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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Hayley joined CHECT in September 2014 as Office Manager. She provides administrative support to the team and board of trustees, as well as assisting with information management, communications and organising events. Before joining us Hayley worked as a registered health and social care manger and has several years experience working as a health care assistant in a domiciliary setting. She lives in East London and enjoys blogging, photography and web development.
Member support officer
Graham joined CHECT in June 2014 as Member Support Officer providing administrative support to the CHECT team and all CHECT members, as well as being responsible for the upkeep of the database and for finding ambassadors to represent the charity. Before joining CHECT Graham worked for six years in education, including roles as a teaching assistant, youth worker for young offenders and working for the Gloucestershire Young Carers charity. In his spare time, you’re quite likely to find him playing football.
Press officer (freelance)