Fundraising and Support Team

marathon meChris Farrell, Chief Executive
Chris joined Cavendish Cancer Care as Chief Executive in September 2014 after over a decade working in the charity sector. Having previously headed up some of the most successful fundraising programmes in the UK, what excites him most about joining the Cavendish team is seeing the difference people can make when they come together to support the communities they live and work in. With three young sons, Chris spends his spare time marveling at the wonders of parenthood and at how much time he once

had for hobbies and recreation.

Jason Briggs, Director of Fundraising

Jason joined Cavendish as Director of Fundraising at the start of 2018, leaving behind a role in fundraising consulting. His previous experience consists of fundraising intelligence roles, as well managing a social enterprise. He is also a Trustee of a number of charities. In 2016 he led a team at The University of Sheffield to win an Insight in Fundraising Award, and in 2017 was personally awarded the CASE Europe Iain More Award for ‘emerging development professional’. Jason was attracted to Cavendish by its emphasis on inner well being during a cancer diagnosis. In 2013 he lost his father to cancer who lived in an area of France where there was no professional emotional or psychological support. Having seen the difference such services can make, Jason is dedicated to seeing Cavendish thrive so anyone can access such beneficial services.

jonnyJonny Cole, Fundraiser
Jonny came to Cavendish Cancer Care to help out for a month in 2006 after getting involved with us through a corporate partner and never left. After meeting so many people that Cavendish Care has made a significant difference to he feels passionately about the care we provide. He is married to Jenny and is Father to Jack and in his (limited) spare time enjoys playing for Rotherham Hockey Club as a goalkeeper. If you are interested in fundraising for Cavendish by doing a challenge like a marathon or overseas challenge or running your own fundraising event for us just get in touch with Jonny for help and advice.

Chloe Janes, Events Officer

Chloe is fresh from University an brings energy, enthusiasm and a host of new events ideas to Cavendish. Chloe comes from Milton Keynes and now lives in our wonderful city. If you have an event in the pipeline, want to undertake one of our events or need advice about that ‘Big Lifetime Challenge’ get in touch with Chloe.

annAnn Hetherington, Head of Services 
Ann joined Cavendish Cancer Care as an Assessor in 2004 attracted by the Centre’s holistic ethos and was appointed to the post of Head of Services in February 2017. Ann qualified as a registered General Nurse in 1984 and specialised in community nursing prior to moving to the area of oncology working at Western Park Hospital for several years and latterly as a Research Sister in the Academic Unit of Oncology at Sheffield. When not at work Ann enjoys playing the clarinet and running, having completed 4 half marathons to help raise funds for the centre.

dallasDallas McDade, Finance Administrator

Dallas came into the fold in 2003 when she was diagnosed with cancer. After her initial treatment she returned to work as a teacher, but soon discovered she was not the same person. However, this coincided with the Cavendish Centre needing admin support and now she is in Finance supporting Jane. She felt that in whatever way she could that she needed to help keep the doors open for others who would hear that same awful word. Life is good, shared with her dog Archie, who features regularly in Cavendish pictures!

mugshotHilary Nugent, Volunteer Programme Lead

Hilary joined the centre as the  Volunteer programme lead  in July 2015.  She came to us from the Alzheimer’s society where  she was supporting  and training volunteers across South Yorkshire.  She has already been amazed by the energy, enthusiasm and loyalty of the Cavendish volunteers and supporters who work tirelessly on our behalf.  When she is not at the Cavendish centre she is busy looking after her family but occasionally finds time to walk in the peak district or read a good book.

Mike Sawkins, Business Development Manager

Dr Mike Sawkins first joined Cavendish Cancer Care in 2015 after an distinguished career in scientific research he felt he needed to engage with people on a day to day basis and understand the difference his work was making. He enjoyed his time worked on a varied range of different fundraising initiates but in 2016 he took a sabbatical to further his trust and grants, and impact assessment knowledge. He rejoined the Cavendish in 2018 and feels like he has never been away. Now in a Business Development Manager role he focuses on our Trust and Grants programme, GDPR and quantifying the impact our services have on those we help and support.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and taking long walks regardless of the weather.


Delphine Sayre, Head of Therapy Services (part time)

Delphine shares the role of Head of Therapy Services with Ann and they make a great team. Delphine was drawn to work for the Cavendish in 2003 by its ethos of providing free therapy to all and working closely with mainstream healthcare. She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, has been working as a herbalist in private practice in Sheffield since 1988 and is also involved in teaching about herbal medicine in a variety of settings. When not at work, Delphine enjoys being the mother of a teenager, working on an allotment, walking the hills with her dogs and singing!

receptionReception Team
When you arrive you will be greeted by one of our friendly reception team who will welcome you with tea, coffee and biscuits. The team is supported by a number of valued volunteers who all make sure we offer a calming and warm reception to all our clients and their carers.