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Winsome Richbell-Brown – Co-Chair

winsome-richbell-brownWinsome Richbell-Brown is British born and trained in human resource management at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999. She was admitted as a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2003 after gaining over 10 years’ experience in strategic HR management.

Her career has embraced the public, private and third sector and voluntary work where she was a Deputy and Acting Chair of Arawak Walton Housing Association. In 2008 Winsome set up Richbell Brown Associates and is now a successful self employed HR Consultant working with a variety of businesses and enterprises in the North West. Winsome’s career demonstrates in depth working knowledge in human resource challenges and solutions.

Winsome demonstrates a passion for life and work and is approachable and enthusiastic. Most of all she values people and their life experiences and builds good and genuine long lasting relationships quickly.

Claudia McFarlane – co-Chair

My name is Claudia McFarlane, I am 48 years young and I am a hard-working individual with over 25 years of experience managing voluntary sector groups and charities in Bradford. I cut my teeth in the early nineties at a drug prevention project that provided counselling and support to members of the African Caribbean community who were addicted to crack cocaine.

During my time in drug prevention, I worked closely with the Northern Complainant Aid Fund (NCAF) which represented Black workers who faced discrimination in the workplace and helped to develop the group to the point that they were functioning at the highest competitive level nationally.

In 2001 I joined the Federation of African and Caribbean Elders which is a support group that provides day care and outreach services to older people in the community. Whilst with this group for 10 years, I managed the partnership team that developed the first extra care housing scheme designed specifically for African Caribbean older people, a £4.6milliion pound development in the heart of the Black community in Bradford called Mary Seacole Court.

Currently I serve as Director of ACAP (African Caribbean Achievement Project) which is a Charity that was established in 1995 to work on improving the educational outcomes and welfare of people of African and Caribbean descent in West Yorkshire. We provide mentoring and a range of educational support programmes to young people and their families and have facilitated some amazing projects over the years.

My latest venture is a project called the ‘Furniture Hackers’ which is a Social Enterprise that exists to train unemployed members of the African Caribbean community to develop the skills they need to renovate furniture and design and build other products that can be sold online for a profit.

I am very passionate about working in the African and African Caribbean community and I am extremely dedicated to improving conditions for everyone. I don’t think there is a problem that I have not dealt with in my time in the voluntary sector and come with a host of skills and core strengths in project management, recruitment, administration, IT, training, fundraising, capacity building and strategic development.

On an academic level I hold a range of qualifications including a Diploma in Management Studies, a BA (Hons) degree in Social Science (Psychology, Sociology, Economics), a Certificate in Counselling and an MBA in Business. I have been self-employed for over 7 years and run my own Business Consultancy and Web Design agency in Bradford.

I believe I can bring a lot to Can-Survive. From the moment I met Marcella I knew that I would like to somehow take part in this ground-breaking project and I am more than willing to help in any capacity that I can. I would love to join your board so that I contribute towards the development of the Charity over the coming months and years.

Vikki Morgan – Treasurer

vikki-morganVikki Morgan has over 16 years’ experience of working within the voluntary sector, predominantly in the role of Finance Manager for BHA, (a health and social care charity focused on challenging health inequalities) and more recently in the role of Finance and Administration Manager for Ordinary Lifestyles whose work is centred on the provision of supported living services for adults with learning difficulties, acquired head injuries and/or physical disabilities in order to enable them to lead valued and independent lifestyles within their own homes and communities.

Can-Survive UK is Vikki’s first venture into Trusteeship but she is ready to embrace the challenge!

Rose Thompson – Trustee

rose-thompsonRose Thompson is a radiotherapy radiographer with over 26 years clinical experience in London and the Midlands, where she gained 2 discretionary points for her pioneering work with children undergoing radiotherapy, and Black and Minority Ethnic communities. She is qualified to Superintendent 4 Grade, and HPC (Health Professional Council) registered.

Rose lost her mother (age 47), to breast cancer, in 1976, 6 months after diagnosis, and her twin sister Maureen (age 46), to the same condition in 2001. Another sister diagnosed at the age of 42, is living well 9 years after treatment for breast cancer. Rose’s personal experience of a family history of breast cancer from a BME/faith group perspective, drives her passion to reduce cancer inequalities in the UK.

