PAC

Board of Trustees

We are governed by a Board of Trustees made up of individuals with a diverse range of experiences.  The Board of Trustees set the charities strategic aims and monitor the delivery of our objectives. 

 

  • Anne Montague
  • Anne Montague
  • Chair
  • I first became involved with WHY (then known as PAC- Positive Action on Cancer) 15 years ago when I joined the charity as a counsellor. At that time we were only able to offer a handful of sessions to clients in Frome.

    Over the next 12 years, when I worked for WHY as a counsellor, clinical manager and bid writer, the service expanded to offer many more sessions in a range of venues across three counties and to include support for children and young people as well as adults.

    I now work as counselling co-ordinator at Dorothy House Hospice, have a small private counselling practice and also work as a freelance health journalist and book editor.

    After many years spent working with people affected by cancer I have seen at first hand the profound impact of WHY’s support on people’s emotional health, their ability to cope with their illness and to move forward with their lives.

    I believe passionately in the value of WHY’s work so I was delighted to ‘come back’ two years ago as a trustee and support the development of this vital charity .
  • Rachel Hulbert
  • Rachel Hulbert
  • Treasurer
  • Having joined the Board in 2015 I have been Treasurer since October 2016.

    Raised in Frome I recently returned after a fifteen year absence to set up home in the town I grew up in.

    I'd been aware of PAC, as the charity was, through its formative years and friends' fundraising and didn't hesitate when asked if I could help as a Trustee.

    Whilst I have no clinical experience I have 20 years’ experience in financial services and a good grounding in business, skills I hope can help WHY to continue to provide their valuable offering within our community and beyond.
  • Ellie Tucker
  • Ellie Tucker
  • Trustee
  • I started my early career working within Universities delivering and evaluating international research projects. I was involved with budgeting, quality assurance, building partnership networks and working on sub projects to communicate research. I also worked within a small sub team supporting bid writing for large scale project grants through organisation such as the Department for International Development.

    5 years ago my career changed directly slightly, I became interested in counselling and addictions and took a position at Action on Addiction as a learning Coordinator. My role is to work in partnership with the University of Bath to deliver a BSc in Addictions counselling. I am responsible for teaching academic skills in writing and research and responsible for the day to running of the programme, including quality management, curriculum design, virtual learning environment design etc. Where this role is particularly rewarding is in that I have been able to develop a theoretical knowledge around training and supervising counsellors.

    As part of my quality management hat within this role, I sit of numerous committees and Boards at the University of Bath.

    On a personal level it is very important to me to be able to support this essential service. WHY’s work is vital in helping with people’s psychological challenges in the face of life threatening illnesses.
  • Filipa Vance
  • Filipa Vance
  • Trustee
  • Originally from Portugal, I studied Microbiology at the University of Glasgow from where I also graduated with a PhD in Cancer Studies. I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Imperial College before embarking on a career in Grant Management and development with the Wellcome Trust. I now work at the Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation, where I manage and develop interdisciplinary research projects.

    On a personal level, I’m a mother of two children and a long term cancer survivor. I was a cancer patient for over 20 years, cancer free for just over 15 years now and on a managed discharge for the past 4 years. I am community focused and have organized, and taken part in, fundraising events which include MacMillan Cancer Research and Bliss. I also do volunteering work at my kids’ school where I have set up a science club which is free for all to attend.

    I believe that a lot can be done to improve the quality of life for people with cancer. Whilst cancer is very much a disease of the body, one cannot underestimate the emotional baggage it brings to those who fall ill, their family, friends, carers and work colleagues.
  • Jamie Gallagher
  • Jamie Gallagher
  • Trustee
  • I have worked in the creative industries since my graduation from UWE Bristol in 2001. I currently run a branding agency, a web hosting company, and a cycling and coffee brand. I specialise in building and accelerating high-growth businesses and organisations through brand strategy, business consultancy and change management.

    My branding agency, Hello, works pro-bono with one charity every year. This initiative gives us an opportunity to work with charities that otherwise couldn’t afford us, and allows us the creative freedom to work on meaningful projects that make a significant difference. WHY (PAC back then) approached us and we set about re-branding them. During this project I lost my best friend to cancer, which brought a whole new dimension to the work we were doing with the charity. It was after completing this work, and gaining a real understanding of the importance and uniqueness of the emotional support offering, that I became a trustee.

    Outside of work — with the little sliver of time I have spare — I am an oil painter, with a small studio in the Silk Mill in Frome. I’m also a keen cyclist and coffee enthusiast.


  • Emily Denham
  • Emily Denham
  • Trustee
  • Some years ago myself and several members of my family accessed the service provided by WHY…, since then my family and I have undertaken a few fundraising antics. My eldest daughter threw herself out of an aeroplane and my younger daughter cut 10 inches of her hair off, I have run a marathon or two and completed a 100 mile bike ride –despite not actually being able to ride a bike!

    In 2014 I was asked if I would take my involvement with the organisation to a different role and consider becoming a trustee, I have been proud and delighted to hold the post since October 2014. I see my role as trustee as being a “critical friend” to the organisation, asking the daft questions can often be helpful I find. Ensuring WHY… has a sustainable plan for future development to enable it to continue to deliver its valuable service at the points in people’s lives where they need it most is great motivation, especially with first-hand experience of the difference it makes.

    I have had a long and varied career in Health and Social Care, and have worked in both statutory and the voluntary sectors. Most recently as a service manager for a specialist health team for people with learning disabilities.
  • Peter Lennard
  • Peter Lennard
  • Trustee
  • I first became aware of WHY... when I was working for Dorothy House Hospice Care. I was Finance Director of Dorothy House (for 10 years) and provided a little financial advice on occasion to PAC (as it was then).

    I qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 1977 and initially worked in private industry in both manufacturing and service sectors. After 20+ years in the private sector, I then became Finance Director of a Further Education College, followed by a Housing Association and finally with Dorothy House. For me, working in an organisation where profit is not the main objective has been very rewarding.

    Like many people, I have known someone close with cancer and working for Dorothy House, in particular, has shown me the fantastic work that health and social care professionals and volunteers carry out and the invaluable impact they have on people’s lives. Until recently, I was a Governor of our local Primary School for eight years (for five of which I was Chair).

    I retired in 2014 but still prepare the accounts or examine them for a number of other Charities. I hope that I can use my experience to help WHY... by my input as a Trustee.
  • Philippa Spencer
  • Philippa Spencer
  • Trustee
  • I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and have spent much of my career providing specialist support to people affected by physical illness. I have particular expertise in the areas of cancer and palliative care and have worked in two UK cancer centres, a London hospice and a community end of life care team. I have also worked on a Macmillan funded project developing new and innovative ways of addressing the specific psychological needs of teenagers and young adults affected by cancer.

    In addition to my clinical work I have a longstanding interest in the wellbeing of frontline staff. I have extensive experience in supporting, supervising and debriefing staff as well as providing training in communication skills, stress, burn-out and compassion fatigue.

    After 20 years working within the NHS I recently set up The Bath Psychology Clinic. This has allowed me to continue my clinical work whilst giving me the opportunity to contribute more broadly to my fields of interest.

    I believe passionately in the provision of high quality, compassionate care for people affected by serious illness. A key part of this is making sure they feel psychologically supported. I am therefore delighted to be a trustee for WHY and look forward to doing what I can to help the charity develop, grow and flourish.

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