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MEET THE TEAM

The people behind the vision.

VOLUNTEERS

Our team is growing.

We started off with just four nurses and midwives, and now with our incredible volunteers on board our team has more than 40 members. We all bring something unique to the table, but find ourselves united by a common goal- to support those in need.

If you're a registered nurse or midwife and would like to support our listening service in future, keep an eye on our 'Get Involved' page for upcoming volunteer opportunities. We'd love to welcome you to the team.

GET INVOLVED

Shaping the future.

As a start-up organisation we are actively looking to expand and diversify our team. Nurse Lifeline is committed to providing a service that represents all areas of our professional community, and we are seeking individuals who can offer a fresh perspective. We value new ideas.

 

If you are non-medical and have the skills to help us navigate this process, whether in an official or advisory capacity, we are also keen to hear from you. Together, we can create change.

LARA JUKES

Trustee 

NICK SMITH

Treasurer

Nick is a Fellow of the ICAEW and has been a CFO and company director for over 20 years, across various businesses and sectors. He spent several years working and living overseas but has been based back in the UK for many years now. He joined the team in 2023 as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Trustees, driven by a desire to spend more of his time supporting those that contribute the most to society.

Sara has been a registered nurse for over thirty years and a psychotherapist for fifteen. She has combined these professional identities for the last ten years as Head of Pastoral Care, Psychological Support and PALS at the Royal Marsden. Part of this role was providing professional leadership for the psychological wellbeing of staff. Sara may also be known as one of the co-editors of the Royal Marsden Manual for Clinical Nursing Procedures. In the last edition she co-authored a chapter on self-care with an emphasis on noticing and preventing Compassion Fatigue for nurses.  Sara has recently retired from her leadership role but continues to work at the Royal Marsden as an Oncology Counsellor. Alongside this she is a Programme Leader for an MA Counselling at Waverley Abbey College. She has also recently been appointed as a Trustee to NurseLifeline. Horse-riding, gardening and walking are essential for Sara’s self care.

SARA LISTER

Trustee

Teresa a registered nurse, specialising in Neurosurgery, Intensive Care and Anaesthetics. She was appointed Chair of Nurse Lifeline in 2022. Teresa is the Managing Director of the award-winning training company The Drive Project.  Previously she worked at Queens Square in London and the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford before joining the Royal Air Force in 1993 as a Commissioned officer. In 2003 she was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) for her leadership in support of the 2003 Iraq War. During her military career Teresa has undertaken a variety of roles including training, governance and assurance, strategic healthcare commissioning and clinical. She has commanded at all levels and been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS), Associate Royal Red Cross (ARRC), an OBE and CBE for her leadership. Holding the rank of Group Captain, Teresa left the RAF in 2021 after 27 years. She lives in the Lake District with her rescue dog ‘Woolfie’ from Transylvania. She is a keen nature photographer and is interested in improving her watercolour painting.

TERESA GRIFFITHS

Chair and Trustee

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Lara has 30 years of experience in building and leading highly successful teams across fundraising, philanthropy and not-for-profit marketing in prestigious UK institutions. As Director of Development at The Institute of Cancer Research, London (ICR) she led an organisational rebrand and repositioned the ICR’s fundraising strategy, leading to a threefold increase in annual income and completion of a £75m capital campaign. Prior to the ICR, Lara established a Development Office at the British Library from start-up, building a philanthropic community and growing income tenfold; and before that, she held a senior fundraising position at the Royal Opera House working on the £100m ROH Development Appeal of the late 1990s and leading revenue fundraising in the “new House”.

Lara has a strong track record of raising multi-million pound philanthropic gifts personally, and through guiding and coaching others including senior leaders and trustees. Having directed fundraising across the full range of traditional techniques, she also has particular expertise in developing novel income generation models, for instance, applying investment industry principles to philanthropy. Lara is Chair of Ashford School Foundation and one of our valued Trustees.

HELENA KOPEC

NICOLA PEARCE

Operations Manager

Communications and
Marketing Manager

Helena works tirelessly to drive the operations of our charity forward. With her fingers in all the pies, Helena is the driving force behind the ins and outs of our charity, supporting all of the team with their roles as well as pushing the vital agenda of our cause to the forefront. 

Nicola has over 20 years experience in marketing, starting off her career in the world of hair care. She has had the opportunity to work on campaigns for some great brands including Paul Mitchell, Champneys and Virgin Active. Her experience recently has lead her to the world of non-profit, where she enjoyed leading on marketing for Bucks based charity, Action4Youth. She recently joined Nurse Lifeline to raise awareness of our fantastic cause.

ANDREW DAVIES

Fundraising Manager

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JOANNA COLEMAN

Trustee

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