Meet the team
Founder and CEO
I founded Pancreatic Cancer Action in 2010 with one aim: to improve survival for the disease by getting more people diagnosed in time for resectional surgery (to remove the tumour) – currently the only potential we have for a cure.
I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2007 age 41 and was one of those lucky enough to be diagnosed in time for surgery to be an option.
I am passionate about improving early diagnosis for pancreatic cancer so that others can have the same outcome I have had.
My survival shows that there is hope, that early diagnosis is possible and that survival is achievable.
In the little spare time I have, I enjoy cooking and baking, being with friends and walking my lovely golden retriever, Meg in the beautiful Surrey countryside by my home.
Health Information and Development
Fiona Brown – Development Manager Scotland
I lost my mum to pancreatic cancer in 2003 and, with no pancreatic cancer charities in existence at that time, I channelled my energy into fundraising and volunteering for Marie Curie in memory of my mum. In early 2014, I became involved in raising awareness of pancreatic cancer and subsequently joined the steering committee of Pancreatic Cancer Scotland in August 2014.
Sadly, my family has experienced the impact of pancreatic cancer again, with the loss of a second family member to the disease in October 2014.
After a 15-year career as an accountant, I changed career paths to become Development Manager for PCS in March 2017. I feel honoured to have the opportunity to partner my business skills and experience with my passion for working to change the pancreatic cancer story. Having met so many people that have been affected by this cruel disease, including survivors, I want to share hope with people.
Contact Fiona on Fiona@panact.org
Joe Kirwin – Health Policy & Projects Manager
I am proud to work for Pancreatic Cancer Action because it is an organisation working on the front line with patients, families and carers.
My role is to work with GPs, pharmacists, politicians, policy makers and health care professionals to make lasting changes that will improve early diagnosis and save lives. I also make sure our range of booklets and leaflets available for health care professionals and the public are kept updated with the latest developments in research and treatment. We also have specialist e-learning modules for GPs and Pharmacists as part of our drive to improve early diagnosis and awareness and in turn improve survival rates.
Contact Joe on Joe@panact.org
Nicky McManus – Policy and Public Affairs Assistant
I joined the PCS team (pre-merger) in March 2020 after completing an honours degree in History and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde, during my degree I also worked as a parliamentary assistant for a member of the Scottish Parliament.
My mum died from Pancreatic cancer nearly 10 years ago and I have seen first-hand the devastating effects this can have on family and friends.
The decade of change is pivotal in the fight against pancreatic cancer, with the need to improve survival rates for the world’s toughest cancer more important now than ever, I am delighted to be part of the team on this journey.
Contact Nicky on Nicky@panact.org
The Marketing Team
Adele Carter – Marketing and Communications Manager
I joined the #TeamPCA in March 2021 to head up our Marketing and Communications.
When I met our founder Ali, I was inspired by her strength and tenacity. Ali used her own experiences to ensure others have a chance to receive treatment and improve survival rates.
The increase in survival rates from 3% in 2010 to 7% in 2020 is a testament to the awareness work, the education partnerships and continuously lobbying in parliament. I knew I wanted to be a part of the action that increases that 7% survival rate into double figures. And my personal motivation comes from losing my mum to secondary cancer when I was 17 years young and everything that came with it.
Before joining Pancreatic Cancer Action, I worked in social care for a national support provider for adults with learning disabilities and complex health needs. Before that, I lived and worked in hot (and humid) Singapore as Associate Director of a global technology publishing company.
Contact Adele on Adele@panact.org or call 0303 040 1770 ext 3
Jack McQuillan – Marketing Officer
I joined PCA in 2019 and was instantly amazed by the incredible passion and dedication that the whole team invests into making a real difference.
My role as Marketing Officer is to manage our social media accounts and assist with running our various campaigns. Since joining, I have developed my own marketing skills, and my knowledge of pancreatic cancer has also increased considerably too.
I now recognise more than ever the vital importance of early diagnosis in the fight against this disease and look forward to doing what I can to help.
Contact Jack on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0303 040 1770 ext 3
The Fundraising Team
Lorraine Rudge – Development Manager
I am delighted to head up the Fundraising team and work with our treasured supporters. I am blown away by the significant difference that Pancreatic Cancer Action has made in 10 years and I am looking forward to leading the team as we build on this success, making sure that every penny counts in driving up survival rates and improving education and early diagnosis.
I am excited to join this ambitious and driven team and hope I can inspire more support for this outstanding charity, together we can make the difference that is needed to change outcomes and deliver impact. Please get in touch and share your ideas, I can’t wait to work with you.
Contact Lorraine on – email@example.com or call 0303 040 1770 ext 2
The Operations Team
Gemma Brown – Operations Manager & EA to CEO
Having worked in the Events industry for over 10 years I was very excited for my career to take a change in direction to the not-for-profit sector and join the wonderful PCA team in March 2016.
My role as Operations Manager and EA to the CEO is a vast and varied one, with no two days the same! I am also the Company Secretary.
I am so proud to work for charity like this who are working so hard to drive early diagnosis and awareness and in turn improve survival rates.
Contact Gemma on – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0303 040 1770
Melinda Eaton – Finance & Administration Assistant
Melinda Eaton has joined PCA with her wealth of knowledge, her career path has been Diverse. Working within the Finance Industry for over 20 years. Having trained in Aviemore she gained and HNC in Hospitality Management, went on to managing a Bar in Spain. She has worked in Export for the MOD, ran her own businesses, the most recent was an Old Fashioned Sweet shop in Petersfield. Melinda has sold Bespoke Cruises and helped to raise funds and awareness for the RNIB. Bookkeeping is a staple in her career and most recently worked in the Thermal Imaging sector as Accounts and Office Manager, this encompassing Training, Operations, Administration and Finance.
Melinda’s ETHOS is to treat others as you wish to be treated, she is totally self-driven and wants to raise awareness and promote PCA so that no one suffers unnecessarily.
Melinda has six children 10 grandchildren, she has lived in Singapore twice and Spain in the Costa Del Sol, with Family in Italy – Aosta, Canada – Ontario and France -Marsellie, her passion is Travel, who would have guessed!
Contact Melinda on – email@example.com or call 0303 040 1770 ext 208