Founder and Treasurer
Andrew is Tom’s Dad and co-founder of Tom’s Trust. He is MD of a Wealth Management business and takes a particular interest in the financial aspects of the charity as well as an active part in challenges.
Founder and CEO
Deborah is Tom’s Mum and co-founder of Tom’s Trust. She worked for 14 years in the oil industry co-ordinating shipping logistics and runs the charity on a day to day basis.
Susie has 10 years experience working in the charity sector. Her background is in fundraising, operations and managing large-scale projects across the UK and Europe. She is very excited to bring her experience to Tom’s Trust.
Helen Fernandes was appointed as Consultant Neurosurgeon at the internationally renowned Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 2002, the first female surgeon to be appointed there. She specialises in the treatment of both adult and paediatric patients with brain and spinal problems. Until recently, Helen chaired the UK branch of Women in Surgery, which is part of the Royal College of Surgeons, and in 2011 she was one of four Addenbrooke’s experts named in The Times directory of top surgeons.
Former Blue Peter presenter, Liz Barker, has become an Ambassador for Tom’s Trust. Liz has a wealth of experience in the media and now hosts a show on Cambridge’s 105 Radio Station.
Chair of Trustees
Andrew is a chartered accountant and a former partner of Ernst & Young. He is now a trustee of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and an Advisor to the finch firm Adjoint Inc.
Dr Peter Gough
Peter is a Family Doctor and feels privileged to have looked after Tom and his family and to be part of Tom’s medical team during his illness. Peter sat on the board of Trustees for ACT for ten years.
Dr Alastair Gray
Alastair is a Senior Clinical Psychologist working in the Cambridge area both privately and for the NHS. Building on his research experience, his specialist area is neuropsychology. He is also the manager of the NHS Huntingdon and Cambridge Memory Services.
Anil is a founder and investor in several innovative technology start-ups that have successfully scaled-up to become global businesses.
He is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Bango plc, a publicly-listed company that powers mobile payments for some of the world’s biggest internet companies. He has degrees in Psychology (B.Sc.) and Computer Science (M.Sc.).
Dr Angela Kirby
Lead Clinical Psychologist
Dr Angela Kirby has worked as a Clinical Psychologist since 1997. She trained in Leicester and then UCL. She has worked in Paediatrics for 15 years, prior to that she worked in CAMHS. She has worked in paediatric Oncology and Haematology for 6 years. Her specialist interests are Paediatric Neuropsychology and systemic family therapy.
Dr Sarah Archibald
Sarah’s role in the Clinical Psychology team is to offer emotional support to children, young people and their families. Support can be offered one to one as well as with the family. She also offers neuropsychological assessments to children and young people to investigate any changes with their cognitions, such as memory, attention and concentration. Sarah has experience in setting up and running therapeutic groups and this is something which she plans to do as part of her role.
Diana’s role in the Clinical Psychology team is to offer neuropsychological assessments and holding a small clinical caseload to offer 1:1 emotional support. Diana supports the Tree of Life groups (a group held for the siblings of the patients under their care) and family therapy sessions. Along with her psychology studies, Diana has 10 years’ experience in psychology in a variety of areas such as Community CAMHS, Inpatient CAMHS crisis pathway, IAPT, MST and Rethink. Diana enjoys working with clinical health psychology using systematic and narrative approaches and meeting such inspirational children, young people and their families.
Dr Sarah Verity
Dr Sarah Verity is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with specialist training in Paediatric Neuropsychology. She is a Practitioner Full Member of the Division of Neuropsychology of the British Psychological Society. Sarah works in paediatric neuro-oncology at the Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle, within which she leads a project exploring the use of psychostimulant medication in preserving intellectual function in children with brain tumour. She is neurocognition lead on the SIOP-E international prospective trial on high-risk medulloblastoma.
Sarah also teaches onto the paediatric neuropsychology stream of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Newcastle University, provides elective year neuropsychology placements to clinicians in training, and supervises Masters and Doctoral projects in Clinical Psychology and Medicine. She is lead for research and clinical innovation in the department of health psychology at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Sarah is extremely pleased to be playing a part in the ongoing work of Tom’s Trust to improve the lives of children with brain tumour and their families.
Naoimh Fox is currently working as a psychologist with the Clinical Psychology team in Paediatric Oncology. Naoimh has recently completed her doctorate in clinical psychology training and is awaiting accreditation. Naoimh has extensive experience working in multiple specialities including cancer, health anxiety, pain, adjustment and bereavement. Naoimh has also provided psychological support to many family members and siblings of those affected by illness. Naoimh is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and has an interest in long-term health conditions and their associated mental health difficulties. Naoimh is committed to adapting her therapeutic style to accommodate a client’s unique psychological needs and abilities.