I am Catherine Bouvier, CEO of the NET Patient Foundation. I co-founded the NPF along side our current chair Peter Gwilliam and 2 NET patients, Andy Geach and Kathy Kalamis in 2006. I started working full time in the organisation in 2007.
My role is to remain the driving force behind an organisation that I truly believe in, and ensure that all staff, collaborators, and contractors focus on the purpose of the NPF as part of everything they do.
Previously a Neuroendocrine Tumour Nurse Specialist, I was based at the Royal Free Hospital in London for 7 years and was responsible for the support, education and coordination of the management of day to day patient care. My educational role also expanded to other health care professionals both locally, nationally and internationally. I have worked on the production of various patient and medical educational tools and have coordinated a number of research studies for patients with Neuroendocrine Tumours. I set up a frontline nursing service holding regular screening, follow-up and emergency clinics. I am a member of UKINETS and other specialist neuroendocrine groups.
Nurse Specialist – Patient Support, Information and Education Manager.
Nikie joined the NPF in November 2015. Nikie is responsible for supporting NET patients and their families throughout the U.K., whether face to face, through NET Natter groups, online or our advice line.
Education and information is an essential part of providing this support : from patient resources to education events to providing healthcare professionals with information, support and advice.
Prior to joining the NPF, Nikie worked as the Lead Nurse Specialist for NET at Kings Healthcare Partners ENETs Centre of Excellence. She has been a NET nurse specialist for more than 20years, with a background in HPB (Liver, pancreas, bile duct and small bowel disease including cancer) and education.
You will be able to contact Nikie via our helpline 0800 434 6476 or by email: [email protected]
Patient Support Nurse
Lindsey joined the team as a Patient Support Nurse in May 2017.
Lindsey supports NET patients and their families in the community, through the NET Natter groups, on our advice line, or online. Lindsey joined the NPF after 8 years caring for NET patients and their families as the Sister in Nuclear Medicine at an ENETS Centre of Excellence and has 17 years experience as a registered nurse.
You will be able to contact Lindsey via our helpline 0800 434 6476 or by email: [email protected]
Leanne joined the team in January 2016 and is responsible for supporting the CEO and the general running of the office. Leanne also organises all of our patient education events including the NET Retreat.
Leanne has has worked within the educational charity sector, where she has been responsible for organising professional events.
Kulli joined the team in April 2017 as a maternity cover for Leanne, responsible for administrative duties within the office.
Kulli is now full time member of staff and is the first point of contact. Her main responsibilities are email and phone communications, managing the post, as well as supporting the team on the daily basis.
Kulli has a background in customer service, education and management. Prior to joining NPF Kulli worked for 7 years in the Estonian education sector, first as a classroom science teacher and then as part of a senior leadership team.
Fundraising & Communications Officer
Bal joined the team as a Communications and Fundraising Officer in September 2017.
Bal is here to support all of our fundraisers with their events, challenges and anything else they are up to. She loves hearing about all the incredible things our supporters do to raise awareness and funds for NPF. Get in touch with her and let her know what you’re doing and she’ll help you along the way.
Bal also looks after all of the communications here at NPF including our social media and awareness raising campaigns.
Bal has over five years of experience working in the charity sector. Prior to joining NPF, Bal worked as a Senior Fundraiser at a national children’s heart disease charity where she led a small fundraising team.
Melanie, a Marketing specialist, was made aware of NETS through Catherine and seeing her hard work and commitment, was keen to participate, and take on the role of book-keeping within the team.
Having Melanie on board will help us to devote more time to financial planning and budgetting for future growth, so that we can bring projects within the Marketing Plan to fruition.
I have been working in television since 1995, as a freelance camera assistant, operator and sound recordist. During that period, I worked globally for all of the major UK networks as well as RTL Germany and Fuji Japan, and my work included the BAFTA winning documentary Miranda, the Tour de France for SBS Australia, Channel 4ʼs Cutting Edge, the 1994 Paralympics for the BBC and several years covering Formula 1.
Most recently I set up BN media with the aim of finding ways for charities and small organisations to create engaging, distinctive, broadcast quality content without getting involved in expensive, large scale production.
I believe video production starts with subtle, beautiful ideas that can then be developed within a small, nurturing team. I quietly create films that educate, enable and empower.
I understand this sector well. My association with charities, and my network of Cancer Nurses and Nurse Specialists means I am absolutely focused on creating an atmosphere of calm and understanding – vital when approaching what are often delicate and emotional subjects.
I love working with patients and helping to create information that not only demystifies, but helps give them peace of mind.
Our thanks to Peter Gwilliam, Liddy Oldroyd, Andy Geach and Cathy Kalamis for all of their inspiration and hard work in helping to set up the NET Patient Foundation.