our body-mind connection and how we can support ourselves when we learn to listen and connect with our inner wisdom.

A photo of Helen, a white woman with short straight blond hair and glasses

BA (Hons) English, PG Cert Clinical Research

Helen joined Penny Brohn UK in 2022 to support the Services Team with the various administrative duties required to provide our services to clients. Her background working in the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre in clinical trials, means she has a good understanding of cancer treatments, and the role Penny Brohn UK plays in supporting clients through and beyond them. Helen has always had a passion for the work that Penny Brohn UK does and is delighted to be part of the team.

A graphic with the Penny Brohn UK logo

Maddi joined Penny Brohn UK in 2023 in a new volunteer role as Client Voice Lead. This role focuses on expanding the opportunities for clients to share their thoughts and experiences about Penny Brohn and developing new ways of working more closely together to learn and share what is working well (or not so well!). Maddi is passionate about supporting clients to shape and develop current and future services and enable others to find out how an integrative approach, in addition to NHS treatment, can support and nourish them during a cancer diagnosis and beyond.

A picture of Debs from our client support team

BA (Hons), PGCE, NVQ (Level 4)

Deborah began working with Penny Brohn UK in January 2015 as a helpline volunteer, subsequently becoming a member of staff in March 2022.

Having held a keen interest and belief in the value of holistic health practices and wellbeing since her late teens, Deborah reached out to Penny Brohn UK when seeking support to navigate her own cancer diagnosis. Now, as a member of the Client Support Team, she has the privilege and satisfaction of supporting others as they reach out to access Penny Brohn UK services.

A picture of Kiki from our client support team

Drawn to the charity by its ethos, Kiki joined the team in Autumn 2023. She oversees the client support team who endeavor to guide and empower those using the service to access the support they’re seeking. She strives to optimise the behind-the-scenes processes involved, whilst ensuring that the services align with the needs of their users.

Kiki’s passion for wellbeing stems from first-hand experience. Having been diagnosed with five autoimmune conditions by the age of seventeen, she took it upon herself to study Medicine at the University of Bristol in the hopes of healing herself. One year into her studies, she realised the potential of integrative medicine and dropped out, opting to study nutrition and personal training whilst working as a social prescriber in general practice. By applying an integrative approach to her life, she has achieved complete remission and continues to practice wellbeing in her spare time.

Our CEO, Andrew

A photo of our CEO, Andrew, who is a white man with very short hair and round glasses

Andrew was educated at Cardiff University where we gained a BA Hons in English Literature and Linguistics and later studied business and management at UWE in Bristol.

He trained as a retailer with Marks and Spencer where he was a commercial manager running fashion departments and food halls in the west of the country.

Andrew has  been in the cancer charity sector for over 20 years with St Peters Hospice, Tenovus and now Penny Brohn UK. He received the Third Sector award for social enterprise while at St Peters for his achievements in creating a £7 million retail business operating solely in Bristol and for its integration into a similar sized fundraising operation in the city.

Andrew lives locally in Portishead and has three grown-up children.


Lisa: Welcome and thank you for joining us today in our little CEO session with Andrew Hufford. My name is Lisa day and I’m the executive assistant at Penny Brohn UK cancer charity. Thank you for sending in questions and any that we won’t cover today will be covered individually, we will respond later on.  

Welcome Andrew, can you tell us a little bit about your career please? 

Andrew: Hi Lisa, yeah of course, originally I was born in Cambridge in Peterborough and I went off to University to Cardiff University in fact studying English, English literature, English linguistics, and like many students never went home so then embarked on a career with Marks and Spencer’s store management originally. So I ran stores in Swansea, Salisbury, Bath, and Yeovil around the Southwest part of the country and M&S were brilliant actually for instilling you a sense of discipline and rigor and analysis in terms of how you run any business really, so the skills I learned at M&S I’ve certainly taken into the rest of my careers as I’ve gone forward. 

