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Our Management Team

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer

Experienced and committed individuals lead our team and together we are focused on finding a cure

Sue Farrington Smith MBE

Chief Executive A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Sue Farrington Smith headed up the finance functions of blue-chip companies, before moving into marketing to head up business development at Safeway and then running her own marketing agency.

Driven by the loss of her niece, Alison Phelan, just before her eighth birthday, Sue co-founded the charity “Ali’s Dream” after being shocked to discover the lack of awareness and chronic under-funding of research into brain tumours. Sue led the coming together of multiple charities in 2009 to launch Brain Tumour Research, facilitated by fellow member The Diana Ford Trust, with a vision to find a cure for brain tumours.

Sue was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to brain tumour research and awareness-raising.

She has been campaigning to raise awareness and funds since 2001, providing the secretariat to the brain tumour All Party Parliamentary Group and initiating, with fellow charities, National Brain Tumour Awareness Month. Since leading Brain Tumour Research, Sue has co-authored three reports into funding, produced the Invest In a Cure manifesto and launched the charity’s annual Wear A Hat Day fundraising event. 

Brain Tumour Research has rapidly matured into a multi-million-pound organisation under Sue’s leadership, supporting four Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. She continues to succeed in establishing a formidable network of supporters and expert clinicians all working towards a common goal: to find a cure for brain tumours.

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Ashley Bailey ACMA

Director of Finance and Operations A highly competent and experienced senior executive, with a career spanning 25 years in the corporate sector, including posts as Managing Director and Country President at Loomis and CFO for DHL Freight in the UK and Ireland. Ashley Bailey is a qualified accountant (Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and has also run his own business consultancy advising clients on how to optimise their financial and operational performance.

Ashley has been Director of Finance and Operations at Brain Tumour Research since early 2015. Working closely with the Chief Executive, he has a broad remit to monitor the charity’s strategic plan and ensure ambitious growth targets are met.

Ashley leads a team responsible for financial management and systems, in addition to accounts and forecasts. He acts as a driving force for continued development and compliance, and also steers business and support operations, including the key area of supporter care.

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Robin Meltzer

Director of Fundraising and Marketing A respected political campaigner and fundraiser, Robin Meltzer previously served as Vice Chair of the London Liberal Democrats. He has won several awards for his political work, including the Clean Air in London Award for his efforts to tackle air pollution in the capital.

Robin joined Brain Tumour Research in February 2016 as Director of Fundraising. He manages the charity’s fundraising activities across both community and corporate teams and leads the strategy aimed at funding a network of Research Centres of Excellence across the UK.

As a BBC Worldwide senior producer for international formats, Robin was responsible for co-productions including Strictly Come Dancing in over thirty countries worldwide.

A Cambridge graduate, Robin also has an interest in education and is a governor at a school for children with profound and multiple special needs.

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Erika Murigi

Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning

With a strong interest in social issues, Erika Murigi started her career as a news reporter, training with the Express & Star newspaper group in the West Midlands. 

Erika moved into the charity sector in 2009 and went on to manage high level, integrated public affairs, campaigning and PR activity for national charities Adoption UK and Lymphoma Action. 

As Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning for Brain Tumour Research, Erika leads the development and delivery of the charity’s influencing programme, raising awareness of brain tumours, influencing policy at its highest level, and engaging public and political support for its campaigning priorities: increase national funding for brain tumour research, incentivise treatment, and facilitate innovation. 

CIPR accredited and a Temple University USA and Japan graduate, Erika is also a Trustee of a regional charity that supports women and children against domestic violence.   
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Hugh Adams

Head of PR and Stakeholder Relations With a strong background in national broadcast media, including 12 years at the BBC and freelancing for Channel 4 News amongst others, Hugh Adams has a well-established network of contacts. His communications degree and expertise in digital technology brings creativity and pace to the charity’s rapid development.

Having joined Brain Tumour Research at the start of its second year, Hugh was brought in to head up the charity’s core fundraising campaigns and to raise the profile of the charity. Promoted to Head of External Affairs in 2015, Hugh is an experienced commentator regularly representing the charity on national and regional broadcast media, online and in print. He leads the PR strategy, both nationally and regionally, while also driving Brain Tumour Research’s highly successful social media communications.

Hugh has been instrumental in growing the charity and is now a key voice of the brain tumour community, working with dedicated celebrity supporters such as Gillian Anderson, Sarah Beeny and Philip Treacy OBE.

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Crispin Zeeman

Head of Brand Communications Strongly committed to charitable causes, Crispin Zeeman started his career in the retail world managing stores for Waterstones before moving into the third sector. He spent five years as International Marketing and Design Manager at the Earthwatch Institute, where he shaped the organisation’s communications, particularly around content generation, editorial and creative direction. He is also a keen freelance photographer.

Crispin has led marketing and communications at Brain Tumour Research since 2012. As Head of Marketing, he manages the brand identity across print and online collateral, with a focus on visually appealing and emotionally compelling marketing materials designed to engage supporters and drive fundraising. He also influences core messaging and strategic direction as a member of the charity’s management team.

Alongside advertising, direct mail and the supporter magazine, Believe, his team is responsible for the charity’s website.

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Director of Research, Policy and Innovation

We will be recruiting a new Director of Research, Policy and Innovation within the coming months. Please keep an eye on our recruitment page.

To find out more about this role or to register your interest in applying when it becomes available, please email our Chief Executive Sue Farrington Smith.

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