Board of Trustees & Advisors to the Board

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance and development of the Centre. In addition, Trustees play an active part in the running of the Centre, supporting both the Centre Management Team and our team of volunteers as required.

Advisors support the Trustees in their responsibility for the governance and development of the Centre. Appointed by the Board, they bring specialist skills or longstanding experience, for example as ex-Trustees wishing to continue to support the Centre in a less-demanding role.

Debbie Pugh, Chair of Trustees

Debbie was unanimously elected Chair of Trustees in September 2021. She takes over from Ted Sage who had previously held the position since 2010.

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Ted Sage, Trustee

After training as an engineer in Cambridge, Ted worked for several large companies in senior operations roles in the UK and the Far East. He became a Trustee in 2008, initially as Secretary, and later as Chair of Trustees from 2010 until September 2021 when he handed over the role to Debbie. Ted remains a Trustee and is pleased to be able to use his skills and extensive experience of the Centre to support the next phase of development and growth.

Bob Jackson, Trustee & Treasurer

Before retirement, Bob worked for nearly 40 years in finance. He was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2000 but, thanks to successful treatment, is still here. He has been the Centre’s Honorary Treasurer since 2009.

Janet Hickman, Trustee

Janet has run the Macmillan courses at the Centre for 9 years. She is a Macmillan HOPE Facilitator and Assessor, an Expert Patients Programme Facilitator and has recently been trained to be a Macmillan Lead Trainer. She became a Trustee in 2011.

Fran Dawson, Trustee

A long-standing member of the Centre after being diagnosed with cancer in 1993, Fran became a Trustee in 1993 and Chair soon afterwards. She is trained in counselling and is a Holistic Therapist qualified in Aromatherapy, Massage and Reflexology. A second occurrence of cancer was diagnosed in 2001 but she says that, as she is still here and still a Trustee, there must be something special about this place!

Claire Mackenzie, Trustee

Claire is an experienced therapist and has been volunteering her services at the Centre since 2016. Before becoming a therapist, she worked in sports TV production and for a sports charity in both logistics and production management. Over the years, she has been involved with a variety of charities primarily organising events and fund raising and has a particular interest in environmental issues. She is a mother of three boys and enjoys playing sport. Claire became a Trustee in 2019.

Nick Wright, Trustee

Nick has over 25 years’ international experience in strategy, business planning, governance, change management and delivery. His work has focused on improving the Research and Development of new medicines including delivering innovative IT solutions for Clinical Trials with groups such as the Christie Hospital in Manchester. Nick joined the Board of Trustees in 2020 and is committed to supporting the Centre particularly in the areas of strategy, governance and fundraising.

Lucy Sales, Trustee

Lucy joined CCHC as a Trustee in 2021.

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Dick Dickinson, Trustee

Dick joined CCHC as a Trustee in 2021.

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John Skilbeck, Advisor & Acting Secretary

After an early period in academia, John worked as a consultant and senior manager with and within a wide range of organisations from start-up to blue-chip. He has held a variety of roles primarily in operational, commercial, partnership, project and change management. Now retired, John became a Trustee in April 2014. John stood down as a Trustee in August 2020 but has remained an Advisor to the Board. With many challenges confronting the Centre during the pandemic, John offered his ongoing support to the Board as Acting Secretary through this difficult period, a role he continues to fulfil.

Barry Pridmore, Advisor

After a spell working in the construction industry, Barry changed career direction into the voluntary sector. There he worked in a variety of charities initially focusing on the support of volunteers before moving into volunteer programme development and volunteer leadership roles. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2019. A new job as Head of Volunteering at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust later that year meant that, sadly, Barry felt unable to continue as a Trustee. However, he is pleased to be able to offer his expertise to the Board and Management Team as an Advisor, particularly in the areas of volunteer recruitment, development and management.