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.
Chair of Trustees
Jan Rutherford joined the charity after one of her close relatives was cared for in the Rainbow Rooms. She has extensive experience in health and social care having been Director of Social Services for Berkshire County Council and Acting Chair at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
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.
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.
Linda is married to Chris and has two sons and one grandson. Her original connection with the Trust was helping run the annual Christmas Concert jointly with Macmillan Support and has been a Trustee for ten years.
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 has lived in Thatcham West Berkshire since 2002. He graduated from University of West London in 2002 with a Higher National Diploma in Nursing Studies. He undertook a critical care rotation at Royal Berkshire Hospital and then transferred his skills in to Primary Care working for Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust in Reading In 2009 Richard moved to Thatcham and undertook a BSC hnrs Degree in Primary Care Nursing at Reading University. Following this he completed a Higher National Certificate in Cardiovascular Nursing at UWL, Higher National Certificate in Diabetes Nursing at Warwick University and Long Term Conditions at Reading University. Richard has been an Independent Prescriber since qualifying at Reading University in 2012. He spent six years as Community Matron in the Newbury District area managing patients with a high risk of acute hospitalisation due to multi co-morbidities. He has worked closely with local GP’s at Lambourn, Hungerford, Chieveley and St Marys Surgeries. In 2016 Richard was promoted to the role of Advanced Nurse Practitioner, a role created to extend the nurse led model of care on Highclere Ward and work in partnership with GP Dr Graham Stiff. 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. He is currently studying a Masters Pathway for Advanced Practice. Richard is currently developing a special interest in Palliative and End of Life Care and is due to commence a Leadership in Advanced Symptom Control Management Module at The Royal Marsden later in 2019. 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. Richard is married with one daughter.