Chief Executive Officer
I joined the charity in September 2021 after spending much of my career working in international humanitarian response, most recently I was the Humanitarian Lead at both Oxfam GB and Care International UK. This followed previous spells working overseas in Afghanistan, DRC, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. I have seen first-hand the need to be there for people when they most need support both internationally and far closer to home.
I have also had spells as Chief Executive of Healthwatch Bucks and Reading Voluntary Action both organisations supporting the local community and charity sectors. Along with being Operations Director at Gap Activity Project, a year out provider, having started my career with a short spell in the Army.
Meeting former patients and their families constantly provides the motivation for me to go the extra mile to find ways to continuously build and develop the services we offer. A task that is made so much easier to achieve thanks to the dynamic team of crew, staff and volunteers.
I have raised lots of money for charity running marathons dressed in various costumes. At one point holding the very unofficial World Record for connected marathon running, six people dressed as a Centipede! Though given the importance of our lottery, the following years run as a set of seven lottery balls is probably more appropriate to mention. These runs also started an early collaboration in the Air Ambulance sector, as by coincidence one of the running team is now the Chief Executive of East Anglia Air Ambulance.