Jennie Kirk – Chairman
I am a former breast cancer patient and one of the founding members of Cura.
It is a privilege to be part of Cura, as I know that we make a positive difference to breast cancer patients.
It feels great to be a part of something good that has grown from a very hard period of my own life.
I am a music teacher in a north London school – in my spare time I am a passionate gardener and potter.
Julie Masters, Trustee
I have been involved with Cura as a trustee for two years now and also work alongside many oncologists who practise at Mount Vernon Cancer and Bishops Wood Hospital.
Through my work, I am aware of the difficulties faced by patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer and proud to be involved with Cura, helping make a difference in a practical way for these patients and their families.
I enjoy helping at events and fundraising raising money for grants. In my personal life I enjoy cycling, walking my dogs and wild swimming!
Lorraine Early, FINANCE
Lorraine Early has acted as Treasurer and a Trustee for 5 years. She has now stepped down as a Trustee, but continues to manage Cura's finances. As well as working with the Cura charity Lorraine also works as an Accountant at Cox Costello & Horne based in Rickmansworth, where she met a fellow Cura Trustee who invited her to join the team. Lorraine is delighted to be part of the enthusiastic and dedicated Cura team, who are so passionate about helping others.
Berangere Botto, Trustee
Berangere works as Executive Assistant at BMI Bishops Wood Hospital. She has recently joined Cura and will bring with her great organisational skills and experience of the private healthcare sector. Berangere was a great supporter of Cura prior to becoming a Trustee and from working at Bishops Wood Hospital is well aware of the difficulties patients experience whilst undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Pippa Masters, Trustee
Pippa has recently graduated from University in Sheffield, and is looking forward to becoming a new Cura trustee. Pippa first got involved with Cura at the annual cricket match where she was introduced by her mum, Julie with her father and brother playing in the medics team. After this, she continued to help with Cura publicising events via social media. Pippa looks forward to contributing ideas and suggestions at meetings, is creative and will run the social media accounts for Cura which will keep the new website updated.
Fraser Dawson, Trustee
Fraser Dawson is the Executive Director of BMI South Bucks Hospitals. He previously worked as Executive Director at BMI Bishops Wood Hospital which is when his involvement with Cura started. He and his family are firm supporters of Cura and Fraser has been responsible for developing oncology services at Bishops Wood and the South Bucks Hospital Group within BMI.
Mr Ekambaram Dinakara Babu, Trustee
Mr Babu was one of the original founders of Cura with Jennie Kirk, Deirdre McMahon, Hilary Rickwood (Macmillan Nurse) Jackie Collins and Nihal Shah (Clinical Oncologist). He is the clinical lead for breast cancer at The Hillingdon Hospital and has a special interest in the oncoplastic management of breast cancer - which is the concept that encompasses plastic surgery techniques in order to reshape the remaining breast or reconstruct the breast after appropriate excision of breast cancer. He enjoys leading the medics cricket team in their annual match against the Ickenham Ladies team – to great success in recent years!
Richard Davies, Trustee
Richard is Services Director for IT software provider SAP Concur having worked in the IT industry for over 25 years. Richard first got involved with Cura in 2016 when a work colleague successfully came through breast cancer treatment and inspired Richard to raise over £2,000 for Cura during the Movember charity month….the first and last time he is ever going to grow a beard according to his daughter! During his spare time Richard is a passionate musician playing trumpet for his local orchestra and is looking forward to working with the other Trustees to increase Cura’s ability to support many more worthy beneficiaries.