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. 

Our staff team

Jon Arnold

Chief Executive

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.

Anne Rhodes

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.

Katie Lawson

Head of Fundraising and Communications

Katie joined us in 2018 as Head of Fundraising & Communications. Katie likes coffee (A LOT), 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 is leading us into new fundraising adventures and increasing the awareness around our life-saving work.

Kym Kitching

Fundraising Manager

For the last 13 years, Kym has worked and volunteered for a range of charities before finding her feet in fundraising over six years ago. Passionate about making a difference, Kym joined Tiny Tickers in October 2019.

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.

Gaynor Bearder

Fundraising Manager

A previous Building Society Manager, Gaynor has been an active fundraiser both as a volunteer and in a professional capacity, for various children’s charities, for over 14 years. With a passion for improving the lives of children and their families with CHD, Gaynor is excited to have joined Tiny Tickers in 2021.

Gaynor is a mum to two teenage sons – her youngest was born with a heart condition, critical aortic stenosis, and has had two heart surgeries so far. In the summer of 2021, Gaynor also had her own heart repaired after two previously unknown congenital heart defects were discovered.

Now heading to a full recovery and with hopeful energy to match, Gaynor’s future plans include learning BSL, as well as learning an instrument and to carry on dancing on tables for as long as possible!

Vicky Woodmansey

Project Support Manager

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’.

Aimee Foster

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, swimming, writing and long walks or runs on the beach.

Carly Doswell

Project Support Officer

After working in the charity sector for the past 14 years, Carly has experience in project development, events and fundraising for various children’s health charities. Her passion is to support and help people – once she started working in the charity sector she never looked back.

Carly is delighted to join Tiny Tickers to assist with work on our pulse oximetry project and the webinars series for health professionals.

As a mum of two young children, her spare time is limited, but when she gets the chance, she loves to bake, hunt for bargains in charity shops and plan family trips away to exciting places.

Nicola Brake

Finance Officer

Nicola joined Tiny Tickers in 2022 and has a background in accounts. She is excited to support the charity to grow and reach as many families as possible.

She enjoys nothing more than being outside, walking at the beach or in the countryside with her family and their dog, Dylan! Or eating cinnamon buns with a decent coffee!

Nicola has personal experience of CHD as her youngest daughter was diagnosed at 8 weeks old and had open heart surgery two days later.

Team Tiny Tickers also includes our trustees, our team of specialist trainers, the dedicated volunteers on our Parent and Carer Panel and our specialist professional support.