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 (North & Scotland)
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.
Rebecca Brazier - Information & Support Worker (South & Wales)
Rebecca is an experienced counsellor and more recently author.
Rebecca has had cancer three times. The first diagnosis was in 2003, 30 weeks into her second pregnancy where she was advised to start chemotherapy straight away. She had ten months of treatment followed by hormone therapy.
She found cancer a difficult and life changing experience both physically and emotionally and retrained as a counsellor, gaining a 1st Class Honours degree in 2012 and has worked a counsellor since then. She has volunteered at cancer support charities both locally and nationally for many years. She is currently a media volunteer at Breast Cancer Care and is part of their Digital Voices Team. She has a particular interest in the emotional impact of cancer and how this can be understood and supported and has written extensively about this which culminated in the recent publication of her book The Two Faces Of Cancer
Rebecca lives in West Sussex and in her spare time she loves travelling as well as walking and reading.
Rebecca brings a wealth of both personal and professional experience of cancer to her role at Mummy’s Star.
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 25 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 loves psychology and life stories. She adores music, reading, the outdoors, the seaside, islands, travel and above all family time!
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
Jude Jones - Advisor (Midwifery)
Jo assists Mummy’s Star and our families with any HR /Employment related topics, policies and procedures. She worked in a number of different industries / companies and has over 20 + years Human Resource Management experience. She has the experience of being a Mummy’s Star service user and understands the emotional impact on mums and families when dealing with such devastating news.
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.
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.