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Our Trustees

Clodagh Ward

Clodagh Ward

Chair of Trustees

Clodagh became a trustee in 2013 after a career in consumer businesses, working on a variety of brands from Heinz Tomato Ketchup to yell.com. She now works as an independent consultant sharing her consumer knowledge and experience with smaller start up businesses. She came across Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust when looking for a female focussed charitable partner to work with on a commercial project. 

She was so impressed by the ethos of the charity and the work that they do that she decided to become more involved.She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and two kids.

Amelia Chong

Amelia Chong

Amelia Chong became a trustee in March 2021. She is currently the Policy Advisor for finances and specialised services at NHS Providers. Prior to this, Amelia spent seven years working as a policy and public affairs professional for two cancer charities: Breast Cancer Now and Anthony Nolan. It was during this time that she was introduced to the work of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. Amelia is particularly passionate about the power of influencing to improve treatment, care and support, and is excited to bring her experiences to the Board.

Doug D’Arcy

Doug D’Arcy

Doug D’Arcy became a trustee in 2019. Doug was Managing Director at the record label Chrysalis before becoming President of Chrysalis Records International. In 1989 he started Dedicated Records a joint-venture with the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). Subsequently he has been a founder and director of the Association of Independent Music (AIM).

After a long career in the music industry, he got involved in the charity sector as a volunteer and trustee for the charity Missing People. Doug has been aware of the fantastic work of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust for some time and is delighted to bring his enthusiasm and experience to the board.

Mina Desai

Mina Desai

Professor (Dr) Minaxi Desai MBBS, FRCPath, CBE. Minaxi Desai became a Trustee in 2018. She was Clinical Director of the Manchester Cytology Centre at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Director of the Northwest Cytology Training Centre, Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Cancer Sciences at Manchester University and Visiting Professor in the school of Healthcare Sciences at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

She has been Chief Editor of Cytopathology journal and Chief Examiner of the European cytology examinations, past president of the British Association of Clinical Cytology and Council member of the European Federation of Cytology Societies. Mina has been actively involved in raising the awareness of cancer screening in the BME communities in Manchester and other parts of UK and rural communities in the developing world.

Hugh Grootenhuis

Hugh Grootenhuis

Hugh Grootenhuis is a Special Adviser to S.W. Mitchell Capital (SWMC) and a Director of S.W. Mitchell Capital PLC. Before joining S.W. Mitchell in January 2016, Hugh was Chief Executive of Waverton Investment Management Limited, an investment management company whose clients include private individuals, charities, investment funds and institutions. Prior to this, he worked for Schroders, in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore.

Hugh and Jamie Maxwell first became friends in the late 1960s, as their families lived close to one another in London, and both attended the same prep school. 

Hugh is married with two children and lives in London. He became a Trustee, and Treasurer, in 2014.  

Louise Newton

Louise Newton

Louise became a Trustee in 2017. Louise met Jamie when they were 18 and they became flatmates in Earls Court. Through Jamie she met Jo and became the very best of friends to both. She is Godmother to Thomas – Jo and Jamie’s eldest child! She became a founding friend of Jo’s at the outset and has loved being involved with the charity and the family ever since.

Louise runs a pop up art gallery, British Art Portfolio, with another founding friend Amanda Lowther. The gallery raises money for charity at each of its events. Jo’s has been the beneficiary on several occasions. Louise was very involved in the Constable fundraiser for JCCT at the V & A which raised over £100,000. With Carolyne Robinson, Amanda Lowther and M Bicket she ran the very popular and successful Jo’s Tennis Tournament in Northamptonshire for 10 years.

Andy Nordin

Andy Nordin

Mr Andy Nordin is a surgical gynaecological oncologist in the East Kent Gynaecological Oncology Centre, and Clinical Director for Cancer Care Group for East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. He also has a secondment as clinical advisor to the National Cancer Registration & Analysis Service (NCRAS). Andy was the President of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society from 2016 – 2019. He chaired the UK National Cancer Intelligence Network  (NCIN) Gynaecology Clinical Reference Group from 2007 – 2015, and was national clinical advisor for the Cancer Services Collaborative / NHS Improvement for 10 years.

Andy is the English representative on the ovarian cancer clinical committee for the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership and is a clinical advisor for a number of gynaecological cancer charities. He sits on the steering committee of a number of national clinical trials and audits, and his research interests include development of quality of life questionnaires with the EORTC Quality of Life Group.

Kevin Pollock

Dr Kevin Pollock, MPH

Kevin became a Trustee in March 2018. Kevin has published several papers on the impact of the HPV vaccine on high-risk HPV and cervical abnormalities in Scotland. Previously he led the HPV vaccine programme in Scotland but is now a Senior Outcomes Research Manager for Bristol-Myers Squibb.

He has a friend who is living with cervical cancer and he is very passionate about the work of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Kevin has a wife and young daughter and in his spare time, enjoys running ultra-marathons and growing chillies.

 

Charlotte Rains

Charlotte Rains

Charlotte Rains became a trustee in 2021. Charlotte is Head of Operations at the Lumos Foundation, an NGO working to end the harm of institutionalisation and help children worldwide be reunited with family. Prior to working at Lumos, Charlotte worked as Director of Operations for the Whole School SEND Consortium and for the London Leadership Strategy, delivering Department for Education funded contracts to support learners with special educational needs. Charlotte holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School and a Diploma in Charity Accounting and Financial Management from the ICAEW. 

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor

Carol joined as a trustee in December 2017 and works as a Global Marketing Director for Dyson. She first came across Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust when her younger sister was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2013. As well as supporting the charity as a trustee Carol continues to fundraise for Jo's with family and friends in her sister's memory. Carol lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and three young children.