But I always felt there was something missing really in terms of working in the corporate world and wanted to I guess do something more challenging and therefore went into the charity sector. Around about 30 years ago now, I started work for the PDSA animal charity and I guess what I learned within the charity sector is you have a fair bit of autonomy and you’re able to put your own personal stamp on the work that you do as well because clearly unlike big corporates charities don’t have the resources around them to put people in all the roles that are necessary, so you develop a skill and an ability I guess to work along many different disciplines and it’s a tough world to work in in terms of fundraising and the charity sector itself. 

I left PDSA and worked for British Heart Foundation and then most significantly I worked for St Peter’s Hospice, the local Hospice in Bristol and then I went to work for Tenovus, the Welsh Council charity before coming to Penny Brohn, so actually within the cancer part of the charity sector, I’ve probably spent 25 years or so across palliative care, cancer research and the specific and bespoke and unique element of cancer care and support that Penny Brohn offers as well. That integrated cancer care, that holistic cancer care, offering clients more than medicine so quite a lot of experience in that sector and about a number of roles at Penny Brohn.  

In fact, I joined Penny Brohn back in 2014 and this, the role of CEO, is actually my sixth role at Penny Brohn. I came in to do business development but they thought I wasn’t busy enough in the afternoon, so I then became the general manager of the National Centre and head of income generation. During Covid, I was interim CEO as well and then commercial director after that and now very fortunate to be made the CEO of Penny Brohn on a permanent basis which is obviously fantastic and the role is exciting, but it brings a great sense of responsibility as well as privilege as well because as I say Penny Brohn is a unique offering within the cancer sector. It’s very special, it’s something that people feel passionate about and it’s obviously a duty that I feel within this role to make sure that we maintain that going forward, Penny Brohn is now 42 years old, and it’s important I ensure it has another 42 years of longevity in the future. 

I continue to offer it’s unique services both digitally and physically going forward and also to make sure it’s financially self-sustaining as well.  

Lisa: Thank you. So you’ve had quite a varied career in the charity sector so far. 

So what would you say is your biggest lesson that you’ve learned along the way? 

Andrew: I think both in the charity sector and in business generally is that happy staff motivated staff make a successful organisation and I like to see teams of their work with being motivated to have a can-do attitude, and to instil that in the culture as well because I think particularly when you’re in organisations that are limited on resources it’s important we maximize the individual potential of everybody working within them whether they’re staff, whether they’re volunteers, because that passion will cascade onto cancer clients ultimately as well. 

So I thought for them to pick up on that spirit and that motivation it makes an organisation energetic as well and in fact at the Penny Brohn headquarters in North Somerset we have a great example of that in action. We have five acres of very special therapeutic gardens that were created and are maintained by 20 volunteers who work for us on a Friday and you could not buy that love and passion and care that goes into the creation of that, I think that’s a that’s a great example of what I’ve described in action. 

Lisa: That’s really interesting thank you. 

So you’ve had a 30-year career so far, mainly in the charity sector, what would you say has been your biggest achievement so far? 

Andrew: Within the charity sector I would say, because outside the church sector one of my ambitions originally was to be a professional footballer and for a period I was signed on with Peterborough United but I never got big enough, fit enough, or skilful enough, to make that career successful, so I’ve found my success has come within the charity sector within these last 30 years. 

I guess looking back at the things I’m most proud of, I put 50 shops in 50 St Peter’s Hospice shops onto the streets of Greater Bristol primarily to generate a regular, reliable income stream for that charity but also to raise the profile of palliative unique services at St Peter’s offer within the city. So there’s a St Peter’s shop on every key high street in Greater Bristol, raising its profile, attracting more donations, attracting more volunteers and over time creating the multi-million pound business that is still there today so I’m particularly proud of that. 

When I worked for Tenovus, the Welsh cancer charity, we embarked on a partnership with Movember the Australian men’s health charity, now Movember were looking for a cancer charity partner within every country in the world and I don’t think they’d ever heard of Wales because obviously Tenovus was in Wales, but we went to them and said, as men in particular aren’t great at engaging with Healthcare and with Cancer Care, wouldn’t it be great if we took the care to them via a man van. So our concept or model was that this man van would have a male nurse on board and it would be a black pink van that would be attractive to make, as man are terrible at engaging with Healthcare, and that van would drive around Wales and engage in hard to reach parts of Wales, and many weren’t naturally engaging with healthcare, and promote the importance of self-care, engaging with health professionals regularly in order to look after yourself as well. So Movember bought into that concept and granted Tenovus £600,000 to do that. 

