About me

CEO, Crohnie, fundraiser, reader, writer, dancer, thinker, diner, listener.

I’m starting a new role as CEO of CICRA, a charity for children and young people affected by Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis and their families. I am honoured to have the opportunity to work for such a great cause and to help support the thousands of people impacted, as well as the medical community that the charity has been so instrumental in growing and developing.

I have Crohns, diagnosed in 2005 and after a very painful six months, treatments have worked and I am lucky in it having a limited impact on my life. Possibly linked by dint of being auto-immune conditions, I also have Ankylosing Spondylitis (lower back pain, stiffness) and Uveitis (eye inflammation). I am fortunate in being able to continue my professional life whilst dealing with these conditions.

In my mid-forties, I was previously CEO of the students union at Kingston University, and before that I led the fundraising team at Cardiomyopathy UK where I also oversaw marketing and volunteers. I became a fundraiser after a career as a stage manager in theatre, and a stint in local government policy. I’ve worked for Durham University, Asthma UK, Planning Aid England and developed fundraising in the South region for Parkinson’s UK.