Angela has over 15 years experience in the voluntary sector working for organisations such as Diabetes UK, Save the Children, National Autistic Society and Family and Childcare Trust. She has a particular interest in volunteering, public affairs and ensuring service users’ voices shape policy and care.
Angela has previously served as a trustee of the Fawcett Society and YWCA and is currently also a trustee of Art Against Knives, which runs creative projects with young people living in areas affected by violent crime. She is currently studying for an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management at Cass Business School.
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In 2013 at the age of 18, she became Young Ambassador for Endometriosis UK to help the charity to continue to educate, empower and break down the taboos surrounding endometriosis in anyway that she can, particularly for young women...
As a Leicester farmer’s daughter, Alice started her career by founding Alice’s Eggcellent Eggs – she currently has 200 chickens. She became one of Lord Sugar’s apprentices in Young Apprentice 2012, and experience that has given her the confidence to be a motivational speaker. She recently helped Carol Pearson in her inspirational “Rewriting Red Riding Hood” presentation on endometriosis given to sixth formers at Hurstpierpoint College.
She is passionate about volunteering her time as an autonomous and conscientious member of the community and produces a regular blog which aims to empower women who have endometriosis.
Alice is an avid theatre-goer, traveller and a county golfer.
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Amanda Collier - Treasurer
I am a Chartered Accountant and have worked for PwC for over 20 years, mostly as an auditor, but more recently in a variety of internal roles which have given me a greater breadth of experience and skills. I live in West London with my husband Peter. My interests include yoga, nutrition, travelling and time spent with family and friends. I have recently completed a science access course which has helped me to understand the more scientific aspects of the disease, which I hope will be beneficial to me as a trustee.
I was diagnosed with Endometriosis in 2000, aged 27 and have had two surgeries and various hormonal treatments. Recently I decided to try a more ‘complementary’ path in managing my symptoms. I hope that as a Trustee I will be able to contribute to the overall mission of the Charity and help to ensure that women receive the appropriate support and treatment to minimise the impact the disease can have on their lives.
Andy has worked for a number of different charities in campaigning and public affairs roles, including Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care and Age UK. He is passionate about the role of voluntary sector organisations in influencing change and improving health services.
Originally from London, Andy has recently moved to the South Wales Valleys with his wife, Leanne. She was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2011, having experienced a delayed diagnosis and poor treatment and care. This is what motivates Andy to be support Endometriosis UK
Melissa Longley - Vice Chair
Melissa Longley has over 25 years’ City experience in investment management, including as a director at Kleinwort Benson and with ten years at Lehman Brothers. She is a motivated and practical business director and manager and has the additional experience of running her own successful specialist investment management firm, Longley Asset Management, which provides portfolio management and advisory services to private and corporate clients. Melissa is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI).
Outside her City career, Melissa has undertaken a number of voluntary roles, including most recently as a Non-Executive Director of the Lansdowne Club. Having suffered from endometriosis herself, she has actively supported the Trust for many years.
Melissa has a keen interest in ballet, as a participant as well as a spectator, and is an active member of several City associations. She is married and lives in south west London.
Sanjay Vyas is the senior gynaecologist at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, where he has been a Consultant for over 20 years. He is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol. Sanjay qualified from the University of London in 1985 and is a nationally recognised expert in gynaecology, laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and pelvic ultrasound scans. A large proportion of his surgical work involves keyhole surgery for treatment of heavy periods, ovarian cysts, endometriosis and other benign conditions. The majority of his patients have been referred directly to him for this expertise, and other consultants locally regularly seek his opinion.
Sanjay is the Vice President of the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy and has been an elected member of the council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. His work has contributed to major improvements in training junior doctors, and care for women. He is regularly invited to lecture at national and international educational meetings.
Sarah’s professional experitise is in advocacy and communications, with sustained expereicne of all disciplines including digital, meida and brand. Currently Executive Director for Policy & Communications at the Charity Commission, Sarah has extensive experience as a charity trustee, developing strategy, offering constructive challenge and leading change.
Sonya Timms FRSA
Sonya has been a professional fundraiser for 17 years and has led teams to increase income from strategic and corporate partnerships, major giving, trusts and foundations, special events and community fundraising. She has been Director of Magic Bus UK since 2012 and prior to this she was Head of Special Events and Leadership Support at NSPCC. She has previously worked at CLIC Sargent, Marie Curie Cancer Care, the National Autistic Society and Save the Children.
Sonya is a Full Member of the Institute of Fundraising, a mentor and regular speaker at conferences.
Prior to her career Sonya completed a BA Honours degree in English at the University of Surrey and gained a post-graduate diploma in Marketing, Advertising and PR from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Sonya is a member of Endometriosis UK and continues to fundraise for the organisation. She is passionate about the cause and her personal experience with endometriosis reinforces her commitment to improving the lives of those living with this disease.
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