I think services aside at Penny Brohn, two particular projects spring to mind in terms of what I’m proud of. Putting Penny Brohn services and its name on the high street in Greater Bristol and we tried to do it during covid as well which was particularly difficult. So our whole concept, which is a retail Trojan horse in essence, we have the Penny Brohn shop front on Queens Road, a busy part of Clifton in Bristol so it raises the profile of Penny Brohn funders. It appealed to funders because it was Penny Brohn coming back into Bristol after going into North Somerset and it’s a unique model that funders were attracted to as well because there’s services within that premises as well so that model will ultimately be scalable, be replicable around the country and it gives us an opportunity to expand our name of services if we wish to in the future.  

At the national headquarters we had a five acre as I said gardens, therapeutic gardens, very special gardens that have now been doubled to over 11 acres now as well so I’d like to think that I played a key part in enabling that to happen to strengthen both the presence of the headquarters and the impact of the headquarters here but also obviously to strengthen the balance sheet and the finances at Penny Brohn as well. 

Lisa: that’s really good, thank you very much. 

So you’ve been at Penny Brohn eight years, what is it about Penny Brohn and why are you passionate about working for our charity? 

Andrew: Well originally I came to Penny Brohn because one of my great friends used the service here and what he found beneficial when he came to Penny Brohn, and I think to a degree this describes the uniqueness of the offering that is here, because it’s about we’re all different, we’re all unique as individuals and we all deal with a health crisis in a very different way and it’s about finding a package of care that works for you as an individual. So my friend, what he valued was through his cancer diagnosis and treatment and he was having, a mainstream treatment, what he valued when he came to Penny Brohn was that you need time, he could spend it with Penny Brohn doctors, he didn’t feel rushed or pressured like he did in the mainstream system. 

He was a bit of an intellectual so he liked to access the resources that were in our library and to read about what was happening in his particular set of circumstances he particularly liked some of the one-to-one therapies and that access those. Particularly shiatsu actually and again he loved to relax in the garden here at Penny Brohn because he felt they had a profound impact on his general well-being as well and I could see the impact all of that range of services had on him as an individual and the underlying philosophy within Penny Brohn which is that we’re all made up of, four key Parts mind, body, spirit and emotions. Makes perfect sense to me as well because we all need to take a holistic approach to any crisis but also health crisis as well and also to take those learnings into how we look after ourselves in a general well-being sense as well, eat the right food, do the right exercise, look after your mental and spiritual health, I think that resonates with people whether they’re well or whether they’re poorly and whether it’s being used in the context of having a cancer diagnosis or just in a preventative way as well. 

So my passion and motivation comes from there but obviously as I see this, the role of CEO, is to take the impact that that’s had on me and make sure that we can take those services to more people and make more people to access Penny Brohn so accessibility and reach is crucial to create financial sustainability behind that as well because Penny Brohn gets no Government funding, gets no statutory funding, we have to self-start every single year so that is always going to be a challenge but if we want to be around for the long term, as we do, I think for me to create that portfolio of income that consistently and constantly into the future supports the services we give that’s also a main motivation for me. I am motivated and challenged by difficult financial circumstances as well so I bring that into the job hopefully as well. 

Lisa: Thank you. So you’ve referred a little bit earlier about Covid and opening the Hub in the Covid pandemic and also financial challenges, so like many Charities at the moment the income that we’ve previously seen before is not quite there so much anymore. 

So what impact did the pandemic have on the charity overall? 

Andrew: Although the Covid had a profound impact on Penny Brohn we were already seeing the decline in some of our funding pre-covid and during Covid we completely lost one of our major funders which meant we had to not only resize the charity but also rethink how we were going to deliver services and fundraise during that period as well. 

