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Sue De Cesare

Sue is our Executive Director. Having worked within a corporate environment at Board Level across Media, Publishing and Insurance for more than 30 years, Sue made a decision to put her energy into using her business knowledge to help start-ups and small companies. 

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Edana Harris
Edana Harris

Edana Harris

Edana is Junior Executive and PA to the Executive Director, Sue. Edana comes from a corporate events background and has worked with various clients, from tech giants to automotive brands. Having had enough of the corporate world, she decided she wanted to work for Yes to Life as it aligns with her values.

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Miquel Leon
Miquel Leon

Miquel Leon-Canete

Miquel is a professional fundraiser with over 20 years’ experience in the charity sector, 12 of them in the UK. He has worked in different sectors, from health, international development, community to the elderly; on a local, national and international level.  He has raised funds for different charities and projects, no matter how big or small. He has also project managed international development projects in different West African countries. 

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Tom Petzal
Tom Petzal

Tom Petzal

Tom has been at the top of his profession with his own practice as a funding consultant for charities and the arts for over 30 years . Prior to that he held CEO appointments with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Motability (founding charity director) and as Secretary General of the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies Societies (the official world NGO for MS) which led to him being appointed to the Mental Health Executive of the WHO.

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JohnPiears
JohnPiears

John Piears

John became a regular volunteer in the office after losing his wife Beata to cancer in 2015. Yes To Life had supported Beata during her cancer journey, so John was keen to give something back to the charity and to help it reach out to more cancer patients who were unable to get the help they need from the mainstream charities.
 

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Nicole Atilio
Nicole Atilio

Nicole Atilio

Nicole is a political scientist who has been interning with Yes to Life. She has worked in various roles in planning, finance and politics including the Buenos Aires city government and Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee. She has three main goals: tackling issues of social inclusion, creating value for the community by participating in public organisations and taking action to fuel social change.

 

 

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DianaPeterson

Diana Peterson

Diana's background is in science, farming and horticulture. In 2006, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and conventional medical treatment left her in a very poor state of health, which her doctors seemed powerless to improve.

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Helpline Administrators

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ClaireWinterbourne2015

Claire Winterbourne

Claire joined Yes to Life as the Help Line Administrator but now also works on Funding Administration and assisting Sue on a weekly basis with all funding enquiries. Claire is a reflexologist who practises in Hertfordshire, after having held a keen interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine for many years for both her and her families’ own health and wellbeing.

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Helpline Volunteers

Clare McLusky
Clare McLusky

Clare McLusky BSc (Hons)

Clare has worked for Yes to Life since 2007, and as a volunteer for the helpline since 2009. She is motivated by her own experience of cancer, cancer treatment and on going healing. She has been practicing meditation since 2006 and in 2012 she gained a masters degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University. 

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Debra White Hughes Small

Debra White Hughes

Debra is a helpline volunteer. After resolving her own breast cancer without conventional treatments in 2014, Debra is keen to support a greater awareness of nutritional approaches to health and treatments not currently available on the NHS.  

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Elaine Godley

Elaine is a 3-time cancer survivor and volunteers on our helpline.  She has an MBA in Legal Practice and diplomas in Psychology and advanced Nutrition.  She is a former CEO and COO of major companies as well as running her own enterprises and business networks.  For nearly 20 years Elaine has been a Transformational Business Consultant and is an expert in the DISC model of Behavioural Profiling.

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ElisabettaFumigalli
ElisabettaFumigalli

Elisabetta Fumagalli

Elisabetta came across Yes to Life shortly after having been diagnosed with cancer in 2009. She was already aware of a lump since 2008 but it took a while to diagnose. After being diagnosed she decided to take an alternative way to heal herself. She met Robin at a workshop given by the herbalist Margi Flint at the CNM and joined Yes to Life as a Help Line Volunteer in 2013.

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Gillian Bertram
Gillian Bertram

Gillian Bertram 

Originally from Hong Kong, Gillian lived and worked in Paris for 12 years before moving back to London after finishing cancer treatment in Paris. She was diagnosed with brain cancer (stage 3) in Sept 2015 followed by surgery to remove the tumour. Luckily, 95% of all visible tumour was able to be removed.

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Gladys Hall, BA (Hons) 

Gladys has over 12 years of working in the public sector, mainly the NHS and the Department of Health before that. Gladys is now a qualified massage therapist with an interest in holistic nutrition and hoping to gain a qualification in the latter. 

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MelanieSparkes
MelanieSparkes

Melanie Sparkes

Melanie is a qualified nurse, who works part-time in a GP practice in London.  

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Ruth Sharif  DipNut, DipNat, BComm Int (Hons), mBANT

Ruth is a committed and passionate naturopathic nutritionist. She graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London in 2011 in Nutritional Therapy and Naturopathy. Before having children and embarking on her training at CNM, she worked for various consumer goods companies in brand management.

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Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne is Mother to a Teenage Son, runs a Holistic Centre in Hertfordshire and is passionate about providing access to Complementary Therapies, so helping to support this by volunteering with Yes to Life makes perfect sense.  Suzanne has now joined the Helpline having supported the charity before with call checking administration.

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Wendy Temple Smith Headshot

Wendy Smith BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy, MBANT, CNHC, AFMCP Graduate

Wendy started her working life as a legal secretary, moving on to become a personal assistant in the film industry.  Having held a deep passion for food, health and the environment, she found she could combine these interests by pursuing a career in nutritional therapy. 

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Suppport Team

Hilary Martin

Hilary has worked for 30 years as a neonatal nurse and trained to be a nutritional therapist in 2005. During her career, she has taken an active role in counselling bereaved parents. She has used integrative therapy throughout her life, particularly at the time of both her husband’s and her own cancer experience.

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Dan Bleich
Dan Bleich

Daniel Bleich

Dan is a freelance web developer, developing websites for various companies, who volunteers his services to the charity. Personal experiences with cancer and related conditions have led Dan to believe that it would be a significant step to see complementary medicines being incorporated into the traditional medical system.

Jane Fior

Jane is a psychotherapist and specialist cancer counsellor with over twenty years’s experience of working with cancer patients and those close to them, at all stages of the disease. She was one of the founders of the charity The Cancer Counselling Trust where for ten years she was part of the clinical team as well as tackling fundraising and outreach work.

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Helen Storey

Helen provides external supervisory support for our Help Line Operators. She is a counsellor with twenty years' experience of working with people with cancer and their friends and families. She has also worked extensively with helpline staff in the mental health field.

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