About us Who we are Our People in Wessex Marian Parfitt, Breast Cancer Haven Macmillan Manager. 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 10 years in Hertfordshire before re-locating 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. Kerrie Pealin, Macmillan Information and Support Nurse. Kerrie joined Breast Cancer Haven June 2016. Qualifying as a nurse in 1998, she worked within the NHS for 5 years and concurrently she joined the reserve service for the army as a nurse. In 2003 Kerrie joined the regular army as a Commissioned Nursing Officer. She completed a post graduate BSc (Hons) in 2005. She has worked in a variety of settings both at home and abroad to include being Deputy Matron at Headley Court 2009-2012 delivering rehabilitation nursing care to seriously injured service personnel. Kerrie is excited about her change in career and role at Breast Cancer Haven. She looks forward to being part of a caring and dynamic team ensuring visitors to Breast Cancer Haven are provided with a tailor made programme of supportive care to help them through their breast cancer diagnosis. Sally Hillyear, Fundraising Manager. Sally graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Human Ecology and joined the charity sector straight from university. After 22 years in the sector she has worked for a number of local and national charities including Help the Aged, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Fire Fighters, Leukaemia Busters and Hampshire Autistic Society. Fundraising and making a difference was cemented in her career and having acquaintances with breast cancer she has been delighted to have been working for Breast Cancer Haven since July 2015 heading up the fundraising team in Wessex. Heidi Rehman, Community Fundraiser. Heidi joined the Capital Appeal to open Breast Cancer Haven, Wessex in July 2014. Heidi was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35 and afterwards vowed to give something back and to help others in a similar situation. After several years of personal fundraising for breast cancer charities, 5 marathons, a patient advocate for Breakthrough Breast Cancer at Windsor Hospital and raising a lot of media awareness about the disease it was a wonderful opportunity to help so many by fundraising to open Breast Cancer Haven, Wessex. Heidi is passionate that the services Breast Cancer Haven provides will make a difference to people and their families affected by breast cancer. Justin Heath, Events Fundraiser Justin joined the Breast Cancer Haven fundraising team in March 2017. After leaving the Royal Navy medical branch in 2008, he decided to build a career within the charity sector having volunteered for many numerous causes throughout his life. He has developed a career spanning over 6 years within the industry covering a wide range of fundraising roles around the South West of England. Justin is excited to be joining highly motivated and dedicated team and is keen to develop an exciting and busy fundraising events calendar to support those affected by Breast Cancer. Emma Bazeley, Trusts and Foundation Executive. Emma joined Breast Cancer Haven in May 2016. She has been fundraising for 6 years since graduating from university. Emma’s interest in the charity sector came about when volunteering on the ward at her local hospice. She worked for a local children’s charity in trusts and community fundraising before taking some time out to travel the world. On her return, working for an international charity raising funds through companies and trusts. Emma then moved on to a small fundraising company working in trusts, corporate, events and community to raise funds for local causes. Gary Thomasson – Corporate Fundraiser Gary joined Breast Cancer Haven in November 2016. Following 18 years in the Hospitality sector around the UK, and 3.5 years in fundraising for The Rose Road Association. Gary took a break to look after his daughter Nicole who has severe disabilities. Gary has now returned to the Charity sector, a profession he is very passionate about and wants to make a difference to those affected by Breast Cancer. He is looking forward to organising some fantastic events, from an Annual Ball to White Collar Boxing, Celebrity Golf and Quiz events. Gary loves travelling with his wife and daughters, and is an accomplished cook who loves outdoor cooking, BBQ and trying new and interesting cooking styles. Gary entered ITV’s BBQ Champ last year, which he found a great experience to be part of, and was very happy to not be the first contestant to leave. Vikki Lawrence – Fundraising Assistant Vikki joined Breast Cancer Haven in March 2017, with a background in Marketing and Business Development. Her previous charity experience includes a specialist advisory role for the Citizens Advice Bureau and marketing roles for the YMCA on the Isle of Wight. After leaving the Island in October 2015, she continued her marketing career within the private sector, but her desire to work once again for a charity led her to Breast Cancer Haven, where she is thrilled to be part of the fundraising team. Vikki’s greatest passion is singing, and she has been lucky to have performed over the years at festivals, in theatres, at weddings and even in a troglodyte cave in France! Amanda Fawcett, Front Desk Manager. Amanda joined Breast Cancer Haven in March 2016 and has a background in retail and administration management. The organisational and managerial skills that she brings are invaluable in running the busy front desk. Amanda has had family members affected by cancer and understand the difference a strong support network and complementary therapies can make, so was pleased to be given the opportunity to join the Breast Cancer Haven, Wessex. Amanda is married with two sons; any spare time is family time and usually involves football! They also enjoy weekends away in their 1976 VW Campervan. Jackie Grey, Front Desk Administrator. Jackie moved from Wales with her husband for the opening of Breast Cancer Haven in October 2015. She previously worked for 14 years at a secondary school in Cardiff as a school attendance officer. This role involved close interaction with both children and parents which required a happy disposition; this is one of the qualities she has brought to Breast Cancer Haven. Judy Rann, Front Desk Administrator. Judy joined Breast Cancer Haven when it opened in October 2015. She has 12 years experience as an administrator having previously been a receptionist in both a Private Dental Practice and a GP surgery, where she was known for her calm and caring nature. Prior to that she spent 18 years working for a bank. Judy enjoys foreign travel, in particular to the USA and loves cruises!