So they often say don’t they that necessity is the mother of invention and we found that through our services with Covid, pre-covid all our services have been in person and have been physical services but obviously cancer clients were shielding during that period. Everyone self-isolated but we still wanted to ensure that our services were accessible. So our service team, within six days actually, it was a fantastic operational feat and put all our services online and enabled cancer clients to continue to access our unique support and care.  

So actually there was a spin-off benefit through Covid, it probably forced us to do something at pace we wouldn’t have done under normal circumstances. I think as well it’s challenges you to look at how you’re fundraising as well. We had a very successful direct marketing campaign during Covid called double your money, a local major benefactor said I will match any donations you get during this period and that really energised and motivated donors to help us during the very challenging period as well.  

It also forced us I think to look at some of our assets and we’re very fortunate to have this 40,000 square foot building in North Somerset as our headquarters but it wasn’t always being filled to capacity and there was an opportunity there for us to both generate funds and bring in synergistic partners into the building to work alongside us and shore up and bolster some of our finances so through the evolution of that particular strategy we have a number of tenants now under the same roof as us and for synergistic tenants the National Centre for Integrative Medicine have now come to live with us and have very similar values and similar health goals. Vita Health who do outsourced NHS counselling, they are now living with us here in the National Centre, and the National Academy who specialize in nature Retreats and Eco therapy also again existing alongside us as well. So that’s being forced to look at how we maximise our assets I think was also a spin-off benefit from Covid as well ironically and we take those lessons into the future. 

Lisa: Excellent. So you’ve referred to Services being provided at the National Centre and our shift in the pandemic to provide them online so looking forward to the future again beyond 2023, January 2023.  

What’s in store for the charity going forwards? 

Andrew: Yes I mean as I said earlier like everybody else we are affected by the macro economic climate, running costs of organisations are going up, funding is harder to come by, and obviously those two key things we need to overcome. But what’s crucial to me is we have created that very special digital online offering for our cancer clients that we want to obviously maintain but also improve and craft further as we go forward so it becomes one of the best in class. 

I’m keen that we bring back more in-person services as we go forward and this coming year there’ll be a number of well-being days, a number of drop-in centres at the National Centre as well, and as we start to improve our finances and generate more money one of my key goals is to decipher more money into direct service delivery as well, so hopefully we can evolve that even further. We’re talking to partnerships, we have a very special partnership with GenesisCare UK who offer private radiotherapy through 14 centres around the UK and Penny Brohn has a well-being coordinator in each of those centres to offer the unique care and support that Penny Brohn has and to me that’s the perfect example of integrative Cancer Care, mainstream care under the same roof along with holistic Cancer Care as well through Penny Brohn.  

So it’s very important that we maintain, develop, and nurture that partnership going forward because being a small charity, partnership is one of our key opportunities to strengthen ourselves when we can’t have everything in-house that we need as well, and financially the goal for me is to create that mixed economy of income streams that diversify our income in order not to have all their eggs in one basket, make sure we maximize our opportunity and our potential and take the pressure off services, put more money into services, and develop that going forward through having all that ticking along smoothly in the background as well so I see that’s one of my key goals as CEO. 

Lisa: Thank you. Well thank you very much for joining us Andrew, is there anything else that you’d like to say? 

Andrew: Well really I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank all donors, supporters, volunteers, Partners, funders who have helped us in the last 40 years to continue to do that as we continue to face head on the challenges that will come along to us in the next 40 years. Hopefully everyone feels they’re as motivated by the cause and the service, that unique cause and service, that we offer as I am, as the staff here at Penny Brohn are, and we continue to ask that you stay with us, support us, and watch us evolve and be even more successful in the future. 

Lisa: Thank you very much. 

Our Trustee Board

A photo of our Trustee Stephen Rosser

Stephen has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn UK since 2013.  Stephen was appointed Chair of Trustees in June 2019 after 4 years as Vice-Chair of the Board. 

A solicitor by trade, Stephen is CEO of Clarke Willmott LLP, a national law firm with its headquarters in the centre of Bristol. He has been with Clarke Willmott for 37 years, and in his current role for 10 years. Prior to that he specialised in property law with a focus on development and regeneration.

