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 charity's strategic aims and monitor the delivery of our objectives. 

If you're interested in becoming a trustee for WHY, please get in touch. Please see the trustee role descriptions below for more information about what our trustees do. 

  • 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 Notley
  • Rachel Notley
  • Treasurer
  • I grew up in Somerset and volunteering within the local community has always been a strong part of our family ethos.

    Professionally, I have been practising as a qualified chartered accountant for the last 10 years, and currently work as a Finance Director for a global company. I spend my professional career in a corporate environment, and so it has become increasingly important to me to use those skills to support those around me.

    Personally, and like so many others, I was introduced to WHY when my partner was diagnosed with cancer. Having benefited from the services provided by WHY I am delighted to start work with the team here.
  • Ellie Watson
  • Ellie Watson
  • 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.

    Five 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. 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 conditions.
  • Cara Burr
  • Cara Burr
  • Trustee
  • I have always lived in in the South West, and moved to Frome in December 2018 with my two children.

    I qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2007, and as a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners two years later. I am an Associate at Mogers Drewett Solicitors and specialise in Will Preparation and Estate Administration. Sadly, I frequently have to advise people who have been diagnosed with cancer, and help families who have lost a loved one to cancer to wind up their estates, so I recognise how important a charity WHY is.

    In my spare time I enjoy gardening and country walks, and can often be found at my partner’s farm. I tell myself I am ‘helping’ him look after his cattle but, if you were to ask him, he may describe my assistance somewhat differently!

    I was a Brownie Guider for over 20 years and feel it is important to give something back to the community and, now my children have grown up (although not yet ‘flown the nest’!), becoming a trustee at WHY is the perfect opportunity for me to put my legal knowledge to good use for a local charity that does amazing work. I feel honoured to be a small part of such a vital organisation.

  • Hannah Cottee-Wort
  • Hannah Cottee-Wort
  • Trustee
  • I've worked in the charity sector for the past 17 years and have been involved with WHY for seven of those. After volunteering and travelling in Africa and studying an International Studies BSc I went on to work for Save the Children in a variety of fundraising, communications, campaigns and advocacy roles. In a nutshell, most of my roles at Save the Children involved inspiring and mobilising the public both in the UK and globally, to support their work. My career highlight was meeting Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson whilst working as a Global Campaigns and Advocacy Advisor for Save.

    I worked for WHY between 2014-2018 and after leaving I joined the board as a Trustee. The work of WHY is incredibly important to me after losing my own dad to cancer. I have had the privilege of talking with many clients and supporters of WHY and I know what an incredible difference the organisation makes to people at an unbearably difficult time.

    WHY is a dynamic organisation and during my time as a staff member and supporter I have been lucky enough to trek the Sahara, climb the Three Peaks, skydive and join various half marathon teams.

    WHY is a brilliant organisation with passionate and committed staff and volunteers and i'm always proud to be a small part of the team,
  • Joachim Ryan
  • Joachim Ryan
  • Trustee
  • I grew up in the south of England, and have been working in mental health since 1999. After learning the ropes caring for adults with learning disabilities, I moved to Cambridge and eventually trained as a clinical psychologist. I worked in Peterborough, south London, and then Cornwall. I have run primary care based psychology services (IAPT), a veterans service, and a community perinatal mental health team for the NHS. All with their challenges, and all very rewarding. A couple of years ago I moved to Somerset and began working in neighbouring Wiltshire, where I heard about the fantastic and vital work that WHY does.

    Since qualifying in my profession I have developed a clinical expertise in complex trauma. I now run the Psychological Treatment Service in Wiltshire as their lead clinical psychologist. I am used to seeing the many different forms that trauma can take, and I have always been impressed by those looking to overcome it.

    Like many, I have had a family member diagnosed with cancer. I could see the sense in viewing people as whole individuals, rather than just their bodies. This is the important role that WHY has in helping people cope with their experiences of cancer. I’m very proud to be a part of it.
  • Dr Dorothy Goddard
  • Dr Dorothy Goddard
  • Trustee
  • I first became aware of WHY (then known as PAC – Positive Action on Cancer) in my roles as Lead Clinician for Cancer and Consultant Breast Radiologist at the Royal United Hospital, Bath – from the early 2000’s until my retirement from clinical practice in 2018.
    I knew from my clinical experience what a significant impact a cancer diagnosis can have on patients and their carers’ and in 2010 became involved with the national team in partnership with Macmillan during the development of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative – and continued working with Macmillan nationally and our regional Cancer Network to develop and embed the Living With and Beyond Cancer (LWBC) programme locally.
    Through my clinical work at the Hospital, my work with Macmillan and as Chair of the Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire (SWAG) Cancer Alliance LWBC (until my ‘final’ retirement in 2019) – I have known about the fantastic work of WHY.
    As a Trustee, I hope to bring some of my experience over many years of working with cancer patients and from working at a national and regional level in the development of cancer strategy relating to Living With and Beyond Cancer. It will be a privilege if I am able to help WHY in this way.
  • Tessa Warry
  • Tessa Warry
  • Trustee
  • I moved to Frome with my family in 2019, having previously spent over 15 years living in the Bristol and Bath areas. As a qualified social worker my career has always centred around supporting children and young people, starting out in Local Authority childcare teams and then fostering support, before joining the charity where I am now the Director of Programmes and Development. The charity uses outdoor adventure as a platform to support vulnerable young people from the Swindon and Wiltshire areas grow in resilience, build confidence and fulfil their potential.

    I was so relieved to find the support of WHY when my own family was affected by cancer, and I believe their work is essential for people at such a vulnerable and difficult time. I believe supporting local organisations is so important, and I’m delighted to be able to get involved in supporting WHY as a trustee.

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