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Trustees

The trustees’ role is to ensure that the charity keeps to its stated objectives and is run fully in accordance with all current UK charity law.

Thank you to our trustees for all they do to help Fight Bladder Cancer grow. 

John Hester

Chair 
John is the financial controller at the Potters Group, which is the biggest privately owned waste management company in Wales. A bladder cancer patient, John became the Chair of trustees after a period as treasurer. 

Dr Alison Birtle

Alison's general medical and specialist registrar oncology training was undertaken in London Charing Cross and Westminster. Her MD Thesis was completed at the Institute of Urology, University College London, and the Academic Urology Unit, Royal Marsden Hospital. She is past Chair of the NCRI bladder clinical study group. Her research interests are in systemic therapy in urological cancers, chemoradiation and radiotherapy advances in urological tumours, and survivorship. 

Hilary Baker 

Hilary trained as a Registered General Nurse at University College Hospital in 1983, and went on to have varied surgical experience, mainly in urology as a ward sister, and also a nurse manager in both the NHS and the private sector. In 1995 she was appointed a urology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Central Middlesex Hospital when there was an increasing demand for nurses in specialist areas with knowledge and skills to support urology patients. In 2001, with funding from the NHS Plan, she was employed as uro-oncology CNS and team leader at Buckinghamshire NHS Trust. In September 2014, Hilary was appointed as lead CNS for uro-oncology. She has a BSc (Hons) in Cancer and Palliative Care and is registered as a specialist practitioner in adult nursing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She has recently completed her MSc in Cancer Studies at Oxford Brookes University.

Professor James Catto

Professor Urological Surgery, University of Sheffield & Honorary Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford, Jim qualified from Leeds University in 1994 and trained in York and Sheffield, UK before a fellowship in Brisbane, Australia. He was appointed an Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon in 2007 and specialises in Uro-Oncology. In 2014, James took over as Editor In Chief of European Urology. Jim has raised over £9.3 million in peer-reviewed funding and published more than 100 primary research manuscripts. 

Valerie Hester 

Valerie is the carer of a bladder cancer patient. She is currently the personal assistant to the financial controller at the Potters Group. In her long career as a nurse within the NHS, she attained the position of lead maternity specialist in Wales. 

Deborah Major 

Deborah is a bladder cancer patient, and a lecturer at Brockenhurst College, nationally recognised for excellence and innovation in further education based in New Forest. 

Paul Major

Paul is a carer of a bladder cancer patient. He is also a learning skills assistant at Brockenhurst College, a further education establishment in the New Forest which has been nationally recognised for excellence and innovation. 

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