Nicolette Peel – Chair
Nicolette is a wife and mum to three children (Joe, Ella & Frankie) and a former primary school teacher. She is now a 3rd year student midwife and chair of the Midwifery Society at Salford University, with a passion for all things midwifery.
Twice diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer, in July 2007 and then November 2011, when her youngest was 8 months old. Nicolette received a range of treatments including several surgeries, chemotherapy (F.E.C. and Taxotere + cyclophosphamide), radiotherapy, Herceptin and Tamoxifen. She was subsequently diagnosed with suspected thyroid cancer in 2013 and underwent a hemi-thyroidectomy. Since that time she has been fortunate to have no further evidence of disease.
As Chair of the charity, Nicolette has overall responsibility for governance, in association with the board of trustees, CEO and other staff members. She very much enjoys moderating our online forum for women and also speaking at midwifery events to share the work of Mummy’s Star.
In March 2016 Nicolette won the coveted RCM Presidents Volunteer Award for her work with Mummy’s Star
Salima Jones – Vice Chair
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.
Pete Wallroth - Founder
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.
Pete is an avid runner, walker and rugby fan
Cathy has over 12 years’ experience working in the charity sector. Starting her career at Dementia UK, holding several fundraising roles at WaterAid and most recently as Head of Corporate Partnerships and Events at Farm Africa. She is currently setting up her own fundraising consultancy business and working with a range of charities and cultural organisations.
Cathy was introduced to Mummy’s Star when her best friend was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with her second child.
“It has been hard to watch from the sidelines as my best friend has had to deal with her diagnosis and treatment, being a mum to an energetic two year old all while also going through the ups and downs of pregnancy. When an opportunity for a Trustee position came up it seemed a perfect way to give back and I hope I can bring my fundraising experience to the excellent work Mummy’s Star is already doing.”
Cathy lives in London and is mum to two-year old Lucy. In her spare time sh enjoys walking, cooking and singing with her choir Pram Chorus.
Andy’s background consists of 20 years’ experience in the Leisure Industry and 2 years running his own Computer Company. He currently works in Leisure Membership Sales and Marketing, using Social Media to engage with existing and potential clients.
As with most people who start work in the Leisure Industry Andy started as a Personal Trainer and progressed through further education and experience to become a GP Referral Consultant, helping individuals to manage their physical and mental conditions through physical activity.
Andy has a belief that there is almost no-one who hasn’t been affected by cancer in one form or another.
We all know a relative or a friend who has been affected. This simple idea unites almost everyone in our world today.
In his spare time Andy enjoys cycling, both road and mountain biking, around the hills in the Pennines.
Vicky Holme - Treasurer
Vikki lives in Glossop and is married to Luke and together they have 3 beautiful children, Ethan, Leo and Layla Li.
Vikki has been working in Office Management and Finance in varies roles for over for 15 years in both multinational and new start ups which has enabled her to gain a wide range of knowledge and skill sets to bring to the Mummy’s Star Team!
Jo is mum to a beautiful daughter, Sienna and married to Sean. She has carried out a large amount of fundraising for Mummy’s Star and Breast Cancer Care following her own diagnosis of cancer in 2014, raising over £55K
Prior to her diagnosis she worked in a number of different industries / companies and has over 20 + years Human Resource Management experience.
She first became aware of Mummy’s Star in 2014 when she was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in my right breast. At the time she was 35 weeks pregnant and 2 weeks later her daughter was delivered. She was one of the very first mums supported by the charity
The next 2 years involved an extensive treatment plan (chemotherapy, double mastectomy, radiotherapy, left side of thyroid removed and ovaries removed as precaution), and thankfully is now in remission and recovering well.
“I am thrilled to say that am now part of a charity that holds a very special place in my heart, I can assist Mummy’s Star with any HR related topics, policies and procedures and have the additional experience of being a Mummy’s Star service user and understand the emotional impact on mums and families when dealing with such devastating news. I am excited to be part of something so special!”