Our executive team
Our executive team are the people that make sure CLIC Sargent runs like a well-oiled machine. Each Director has an area of expertise and experience, and together they manage the day-to-day of the organisation. They report through the Chief Executive to the board of Trustees.
Kate Lee became CLIC Sargent’s Chief Executive in November 2015. Prior to this, Kate spent five years as Chief Executive of the Myton Hospice Group in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Since graduating in Public Sector Administration in Sheffield, Kate has always worked for UK charities, and has a passion for organisations that embrace volunteering.
Formerly Director of Strategy for British Red Cross, Kate was a board-level Director at Red Cross for nine years, covering both Strategy and UK Operations positions. She is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow and is passionate about the role and development of the social sector.
She lives in Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry, with her husband and two children. She loves gardening and running (slowly!).
Helen joined CLIC Sargent in 2008 as a service development and programme management specialist. During her time at CLIC Sargent Helen has led many of the charity’s flagship projects and worked to establish much of the infrastructure that underpins CLIC Sargent’s services.
Before moving to the charity sector Helen was a consultant at Deloitte & Touche LLP where she worked with a range of public sector clients. Prior to that Helen was on the National Graduate Programme for Local Government. Here she completed a post graduate diploma in local government management.
Although she is a northerner at heart, Helen now lives in Hackney with her husband and two young children.
Helen became CLIC Sargent’s Assistant Director of Services in 2015, leading on strategy and major projects. In January 2018 she started her role as interim Director of Services and in June 2018 she was appointed Director of Services.
Rachel has worked in the not for profit sector for the past 15 years.
Following a role as Head of High Value fundraising at Diabetes UK, Rachel joined Samaritans in 2006 and was there eight years, the last five as Executive Director of Fundraising & Communications.
She was responsible for overseeing a 50% growth in income during that time by increasing income from Individual givers, establishing a Major Donor team and securing multi-million pound project funding from corporates, government and Big Lottery.
Before moving into the charitable sector Rachel spent eight years working in sales and marketing for a high-tech multi-national.
Rachel is a governor at a local primary school and is a member of the Institute of Fundraisings Policy Advisory Board. She joined CLIC Sargent as Director of Fundraising in April 2015.
Roger started his career as a teacher in the mid-1970s, beginning work in a prison before moving into mainstream Education. He later became a Head Teacher in West London, at the time when devolution of budgets and accountability was growing in Education. His role as secretary of the NAHT led him into his HR career and CIPD fellowship.
Roger later shifted careers into the voluntary sector as Head of Training at The British Red Cross. He held eight different jobs over a 25 year period, latterly managing Strategic Change, HR, Carbon reduction, Health and Safety and International Security. He was also acting CEO for 6 months, and managed internal communications, facilities management, property and procurement. Roger left the Red Cross after 25 years in early 2018, and joined CLIC Sargent as Interim Director of People and Learning soon after.
Roger has a lifelong interest in development work and education, and has taught at Brunel University, University of East London and VOLPROF (now CASS Business School). He has worked extensively in management and leadership development, and continues to coach developing managers.
He has worked in Moscow, Siberia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Haiti, Georgia, USA, and widely across Europe. He loves walking, camping and travelling, and hopes to eventually get his two grandchildren to join him.
Kevin was Head of Finance at Grosvenor Estate, focusing on Grosvenor’s London estates in Mayfair and Belgravia. Prior to this, he held several roles at Tata, including Finance Controller and Senior Business Analyst; in 2011, he joined Tesco’s property team where he was the finance business partner for Tesco’s portfolio of town centre regeneration developments.
For a period of time, whilst at Grosvenor, Kevin was also acting as Head of Finance for the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) – a charity established to raise c. £300m and to facilitate the design, management and construction of the DNRC. Kevin sits on the Finance and Resource Committee of The Lullaby Trust – a charity that provides specialist support for bereaved families, promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep and raises awareness on sudden infant death.
Our Trustees guide our work and are responsible for the direction of the organisation. They’re all volunteers and give their time for free in our fight for young lives against cancer.
Peter was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees in September 2014.
Joining the chemical company ICI in 1973, he undertook a series of increasingly senior roles in marketing and then general management.
Following three years in the Netherlands where he was General Manager of ICI Resins BV, he was in 1992, appointed Chief Operating Officer of European Vinyls Corporation, Brussels a joint venture between ICI and Enichem of Italy.
He played a key role in the flotation of the company in 1994, returning in 1998 to the UK as Chief Executive Officer of British Energy where he remained until 2001.
From 2001 onwards he held various chairmanships and non-executive directorships but in 2003 decided to return to a full-time role as Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation from which he retired in March 2013.
In April 2016 he was appointed Chair of Southampton University NHS Foundation Trust.
Jane brings to CLIC Sargent considerable strategic and operational business experience, principally in the field of human resources. She is HR Vice President at BP and was previously HR director for Santander/Abbey. Prior to that she has was head of personnel at the London International Financial Futures & Options Exchange (LIFFE).
