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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

CEO

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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.

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Antonio Cappelletti

Director of Digital Engagement and Communications

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Antonio Cappelletti - Director of Digital Engagement and Communications

I have always been creative and from an early age threw myself into all sorts of artistic activities: design, painting, crafts, textiles, music, drama and videography.

My real passion is to combine that creativity with my marketing and communications expertise so I can make a difference where it matters.

I studied marketing and communications at university and went on to take a Masters Degree in Management and Business Development followed by a Diploma in Digital Marketing at Manchester University.

My first roles were with small and medium-sized businesses (B2B and B2C). I moved into the voluntary sector because I wanted to do something more meaningful, and I've never looked back.

With over eighteen years' experience in marketing and communications as well as working with disabled and disadvantaged young people, I joined The Brain Tumour Charity in 2014.

Our marketing and communications team is now reaching more people than ever before, thanks to our achievements in campaigning, PR and media and digital transformation.

My role brings me into contact with many different people: those who are personally affected by a brain tumour, their families and friends, our supporters and fundraisers as well as our researchers.

It is a real privilege to stand alongside them all as we work to raise awareness of brain tumours and the changes needed to tackle this life-altering disease.

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Andrew Warren

Director of Finance and Governance

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Andrew Warren - Director of Finance and Governance

What's the difference between working as an accountant for Coca-Cola and as an accountant for The Brain Tumour Charity? It may sound like yet another joke at the expense of accountants but for me the answer is a very real one: the difference it makes to people's lives.

After graduating with a degree in accountancy from Exeter University and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, I spent a total of 20 years with Procter and Gamble and then Coca-Cola.

It was challenging and rewarding in many ways but when I decided to stop commuting into London and move into the charitable sector, I knew I'd found the right place for me. After a stint as a volunteer, I was appointed as the first Financial Director for a charity supporting people with disabilities.

The knowledge that I was working to make people's lives better, rather than to make a profit for shareholders, was a strong motivation. I studied for an MBA to give me a broader understanding of management and then spent three years as Finance Director at Marwell Wildlife, a conservation charity which operates Marwell Zoo.

I joined The Brain Tumour Charity in 2017 and since day one have been impressed by the dynamism and commitment of the whole team. I was keen to involve myself in the brain tumour community to get a real connection with our work. Meeting families affected by a brain tumour diagnosis, our supporters and the researchers we fund has been inspiring.

It has reinforced my appreciation of the difference The Charity makes and motivates me every day to use my skills and experience to contribute to achieving our ambitious goals.

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Geraldine Pipping

Director of Fundraising

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Geraldine Pipping - Director of Fundraising

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 Director of Fundraising at The Brain Tumour Charity.

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David Jenkinson

Chief Scientific Officer

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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.

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Fiachra Woodman

Chief Technology Office

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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.

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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.