Stephen learnt of the great work Penny Brohn UK did after his wife benefitted from the charity’s support following her diagnosis and recovery from breast cancer. In 2012 he elected to run the London Marathon as part of the Penny Brohn UK fundraising team. Since then, he’s also participated in a number of running, cycling and endurance events for the charity. He was proud to have been elected to the position of chair in 2019 and remains committed to doing all he can to help and support the charity in its work.

A photo of our Trustee Jon Green

Jon joined the Trustee Board in October 2021.

Jon is a former NHS hospital Chief Executive and Operational Director who has worked within acute and community services in London, East Midlands and the East of England over the last decade and a half. During this time he had a particular focus on innovation and the integration of services and building those services around the patient. Prior to the joining the NHS he had a 20 year career in the Royal Navy as a warfare officer where he had a wide range of roles at home and abroad including sea going, intelligence and media management appointments.

More recently he has set up his own consultancy company providing support to other companies. This has included delivering service redesign services within Health and Social Care on the Isle of Man, support to a company providing hospital care in patients own homes and working with an innovation start up on COVID safety solutions for the UK and abroad; Jon has also been providing executive coaching and corporate facilitation to clients. A reluctant runner Jon has completed a number of running events, including four marathons, for charity in recent years.

A photo of our Trustee Jacqui Graves

Jacqui has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn UK since 2017.

Jacqui Graves has 34 years’ experience as a nurse, manager and educator across the NHS and charitable and private sectors. She has worked in oncology since 1999, witnessing first hand how people affected by cancer need to develop their resilience and have access to greater holistic support.

Jacqui is currently the Human Rights Lead at Sue Ryder UK, leading a human rights-led end-of-life training programme. She is also a qualified fitness instructor and, in 2016, did her first charity marathon walk, raising over £800. Over the past two years Jacqui has raised over £1000 in sponsorship walking Penny Brohn UK’s annual Stomp event.

A photo of our Trustee Charlotte White

Charlotte has been a Trustee of Penny Brohn UK since 2017.

Charlotte White runs a leadership coaching and training business for the non-profit sector. Charly has 15 years’ experience in fundraising, specialising in mid-value and major giving, including at the National Trust. She provides coaching and training to non-profit sector leaders and teams, helping her clients to succeed in demanding roles whilst maintaining a healthy balance.

A photo of our Trustee Jess Brohn

Jess has been a Trustee since 2020.

Jess works as a voice over artist and lives in London with husband Andrew and son Hector. Jess is the daughter of our Founder, Penny Brohn. Penny was diagnosed with cancer when Jess was 10 and she has been passionate about what the Centre stands for since then. She chairs The London Fundraising Committee and her events have raised over £100,000 . Always looking for a new edge to fundraise, she helped organise the celebrity fundraising sculpting event with Joan Collins…and during lockdown she raised over £1,000 by swimming the length of the Channel in her small pop up pool in the garden!

A photo of our Trustee Charles Russell-Smith

Charles has been a Trustee since 2020.

Charles is a Chartered Surveyor and has recently retired after 35 years as a partner at commercial property consultants, Alder King. He has specialised in retail and leisure property agency and development throughout the UK.

Charles is a former Trustee of St Peter’s Hospice and QEH School. He is a founding Trustee and Chair of Bristol Bears Community Foundation.

He is an enthusiastic fundraiser and has undertaken several marathons and cycle rides in order to raise funds for a number of charities.

A photo of our Trustee Bina Shah

Bina has been a Trustee since 2023.

She is a retired experienced senior business professional with particular expertise in communications and creative projects. She spent 20 plus years in the corporate world and then moved on to leading projects in the academic sector with specific experience in negotiating the academic-commercial interface.

With the belief that we have a responsibility to use and pass on skills and knowledge, Bina often supports local micro businesses, non-profit organisations and social causes in a voluntary capacity with marketing and organisational know-how.

