Meet the Team: Operational Team
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Caroline offers advice on benefits and state compensation to all those who have had a diagnosis of mesothelioma and their carers. This includes phone contact across the UK and home visits for local cases.
Caroline has held a variety of Human Resources roles in the private and charity sectors prior to joining Mesothelioma UK. She volunteered with children’s centres in North West Leicestershire and with Leicestershire Citizens Advice, where she specialised in areas of welfare benefits, debt management and financial capability.
Dr Lynn Furber is the Mesothelioma UK Research Manager. Lynn’s main areas of focus is helping the charity to develop and implement our research strategy, and setting up a new UK research centre. Lynn’s role also includes putting processes in place for us to comprehensively review existing funded research projects, and to allocate funding to others for research and audit work.
Prior to joining Meso UK, Lynn worked as an NHS cancer nurse for 25 years and was an Associate Professor in a University, before establishing her not for profit company called Healthcare Communication Matters.
Rubina is responsible for a number of tasks from handling fundraising queries, distributing information packs, managing leaflet orders, direct mail activity through to supporting the Helpline Coordinator.
Previously, Rubina worked as a social services secretary for the elderly at Leicester General Hospital and also worked in a GP surgery in Leicester.
Lisa Booth from HASAG has been appointed as a benefits advisor to deal specifically with military personnel and veterans as part of Mesothelioma UK’s Armed Forces Project.
Lisa acts as a support group contact, liaises with welfare units across country, takes referrals and helps to get payment claims resolved. She works with the support groups to identify patients, source their service records and discuss their cases with the appropriate welfare officers.
Lisa can be contacted at:
Unit 19 Basepoint Centres, Andersons Road, Southampton, SO14 5FE
T: 02380 010 015 or 02380 010 016
Jill is Mesothelioma UK’s Fundraising Manager. Jill works closely with the Board of Trustees and the Operational team to lead fundraising efforts and maximise the charity’s income. Building strong relationships and looking after people who fundraise for Mesothelioma UK is a particular priority for Jill.
Jill started at Glenfield Hospital in the Cardiac Surgery Department in 1995 until 2002 when she joined the lung cancer team as Patient Care Pathway Coordinator. In 2007, she took a secondment as Project Manager for ‘ChiMP’ A National Time Limited Audit of the use of Chemotherapy in Mesothelioma Patients before taking on her current role at Mesothelioma UK.
Sarah Thomas is the Mesothelioma Welfare Advisor at the Newcastle Citizens’ Advice, covering the North East region.
Sarah provides welfare advice through home visits, drop-in sessions, over the telephone and via email. Patients can receive help with claiming the welfare benefits and government lump sum compensation payments they are eligible to receive.
Sarah has personal experience of mesothelioma in my family works closely with Leah Taylor, the local Mesothelioma UK Clinical Nurse Specialist, and other specialist agencies and advisers to develop and expand the existing mesothelioma support available in the North East.
Sarah can be contacted at:
Citizens Advice Newcastle, 4th Floor, City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX
T: 0191 229 2750 ext 1260
Tracey works as a Finance Officer on a freelance basis and is based with the team at the Leicester head office. She is responsible for the book-keeping, including the production of management accounts. Tracey also oversees the financial management of the charity, manages invoice payments and all other aspects of income and expenditure.
Tracey trained as an accountant at two Leicester based accountancy firms after leaving Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University).
Julie supports the Head of Services and the Business Manager as well as managing the information line. Julie joined Mesothelioma UK after working for the NHS in the community immunisation team where she gave administrative support to nurses for the school immunisation programme.
Prior to that role, Julie was an administrator for the thoracic nursing team at Glenfield Hospital for two and a half years. In this role she had contact with both patient and healthcare staff and developed a keen interest in supporting people with thoracic diseases.
Liz is responsible for developing Mesothelioma UK’s vision and strategic direction and has overall responsibility for the financial security and operational activities.
Liz is the clinical lead for the growing number of Mesothelioma Nurse Specialists supported by the charity and is also the external spokesperson for Mesothelioma UK.
Liz trained in Leicester and has worked her way up from nursing sister, ward manager to lung cancer nurse specialist and now Mesothelioma Consultant Nurse. Throughout her career her practice has been underpinned with academic qualifications and professional training.
Based at our HQ in Leicestershire, Rachel is responsible for organising events to raise funds for, and increase awareness of, Mesothelioma UK. Rachel joined Mesothelioma UK after working for eight years in events roles at various organisations and hotels in the East Midlands, including the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), focused on developing and delivering education days and workshop events for legal and healthcare professionals.
Faye’s role is to have an overview of everything that goes on in within the charity and oversee the running of the operational management. Faye ensures that everything runs efficiently and effectively.
After moving from Cork, Ireland, to the UK in 2017, Faye joined the team in September 2018. She has previous experience in operations and office management.
Alyshia concentrates on supporting our fabulous fundraisers. She has had varied roles in the past, from call centre manager to assistant producer at an independent film production company.
Alyshia’s organisational and communication skills, and her passion for making a difference will ensure our fundraisers receive all the support they need to do their challenges. Alyshia will also help to raise the profile of fundraising and support our annual campaigns such as Grow a Mo for Meso.