Our leadership team
Supporting the Blood Cancer UK community is a team responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the charity.
Gemma joined Blood Cancer UK as Chief Executive in September 2017 .
Gemma has led the organisation through an ambitious transformation programme. She has had a varied career working across the charity, higher education and health sectors. Most recently at King’s College London and King’s Health Partners as Executive Director of Fundraising & Supporter Development where she conceived and led the World questions | King’s Answers campaign, which raised over £610m and changed the lives of people around the world. She spent 7 years as a trustee at ActionAid UK and joined the Board of Blood Cancer UK in May 2020.
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Director of Organisational Effectiveness
Lisa Freshwater joined the charity as Director of Organisational Effectiveness in March 2018.
Lisa ensures that our people, processes and systems perform to a high level and offer value for money. It is a broad-ranging role, with responsibility for human resources, IT, data, facilities and performance.
Lisa has over 25 years of experience of working within HR & organisational development, delivering both operational and strategic plans at pace. She is passionate about driving positive cultural change, transforming organisations and ensuring inclusion for all.
Director of Finance
Nils joined Blood Cancer UK in May 2019 as Director of Finance.
Prior to joining Blood Cancer UK, Nils was Head of Planning & Reporting at the British Heart Foundation and before that, Lead Business Partner at the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID). Nils discovered his passion for the charity sector when volunteering as Finance Manager in Borneo, Malaysia, for Raleigh International. Before embarking on a career in charity finance, Nils worked as a professional cellist travelling all over Europe.
Nils is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and holds degrees in Accountancy from the University of South Australia and in Music from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
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Director of Research, Services and Engagement
Helen joined Blood Cancer UK in November 2019 as Chief Digital, Services and Innovation Officer and moved to be Director of Research, Services and Engagement in September 2020.
Helen's role is leading our mission to beat blood cancer by funding lifesaving research, providing the information and services that people need, and campaigning on the issues that matter to people with blood cancer. She ensures that we work collaboratively with our wider community of researchers, clinicians, carers and people living with blood cancer. Helen is passionate about putting the needs of people with blood cancer at the heart of everything we do.
Prior to joining Blood Cancer UK, Helen worked at a senior level in the NHS leading the development of digital services for patients, including nhs.uk. Throughout her career in health, she’s worked to use technology and data to make people’s lives easier and make the complex more simple.
Follow Helen on Twitter @rowntron