Our people

Meet the team behind Leukaemia UK

Fiona brings a strong track record in not-for-profit leadership, most recently helping lead two mergers to create the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now, as well as securing critical policy and campaigning successes for those affected by cancer, in her role as Director of Communications, Engagement & Influencing. Fiona worked for Camelot, The National Lottery Operator, KPMG and the BBC, before joining the charity sector. She is also Vice Chair of the charity, Safer London. She lives in North London with her daughter.

Having joined Leukaemia UK in September 2020, Fiona leads Leukaemia UK to drive progress for all those affected by leukaemia and other blood cancers – the UK’s third biggest cancer killer

Dawn joined Leuka in January 2016 as the Research Development Manager. Her role involves managing all aspects of Leukaemia UK’s funding awards and expanding our funding portfolio. Dawn’s priority is to ensure that Leukaemia UK’s precious donated funds are only used to finance the best projects and scientists.

Following a career in accountancy, Dawn returned to academic studies and obtained a BSc in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Essex, then spent almost 13 years working in cancer research.

Simona has worked in event organisation and customer service for many years. She has always been driven by a strong sense of altruism and love for helping others, joining the events fundraising team at the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity last year. Now she is a vital part of Leukaemia UK’s Community & Events Fundraising team, where she enjoys looking after our wonderful supporters.

Hanna is passionate about giving supporters the best event experience and loves bringing people together using her wealth of experience in events management, marketing and customer service.

She manages our events portfolio which includes a mix of the challenge classics – like the London Marathon and Great North Run – plus our virtual 28-Day Lunge Challenge and Great Easter Bake-Off. Whether you’re organising an event for us or giving in memory of someone special, Hanna will make sure you’re always looked after.

Paul joined Leukaemia UK in July 2021, initially on an interim contract. However, he loved it here so much that when an opportunity to become permanent arose, he jumped at the chance. Paul has 15 years’ experience leading Fundraising Teams. He recently developed Leukaemia UK’s first five year fundraising strategy – to grow income so that Leukaemia UK can invest more in finding and funding life saving research.

Louise joined Leukaemia UK in July 2021. She has worked in the charity sector for over seven years and has experience working across a wide range of digital marketing disciplines.

She is tasked with developing audience-focused digital communications and increasing Leukaemia UK’s online reach and engagement.

Louise is looking forward to working with the fundraising team to support plans for income generation, whilst growing brand awareness and ensuring more people are inspired by the brilliant work of the charity.

Georgia joined Leukaemia UK in September 2021 and has worked in the charity sector for over 6 years. She has experience of working in supporter engagement and care, events, and administration.

She is looking forward to working in the supporter care department at Leukaemia UK and is excited to speak to the incredible supporters who are the backbone of the charity.

Charlotte joined the Leukaemia UK team in September 2021 and was excited to get stuck into leading the charity’s new brand and strategy rollout; through this she hopes to support the charity to save and improves more lives through research, awareness and advocacy. Charlotte is the first point of contact for media and external relations and works across the Leukaemia UK team to promote the work of our scientists, fundraisers and staff.

Safiya joined Leukaemia UK in January 2022 and was thrilled to initiate our patient experience advisory panel. She is committed to ensuring our work is informed by people with lived experience of leukemia, bringing their insight to UK decision-makers and beyond. Safiya is the first point of contact for our policy and advocacy work.

Keisha joined Leukaemia UK in February 2022. She works on growing the charity’s online presence and collaborates with the wider team to engage with our supporters, researchers and those wanting to learn more, through the charity’s digital communications. As part of this, Keisha regularly features news on our partnerships, awareness of the signs and symptoms of leukaemia and the impact of Leukaemia UK’s life-changing research.

Becky understands what great partnerships look like as she has spent 20 years working in account management and client development across the hospitality and drinks industries. She knows from her experience volunteering with charities for the last 15 years that individually we can make a real contribution, but it is together through our collective influence that we can positively change the way people experience issues which is why she was so excited to join the team at Leukaemia UK in March 2022

Madeleine joins Leukaemia UK with over 20 year’s experience across Marketing, PR, Digital and Events within the luxury, fashion, hospitality and retail industries.

Having first worked with the charity in 2020 to successfully deliver our main fundraising flagship event, Who’s Cooking Dinner?, Madeleine re-joined Leukaemia UK in April 2022 as Head of Philanthropy and will work with her team on developing the Trusts, Corporate Partnerships, Special Events and High Value income streams.

Sam joined Leukaemia UK in June 2022 and brings a wealth of experience in developing strategic partnerships with businesses, philanthropists, and institutions; creating collaborative partnerships that bring mutual benefit, sustainable impact, and real change. Sam lives in the Brecon Beacons with her family and shares the Trusts Fundraising Manager role with Birgitta. She is delighted to have joined Leukaemia UK as we launch and develop our bold new strategy to stop leukaemia devasting lives.

Birgitta absolutely loves working for not-for-profit organisations and has done this for over 25 years. Every single organisation has been different in approach but all are linked together with a goal to strive to positively make transformational changes for people of all ages who really need them. At Leukaemia UK, which she joined in 2018, she lives and breathes day to day collaboration with her job-share partner Sam, working together as the Trust and Fundraising Manager, a role which supports like-minded funders to explore and engage with boundary pushing research for the leukaemia community.

Sarah joined Leukaemia UK in June 2022 as Head of Public Fundraising. Sarah has worked in fundraising for over 20 years, for a range of charities including Bowel Cancer UK, Diabetes UK and Samaritans.

She is responsible for appeals and regular giving, in memory fundraising, legacies and community and events fundraising. She is focused on growing the Public Fundraising programme at Leukaemia UK, by bringing the charity to new audiences and providing an excellent supporter experience.

Kate joined Leukaemia UK in June 2022 as Research Communications Manager. Our cutting-edge research is crucial to discovering kinder, more effective treatments for leukaemia and working towards a cure for the disease. Through her work, Kate will create engaging, compelling narrative so that everyone can understand the power of our research.

Tom has been Leukaemia UK’s Research Manager since July 2022. Throughout his career, Tom has been committed to supporting and enabling research that changes lives for the better, and he enjoys working in areas that he believes can make a significant contribution to improving lives. Tom works towards Leukaemia UK’s mission to stop leukaemia and other blood cancers devastating lives, and towards making a positive change for those whose lives are impacted by leuakemia.