Meet Team Tiny Tickers
Tiny Tickers has a dedicated team of trustees, employees and volunteers who work tirelessly to provide a better start for tiny hearts. Meet some of these wonderful people here:
Jon joined Tiny Tickers as Chief Executive in September 2013, after a career as a national media executive. He has extensive charity experience, including as a volunteer fundraiser and, for a number of years, as a trustee of a regional cardiac charity. Jon is currently a Patient and Public Voice representative on the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Congenital Heart Services. He is a former Chair of BBC Children in Need’s northern committee, and a former parent representative on a regional congenital cardiac network steering group.
Jon is also a heart parent; you can read his blog “I think your baby has a poorly heart’ – eight words that changed our lives’ here.
Head of Training
As a specialist sonographer with a focus on fetal cardiac scanning, Anne has devoted much of her career to the advancement of understanding the importance of early detection of cardiac abnormalities in unborn babies. Anne has responsibility of our UK-wide training in fetal cardiac scanning techniques and works tirelessly to do everything possible to help to train NHS sonographers to be able to recognise cardiac abnormalities in the antenatal period.
Anne is also a qualified reflexologist, has a huge boxer dog called Hugo and her favourite colour is green.
Head of Fundraising and Communications
With over 16 years of experience in the charity & fundraising world, Katie joined us in 2018 as Head of Fundraising & Communications. Katie likes coffee, cake & social media, but dislikes pigeons, and balloons. Katie’s charity career has taken her from trekking through the Peruvian jungle to operating a lighting rig at Wembley Arena. Katie will be leading us into new fundraising adventures and increasing the awareness around our life-saving work. We’re so glad to have her on the team.
For the last 13 years, Kym has worked and volunteered for a range of charities before finding her feet in fundraising five years ago. Passionate about making a difference, Kym joined Tiny Tickers in October 2019 and is excited to get stuck in.
Besides being a self-proclaimed connoisseur of stationery, Kym loves nothing more than rambling across the Yorkshire moors or finding a new mountain to hike. That or eating cake. Cake usually wins.
Fundraising and Communications Officer
Aimee started volunteering for Tiny Tickers in 2014 and officially joined the team in 2018. She is passionate about helping babies with serious heart conditions and their families after losing her second daughter, Grace, to congenital heart disease in 2012 (you can read Grace’s story here).
Aimee is excited to be part of the dedicated team who devote their time to raising funds and awareness for heart babies. Her children keep her on her toes, but in her free time she loves reading, yoga, writing and long walks on the beach.
Project Support Officer
Vicky joined Tiny Tickers in 2015, after a background in media project management. She loves seeing ideas for projects become a reality, which is particularly fulfilling working for such a small charity with a big impact. She’s partial to a good spreadsheet too.
Vicky is a mum of two, has a passion for gardening and all things interiors, which is mainly lived out via Pinterest. Her ideal day would be Sunday lunch and a family walk in the woods. Her motto is ‘take pleasure in the small things, they are really the big things’.
Paul joined Tiny Tickers as Chairman in August 2018 and is excited about leading us into our 20th year.
Paul has spent the last 20 years managing global equity portfolios at Allianz Global Investors where he specialises in socially responsible investment – managing funds that are designed to generate financial returns whilst also having a positive and measurable impact on society. Paul’s job takes him around the world and he is a regular speaker at financial industry events on the topic of Responsible Investment and ESG Investing. With a grown up family, Paul is keen to use his skills to benefit others through his voluntary trustee role at Tiny Tickers.
In his spare time Paul is a ‘fair weather’ sailor and big sports fan, particularly football, rugby and cricket. He splits his time between London and the New Forest where he lives with his wife and son.
Read more about Paul here.
Gwen started her professional career running her own successful antiques business, Black Lion Antiques. After the birth of her daughter Esme, she started working for Lord Winston, running his charity Genesis Research Trust.
Gwen worked for Genesis for 29 years, helping to raise over £70m to fund vital research into improving the health of women and babies. She also cycled over 5000km raising thousands of pounds for the Charity.
In 2012 Gwen was appointed Company Secretary and Treasurer to Tiny Tickers. She is committed to helping them achieve their aims and objectives to improve the early detection and care of babies with serious heart conditions and to give these babies a better start in life.
Gwen enjoys cycling, travel, reading, theatre and her granddaughter Renee.
Professor Alan D Cameron MD FRCOG FRCP (Glas)Alan Cameron has been a consultant obstetrician for 20 years, currently in the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. He undertook his subspeciality training in Maternal Fetal Medicine in the University of Calgary, Canada. After this he was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Glasgow. He has retained an active research profile and he was rewarded with an Honorary Professorship from the University of Glasgow in 2007.
His main research interests are in prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy. He was Scottish Members representative on RCOG Council from 1996-2002, re-elected again in 2011, and was President of the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society from 2005-08.
As a former chair of the RCR/RCOG standing joint committee he helped develop the current RCOG Ultrasound training modules. He was elected to the position of Vice President for Clinical Quality of the RCOG and took up post in September 2013. In this role he oversees the work of the clinical quality department and is the co-principal investigator on the Each Baby Counts project. He is a co-opted member of the Council and Executive Committee of the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG) and was the local President when the EBCOG Congress came to Glasgow in May 2014.
Matt has worked in healthcare public policy and communication for more than a decade and is currently Associate Director of Policy and Communication at MSD. He has previously worked for the ABPI and was Head of Communications at the Royal College of Surgeons. While at the College he helped respond to the NHS safe & sustainable review of paediatric cardiac services and supported cardiothoracic surgeons as they became the first medical specialty to transparently report consultant-level outcome data.
Allan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has worked in the financial services sector for the past 12 years. He is currently a Director at KPMG. He became a trustee of Tiny Tickers in 2016.
He lives in Hampshire with his wife and two children, the eldest of whom was diagnosed with a heart defect in 2008 at the 20 week scan.
Jane FisherAntenatal Results and Choices (ARC) is a UK-wide charity providing independent, non-directive information and support to women and couples throughout antenatal testing and when a prenatal diagnosis is made. Help is offered for as long as is needed whatever decision is made about the future of the pregnancy. ARC also runs a well-established training programme for health professionals working in the field. Jane Fisher joined ARC in 2001 as Support Co-ordinator and became Director in 2004.
As well as managing the charity, Jane is also involved in directly supporting women and their partners, training health professionals, research, policy and media work. She represents service users on the UK National Screening Committee, Fetal Maternal and Child Health Group of the UK NSC and is a member of the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme Advisory group. She is also a
Patient and Public Voice Representative on the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Women’s Services.
Nick has been a barrister since 2004 and remains in full-time practice, based in Manchester. Nick has a mixed practice, specialising in Employment Law and Inquests, as well as undertaking criminal work, on behalf the prosecution and defence. He was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2012, an Assistant Coroner in 2015 and a Legally Qualified Chair of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in 2017
Nick became a trustee of Tiny Tickers in 2016 and lives in Cheshire with his wife and two children; one of whom was born with an Aortopulmonary window, requiring open-heart surgery at 8 months of age
Nick is an avid cyclist, having competed the Ride 100, for Tiny Tickers in 2017 and 2018.