Oliver keeps the team on its toes making sure we are always moving at pace and striving to be the best, whether that’s diversifying our funding, coming up with new ways to keep prostate cancer patients firmly at the centre of all we do, or making sure his team wins the Escape Room Challenge. Look out for him in December when he loves nothing more than dressing up as a Christmas elf!
Chief Resources Officer
Rachel takes all the creativity and energy in the team and manages to point it all in the same direction. She is lovely to work with and is always calm apart from when she plays table tennis. She loves to get off at the wrong train station so that she can run to the next one as it keeps everyone fit and healthy.
Dr Naomi Elster
Director of Research and Communications
Naomi has a PhD in science, for which she helped a new breast cancer treatment get to clinical trial. She has been writing and talking about science to anyone who will listen for a long time, and she came to work at PCR when she realized her conversations with test tubes in the lab were getting a little one-sided.
Research Communications Executive
Kath has a degree in Biology and has joined PCR after completing an MSc in Science Communication. She enjoys combining her love of talking about science with meeting those at the heart of PCR- whether that be through working on Patient Voice or meeting PCR-funded scientists and finding new ways to communicate their research!
Dr Jayne Spink
Translational Research Director
Jayne has a PhD from Cambridge University and spent her early post-doctoral career as a molecular and cellular research scientist. She has been a principal scientist with the Department of Health, an Associate Director at the National Institute of Healthcare Excellence (NICE) and has been in the third sector for 15 years (as a Director of Policy and Research and as CEO twice). Outside of work she loves taking long walks with her little dog, playing the piano and trying her best to learn Spanish.
Head of Business Development
Sonja has worked within the charity sector since 2001, creating new ways for high net-worth individuals and corporates to engage with charities and provide support. She believes in building relationships, friend-raising more than fund-raising, so that the partnerships between the charity and supporter can create amazing results. Both her inspired collection of trainers, and her refusal to accept anything is impossible brighten up the office.
Director of Patient Projects
David comes to the organisation after close to a decade in political and community organising and project management in far flung parts of the globe. He is passionate about advocating for patients and making sure they are better represented and respected across the board. He recently returned to the UK and loves dogs and running more than is healthy.
Susannah’s background is in shaping policy, gaining access and funding for new medicines and vaccines. She is passionate about improving access to patient information and improving treatment outcomes. Susannah works with and supports HCPs and other stakeholders with patient educational information programmes. When she is not working you find her enjoying yoga, spin classes and the odd slice of cake.
Dr Sara Nelson
Health Information Manager
Sara trained as a registered nurse back home in the Isle of Man and spent her early career working in hospitals. After leaving nursing she did a degree in Psychology and Zoology and a PhD in experimental cognitive psychology. Most recently she joined her local Healthwatch network empowering patients to have a voice in their health and care. When not working, she can be found hiking around the countryside with a rucksack full of camera equipment, looking for unsuspecting wildlife to photograph.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Pauline is a registered nurse with over 40 years experience. She also works in the NHS with a specialist interest in working with people with prostate cancer. She has an MA in Professional Practice in the Context of Healthcare Delivery. She is an active member of the British Association of Urological Nurses which gives her opportunities to network with her colleagues nationally. Out of work Pauline is owned by two cats, she is a follower of F1 and tries to learn German.
Communities and Communications Executive
Harriet trained in Sheffield and qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2017, which is a role she has brought with her to PCR. She has a background in Intensive Care, Surgical and Medical Nursing as well as working as a Research Nurse for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. As the hard worker she is, prior to nursing she worked from the age of 16, from factory work, to Nannying, to managing pubs and music venues! Outside of work, she can be found running around the North Yorkshire Moors with her rescue dog (Lewis the Lurcher), surfing in Devon, attempting yet another DIY project or spending time with her family and friends.
Uloaku Ikegwu FCCA
Head of Finance
Uloo is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She is responsible for the financial health of the Organisation, making sure the money that all our donors give get to the scientists at the right time. She is bright, energetic and very competitive when it comes to making Christmas jumpers. She makes beautiful hats when she’s not looking at Excel charts. Her charisma is real.
Finance and Operations Executive
Derya’s eye for accuracy and efficiency keeps PCR running smoothly, and if you need anything from Post-it notes to more obscure requests, Derya will make sure it is in the office in no time. We love the various treats she brings back from her family trips to Istanbul!
