Pete Wallroth – Founder and CEO
Along with friends and family, Pete founded Mummy’s Star in 2013 in memory of his wife Mair. Pete was with Mair for 10 years, marrying in October 2007 and then having two children; Martha and Merlin. Read Pete’s Launch Message.
Prior to establishing Mummy’s Star, Pete worked in communities, housing and local government for 10 years in some of Manchester’s most deprived communities. He oversaw many large employment, cultural and environmental projects which brought about lasting change to the areas, strengthened communities and secured over £7 million in funding.
Pete is responsible for the day to day running of the charity including its continued growth, visiting the mums we support, presenting about the work of Mummy’s Star and talking to hospitals and other medical organisations alike to help increase awareness of cancer in pregnancy. He is also a trustee of the charity
Pete is an avid runner, walker and rugby fan
Louise Harlow – Development Worker
Louise joined the Mummy’s Star team in February 2015
Her background includes a degree in Contemporary Performing Arts and a Master’s Degree in Arts Health, with a particular interest in facilitating inclusive education. Louise went on to run her own Arts Cafe for 5 years, gaining experience and knowledge in employment law, business finance, management and events.
In 2012, while pregnant with their 3rd child, her husband was diagnosed with advanced metastatic Bowel Cancer and she decided stop working to look after her family. He was given a terminal prognosis in 2013 but still continues to have treatment and they have been active fundraisers and advocates of various cancer charities ever since. Working for Mummy’s Star is just what she had been looking for.
Louise is part of a local choir, enjoys family time, and forces herself to run.
Tracey Derbyshire – Administrative Assistant
Tracey joined the Mummy’s Star team in December 2015
Her background includes 20 years as a Registered General Nurse working in Women’s Health, volunteering at a local Women’s Refuge, Adult learner support assistant in Literacy and most recently as a library assistant.
In 2012 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and following completion of treatment-mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy Tracey began volunteering for Breast Cancer Care. Tracey also works with Breast Cancer Care delivering Moving Forward courses. She runs a local breast cancer support group which was set up in September 2014.
Tracey has always had an interest in healthcare and education, along with a desire to raise awareness of the psychological aspects of illness and its associated treatment and support.
Tracey said that working for Mummy’s Star is a fantastic opportunity with many facets to the role, which she is delighted to be able to contribute to.
In her spare time Tracey likes to go walking and also attends dance classes.
Lindsay Dobson – Advisor (Child and Family Therapy)
Lindsay currently works at East Cheshire Hospice, where she offers therapy to children and families who have been affected by a life limiting illness, such as Cancer. She has worked with children for over ten years in many different settings and roles, including other hospices, social services, charities and residential schools and homes.
During her early years her main attachment was to her granddad, and when she was six years of age he died of stomach cancer and a few years later her Nan was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a full mastectomy, she is no doubt that these early experiences of death and cancer are what drew her to work in this area.
She holds a firm belief that each family and each individual is unique and that therapy and how you heal after a loss is not a once size fits all approach but a delicate negotiation between all involved to find the best fit.
Lindsay is mum to beautiful twins Drew and Sofia.
Dr Richard Simcock – Advisor (Oncology)
Dr Richard Simcock has been a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at the Sussex Cancer Centre since 2004.
Previously he had worked at the Sydney Cancer Centre, Australia and before that had completed five years of postgraduate specialist training in Oncology in London and the South East including Guys and St.Thomas’, Charing Cross and Mount Vernon Hospitals. He graduated from Guys and St.Thomas’ hospital in 1993.
Working closely with the surgical and nursing team Dr Simcock sees and treats patients diagnosed with early or advanced breast cancer. He advises on the role of radiation, chemotherapy, hormone, biological, and experimental treatments.
Verna Wallroth – Advisor (Pharmacy)
I am Verna Wallroth, Pete’s one and only sibling.
I qualified as a pharmacist in 1996 and have spent most of my career working in hospitals. I moved to Melbourne in 2006 to work at the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre and then moved to The Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania in 2011 before returning to the UK in 2014.
Despite my clinical experience working with patients, nothing could have prepared me for the loss of Mair, my darling sister-in-law and wonderful friend.
Mair would be amazed and humbled by the legacy that is Mummy’s Star.
Vanessa Hickson - Advisor (Breast CNS)
Vanessa has been a Macmillan Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for 18 years. She has always been passionate about the psychosocial elements of care being integral to the CNS role. .
On 18th June 2012 she met Mair and Pete Wallroth. That day, their world was turned upside down as Mair was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was 23 weeks pregnant. She continued to try to support them both through Mair’s treatment