TRUSTEES & PATRONS
Meet the Mummy's Star patrons and trustees
Actors Katie McGlynn and Rob Mallard joined us as celebrity patrons of Mummy’s Star in late January 2019.
We’ve worked closely with the actors who play Sinead and Daniel in Coronation Street, the nation’s favourite and longest-running soap production. During 2018/19 we consulted with them, alongside the production and research team at Coronation Street, on the development of the emotive cancer and pregnancy storyline that has captured the hearts of their viewers.
Both actors have been amazing in portraying the very difficult and sensitive scenarios that our mums can face. They have both skilfully and beautifully delivered the emotion and factual scenes depicting the cancer and pregnancy storyline.
So, we’re absolutely delighted that we can work with them both in raising vital awareness and to reach more of the mums and families who need our support.
Kathryn is a nurse who has worked almost entirely in oncology, predominantly with women with gynaecological cancer, and palliative care in both Scotland and Australia for more years than she cares to remember. She has had the privilege of being involved in postgraduate education, policy development and qualitative research, providing representation on a variety of national and international groups, thus being able to influence care at a wider level.
Her current role is Director of Clinical Services in a large hospice and she is also writing up her PhD which focuses on fertility after cancer. She attended the first Mummy’s Star Conference in Salford and has followed keenly in the growth of the charity. She is very excited to be the Chair of Mummy's Star as the charity looks forward to its tenth year and beyond.
As a working mum Kathryn juggles looking after our two school age boys, Max and Charlie. When time allows, they escape as a family to Argyll and Bute to enjoy the peace, calm and spectacular scenery! When at home she can generally be found in the kitchen, cooking up a storm and entertaining friends and family.
BARBARA ANNE NELSON
Barbara Anne has worked in the public Health and Social Care sector for over 40 years. She retired in December 2019 from her post as HR Director within NHS Scotland returning in 2020 to support Pandemic planning.
She believes in healthcare being based around individual needs with ease of access to support for both people and their families. She has personal experience of using services when her family cared for her father following a terminal diagnosis.
Having been introduced to Mummy’s Star as a fundraiser, taking on the Glasgow 10k, she is excited to be joining us as we celebrate our 10th anniversary and look ahead to the future.
She enjoys following her local football team, reading and spending time with family.
Trustee & 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's connection began.
After studying Economics and Econometrics at Nottingham University Tom joined Ernst and Young and became a partner in 2014.
Tom brings many skills to the 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 after her dad died by 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 blessed with their two boys Elliot and Casper.
Alice is 36 years old and lives with her husband Billy and their young son Bertie.
In 2018, when Bertie was a few months old, Alice was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. As well as chemotherapy, she underwent an above-knee amputation of her left leg. Mummy’s Star were there throughout and remain very much a part of the family today.
Since recovering, Alice has learnt to walk again and has set herself numerous challenges to live a life without limitations on her prosthetic leg. She loves swimming and recently (Oct 2023) climbed over the O2 Arena to raise money for Mummy’s Star.
Professionally, Alice holds a First Class Master of Mathematics degree from The University of York and is a qualified Actuary. She currently works for Lloyds Banking Group.
Alice hopes that her actuarial skills, alongside her lived experience of cancer around pregnancy, can make a positive contribution to the Mummy’s Star as it looks ahead to the next ten years.
Felicity has been grant-making since the early 2010s. Having gained her degree in International Development she has steadily moved through various roles within grant-making; most recently managing investment in multiple cross-sector partnerships across the country. She has previously managed international funding teams as well as capital funding in the youth sector and supported organisations to navigate the financial challenges of the pandemic.
Felicity was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and remains thankful her treatment was successful. She saw firsthand the impact a diagnosis can have, not just on the patient but also those closest to them. Having recently become a mum for the first time, she hopes to pay forward her good fortune by sharing her experiences and skills to support joined-up, timely support that isn’t based on a postcode lottery.
Based in Solihull with her partner Russell and their daughter Harriet, the family is completed by Reggie, their rescue dog, who leads the pack as they enjoy the Warwickshire countryside and keeps Felicity fit for her spot in a local netball team.
Lyvia is an experienced communications professional with a diverse set of skills in content creation, branding, PR and strategy development. She has an extensive background in stakeholder engagement and customer service across a range of sectors including utilities, technology, and the arts.
Lyvia joined MOSL in 2016. She was appointed Head of Market Engagement and Communications, as part of the executive team in February 2019. In this role, she leads MOSL’s Corporate Affairs team, to deliver an effective programme of stakeholder engagement, public relations and online communications, while contributing to the development and production of MOSL’s Strategy and three-year business planning.
Lyvia is also a Project Coordinator for the Hygiene Bank in Hitchin and a trained Compassionate Neighbour with Garden House Hospices.
DR TINA SOUTH
PhD BSc PGCert BA SFHEA RM
Tina is proud to be a Registered Midwife, researcher and academic. The importance of holistic care has been a thread throughout her career. Tina has a PhD in Midwifery and is the recipient of three international awards for her PhD research. She is passionate about lived experiences and the wellbeing of families and the students and staff who care for them. Tina is Principal Lecturer and Lead Midwife for Education at Liverpool John Moores University, an external examiner, and a journal peer reviewer.
Tina feels privileged to now be a Trustee for Mummy’s Star, a charity that she has supported from its infancy, ten years ago, and it has been a pleasure to see Mummy’s Star go from strength to strength. She has been a long standing advocate for raising awareness of Mummy’s Star and the wonderful support that is provided during pregnancy and following birth to woman and childbearing individuals that have cancer. Tina is very excited to being a Trustee as Mummy’s Star moves onto the next ten years and beyond of its stellar journey!