Catherine is a Neuroendocrine Tumour Nurse Specialist. She 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. Her educational role also expanded to other health care professionals both locally, nationally and internationally. She has worked on the production of various patient and medical educational tools and has coordinated a number of research studies for patients with Neuroendocrine Tumours. She set up a frontline nursing service holding regular screening, follow-up and emergency clinics. She is a member of UKINETS and other specialist neuroendocrine groups.
She co-founded the Foundation with Andrew Geach who was a truly inspirational patient with a great deal of dedication to forming a service that would support patients and their families nationally. Cathy Kalamis, another patient and talented medical journalist then joined Cathy and Andrew to run the NET Patient Foundation, bourne from and amalgamated with the Living with Carcinoid support group.
Patient Support Manager
Nikie Jervis joined our team as Patient Support Manager in November 2015. Many of you will already know Nikie from her many years’ work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the team at King’s in London.
Nikie is a great asset to the NPF, and is responsible for supporting NET patients and their families, whether in the NET natter groups, on our helpline, email support or forum queries.
You will be able to contact her via our helpline 0800 4346476 or by email at [email protected]
Patient Support Nurse
We are delighted to welcome on board Lindsey to the NET Patient Foundation team, providing support for patients in the community in the North of England.
Lindsey has been a registered nurse for 17 years, working in a variety of healthcare specialities and settings around the country, including general surgery, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, blood and bone marrow donation. For the past 8 years she has worked as a specialist nurse in Nuclear Medicine at Kings College Hospital providing support, education and caring for patients and their families and carers during their journey through nuclear medicine. Her primary responsibilities were caring for patients having scans and coordinating and managing the pathway for patients having radionuclide therapies for NET and thyroid cancers.
You will be able to contact Lindsey via 07595 068998 or by email at [email protected]
Operations Manager (on maternity leave May 2017 – April 2018)
Leanne joined the team in January 2016 and organises all of our Patient Education Meetings. She looks after all of our wonderful fundraisers and manages the operations within the office.
Leanne has has worked within the educational charity sector, where she has been responsible for organising professional events and has also worked within the marketing department.
Kulli joined the team in April 2017 and is responsible for the administrative duties within the office. She will be covering Leanne’s maternity leave. We are very happy to welcome Kulli on board the team.
Kulli has moved from Estonia to live in England and has a background in education and management.
Fundraising & Communications Officer
Bal joined the team in September 2017 bringing with her four years of experience from the charity sector. She is here to support all of our fantastic 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. Whether it’s a bake sale, cycle or a skydive get in touch with her and let how know what you’re doing and she’ll help you along the way.
Bal will also be looking after all of the communications here at NPF including our social media and awareness raising campaigns.
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.
Cancer Analyst (based at Public Health England)
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.