Jane has significant trustee experience at the charities bss and Mental Health Media and she was a volunteer at Samaritans for a number of years.
In addition to CLIC Sargent, Jane is on the Business & Management Committee of MIND and an advisor to the Remuneration Committee at Samaritans.
Will is an experienced managing director/ CEO who has worked principally in the food business at organisations including Premier Foods and United Biscuits, where he has gained extensive experience in brand building and strategic marketing.
Will has experience as a trustee, having been treasurer and then chair of a charity in support of the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit and wishes to participate more in the not for profit sector.
Graham is a qualified chartered accountant and has a wealth of experience in the healthcare sector.
Much of his work has been diagnostic, relating to the treatment and management of cancer, including managing the world’s first MRI clinical trials, CT scanning systems, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Graham has worked for GE Healthcare, GSK and SmithKline Beecham as well as being a partner at PA Consulting and a principal consultant at Deloitte.
He is currently CEO and board director of an immunology biotechnology organisation based in Cambridge.
Until April 2018, Keith was group chief executive of the Clarion Housing Group, the largest provider of affordable housing in England. Since his retirement, Keith undertakes property consultancy for global advisors CBRE and is also a non-executive director of financing companies The Housing Finance Corporation and Affordable Housing Finance plc.
More recently he has also become a director of project managers, architects and surveyors Baily Garner.
Previously, Keith has held non-executive roles in a number of charities and other bodies including Croydon’s NHS Primary Care Trust and The Chandran Foundation, an organisation which helps young people achieve their potential through education, work and training.
He has direct experience of cancer care and CLIC Sargent’s services as the parent of a child who has twice been treated for leukaemia.
Ian is a non-legal member of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and a self-employed business adviser to both charitable and private clients.
He was vice chair of NHS Highland and a board member for eight years, and has been a board member of the Care Commission in Scotland and the Independent Chair of Highland Council Adult Protection Committee.
Prior to that he was director for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and latterly also deputy CEO, during his nine years with Macmillan Cancer Relief.
Dr Julia Chisholm was appointed as trustee in September 2014.
She was appointed consultant paediatric oncologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1999. In 2010 she moved on to a new consultant role at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, with particular responsibility for developing the new Teenage and Young Adult service.
She is a member of the Clinical Oversight Group of RM Partners and a member of the national Clinical Reference Group for Children and Young People’s Cancer.
Dr Chisholm specialises in the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma in children and young adults. Alongside her regular clinical work her research interests include supportive care of children with cancer and improving treatments for patients with soft tissue sarcomas, particularly through the introduction of novel therapies in clinical trials.
Dr Chisholm is a member of the paediatric Drug Development team at the Royal Marsden Hospital and part of the European Innovative Therapies for Children with Cancer clinical network.
She is a board member of the European paediatric Soft Tissue Sarcoma Group.
Stephen is a Fundraising & Leadership Coach and consultant. He was most recently Executive Director at Action on Hearing Loss and Director of Fundraising at Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre’s in the UK.
From 2006 to 2010 was Development Director for Legacy Fundraising at the NSPCC. He joined the NSPCC in 1998 as Director of Community Appeals where he was responsible for Local volunteer and community fundraising, schools, and national events across the UK. In 1999 when the Full Stop appeal was launched Stephen managed the appeal in the regions, which raised £55 million.
Before joining the NSPCC, he was Head of Regional Fundraising at Unicef for three years and prior to that spent 12 years in a range of fundraising and management roles at Scope. He was previously chairman of Remember a Charity, a consortium of over 145 charities promoting gifts in wills. He is now Vice Chairman of the Institute of Fundraising.
Peter has over 35 years experience working within the public and voluntary sector in London. He is a registered social worker with extensive senior management experience in the delivery of children and adult services both at an operational and strategic level.
Prior to taking early retirement he was the Assistant Director of Children’s Social Care for an inner-London local authority. He now works as a freelance consultant specialising in audit work, case reviews and investigations.
He is currently the Chair of the Westminster Diocese Safeguarding Commission and is a non-executive Director with responsibility for overseeing safeguarding at Board level for a number of third sector organisations.
Jason is a young person with lived experience of cancer. Prior to his appointment as a trustee, Jason was an active member of CLIC Sargent’s Young People’s Reference Group (YPRG) and the Children and Young People’s Advisory Group (CYPAG).
Since his cancer diagnosis, Jason has been a passionate advocate of better care for young people with cancer and has been working on raising awareness among the general public. He has spoken at numerous events and conferences, such as the Eyeforpharma Barcelona conference, where he urged attendees and medical professionals to be mindful of the unique emotional and psychological needs of young people with cancer which are often very different to adults.
Jason is a graduate from University of Warwick and is currently a trainee at KPMG, a professional services firm. He is working towards the Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification and has passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 exams.
