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Our staff

Joy Felgate - CEO

Joy Felgate

Chief executive

Joy was appointed as chief executive of CHECT in March 2011. Prior to this she was with Samaritans as director of services and before that with the Alzheimer's Society as deputy director of branch services. Joy originally trained as a nurse and went on to specialise in intensive care nursing. She managed the intensive care unit for adults and children at Bedford Hospital for four years before taking a break from work to have her three children.

Contact Joy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Julia Morris

Julia Morris

Support worker

Julia is based in Birmingham and visits Birmingham Children's Hospital (BCH) where she makes contact with families having treatment for Rb. She works nationally, introducing new families to family contacts, linking old and new members, providing information and helping with any Rb-related matter. Julia also teaches pottery to special needs groups and works with her local community. She is still responsible for her local Millennium Green project but has retired from her boat building business.

Julia works for CHECT on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and can be contacted on 0121 708 0583 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Lesley GeenLesley Geen

Support worker

Lesley joined CHECT in August 2012 as a support worker based in the London office and visiting the Rb clinics at The Royal London Hospital. Her role is to make contact with families whose children are having treatment for Rb or undergoing screening, to offer support and to set up a support service for teenagers affected by Rb.

Prior to this Lesley worked for Barnardo’s as a children’s services manager in the East of England. Lesley’s background is in nursing, she worked mainly as a children’s nurse with many years nursing children with cancer at The Royal Marsden Hospital and in Cambridge.

In her spare time she enjoys singing with a local contemporary choir.


You can contact Lesley through our London Office on 020 7377 5578 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Julie and Isla

Julie Firth

Communications officer

Julie joined CHECT in August 2010 as our London-based support worker and in 2012 changed roles to concentrate on communications and raising awareness. She is also the trust's contact for press enquiries. Julie's daughter was diagnosed with Rb in 2007 and underwent enucleation just after her 2nd birthday. Julie's background is in journalism she has previously volunteered for the National Childbirth Trust, editing the branch newsletter and providing admin support for the Slough Deaf Centre. Julie enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.

Julie works for CHECT on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and can be contacted on 020 7377 5578 or by email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Petra MaxwellPetra - Information & Research Officer

Information & research officer

Petra Maxwell joined CHECT in 2013 as information and research officer. She is responsible for raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of Rb, and the need for urgent referral, with those health professionals who are a first point of contact for concerned parents. Petra’s background is in charity communications, and she most recently worked at Action for Blind People as PR Manager.

Petra works Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and can be contacted on 020 7377 5578 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fiona HeathFiona Heath

Supporter engagement & fundraising manager

Fiona Heath joined CHECT in April 2010 in the part-time role as fundraising manager. Fiona has enjoyed many years working for charities such as the RNLI and Tall Ships Youth Trust, having begun her career in sales and marketing. Fiona, who commutes from Petersfield said "I really enjoy working with CHECT's members and volunteers and am not only humbled by the amazing work done by this wonderful charity but also by the courage and boundless enthusiasm demonstrated by its supporters." In her spare time Fiona enjoys DIY, gardening and reading.

You can contact Fiona at our office in London on 020 7377 5578 and email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Emma TylerEmma Tyler

Corporate & major donor fundraising manager

Emma joined CHECT in September 2013, having previously worked for an educational charity for ten years. Her first day with the organisation was the annual conference, which Emma says left her feeling really inspired. She will be looking to develop new partnerships with businesses and individuals interested in supporting the work that we do, building on the very successful relationship already developed with Vision Express. "I would love to hear from anyone with suggestions, or if you know of a company interested."

Emma works Monday to Friday and can be contacted on 020 7377 5578 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Jenny Seaton UlliottJenny Seaton Ulliott

Office manager

Jenny joined CHECT in October 2013 as Office Manager and provides administrative support to the CHECT team and board of trustees, as well as assisting with information management, communications and organising events. Before joining CHECT Jenny had a variety of administrative roles in the public and not for profit sectors. She lives in Hatfield with her husband and enjoys international travel.


Jenny works Monday to Friday and can be contacted on 020 7377 5578 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Spencer VignesSpencer Vignes

Press officer (freelance)

Spencer is a freelance press and public relations consultant who joined CHECT in March 2014 to provide communications support. Once a journalist, Spencer has worked with a wide range of clients including the Samaritans, Cancer Research UK, the Children’s Workforce Development Council and even the legendary jazz singer Nina Simone. His god son, Alex Boxall, was diagnosed with Rb in 2005 and following two years of intensive treatment has gone on to make a full recovery. Spencer loves sport and has written several books about football and tennis. He can be contacted on 07956 951144 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What we do

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) is dedicated to providing support to families affected by Retinoblastoma (Rb), funding research and raising awareness.

Our history

A brief account of the origins of CHECT, which started in 1984 as FISH, before becoming the Retinoblastoma Society and then the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.

Our trustees

Read about our board of trustees and what led them to volunteer their time and experience to this vital role.

Our partners

Find out who has signed up to support the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust in the commercial world.

Annual reports and accounts

The facts and figures and inner workings of the charity laid out for you to explore.

Contact us

Details of how you can get in touch with us, whether you are looking to fundraise, need information or would like support for your family.