Bina has a unique client perspective, experienced first hand as a recent client of Penny Brohn UK. The charity has been a life-line in terms of support during the pandemic and Bina is committed to doing all she can to help and support the charity in its work.

Bina is a former Trustee of Quartet Community Foundation.

A photo of our Trustee Nicola Shaw

Nicola lives and works in Bristol and is a Director for Morgan Law. She became a Trustee in 2023.

Morgan Law is a recruitment consultancy who have been helping organisations in the public and not-for-profit sectors with recruitment and workforce issues since their inception in 2000.
Nicola worked at Morgan Law for seven very successful years in the early 2000’s, returning in 2017 as a Director for the South West division to further develop Morgan Law’s expertise and resources in this region.

Prior to this after graduating from Bristol University, Nicola worked in retail for the first 5 years of her career embarking on the graduate training scheme for Marks and Spencer. She held managerial roles in several London stores and also worked in management for Habitat.

Her recruitment career began at Michael Page before choosing to specialise in financial recruitment in the public and non-for-profit sector with Morgan Law.

Nicola specialises in recruiting to Finance Director and Senior Finance roles, with an extensive network and unrivalled knowledge in the public and not for profit sectors.

A photo of our Trustee Kate De Lord

Kate is the current Head of Cancer Services at Sciensus, a company which specialises in providing one-to-one acute health care within the home. She has been a Trustee at Penny Brohn UK since 2023.

Her role encompasses strategic responsibility for cancer services across the organisation, leading service development and ensuring high quality, outcome driven care is delivered and experienced by patients and their families.

Kate originally trained as a nurse and has amassed over three decades of experience managing the delivery of high quality cancer care and treatment within both public and private healthcare settings.

As a recognised expert practitioner within the field, she has spent the bulk of her career at the cutting edge of cancer service development. She has led on the shaping of chemotherapy and associated service delivery in both an acute and community setting, including extensive work in the national policy arena.

Previous roles have included a range of senior posts within the speciality at the Royal Free NHS Hampstead including lead nurse for chemotherapy and directorate nurse manager for cancer. Following which, Kate was appointed Macmillan Network Lead for Chemotherapy at the North London Cancer Network (NLCN) with responsibility for improving the patient experience of chemotherapy care across the NLCN while providing professional nursing leadership within chemotherapy services.

Kate has co-chaired the Chemotherapy Tumour Board as well as the UKONS London Chemotherapy Forum. She co-wrote the pan London Cytotoxic Policy, co-ordinated the NLCN university accredited chemotherapy course and was a key member of the National Chemotherapy Action Group in collaboration with the National Cancer Action Team.

Our Patron and Ambassadors

A photo of HRH The King

The former Prince of Wales became our Royal Patron in 1997. He has been a steadfast supporter and figurehead for over 35 years, having opened the original Bristol Cancer Help Centre in 1983.

“I have always admired the charity’s work to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to people with cancer and their loved ones. When it comes to compassion in healing, the Bristol Whole Life Approach is second to none.”

A photo of Suranne Jones, a white woman with long brown hair

BAFTA award-winning actress Suranne Jones, joined us a Celebrity Patron in 2014. She has taken a pivotal role in increasing our brand awareness in London, through her involvement in our London Afternoon Tea event.

“I’ve seen how Penny Brohn’s unique approach changes attitudes towards living with cancer, and helps people and their families through challenging times.”

A photo of Tom Read Wilson, a white man with curly black hair

TV favourite and Actor, Tom Read Wilson became an Ambassador in 2022.

Tom is best known as the star of Celebs Go Dating on E4. Author of “On the Tip of My Tongue” and “Every word tells a Story”, Tom has also appeared on shows such as BBC1’s Celebrity Best Home Cook, Mastermind, Mary Berry’s Fantastic Feasts as well as shows such as 8 out of 10 Cats, Celebrity Juice and CelebAbility.

In 2022, Tom visited Penny Brohn UK’s centre near Bristol to find out more about how the charity supports people through cancer. During his visit Tom met participants on cancer retreat, talked with staff and toured the facility and its much-praised therapeutic gardens.