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Current Staff

Judi Rhys, Chief Executive

Judi initially worked in the NHS in the field of Public Health and Health Promotion. She then moved into higher education - at the Open University she was responsible for researching, writing and overseeing the delivery of a suite of health and social care courses, and at Cardiff University, where she led on academic staff development. Judi then led a large health improvement unit in a local authority, before appointment as Director of Diabetes UK Cymru, then as Director of MS Society Cymru, and subsequently UK Director of Operations at MS Society.

Judi became Chief Executive at the UK-wide charity Arthritis Care in 2013. Judi is a member of the International Women’s Forum, a trustee of National Voices, serves on the Board of Samaritans Cymru and formerly chaired the Wales Neurological Alliance. She is also a non-executive director of Public Health Wales and has postgraduate qualifications in health promotion, management, education and executive coaching. Judi achieved an ACEVO Fellowship award in 2015 and won the Third Sector Fundraising Team of the Year in 2016.

Judi lives in Cardiff and outside of work is a keen runner who also enjoys travel, the theatre and film, as well as spending time with her family.

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, Fundraising Manager

Audrey has worked in the Voluntary Sector for over 16 years, holding Fundraising Manager positions at a national HIV/AIDS hospice and an adoption and fostering charity before joining the British Liver Trust. As Fundraising Manager for the Trust Audrey, along with the other two members of the team, is responsible for raising the funds needed to deliver our patient information and support services, Love Your Liver campaign and events, special projects such as the RCGP partnership and the annual running costs of the charity.

Anna Hardy, Trust Fundraiser

Anna joined the British Liver Trust from The Children’s Trust, where she spent 14 years as Head of Individual Giving.  Anna has worked in charity fundraising for the last 21 years, working with charities such as WSPA, Cancer Research UK, Age UK, Royal Star and Garter Home, The Salvation Army and Sense. As our Trusts and Foundations fundraiser Anna makes grant applications to support the Trust’s projects and core work.

Louise Crook, Community and Events Fundraiser

Louise has worked in the charity sector for three years, with experience in fundraising administration and research, supporter engagement and more recently in events fundraising. She is used to working for health charities, having worked at a hospital charity and local hospices; therefore she is passionate about raising funds to support those affected by life-limiting illnesses such as liver disease. In her Community and Events Fundraising role, Louise assists and encourages supporters as they take on a challenge or organise their own event to raise funds.

Emma Bowering, Office Manager

As our Office Manager Emma is responsible for the day to day running of the Administration office, oversees publication and published materials distribution, assists with enquiries to the helpline and provides administrative support for the Fundraising Department.

Carol Hazell, IT Manager

Carol is responsible for the purchase, maintenance, troubleshooting and management of all the Trust’s IT and data systems, website, and phone apps. She also provides support to the Administration team and assists with Love Your Liver events and helpline enquiries.

Ali Keay, Administration

Ali has had an extensive career in administration, customer facing roles and was an Emergency Medical Advisor triaging 999 emergency calls for almost 10 years. She assists in all day to day administrative activities, supporting community fundraisers, and distributes all publications and event materials.

Rebecca West, Liver Nurse Information Manager

Rebecca assists patients, family members, carers and healthcare professionals who call or email the Trust's helpline or join our online liver community. Rebecca has been a registered general nurse for 16 years, working primarily in gastroenterology with a particular interest in therapeutic interventions for liver disease. She has also worked as a research nurse, dementia specialist nurse and practice educator.

Gill Al-Kadhimi, Liver Nurse Advisor

Gill assists patients, family members, carers and healthcare professionals who call or email the Trust's helpline or join our online liver community. Gill has been a registered nurse for many years and for the last 13 years has worked in the field of liver disease with a particular interest in liver transplantation and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Jonathan Worsfold, Engagement & Events Coordinator

Jonathan is an experienced events professional, having delivered projects across a whole variety of event formats in a range of industries and geographic locations. He is responsible for the planning, co-ordination and delivery of the Trust’s Love Your Liver community health events, the core part of which are our Love Your Liver roadshows across England,Scotland and Wales. In his engagement role he works to build beneficial and ongoing communication with liver health professionals and helps create, sustain and develop patient and carer support groups in England.

Amy Caffrey, Support Group Facilitator

Amy graduated with an Honors Degree in Applied Psychology from University College Cork in 2012. Since then, she completed my Masters of Science degree in Health Psychology from the University of Stirling, Scotland in 2014. Since graduation, she has worked on various intervention projects and writing up reports for various charities. Amy joined the British Liver Trust in December 2014 as Support Group Facilitator and is responsible for creating and running support groups for the residents of Edinburgh, Scotland which she finds to be a fulfilling role within the Trust.

Angie Contestabile, Public Affairs & Engagement Manager - Wales

Angie has a strong background in engaging people to shape the services that matter to them. She has worked across a range of organisations to empower people to have a voice in the decisions that affect them; bringing their concerns and ideas to the heart of the political arena in Wales. Her work with the British Liver Trust is to promote liver health, highlight the risks of liver disease and campaign for those affected by it.

Sarah Lowther, Development Officer (South Wales)

Sarah has a background in Human Resource management having worked in HR for a social housing provider for 13 years.  More recently she has been working in the charity sector for Alzheimers Society as Information Worker and Age Cymru Sir Gar as Advocacy Manager.  Sarah will be working to promote liver health, organising events to promote awareness and developing support groups across South Wales for those affected by liver disease.

Julie Adams, Development Officer (North Wales)

Julie’s background was in administration and advertising before joining the charity sector eleven years ago. She is passionate about volunteer engagement and peer support, and has previously worked for PAPYRUS (preventing young suicide), Alzheimer’s Society and a number of smaller health and wellbeing charities.  She currently serves as an independent member on the Standards Committee of her local council.

Natasha North, Communications Manager

Natasha joined the British Liver Trust in May 2018. She has over 15 years of marketing and communications experience across the private and charity sector.  Before joining the Trust, she spent five years at Pancreatic Cancer Action where her work culminated in developing a marketing and communications strategy to support their charitable objectives.  She is responsible for managing and implementing communications activities to engage with audiences and partners, promote liver health, highlight the risks of liver disease and campaign for those affected by it.

Claire Lavelle, Publications & Information Officer

Claire joined the Trust in March 2018. She has been a health journalist for 20 years, has written for a broad range of newspapers and magazines, and has held senior editorial positions on several consumer magazines. She has written patient support programmes for big pharmaceutical companies and worked as a consultant for consumer healthcare brands within a number of communications agencies. She is responsible for the Trust’s publications, information and support products, as well as content for the website.