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
Dr Cathy Burton
Cathy is a Consultant Haematologist at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, specialising in lymphoma and diagnostics. From 2014-2018 she was Clinical Lead of the Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service (HMDS) in Leeds, providing diagnostic services for haematological diseases for a 6 million population. For the last 2 years, she has been Clinical Director of the Oncology Clinical Services Unit in Leeds managing services which include haematology, radiotherapy, non-surgical and surgical oncology. Cathy is heavily engaged in translational research in lymphoma trials and is deputy chair of the NCRI Lymphoma Science subgroup and member of the High Grade Lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma subgroups. She is also an active participant in the Precision Medicine for Aggressive Lymphoma and Lunenberg Lymphoma Biomarker groups. These are national and international networks of diagnostic and therapeutic researchers working to develop molecular assays and prognostic markers alongside clinical trials 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.
James joined the board in June 2020 and brings over 20 years of HR experience, gained primarily in the motor manufacturing and oil and gas industries. James has held increasingly senior level, global leadership positions in the oil and gas industry over the past 11 years and is currently based in Aberdeen where he works as a Regional Vice President. James holds a degree in Management Sciences and French and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Having been diagnosed with Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma in 2010 and following the recurrence of his condition in 2015, he understands first-hand what patients, their families and friends go through from a physical and mental perspective. Having been under the care of the amazing team at Southampton General Hospital on and off for the past decade, which has included countless rounds of chemotherapy and two stem-cell transplants, James is excited to be able to give something back to the lymphoma community, through his involvement with Lymphoma Action, for all of the incredible care, treatment, and support he has received.
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 the Senior Independent Director of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 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.
Shaf joined the board in 2021, bringing his experience and knowledge of technology and product development to help ensure Lymphoma Action can reach even more people who need our support. Shaf has over 10 years' experience working in the charity sector - he was Head of Digital Content and Communities at Barnardo’s and previous to that worked at Action for Blind People and Unicef. He also has experience on the front line at a local branch of Mind in east London where he supported children and vulnerable adults at police stations as an ‘Appropriate Adult’. Shaf's current role as a Product Manager at The Access Group means he works with hundreds of charities of different sizes, across many causes. Shaf is also a Teaching Assistant for General Assembly's Product Management course and a Charity Comms mentor. Shaf has fundraised since a very young age when he completed the London to Brighton bike ride on a BMX aged eight! He has since completed three marathons and is contemplating a fourth. Shaf and his partner Alice live with their two young boys near the south coast.
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.