Founder & CEO
Your role and responsibilities
As CEO, my role is to lead the company in our mission of raising awareness of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer. I seek to find great
support from UK-wide specialists (including my own surgeon and now PCA trustee) and leading researchers to develop key pancreatic cancer facts and statistics regularly requested by the media at home and abroad.
I am asked to speak at conferences and other events worldwide on the matter of pancreatic cancer and do so in collaboration wherever necessary.
Describe yourself in 5 words
Caring, determined, empathetic, kind and passionate.
Why did you start Pancreatic Cancer Action?
I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007 when I was just 41 years old. The diagnosis changed my life overnight – but I was one of the lucky ones. I was able to have surgery to remove my pancreas, which is what ultimately saved my life.
The more I researched the statistics around pancreatic cancer, the more shocked I became. I had never heard of it before I discovered I had it. Still, only 5% of people will survive 5 years after their diagnosis.
I founded Pancreatic Cancer Action in 2010 with one purpose – to improve the survival rates for people with pancreatic cancer through early diagnosis.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I don’t have a lot of free time between work and family life, but I enjoy baking and cooking in the time that I do have. We live in Surrey, and the countryside is beautiful around here, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than going for long walks with my two dogs, Betty and Elsie.