Pamela Healy OBE, Chief Executive

Pamela joined Breast Cancer Haven in September 2010 after leaving the Ministry of Defence after a 30-year career working either as a civil servant, part-time Royal Naval Reserve Officer or a regular Royal Naval Officer. During her time as a civil servant she was Head of Regional Communications for Defence, Director of Armed Forces Day and finally a member of the task force set up by Prime Minister David Cameron to rebuild the Military Covenant. Pamela has a strong background in marketing and media and was awarded the OBE for ‘inspiring leadership and professionalism’ as Director of Communications for Trafalgar 200 (International celebrations of the Bicentennial anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 2005). Previously she was PR Director for the International Festival of the Seas in 2001. In her civilian career Pam was Marketing, PR and Fundraising Director for the Cutty Sark Tall Ships race in 2002 and during the 1990’s she worked freelance as a Marketing and PR Director. She was Fundraising Director for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland in the early 1990’s and between that and her full-time naval service she worked in industry in sales, marketing and event management. She has always had an interest in complementary therapies and was absolutely delighted to be able to join Breast Cancer Haven. Pamela is a keen walker and has undertaken several challenges for the breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk, including the Inca trail to Macchu Picchu, walking in the Iceland Moon Walk and New York marathon.  Pamela is a trustee of the Worcester Breast Unit Haven charity, Future Dreams charity and Exeter University Students Guild where she also enjoys mentoring current students.





Dr Caroline Hoffman, OAM, PhD, Clinical and Research Director

Caroline has specialised in integrated healthcare for over 25 years both in the NHS and voluntary sector. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her contribution to breast cancer support services in 2014. Her last NHS role was as the first Nurse Consultant in Cancer Rehabilitation at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Caroline’s long-standing expertise in psychosocial support, nursing and complementary medicine and research enables her to lead the teams of specialist nurses, therapists and researchers across all Breast Cancer Havens. Her doctoral research showed significant benefits from the mindfulness-based stress reduction programme (MBSR) in people affected by breast cancer and was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2012. Caroline continues to teach MBSR at Breast Cancer Haven, London. Caroline is an Honorary Fellow at The University of Hull and on the Advisory Board of the international journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.


Hannah Daws, Fundraising & Communications Director

Hannah joined Breast Cancer Haven in July 2011. She has specialised in communications for the past 18 years working for a wide range of public and not-for-profit organisations. She started her PR career as a Press Officer for the Arts Council of England working on major projects such as the launches of the National Lottery Good Causes and the ‘Angel of the North’. She went on to work in similar roles for an arts PR consultancy, the British Film Institute and NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). After taking a year’s career break travelling and volunteering across South East Asia in 2006/7, Hannah headed up communications for the charity Crimestoppers where she led the highly successful, fugitive hunting campaign, Operation Captura, in Spain and the Netherlands. Before joining Breast Cancer Haven she has led communications teams at the drug and alcohol treatment charity Addaction and the national volunteering organisation, TimeBank. Away from work two hobby passions dominate Hannah’s life; Tottenham Hotspur and scuba-diving which have taken her to the most remote regions of the globe.

Jane van Zyl, Operations Director
Jane has spent the last 8 years in not-for-profit organisations in Britain, most recently as Acting CEO. She arrived in the UK from South Africa after a 6 month career break – which turned into a 3 year travel through Asia. In South Africa and on arriving in the UK, Jane worked in the commercial sector. She will be overseeing all finance and support services.