Ceri is our Treasurer, and a treasure. He has been a qualified Chartered Management Accountant for longer than the younger members of the team have been alive. Ceri is now semi-retired, and alongside his own business interests, he very generously gives much of his time and skills to a number of charities, including PCR.
Director of Partnerships
Peter is the perfect Trust and Foundations Manager. Not only does he have great attention to detail, he is adept at research and always puts himself in the shoes of a grant giver. He’s equally happy with the wind blowing over his riding helmet on a long Surrey bike ride as he is down at Selhurst Park praying for a win!
Senior Partnerships Executive
Sophie has a BSc in Psychology and has joined PCR with a strong Trusts Fundraising background, having previously worked for Age UK. When she’s not speaking with funders about the work we do or writing proposals for new vital funds, Sophie enjoys letting her artistic side out with a love of drawing and painting, as well as the odd day out at a music festival.
Alex has a degree in International Relations and has joined PCR as a Partnerships Assistant after completing an MSc in International Development. When she’s not writing project proposals for crucial donations from trusts and foundation, she can be found in and around cafes as a self proclaimed avid coffee drinker and Goodreads enthusiast.
Director of Public Fundraising
Ellen is the life and soul of the organisation as well as being a dynamic, brilliant event fundraising machine. She’s capable of taking the biggest, grandest ideas and making them practical and possible. She likes to wind Oliver up about his never ending stream of statistics and tells bad jokes about cheese.
Supporter Care Manager
Judith worked as a book editor before moving into the charity sector. At PCR, her sharp eye for detail goes into our donor care – making sure income is processed correctly and contact records are up-to-date. The only thing sharper than Judith’s attention to detail is her wry sense of humour.
Gulay worked for more than ten years as physics teacher before moving into the commercial and charity sector. Her enthusiasm for data management comes from her excellent mathematical and problem-solving skills. Gulay takes care of PCR’s database and supports the fundraising and finance team with income processing. She is a systematic, dynamic learner and helps us make data-driven fundraising decisions.
Jordan has a BA Hons in Sociology from the University of Essex and has joined PCR excited to make a difference for people with prostate cancer, having previously enjoyed working with Breast Cancer Now on their Afternoon Tea event. When she’s not supporting our brilliant fundraisers, Jordan loves baking and always makes sure to get an early start on her mince pies!
Senior Events and Community Manager
Harry is a fundraising superstar. She has boosted our Events and Community Team with her energy, efficiency and top-notch teamwork, resulting in fundraising being doubled in areas. Harry has worked in the charity sector for the last 9 years, a career highlight for her was taking a group of 35 chef ambassadors on a sponsored trek through the Jordanian desert & mountains, raising £250,000 for Action Against Hunger. Harry is the queen of Christmas with her carolling, crafting skills and special seasonal cheer!
Senior Events and Community Executive
Charlotte is a ray of sunshine in our Events Team. She fell into the wonderful world of events management after treading the boards for a few years doing a degree in Theatre & Performance. Charlotte has lots of experience across pharmaceutical and charity events which she uses to transform our events and activities at PCR. Charlotte is often on the mic singing party starters, laughing away at her own jokes or showing off her snazzy nail designs!
Events and Community Assistant
Ted is the front line of all things supporter care for community & events; whether it’s for a marathon, bike ride, local bake sale or football tournament, Ted is on hand with his relationship & fundraising skills to help our supporters to have the biggest possible impact on PCR. Ted is known at PCR as a brilliant public speaker, which he shows off when presenting at events, appearing on supporters’ radio shows or just in his daily chats with fundraisers on the phone. It’s not surprising given his background in performing arts and content creation, and he’s currently using these skills writing an exciting new script as one of just six finalists in the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group.
Laila is our marketing officer who loves putting a creative spin on everything she does at PCR. She has a background in marketing and fundraising for charities, such as Leeds Women’s Aid and non-profits, such as SPEAK. When not working, Laila loves to paint: whether that’s on paper, canvas, or clothing!
Lizzie came to the organisation bringing her well-rounded skills and passion for cancer research. Lizzie has a degree in Biomedical Science and a master’s degree in Global Health, where she did a cancer research dissertation for each. With a background working as an administrative assistant for a foodbank and a medical laboratory assistant in a hospital she wanted to bring these skills to the charity sector. When not working, she can be found walking her dog or baking.