Meet the Team

Head of Fundraising - Kate Connor

kate.connor@bcrt.org.uk
tel. 0113 258 5934

BCRT has been part of my life since 2005 when I took on a voluntary role whilst the charity was still being set up. I cannot believe how far the charity has come since then and it’s just fantastic to see BCRT go from strength to strength. I became the charity’s first member of staff in 2007 and my role has evolved a great deal since then. Initially I was doing everything from managing the website, to supporting our fundraisers, to organising the BCRT conference, to co-ordinating the research grants, to overseeing the campaign for NICE to approve the new osteosarcoma drug Mepact! These days my role is very much focussed on fundraising which is my absolute passion! If I’ve not already asked you to take on a challenge or support BCRT in some other way, don’t you worry, I’ll be in touch very soon.

Marketing & Communications Manager - Sheila Sispal

sheila.sispal@bcrt.org.uk
tel. 0113 258 5934

I joined BCRT in May 2012 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Before this, I worked for an organisation that delivered a DfE remit – my role there focused on communications, integrated solutions, brand and publications. I have over 12 years expertise of marketing and communications and have worked across public and private sector.

It’s very exciting to be working for BCRT and I love the challenges and range of work that I’m able to get involved with. BCRT has to be the most worthwhile organisation that I have ever worked for and long may it continue.

Finance Manager - Maggy Barnes

maggy.barnes@bcrt.org.uk
tel. 0113 258 5934

I joined BCRT in August 2009 and am responsible for the accounts function of BCRT.

My first career was in Orthopaedic Nursing, I then changed direction and moved into Accounting. Prior to joining BCRT, I was Management Accountant for an American owned multi-national company in the service industry sector.

Finance Assistant - Angela Fallon

angela.fallon@bcrt.org.uk
tel. 0113 258 5934

I joined BCRT in May 2012. I have been accounts manager for my family business for over 17 years. My background is in accounts, but also floristry. I taught floristry for six years at Leeds City College before the Department closed last year.

I'm enjoying the new experience of charity accounting and especially the opportunity to help with events such as the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

Challenge Events Fundraiser - Holly Rawlings

holly.rawlings@bcrt.org.uk
tel. 0113 258 5934

I've been part of BCRT since September 2012 and work with our incredible Team Bones fundraisers on their challenge events - including runs, cycles, treks, skydives and overseas events.

I studied Event Management at university and have previously worked in event campaigning at Oxfam GB and event management at an international development charity. I spent 2011 in Fiji, volunteering on a tiny island with the local primary school and their community.

Partnerships Manager (UK & Ireland) - Jamie Strachan

jamie.strachan@bcrt.org.uk
tel. 0113 258 5934

I joined BCRT in April 2013 as Partnerships Manager (UK & Ireland). My role primarily looks after company fundraising, looking to develop long term partnerships as well as sponsors for various aspects of our work. I have been in the charity sector since 2008 and can’t imagine doing anything else.

I am absolutely thrilled to be part of BCRT, I have worked for cancer charities before, and am looking forward to helping BCRT grow and develop further. Since starting here I have been struck by how personal BCRT is to our supporters. I look forward to bringing partnerships in who also feel privileged to be part of the organisation.

PR Officer - Chantal Spittles

chantal.spittles@bcrt.org.uk
tel. 0113 258 5934

I joined BCRT in July 2013 and am proud to be part of such a dedicated and inspirational charity.

After teaching French and Spanish in secondary schools, I realised writing and working with people was my passion and re-trained as a journalist.

Before BCRT, I was the chief reporter at the Worksop Guardian in Nottinghamshire where I worked for six years.

I am now the charity's first press officer, and will be using my communication and writing skills to help promote BCRT's research and raise awareness about primary bone cancer.

I have joined BCRT at a really exciting time with plenty of developments in the pipeline and look forward to hearing from you.

Research & Information Officer - Jennifer Houniet

jennifer.houniet@bcrt.org.uk
tel. 07528 846338

After six years of cancer research I discovered, that although I enjoyed the research, what I really loved was my extracurricular activities of supporting projects, communicating research and engaging with the public, patients and fundraisers.

In December 2013 I took on the role of Research and Information Officer for the BCRT and could not be happier about it. In addition to working for a fantastic charity, it is also very rewarding to know that by supporting research and providing correct information I am part of a dedicated team making a real difference as we strive to improve the lives of people with primary bone cancer.

If you have any queries about the research we support or require any information just get in touch!

Community Fundraiser - Michelle Cohen

michelle.cohen@bcrt.org.uk
tel. 0113 258 5934

I joined BCRT in April 2014 as Community Fundraiser. I am really excited at the challenge this new role will bring and am looking forward to meeting our supporters and their families.

Before working for BCRT I was a primary school teacher, which will give me a good insight into the schools that I will be working with. I have volunteered with a number of cancer charities, supporting their fundraising. If you have any questions about community fundraising, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Administration Assistant - Dee McKenna

dee.mckenna@bcrt.org.uk
tel. 0113 258 5934

I joined BCRT at the beginning of April 2014. I had been volunteering at BCRT for 7 months and was really excited to be offered this short term contact. My days consist of co-ordinating office based volunteers, marketing, fundraising, PR and admin support, updating various databases and sending out fundraising materials.

Before BCRT, I have worked at various law firms as a legal secretary, specialising in employment law.

My youngest son was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in November 2011. His diagnosis and our need for information and support is what brought me to BCRT. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this wonderful charity.

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Last updated: 15-04-2014