Meet the team
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Ali Stunt – Chief Executive
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. Read more of my story here
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
Natasha North – Head of Marketing and Communications
Having always loved being involved in charity work, moving from marketing in the corporate world to the not-for-profit sector was something that I ultimately wanted to do.
From the first moment I met Ali, I was inspired to be part of an organisation that wanted to make a real difference to people’s lives.
My motivation to do everything I can to improve survival rates is helped by the countless numbers of selfless patients, fundraisers and supporters who I come into contact with.
During my spare time I try to dabble in a bit of everything. I love travelling, cooking and running but my favourite thing is to spend time with my family and friends!
Contact Natasha on – or call 0303 040 1770 ext 3
Lu Constable – Campaigns and Digital Marketing Manager
I joined the team in September 2015 after graduating in July with a first-class honours degree in Marketing and Management.
I always knew I wanted to work in the charity sector having spent time volunteering throughout my studies. I have found working at PCA such a rewarding and inspiring experience.
My job involves leading on the planning and implementation of our campaigns and overseeing the digital marketing of the charity including managing our social media. I also develop relationships with patients and family members and the media.
Contact Lu on – or 0303 040 1770 ext 3
Issy Smith – Marketing Executive (Fundraising)
I joined the PCA team in September 2016 and since starting have been inspired! It is amazing being part of all the hard work that goes on in the charity to increase awareness of the disease and improve those vital survival rates.
I am responsible for our amazing fundraiser press releases and marketing the fundraising campaigns.
Contact Issy on – or call 0303 040 1770 ext 3
Blair Sasada – Marketing Assistant
Having been involved in voluntary work from a young age I have finally made the move into the professional charity sector at Pancreatic Cancer Action.
I was keen to work for PCA after one of my friend’s dad died of the disease too young, and this seemed a charity that was highly driven and innovative in its approach, I have not been disappointed. I want to do everything we can to increase the survival rates of pancreatic cancer. Among other things, I help with the healthcare professionals and political campaigns.
When not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, SCUBA diving, travelling and volunteering for another charity.
Contact Blair on or call 0303 040 1770 ext 3
The Fundraising Team
Holly Gardner – Fundraising Events Coordinator
Since I started in 2015, my eyes have been opened to the seriousness of this disease and I am really excited to be part of this fast paced and growing charity.
I’m thankful to have the opportunity to help our tireless fundraisers with whatever they need to make sure that we raise the funds and awareness required to drive earlier diagnosis.
Contact Holly on – or call 0303 040 1770 ext2
Courtney Spalding – Community Fundraiser
After completing my degree in Drama, I spent some time volunteering for charities in India and Canada. On my return to the UK, I knew then that the charity sector was where I wanted to start my career and I joined PCA in May 2017 as the Fundraising Assistant.
My days are very varied, and I enjoy getting to know all our incredible fundraisers – their stories are incredibly touching.
I feel excited to be part of such an inspiring and rapidly growing charity!
Contact Courtney on – 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 – [email protected] or call 0303 040 1770
Vicky McLaren – Information Operations 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 PCA I jumped at the chance to volunteer with them for 10 months, before joining the operations team in 2014.
I have an important behind the scenes role, running projects and developing software to help the team to work effectively and within current legislation. I also oversee the production of health information and coordinate the 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 protected] or call 0303 040 1770
Ellen Anthony – Health Information Officer
While at university and wondering what career path I wanted to pursue, I realised I wanted to work in the charity sector to try and make a difference to people’s lives.
After graduating with a degree in psychology, someone recommended this role at PCA to me. When I looked more into this charity, I was inspired by Ali’s story, but also by what her and the team have gone on to achieve through hard work in such a short amount of time.
My role in PCA involves using research skills to communicate evidence-based information to the public and key professionals. I am excited to be part of the team to try and help and make a difference to people’s lives!
Gemma Brown – Executive Assistant
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 PCA team in March 2016. It is extremely inspiring and rewarding to work for a charity like this who are working so hard to drive early diagnosis to improve survival rates of this dreadful disease.
My role involves supporting Ali and the whole team. My main daily duties include fulfilling shop orders, distributing awareness materials to the public and medical profession, producing certificates for fundraisers, liaising with regional reps and managing stock.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two young children.
Contact Gemma on – or call 0303 040 1770 ext 4
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 — or call 0303 040 1770 ext 4