Rachel is Honorary Nurse Advisor in children’s cancer care in the Leeds Children’s Hospital at the Leeds Hospitals NHS Trust. Prior to retirement in 2018 she spent almost 30 years working in paediatric oncology and haematology in the acute sector.
Whilst all Rachel’s clinical experience was gained in Leeds, she has always played an active role in the development of children’s cancer nursing, and children’s cancer services, at the national level.
Rachel is a past Chair of the Paediatric Oncology Nurses Forum of the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom (RCN), and now represents the RCN on the national Clinical Reference Group for Children and Teenage Cancer. She was made a Fellow of the RCN in recognition of her contribution to children’s nursing.
Rachel is a member of the nursing group within the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP). She is a former Chair of the SIOP Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) Nursing Working Group. In that capacity she has advocated for and worked with nurses from low and middle income countries in looking to define base-line standards of care for nurse training and education.
Harry is a young person with lived experience of cancer. He was successfully treated for a brain tumour five years ago, and has since been focussed on completing his education. Before becoming a trustee, Harry was a part of the Children and Young People’s Advisory Group (CYPAG), and later the Young Person’s Reference Group (YPRG).
Ever since the start of his involvement with CLIC Sargent, in 2012, Harry has been actively involved in feeding into the top level of decision making through participation with other young people and staff at numerous events and workshops. His highlights include attending a reception at the House of Lords in 2015, which was part of the launch of CLIC Sargent’s three-year ‘Better Care for Young Cancer Patients’ campaign. It was attended by several MPs and Lords, including Green MP Caroline Lucas.
Harry is a soon-to-be graduate in History and Politics from the University of Sussex, and is looking to embark on a career as a journalist; an ambition sparked by a passion for writing and his experience of student journalism.
Anna is a chartered accountant and has held a number of senior finance roles at Morrisons and Tesco. Prior to moving into more commercial roles within retail, she gained audit and corporate finance experience at Deloitte and Andersen. She is chair of governors at a local primary school.
As the parent of a child recently treated for cancer, Anna has direct experience of the critical role CLIC Sargent plays in supporting children and young people both during and after treatment.
Karen is Director, Commercial Innovation at The Telegraph, previously Director of Digital Sales & Innovation. Her career in advertising has spanned over 20 years across digital media, ad tech, business, consumer and national press, radio, events, and video, including management roles at Centaur Communications, DMG Media, and Classic FM.
More recently, prior to joining The Telegraph she led transformation projects in digital and video for DC Thompson Companies Shortlist Media and Beano Studios, and was Commercial Director UK at leading video ad tech company Innovid.
Our honorary positions
CLIC Sargent’s Honorary President role recognises those highly committed individuals who have made an exceptional and impactful contribution to the charity. We are very grateful for the difference they have made.
Gordon joined the Appeals Committee of Sargent Cancer Care for Children in 1998, becoming a Trustee in 2000 and then Chairman in 2002.
He took a lead role in co-ordinating the successful merger of Sargent Cancer Care for Children and CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood) in 2005 to become CLIC Sargent.
After the charities joined forces, Gordon continued as Joint Chairman of CLIC Sargent before standing down 12 months later, and was very honoured to be appointed Honorary President in 2014.
Gordon is also the Chairman of World Child Cancer and a Trustee of World Child Cancer USA. He was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2015.
Currently, Gordon is Chairman of the Chaldean Group, which was established to manage interests in Chaldean Estate (a Hertfordshire farming and agriculture contracting enterprise), Property Investment and Development along with a diverse investment portfolio. He is married to Mary, lives in Hertfordshire and has a son, daughter and four grandchildren.
Daphne has worked in the charity sector for 35 years. She joined CLIC Sargent as Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2006 and remained as a committed Chair for eight years before standing down in 2014. During that time, shesuccessfully led the newly merged charity to almost double the funds it raised every year.
In recognition of her commitment and support of CLIC Sargent, Daphne accepted the role of Honorary President in 2014.
Daphne has also held positions as National Chair of Samaritans, led Victim Support in Hertfordshire and was Trustee and chair of YMCA in Hertfordshire. She’s now Chair of Age UK Wiltshire.
A passionate advocate for and on behalf of charity volunteers and the sector, Daphne was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to charity.
A group of highly committed individuals, our vice presidents have made an outstanding contribution to our work over many years. We’re extremely grateful to them for their long-term generosity and dedication, and continue to work together for young lives against cancer.
- Francesca and Andrea Brignone
- Sara and Massimo Carello
- Johnny and Laura Greenall
- Jonathan and Nicola Plumtree
- Melanie and Andrew White
Johnny and Laura Greenall
"When our son Billy was diagnosed with cancer, we experienced personally how CLIC Sargent makes a difference to so many people. We wanted to help make life more bearable for families who live so far away from the hospital, and after chairing a successful appeal, I was delighted when Billy's House opened next to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham in 2009. We are so pleased that Billy's House continues to provide an escape, by giving families space to regroup and regain strength to get through their battle! We feel proud and privileged to be patrons of such an incredible charity. Thank you CLIC Sargent."