Andrew Langford, Chief Executive
Andrew Langford joined the British Liver Trust in July 2011. Andrew, a registered general nurse, has worked in Chief Executive and trustee roles for voluntary sector hospices and mental health, HIV, cancer, skin and children’s charities. He was chairman of the All Party Parliamentary report on Skin Cancer and developed the first hospice specifically for people with HIV related encephalopathy.
Andrew has led the British Liver Trust through significant change and has enabled the charity to consolidate its past successes, open a second office in Edinburgh and provide:
- support for people with, and affected by, liver disease including;
- internationally recognised, award winning information used by patients, carers and clinicians
- local peer support groups
- a web based peer support group through healthunlocked
- advocacy at all levels including influencing local and national government for the improvement of holistic health services
- active participation at an executive level within the Lancet Liver Commission with their initial report (https://www.britishlivertrust.org.uk/lancet-leading-experts-call-end-uk-postcode-lottery-liver-disease-treatment-detection/ ) and the ongoing work on the report’s recommendations
- a national prevention and liver health campaign – Love Your Liver – which raises awareness of liver disease and provides a national screening roadshow
- an easy to use liver health screener that assesses the risk of the three main causes of liver disease, provides a printable report that explains your level of risk, what you can do to reduce your risks and what you need to discuss with your GP if liver tests need to be done
- an App, SPRUCE spruceapp.co.uk, that supports people to reduce their drinking and take 2-3 consecutive days off alcohol each week.
Richard Miles, Director of Finance & Operations
Richard is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in commerce and industry and a thread of charity involvement throughout. He joined the Trust in 2012 as Director of Finance and now heads up the Finance and Operations functions. Richard works part time for the Trust and also runs a debt centre, offering free debt help to vulnerable people.
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.
Claire McLoughlin – Communications Manager
With a background in Pharmacology, Claire also has fifteen years’ experience in science and health communications. She joins us in 2016 from the Royal College of Psychiatrists where she headed up media relations, and has also managed communications for the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Blood Pressure UK. As the Trust’s Communications Manager, Claire is responsible for managing and implementing communications across the Trust’s many communication platforms, including media relations and social media activity, the writing and production of key publications, and the Trust’s monthly newsletter.
Audrey Cornelius, Fundraising Manager
Audrey had a successful 15 year management career with a major high street retailer before moving into the Voluntary Sector around 15 years ago. She held Fundraising Manager positions at a national HIV/AIDS hospice and an adoption and fostering charity before joining the British Liver Trust in August 2012. 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 in January 2016 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.
Emma Bowering, Office Manager
Emma’s background in administration and retailing led her to join the British Liver Trust in 2004 originally as Database Administrator. She has been involved in a number of tasks and is now our Office Manager. Emma is responsible for the day to day running of the Administration Office, provides secretariat services for the British Liver Nurses’ Forum, oversees publication and published materials distribution, assists with enquiries to the helpline and provides administrative support for the Fundraising Department.
Carol Hazell, IT Manager
With an initial background in Business Studies Carol spent many years in contract negotiation and management in the space and defence electronics industries. After starting a family she took a career break and worked in smaller businesses and on a voluntary basis before coming to the Trust in 2008 to cover the Office Manager’s maternity leave. Since then she has had a variety of roles and is now currently responsible for the purchase, maintenance, troubleshooting and management of all the Trust’s IT and data systems, website, and phone app as well as assisting with Love Your Liver events and helpline enquiries.
Sandra Cooper-Keen, Finance & HR
Sandra has been with the British Liver Trust since it relocated to the south coast in February 2004. She is responsible for all day to day Finance and HR matters and is a point of contact for a number of Support Groups throughout the country.
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 joined the British Liver Trust in February 2015 to assist in all day to day administrative activities. Ali also assists in supporting community fundraisers and distributes all publications and event materials.
Rebecca West, Liver Health Nurse Advisor
Rebecca joined the Trust in August 2016 into the new post of Liver Health Nurse Advisor. 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. Rebecca is very excited about joining the Trust and using her knowledge to help liver patients and those at risk.
Jonathan Worsfold, Love Your Liver 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 is our annual Love Your Liver roadshow. The roadshow tours the UK for a fortnight, screening attendees for possible liver issues, raising awareness of liver disease and helping people reduce their risk of liver damage.
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.