Our staff and volunteers work hard to make sure that everyone affected by lymphoma in the UK has the best possible information, support, treatment and care. To achieve this, we work closely with our Trustees and our Medical Advisory Panel.
Together we help people with lymphoma and their families by providing reliable information and the right support. We support doctors and nurses so that they can provide the best care possible to people with lymphoma. We raise awareness and make sure that lymphoma is not forgotten by government and policymakers. We support the thousands of fundraisers and volunteers who make our work possible.
Our Senior Management Team (SMT)
Ropinder Gill - Chief Executive
Jim Howson - Director of Finance
Karen Rabjohn - Director of Fundraising and Communications
Stephen Scowcroft - Director of Operations and External Affairs
Dr Cathy Burton
Dr. Cathy Burton studied medicine at University of Cambridge. After haematology training in London, she moved to Leeds, completing a MD in the biology of Hodgkin lymphoma and then became an Academic Clinical Lecturer in 2008. In 2009, Dr Burton was appointed as a Consultant Haematologist at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, specialising in Lymphoma and Diagnostics. In 2014, she became Clinical Lead of the Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service in Leeds, which serves a 6 million population and provides diagnostic services to numerous NCRI and commercial trials. Dr Burton is heavily engaged in translational research in lymphoma trials and belongs to the NCRI Lymphoma Clinical Studies Group and Hodgkin lymphoma subgroup. She is also an active participant in the Precision Medicine for Aggressive Lymphoma consortium, a national network of diagnostic and therapeutic researchers working to develop molecular assays alongside clinical trials in aggressive lymphomas. She is an invited member of the Lunenberg Lymphoma Biomarker Consortium which is an international collaboration studying the application of biomarker analyses to clinical practice in lymphoma.
Tricia has worked in the charity sector for over 20 years having entered the profession from a career in banking and finance. Tricia has a Master’s degree in Hospice Leadership from Lancaster University and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF). Through the IoF she has acted as a mentor for fundraisers and has spoken at national conferences for both the Institute and Hospice UK. Tricia is married to Rob, lives in Worcestershire and they have adult twin daughters Francesca and Emily-Kate. Tricia often raises funds herself through a variety of fundraising activities, anything from running the London Marathon to eating a record number of profiteroles! Tricia is a member of the Finance Committee.
Jeremy has been working in IT at a senior management level for 30 years. He has worked in the City of London in the banking and financial services sector for most of that time. He joined the Institute of Cancer Research as Director of IT in 2004 and is immensely proud to be part of the ground-breaking work they do in the mission to defeat cancer. He is keen to bring his experience to bear at Lymphoma Action in all things IT and digital.
Mark qualified as a chartered engineer and subsequently undertook an MBA. He has spent more than 20 years in general management for a major energy company in a wide variety of commercial leadership roles. Mark’s father was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma) in 2010, which brought him into contact with Lymphoma Action’s work. He is married to Sharron and they have two daughters and two sons.
Gordon Johns became chair of Lymphoma Action's trustees in 2013. Before his retirement in 2006, he spent his entire career in the financial services industry in the City of London, including 10 years as chief executive of an investment management firm. He is Chairman of the Board of Bedford Hospital, a trustee of the Balliol Society Educational Trust, and a senior coach for the Institute of Advanced Motorists. He has been one of our trustees since 2011.
After originally qualifying as a pharmacist, Nicola moved into general management of the NHS and became Head of Commissioning Skills for NHS England in 2012. She now works as a consultant to the NHS and those working in the wider health sector. She has previously worked in all parts of the NHS, including a spell seconded to the Department of Health as the programme lead for Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) development. She says her career with the NHS, which started in the early 1990s and culminated in a national role, has given her both clinical experience and a detailed insight into the planning and organisation of health services. In addition to this work, she has also taken on non-executive roles with a range of public sector and not for profit organisations. She became aware of Lymphoma Action when she lost her younger brother to lymphoma in 2011. Since then, she and her family have raised money for the charity and continue to do so. Nicola lives in Bolton with her husband and two children.
Keith was appointed treasurer trustee in June 2019. He graduated from the London School of Economics and after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, has spent the last thirty years working in Financial Services, most recently as the UK CFO for a leading Middle Eastern Bank. Keith is a keen runner, cyclist and golfer, with varying degrees of success! Having lost close relatives to cancer, he was keen to join a cancer charity which is making a difference to people’s lives.
David joined the board in June 2019 and was specifically appointed for his public affairs experience, having worked in public affairs and communications for over 30 years. Most recently he was Director of Public Affairs and External Relations at Transport for London, leading its engagement with groups that ranged from EU institutions to local community organisations - and everything in between. He has held senior roles at Arts Council England, the Law Society and in the consumer rights movement. He is also a trustee of the Newham Community Arts Trust, which runs the Stratford Circus arts centre in East London. David was treated for Hodgkin lymphoma over 20 years ago and has since lived a healthy and active life. He says: 'It is both a privilege and a joy to become a trustee of Lymphoma Action. I hope to bring my professional experience in communications and my personal experience of lymphoma to support the organisation as it builds on its many achievements'.
Sarah is a lymphoma clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at The Christie in Manchester and became a trustee of Lymphoma Action in June 2019. Sarah gained her degree in nursing in 2001 and in 2016 became the lymphoma clinical nurse specialist at the Christie which has become the super-regional centre for cutaneous lymphoma and primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL). She is the keyworker for all lymphoma patients, leading a bone marrow biopsy service, supporting the implementation of Holistic Needs Assessments within the trust, and has just completed her non-medical prescribing course. Having a close family member diagnosed with lymphoma many years ago, Sarah is aware of the support needed by patients, their families and carers. As a result she has had worked with Lymphoma Action over a number of years, including attending support groups, being a panellist at the National Conference and supporting Live your life workshops. Sarah lives in Stockport with her husband and 2 young daughters.