Getting patients to hospital
Lady Fiona, The Countess of Carnarvon
President and Founder
Dr Paul Millard has worked as a GP in Newbury for many years, with a focus on Palliative Medicine. Paul founded the Newbury and District Cancer Care Trust in 1984 and led the appeal for funds for the Rainbow Rooms in the Community Hospital. Paul is one of the project leaders behind the Rosemary Appeal, helping to bring advanced Cancer and Renal disease care to the people of Newbury and West Berkshire.
Director of Operations
Helen joined Newbury Cancer Care in 2007 after 22 years in the RAF and a further 4 years in Admin Support for Thames Valley Police. She was appointed as Executive Officer in 2008 and is the main point of contact for NCC. Helen is responsible for the day to day running of the charity as well as managing the Transport Co-ordinators, volunteers and Trustees. Helen lives in Thatcham with her two daughters.
Chair of Trustees
Dave’s qualifications and early career in computing focused mainly on design and project management in a large multinational, before taking up the I.T. Director role in a large city law firm. Prior to early retirement in 2008, Dave held various senior management roles in Siemens’ business and I.T. outsourcing division. Since 2010, Dave has been a Trustee, then Chair, of Dingley's Promise, a Berkshire based charity providing vital support for pre-school children with additional needs. After the care and support that Dave's wife, Lynne, received from the Sue Ryder nurses and Rainbow Room staff in her final weeks and days, Dave was inspired to join NCC as a trustee in early 2020, and took over as Chair in January 2021.
Avril was born in Lambourn and has lived and worked in the area most of her life.
Liz has lived in Newbury for over 60 years. Her four children were all born and educated here. She is a volunteer at the two local theatres – the Watermill and The Corn Exchange. Following the death from Cancer of her husband and because of the incredible support the charity had provided throughout his illness, she became a Trustee of Newbury Cancer Care twenty years ago. She is a vigorous fund-raiser for the Trust.
Born 1941 Chris has been a Trustee since April 2010 and was previously a trustee with Stroke Care for Newbury & West Berks for 5 years. Chris retired as Assistant General Manager / Business Development Manager from career in sales and marketing for companies specialising in Fluid Mixing Equipment, Oil & Gas Separators, Offshore Modules and Large Fabricated Vessels involving extensive travel. Chris has also been a member of Newbury Rotary Club since 2000.
Mike joined St Bartholomew's School in 1969 and after being appointed as Head of Curnock House in 1984 was fortunate enough to be invited to the opening of the Rainbow Rooms which inspired him so much that he vowed to direct all the fund raising charity work undertaken by Curnock pupils into supporting the Newbury and District Cancer Care Trust. To date the House has donated upwards of £80,000 and he is very proud of the school’s association over the years and the manner in which generations of pupils have given so willingly both their time and energy to the success of this wonderful cause. Following Mike’s retirement from teaching five years ago he was invited to become a Trustee - a post that he is privileged and delighted to hold.
Penny became a trustee in 2018. Penny is a solicitor with a law firm based in Newbury, and has lived for most of her life in the local area. Penny became involved with the charity after losing a close relative to cancer and experiencing the valuable support of Newbury Cancer Care.
Sylvia was born in Staffordshire and moved to Berkshire in 1963 following her marriage. Most of Sylvia’s career was spent working for Government Research Councils and her final posting was as the Chief Personnel Officer for the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils. Sylvia was based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Sylvia’s husband died from cancer in 1997 and when she gave up work in 1999 she knew that she wanted to devote some of her time and skills to work with a local cancer charity. Sylvia was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Newbury Cancer Care Trust and has been a Trustee and the Secretary for almost 19 years. For the past few years Sylvia has also spent one day a month in the Charles Clore Day Unit teaching crafts to the patients. This has all been a very rewarding part of her life.
Jennifer became a trustee in 2018 after working with Newbury Cancer Care on the promotion of The Rosemary Appeal in conjunction with Newbury and Thatcham Hospital Building Trust. Jennifer has a marketing background and is currently employed as an account manager for a local creative communications agency. She is married with one young daughter.
Richard moved to West Berkshire in 2002 with his partner and his daughter. In 2016, Richard became an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. His current role requires him to lead clinical management on Palliative Care for patients requiring symptom control or for those admitted to the Rainbow Rooms for end of life care. Richard was invited to join as a Trustee and medical advisory in 2018 and looks forward to working with Newbury Cancer Care to support the local community.
For the past 12 years, Emma has worked as a marketing expert within a diverse range of industry sectors from retail to energy generation. Emma is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and splits her time between being a mother to her 2-year-old daughter Charlotte, her family, 1st Speen Rainbows group and career. Emma has been involved with Newbury Cancer Care since 2009, when her grandmother, Peggy, passed away from multiple myeloma. Emma joined us as a Trustee in August 2019 after her mother, Frances, passed away within a very short space of time from cancer in March 2019. Emma has a clear objective to promote the charity and fundraise for Newbury Cancer Care so that it can continue to support patients and their families at their most needed time in and around West Berkshire.
Clare has lived in the Newbury area for over 30 years and became aware of the charity when a close family member was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Clare has a HR & Business Operations background and currently works for a global software company.
Although Tessa’s family originates in Devon, she lived in Stanford Dingley for 5 years as a child when her father taught at Bradfield College after retiring from the army. Life didn’t take her back to Berkshire until 2005 when she relocated from London to join Vodafone at its Newbury headquarters, and met and married a Bucklebury man. Now retired from a career of marketing and programme management in international Telecoms, she joined Newbury Cancer Care in 2020. Having a brother and close friends who passed away as a result of cancer, she is pleased to be able to redirect some of that energy to help Newbury Cancer Care support those in West Berkshire affected by life-threatening illnesses.