Pete Wallroth – Founder & 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 – Engagement & Fundraising Co-ordinator
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 2nd 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 and they have been active fundraisers and advocates of various cancer charities. Working for Mummy’s Star is just what she had been looking for.
After he sadly passed away in July 2017, Louise continues to raise awareness in his memory and use her knowledge, empathy and experiences to help others where she can.
Louise enjoys family time, a lapsed runner in favour of ballet and yoga, and sings at her local church.
Tracey Derbyshire – Information & Support Worker
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, library assistant and most recently Tracey also worked with Breast Cancer Care delivering Moving Forward courses.
In 2012 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and following completion of treatment-mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy Tracey began volunteering for Breast Cancer Care. She runs a local breast cancer support group, which offers peer to peer support, which was set up in September 2014. She is also part of a steering group as a patient representative for her local Macmillan Unit.
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 read crime novels and is involved in Dragon Boat Paddling.
Lindsay Dobson – Advisor (Child & 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.
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
Salima Jones - Advisor (Scrutiny)
Salima has worked in public services for 20 years ranging from the Welsh Assembly Health Department to managing an inner city, community based Healthy Living Network. She loves to help services & organisations work better together, making it easier for the customer to access high-quality, people-friendly services.
Salima has personal experience of parental bereavement as her dad committed suicide when she was 15 years old. Salima has also been through a difficult journey to become a mother, including suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a serious condition during all of her pregnancies.
Salima is married to Iain and they are now blessed with their two boys Elliot and Casper.
Liz Hather - Design & Communications
Liz joined the Mummy’s Star team in April 2017.
Her background includes a degree in Graphic Design and Communication and over 23 years experience in providing professional design and communications support to charities and businesses. This experience includes 18 years in communicating about a variety of medical specialties to healthcare professionals. She has extensive experience in project management and initial design concepts both in print and digital medias, through to production and launch of events and campaigns. Liz has won awards for her design work and has also mentored and trained up and coming designers, supporting them into the next stage of their design career. Liz’s passion lies in being able to make a difference.
Liz and her husband Matt adopted their daughter and Liz is passionate about the wellbeing and support that’s provided to adopted children and their families. In early 2017, Liz set up a support group to help with the day-to-day challenges faced by adopters and the wellbeing of adopted children and their families.
Liz’s family has been affected closely by cancer, she lost her Gran to Bowel Cancer and her Step-Dad recently fought Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which we are pleased to say is a battle that he is currently winning. Liz feels strongly about giving back and helping to raise awareness of cancer and in particular those that are dealing with cancer in more rare circumstances.
Liz loves psychology and life stories. She adores music, reading, the outdoors, the seaside, islands, travel and above all family time!