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Senior Leadership Team

We have an ambitious strategy: double survival within 10 years and halve the harm brain tumours have on quality of life within five years. Our Senior Leadership Team are responsible for shaping our goals and ensuring we achieve them.

Hiring the best people, giving them autonomy and creating the right culture. Add to those a cause which inspires extraordinary passion – our drive to end the devastation caused by brain tumours - and I'd like to think you end up somewhere pretty special.

Sarah Lindsell - CEO

For more information about our Senior Leadership Team, including more about their role and how they're helping us achieve our goals, click each team member below.

Sarah Lindsell


Sarah Lindsell - CEO

I believe every one of us should do whatever we can to change the things that really matter, however challenging that may be. That's why I've spent most of my career with charities that tackle tough problems like poverty, social injustice and inequality.

After studying for a degree in social policy, I was awarded a Master's in voluntary sector management from the London School of Economics and went on to take senior roles at organisations including Caritas, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and The Challenge.

Moving to The Brain Tumour Charity as CEO in 2011 felt like the next step in trying to make the world a fairer place.

We're working to reverse years of underfunding and neglect of a disease that kills more children and adults under 40 in the UK than any other type of cancer.

We have unashamedly ambitious goals - to double survival and halve the harm caused by brain tumours – and to achieve them we have to do things differently from the way they've been done before.

I'm privileged to lead an exceptionally committed team driven by a real passion to change the lives of families affected by a brain tumour.

We're now the largest global charity dedicated to tackling brain tumours, with a unique 'can-do' culture, and we won't stop until we defeat this devastating disease.

Geraldine Pipping

Chief Engagement Officer

Geraldine Pipping - Chief Engagement Officer

When I celebrate with The Brain Tumour Charity's fundraising team at the end of another successful month or record-breaking year, it's not because I love numbers or balance sheets. It's because of what we as a charity can achieve with that money.

Research, support, raising awareness: every aspect of the work we do to improve the lives of people affected by a brain tumour is underpinned by our incredible fundraisers and those who motivate them.

We rely entirely on their efforts to make the difference that is so desperately needed, and to move further and faster towards our goals of doubling survival and halving the harm caused by brain tumours.

I've worked in the charity sector for more than 20 years in various roles. I was a founder director of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, director of fundraising and communications at Sight Savers International and played a key role in setting up the communication disability organisation Connect.

I've also put my marketing degree to use over the years in the fields of arts and entertainment, commercial hospitality and the fashion retail industry.

But having seen first-hand through my family the devastating impact that a brain tumour can have, I can't imagine a more rewarding role than the one I have here as Chief Engagement Officer at The Brain Tumour Charity.

David Jenkinson

Chief Scientific Officer

David Jenkinson - Chief Scientific Officer

Science changes lives. A theory born and proved in a laboratory can have the most extraordinary impact, if the results are used effectively.

For me, studying biochemistry at university was the springboard to a career focused on developing better treatments for patients – partly by building partnerships between academic researchers and the pharmaceutical industry.

After completing a PhD at the University of London, I joined Cancer Research UK as a researcher before moving to a company exploring ways to use epigenetic factors to control tumour growth.

I went on to various roles at Cancer Research Technology, which was created to develop new and effective cancer therapies from some of the laboratory breakthroughs achieved by CRUK-funded scientists.

I'm a passionate believer in collaboration as the way to drive progress and during my time at CRT I introduced new ways to bring together business and universities.

Early diagnosis of cancer – a goal that's key to so many people affected by a brain tumour - has also been a priority for me throughout my working life.

As Chief Scientific Officer for The Brain Tumour Charity, I can make a difference in so many ways that matter to the whole brain tumour community. It's an opportunity I won't waste.

Fiachra Woodman

Chief Technology Officer

Fiachra Woodman - Chief Technology Officer

Throughout my career, I’ve helped big organisations harness the power of technology to learn more about their customers.

They’ve used those insights to tailor their products and services accordingly – for example, at loyalty reward scheme Nectar and retailer River Island.

Now there’s a growing realization that information technology and data analysis hold the key to healthcare improvements, too.

The challenge is to gather and store information in an appropriate way and ensure it’s safely accessible.

That’s where I come in at The Brain Tumour Charity.

I’m leading the strategic development of our global databank, BRIAN - the Brain TumouR Information and Analysis Network – which will allow everyone affected by a brain tumour to share their own experiences of diagnosis and treatment and help researchers understand more about the disease.

I enjoy thinking outside the box; in 2014, after nine years as IT director for the global marketing company AIMIA, I was asked to set up the organization’s Global Innovations Lab.

We were ‘three men in a garage’ and our job was to come up with ideas that we could put into practice quickly, without the constraints that sometimes slow things down at a big corporation.

It was great preparation for building BRIAN, which is breaking new ground – particularly for a charity.

I like people, I like operating in a ‘can-do’ culture and I like bringing about positive change. So The Brain Tumour Charity is pretty much a perfect fit.

Catherine Fraher

Director of Services and Digital Health

Catherine Fraher - Director of Services and Digital Health

Thousands of people every year have their lives turned upside down by a brain tumour diagnosis. My job is to make sure The Brain Tumour Charity is here to support each and every one of them in the most effective way, whenever and however they turn to us.

That means embracing digital technology without abandoning our personal approach, which is obviously easier said than done - but we embrace a challenge

I came to The Brain Tumour Charity from Age UK, where we harnessed technology to transform and expand the charity’s services, resulting a huge increase in the number of older people and families accessing support (and six awards!).

No-one can deliver that kind of change on their own or without listening to and empowering the people who matter most – the ones who need and use support services.

I’ve always been a passionate advocate of collaboration and the importance of inspiring a community to deliver a shared goal, whether that’s in the charity sector or at the commercial organisations where I’ve had senior roles, including eBay, Guardian Media Group and the Financial Times.

More than anything, I’m a problem-solver. Show me an obstacle to better-quality services and I’ll find a way through it or around it.

Liam Heffernan

Director of Finance & Governance

Liam Heffernan - Director of Finance & Governance

I joined The Brain Tumour Charity because it has set unashamedly ambitious goals of doubling survival and halving the harm caused by brain tumours. Furthermore, it goes about achieving those aims by challenging everyone to be the best they can be and making the charity as effective as possible.

I’m a Chartered Accountant with over twenty years’ experience in industry, most recently leading finance for a $1.5 billion turnover global electronics distributor through a business transformation.

Transformation is a crucial aspect for all organisations these days, as technology accelerates the rate of change, and managing that process requires skill and judgement. I’m keen to play my part in the journey of driving the transformation in the treatment and care of those with Brain Tumours.

I love the challenge of working with a great team to do amazing things, which is why the opportunity to join The Brain Tumour Charity was one I couldn’t refuse.

Our Senior Leadership Team talk about why their role at The Brain Tumour Charity is 'more than a job'.

We're raising the benchmark

We've been recognised as Charity of the Year 2018 for our pioneering approach, innovative research solutions and, above all, our community-centred approach to everything we do.