Gillian Smith - Chair
Gillian joined the Mummy’s Star board in April 2018 as Chair.
Prior to this she had been the Head of Scotland for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) until her retirement in 2016.
With over 35 years experience in midwifery and nursing, Gillian was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to midwifery and partnership in Scotland and was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University from the University of the West of Scotland in the same year.
Gillian is passionate about midwifery and developing midwives to show their full potential. She has been jointly leading the RCM campaign to improve workplace behaviours and presented with her colleague at the European Midwives Association 2016 and had a poster presentation at the International Congress of Midwives in Toronto 2017 and continues to present on this topic at conferences.
Gillian is Chair of Birthsparks annual MaMa conference held in Scotland, is on the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Midwifery and until recently was on the FGM National Clinical Forum. She was heavily involved with the recent Maternity and Neonatal Review in Scotland before she retired and looks forward to seeing its implementation progress. She was delighted to become a patron of the Simpson’s Memory Box Appeal (SiMBA) in 2016.
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.
An avid runner, walker and rugby fan, Pete lives in Derbyshire with his partner Nicola, Martha & Merlin and baby Flynn
This is the link to Petes A-Speakers profile
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.
Jackie Sheldon - Secretary
Jackie is a qualified solicitor and practiced company law for a number of years both in London and the North West before qualifying to teach company law up to masters level. She runs her own company providing business and company law teaching for apprentices, undergraduates and post graduates nationwide as well as writing and delivering company law blogs, articles and bespoke live and e-learning courses for clients.
Jackie is thrilled to be given the opportunity to be a Trustee for Mummy’s Star and hopes her legal skills and experience can be of assistance both to the Trustees and the amazing work that Mummy’s Star is doing.
Jackie lives in Glossop, is married to Rob and together they have two amazing boys. In Jackie’s spare time she keeps fit running around after her boys, attempting to run around local hills and is working towards a black belt in kickboxing.
David qualified in 1999 and first worked on the Adult Leukaemia Unit at the Christie Hospital. In 2002 he moved as a staff nurse to the Young Oncology Unit where he stayed until 2009, eventually becoming the ward manager. The time on the YOU allowed David to develop his skills in working with Teenagers and Young Adults with cancer.
In 2009 he became the first Teenage Cancer Trust TYA Lead Nurse to be appointed in the Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network. This was an exciting challenge to be working across a whole region with the aim of developing the TYA services and encouraging a greater degree of involvement between the Principal Treatment Centre and the TYA Designated Hospitals.
In 2012 David moved back to The Christie to become the Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse for TYA’s for Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria region. This current role has the same remit as the previous lead nurse post but comes with the challenges of a much bigger area, different hospital configuration and a very different TYA team. David was part of the Teenage Cancer Trust Nursing and Support Pilot – Bridging the Gap, that won the Nursing Times inaugural HRH The Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care.
David is involved in various different national groups, including being the treasurer for Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer (TYAC) and has been a Clinical Lead for an NHS Improving Quality workstream that was looking at end of treatment issues for TYA’s. He is also the Clinical Director for the Greater Manchester Cancer TYA Pathway Board.
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!’.
Tom Groom - Treasurer
Tom joined the board in December 2018 as Treasurer.
Tom is 36, is married and has three children (Annabelle, Rupert and Grace). In 2014 his wife Philippa was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma while pregnant with Grace. Her treatment was successful and despite Grace being delivered early and spending time in special care she is now thriving. Philippa connected with Mummy’s Star at the time and this is how Tom connection began.
After studying Economics and Econometrics at Nottingham University Tom joined Ernst and Young and became a partner in 2014. Tom brings a number of skills to board including governance and financial skills, financial control, financial reporting as well as presentation, business planning, and funding.
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 Hypremesis Gravidarum, a serious condition during all of her pregnancies.
Salima is married to Iain and they are blessed with their two boys Elliot and Casper.