Pamela Healy OBE, Chief Executive
Pamela joined the British Liver Trust in 2019, following eight years as Chief Executive of the Breast Cancer Haven.
Her earlier career was at the Ministry of Defence after 30 years 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.
Pamela has extensive experience in the third sector across leadership, marketing and fundraising. She currently holds a trustee role at the Future Dreams charity.
She was also trustee and mentor for Exeter University Students Guild.
Vanessa Hebditch, Director of Communications & Policy
Vanessa joined the British Liver Trust in September 2015 having worked previously as a freelance communications professional for a variety of clients across the public, private and voluntary sectors. She has experience in managing and leading across all aspects of communication and policy work.
She spent 10 years at the British Diabetic Association, where she repositioned diabetes as a serious health condition. Her work culminated in managing the communications function and leading the rebrand and name change to Diabetes UK. Her past career also included working as a senior communications manager for the Department of Health’s, Modernisation Agency. This included 6 months as the Acting Director of Communications, where she worked on a complex change programme, organisation design structure and the communication work stream for the establishment of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.
Alison Orman, Director of Finance & Operations
Alison qualified and practiced as a Chartered Accountant for over 20 years before joining the charity sector, initially in service management roles, but then using her financial skills within the organisations she worked for. She was employed in the disability field, most recently with Enham Trust, where she became Head of Service for Information, Advice and Guidance and Head of Business Development, building a team to win and negotiate many tenders on behalf of the trust. In 2016 she left to become self employed as a management and finance consultant for the voluntary sector and has since worked with several charities of varying size and mission.
Audrey Cornelius, Director of Fundraising
Audrey has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, coming from a strong retail and customer service background. She joined the British Liver Trust in 2012, having previously worked on a consultancy basis, and having held Fundraising Manager positions at a national HIV/AIDS hospice and an adoption and fostering charity. Audrey heads up a team of nine, with vital income being raised from Trusts and Foundations, Individual Giving, In Memory and Legacy Giving and Community Fundraising, and under Audrey’s leadership the charity has seen income grow consistently year on year. The team raise the funds necessary for the charity to deliver our patient information and support services, Love Your Liver campaign and events, policy and public affairs work, virtual support groups and the essential core costs of the charity’s admin and support functions.
Jonathan Worsfold, Director of Service Delivery
Jonathan has worked for the British Liver Trust since 2017. He plays a key role at the Trust leading our events, engagement and outreach teams. He manages our Love Your Liver roadshow, taking the British Liver Trust mobile unit all over the country to raise awareness and provide risk factor screening and liver health scanning. The programme encompasses public events on the high street, corporate and workplace visits. It also draws together work from across the Trust, particularly with our communications and policy activity to help us showcase, educate and drive change at parliamentary, policy and planning level.
With team members located in England, Scotland and Wales, the outreach team provide both regional and national focus to deliver a package of work to promote liver health awareness, advance the profile of liver health and support people affected by liver disease and liver cancer. Delivery activities include health promotion events, workplace education, representing the Trust at key stakeholder events and most importantly of all running our patient support groups. Prior to joining the Trust, Jonathan had extensive experience working in the event management sector.
Rebecca West, Nurse Manager
As the Nurse Manager, Rebecca runs the British Liver Trust nurse-led Helpline. Rebecca has been a qualified nurse for 22 years and prior to this role worked for 17 years in the NHS.
As well as clinical experience in gastroenterology and hepatology, she also has expert knowledge of endoscopy, clinical research and dementia all of which are extremely useful in this role. Rebecca provides the Senior Management Team with vital insight from patients and ensures that patients views are at the heart of our strategy and plans. As part of this, she manages our Patient Advisory Group. Her role also provides vital clinical expertise. She liaises regularly with professionals and professional bodies including our Clinical Advisory Group and sits on the British Liver Nurses Association national committee. She is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the Trust.