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.
Co-Founder & Trustee
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.
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.
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 Alastair Gray
After a successful career in the NHS, Alastair left to start his own private practice working with patients, their families and their care teams. Over the last few years, his practice has expanded to provide help and support across the East and South East of England, working with clients who are recovering from serious injury whilst often going through complex medico-legal litigation. At a corporate level, Alastair also provides consultation services for safety-critical roles in the aviation industry, using both his background in neuropsychology and his interest in aviation.
Alexandra is an employment lawyer. After fifteen years at big City law firms, she co-founded Worden Richmond LLP, an employment law boutique. Alexandra provides input into all aspects of the Trust’s decision-making while offering particular expertise as a lawyer.
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.
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.
Rebecca has over 20 years’ experience in senior roles at fast-growing charities. As CEO of Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK), she grew it from half a million pounds to over £14 million, enabling it to fund £53m of innovative dementia research in centres all over the UK. After moving to Blue Smile, a children’s mental health charity in East Anglia, she managed the launch of two new services and doubled the charity’s income. Rebecca also brings extensive media and stakeholder engagement experience to Tom’s Trust.
Co-Founder & Charity Outreach
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 our outreach programme.
Corporate and Community Fundraiser
Since 2006, Jessica has worked with children’s charities and international development NGO’s in the UK, Timor-Leste, and Nigeria. She has organised large scale fundraising events, managed challenge and sports teams, and created lasting relationships with corporate organisations, supermarkets, schools and community clubs.
Digital Campaigns Officer
Lucy began at Tom’s Trust as a volunteer on our 31 Stars campaign, and has a background in social media. She now works across digital channels creating content and materials to support our fundraising campaigns, as well as coordinating the use of our CRM system.