From 2003 – 2007 Rose was Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Cancer Information Specialist at Europe’s leading cancer information charity, Cancerbackup, (now merged with Macmillan Cancer Support). This was a national role that contributed to a significant number of BME initiatives.
Rose was the charity’s first therapy radiographer to be employed by the organisation and paved the way for other Allied Health Professionals. Prior to accepting the job, Rose was seconded from the radiotherapy department to co – manage Cancerbackup’s drop in Centre in Nottingham.

A significant number of BME led and other leading cancer organisations consult with Rose prior to undertaking ethnicity/community related work. She is the UK’s leading BME Cancer Information Specialist and a competent engaging speaker. She receives many requests to deliver presentations and workshops throughout the UK and has gained a national profile, as a result of her professional expertise.

Rose was an expert member of the Awareness and Early Detection Work Group that contributed to the development and launch of the UK’s 2008 5 year top up Cancer Plan.

In addition to Directing BME Cancer Communities, Rose is currently a management team member for the BME charity ‘Cancer Equality’.  In 2008 Cancer Equality developed and launched Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Week.  Rose is also Chair of the Nottingham African Caribbean Health Network(ACHN) and a member of the Greater Nottingham Cancer Forum.

Andrew Dunn – Trustee

andrew-dunnMy name is Andrew Dunn. I have been a Youth and Community worker for over 25 years in various charitable, voluntary and statutory organisations. Over this time I have been privileged to be employed in various roles enjoying the challenges of meeting the needs of those that I have come into contact with. At present, I am the pastor of a small Christian non-denominal church in the Whalley range area of Manchester.

Suresh Rambaran – Trustee

suresh-rambaranSuresh is a qualified registered nurse with a background in cancer nursing and have extensive experience in cancer information through work with Cancer Backup, Cancerlink, Breast Cancer Care and Prostate Cancer UK. Now retired from full time work, He is currently working freelance as a Support and Information Specialist Nurse for Macmillan Cancer, Orchid Male Cancer and Prostate Cancer Charity. He is a founding member and trustee with Cancer Equality.

Judy Thompson – Trustee

judy-thompsonMy experience of working in the field of supporting people living with cancer spans widely across the Voluntary and Statutory Sector over the last 22years.

My first role was as a Home Visiting Volunteer for CALLplus (a Greater Manchester Cancer Charity) from early 1993 to late 1995. This followed a 7 ½ year period as a paid worker with CALLplus, firstly supporting the setting up and development of a new branch in North & Central Manchester then latterly setting up and developing the Salford branch.

Between 1999 and 2001 I worked on the bank as an Unqualified Nurse for the Trafford Palliative Homecare Respite Team.

In 2002 I joined the NHS and was tasked with the exciting challenge of setting up one of the first Greater Manchester Macmillan Information & Support Services on the very busy Main Out-patients at Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2006 I began 3 years of training to become a Person-Centred Counsellor, qualifying in June 2009.

In February 2008 I was offered and accepted the opportunity to join the team at the Macmillan Wellbeing Centre in Trafford as the Macmillan Information & Support Manager.

More recently I have trained to deliver Mindfulness, Relaxation and the accredited Macmillan HOPE Course.

I have also experienced cancer several times within my personal life. Very sadly my father died from lung cancer in 1989 and my brother in law from malignant melanoma in 1994. On a much more positive note both my brothers have successfully been treated for prostate cancer and now continue to live their lives to the full. My sister in law who recently finished treatment for breast cancer is slowly, but positively rebuilding her life.

Kirit Patel – Trustee

kirit-patelKirit is the Project Co-ordinator for Southern Voices. In this role, he is responsible for engaging schools and communities on a Heritage Lottery funded initiative focusing on the impact of World War One on colonised countries.

Kirit is a manager and trainer with over 20 years’ experience working in the voluntary and community sector.  For over ten years, Kirit managed Oxfam’s Race Equality Programme in England.  Before joining Oxfam, Kirit was the Services Manager for the Black Health Agency (now BHA) promoting sexual and wider health initiatives for disadvantaged groups; and managed the Kath Locke Centre (part of Big Life Group) a multi-agency community health resource in Manchester.

Kirit is a trustee for Breakthrough UK working for employment opportunities for disabled people; part of Steady State Manchester collective arguing for a viable city regional economy that works for people and the planet; and Chair of Can-Survive UK, a cancer support charity for ethnic minorities in Greater Manchester.

In late 2015, Kirit started a part-time MA in Creative Education at the University of Salford.