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.
The Marketing Team
Issy Smith – Senior Marketing Executive
When I joined PCA in 2016, I was immediately inspired by the passion of everyone in the team which has since rubbed off on me and is something I am proud to carry in my daily life. Learning of the poor survival rate that hasn’t changed in barely 50 years, I knew I had to be a part of Pancreatic Cancer Action and help to change this.
I am the main press contact for the charity and I work to get PCA’s name out there, whether it be through our amazing fundraisers, charity news, radio interviews or newspaper articles.
Contact Issy on email@example.com or call 0303 040 1770 ext 3
Jack McQuillan – Marketing Assistant
I joined PCA as a marketing assistant last August and although I’ve only been here for a short time, I have already witnessed the incredible passion and dedication that the whole team invests into making a real difference.
My role is to support the marketing team and to help run campaigns including Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer. This has not only allowed me to develop my own personal marketing skills, but 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
Rebecca Rice – Health and Policy Manager
I joined the team in November 2018 as the Health Information Officer. I am from a nursing background and have seen many patients with advanced pancreatic cancer diagnosed late. PCA’s mission for early diagnosis inspired me to move into the charity sector and change the story for people with pancreatic cancer.
My role involves producing health information and keeping on top of latest research and statistics regarding pancreatic cancer.
In my free time I am completing a master’s degree in public health which will aid my role. I also enjoy strength training, swimming and naps.
The Fundraising Team
Lucy de’Lemos – Head of Income Generation and Development
I have seen the devastating effects of pancreatic cancer first hand, after losing my grandmother to the disease nearly 20 years ago, so, when an opportunity arose with PCA in 2013, I joined the team. Unfortunately, the statistics have barely changed in this time and her route to diagnosis is all too similar to the stories that I hear today.
My role at PCA plays an integral part of developing the strategies for the fundraising revenue streams and managing the fundraising team who are so passionate about the work they do with all our fantastic supporters. I am proud to work for such a driven organisation and with a fantastic team!
At weekends if I am not cheering PCA fundraisers on at an event, I can usually be found taxiing my girls around to their various clubs and cooking indulgent meals for friends and family!
Contact Lucy on – email@example.com or call 0303 040 1770 ext 2
Annie Whillians – Fundraising Executive
After sadly losing my Grandad to the disease back in 2007, having a personal connection with pancreatic cancer has inspired me to be part of a growing team who are passionate about making the general public and medical professionals aware that pancreatic cancer CAN be survived, if the diagnosis is early enough.
I play a vital part in communicating and building relationships with all our wonderful supporters and fundraisers. Ensuring that everybody taking part in a challenge event is registered and ready to go as well as showing my ongoing support throughout their fundraising. As well as looking after our bespoke PCA events and coordinating all own place participants in their fundraising ventures.
In my spare time you’ll find me either at a music festival, the cinema or the airport!
Contact Annie on – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0303 040 1770 ext 2
Izzy Fletcher – Community Fundraiser
I joined the PCA team as the Community Fundraiser in September 2018. After having worked in both the private and public sector in varied administration roles, I decided I wanted a change in career. Having previously volunteered for several charities, I thought working in the charity sector would not only be a rewarding experience but the change I needed.
What drew me to wanting to work for PCA was my personal connection to pancreatic cancer after having lost my Grandpa to the disease in 2013. Not only does this give me an enormous amount of motivation in the drive for earlier diagnosis but also with just how dedicated and welcoming the team are.
My job role is varied and enjoyable. I am the first point of contact for our Community Representatives and anyone wishing to get involved with fundraising and spreading awareness of the disease within their local communities. I also work on the community fundraising campaigns.
In my spare time, I study an MA in Advertising Strategy & Planning, enjoy getting creative with cooking or going for a walk with my camera.
Contact Izzy on – email@example.com or call 0303 040 1770 ext 2
The Operations Team
Daniel Jagger – Head of Operations
I joined PCA in July 2017 as Head of Operations. My early career saw me working as a trainee accountant before moving into the manufacturing sector and finally moving to the third sector in 2009.
Before joining PCA I was one of the founding employees of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity where I played an instrumental role in growing the charity from 3 employees to 35 which enabled it to become the national charity for the Royal Navy. During my time at the RNRMC I developed an extensive knowledge in Change Management, Project Management, Governance and Compliance.
I am now really looking forward to using the knowledge and experience gained in my career to date to help PCA grow even further and to help it deliver its message of early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and improving the quality of life for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
Contact Daniel on – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0303 040 1770
Vicky McLaren – IT & Digital Programme Manager
I lost my father to pancreatic cancer in 2010. Our experience as a family was typical of so many who lose a loved one to the disease. When I found out about Pancreatic Cancer Action back in 2013, I jumped at the chance to volunteer, before then joining the operations team a year later.
I have an important behind the scenes role, defining and delivering a responsive programme of IT projects that help us work effectively, efficiently and in line with legislation. I am excited by the opportunity to use quickly evolving digital technologies to help us engage effectively with our supporters and to communicate our awareness message more widely than ever before.
In addition to leading the IT and digital programme, I oversee our Health Information capabilities and coordinate our Early Diagnosis Challenge Award programme.
When I’m not supporting the PCA team, I can be seen in my PCA running vest at events around the south east and mountain biking through our beautiful countryside.
Contact Vicky on – email@example.com or call 0303 040 1770
Gemma Brown – Executive Assistant to Ali Stunt
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 mostly involves managing Ali’s diary and travel arrangements which at times can be quite a juggling act! I organise all of the conferences and exhibitions for PCA to exhibit at which helps to increase awareness with medical professionals and the public. I also arrange all of the Occupational Health in the workplace sessions.
As Ali’s story is so unique and inspiring I find that arranging speaking sessions for her at some of the big industry conferences and events is very powerful.
It is extremely rewarding to work for a charity like this which is 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 ext 208
Celia Barlow – Administration Assistant
I first became aware of Pancreatic Cancer Action when my brother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The team was wonderfully helpful, providing great patient information, advice and support.
I volunteered with PCA and thoroughly enjoyed it. More than anything, through that time as a volunteer, I saw how focussed and united the team were in their efforts to drive forward the goal of earlier diagnosis.
I was delighted to join the inspiring PCA team in October 2017. I am responsible for providing administrative support to the whole PCA team and for the distribution of all PCA’s publications and awareness materials, to both the public and health care professionals.
Contact Celia on — email@example.com or call 0303 040 1770 ext 4