Nicola Cunningham, Breast Cancer Haven Manager, London
Nicola qualified as a physiotherapist in 2000, and specialised in oncology and palliative care at St Bartholomew’s hospital.  She worked as an allied health professional lead at the South East London Cancer network, before becoming a project and later programme manager for the London Cancer Alliance (LCA). Nicola was responsible for developing service improvement initiatives and support packages for living with and beyond cancer, including psychological support, lymphoedema and rehabilitation, as well as the Recovery Package and patient experience for the 14 NHS Trusts and their third sector partners in South and West London. Nicola holds a post-graduate certificate in advancing physiotherapy (focusing on palliative rehabilitation and exercise in cancer) and a project management qualification.  She represented allied health professionals on the LCA board.  Nicola has lectured nationally and internationally on the role of physiotherapy in cancer and palliative care, and for local universities on the cancer and cancer strategy.  She joined Breast Cancer Haven in March 2016.

 

Di Emmett, Breast Cancer Haven Manager, Hereford
Di has worked as a nurse for over 20 years and has been working at Hereford County Hospital for a number of years as a specialist Breast Care Nurse providing holistic support to patients and their families. She has been with Breast Cancer Haven since 2016.

 

Debra Horsman, Breast Cancer Haven Manager, Yorkshire
Debra Horsman was previously a Senior Breast Care Nurse for fourteen years in Yorkshire and former Chair of the Yorkshire Cancer Network’s Breast Care Group. Debra started nursing in 1976 at Wharfedale General Hospital, Otley where she stayed until 1996. She worked in many different areas from paediatrics to care of the elderly. Whilst at Otley, Debra became involved with people affected by breast cancer and set up a support group ‘Bosom Pals’. Her career path then changed and she joined Norma Russell OBE in the Bradford breast care team and also worked with the palliative care team. Since 2008, Debra has managed a team of experienced therapists and health professionals to ensure the effective delivery of Breast Cancer Haven’s innovative care programme to support the needs of anyone affected by breast cancer.

 

Sarah Moss, Breast Cancer Haven Manager, West Midlands
Sarah has been a Breast Care Nurse at Solihull hospital for three years, developing a health and wellbeing event for patients post-treatment. Prior to this, Sarah was a cancer research nurse across various cancer sites and across the whole of the West Midlands for ten years.

In her spare time Sarah is an active fundraiser in the local community, having run a half marathon, boxed in an Ultra White Collar event, and directed and produced as well as acting in annual parish pantomimes for local charities.

 

Marian Parfitt, Breast Cancer Haven Manager, Wessex
Marian joined Breast Cancer Haven in June 2015 after 30 years nursing in the NHS. She has worked in a variety of environments including Intensive Care in the UK and Australia, managing surgical wards and specialist units. Marian has completed a variety of post-graduate courses during her nursing career; the most recent was completion of her BSc in cancer care. Prior to joining Breast Cancer Haven in 2015 she worked as a Clinical Breast Care Nurse Specialist for ten years in Hertfordshire before relocating to manage her newly appointed team of staff, therapists and the centre in Titchfield, Hampshire. Marian is passionate about providing a specialised service to all people diagnosed with breast cancer.