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  • Management Team

    Emma Draper
    Chief Executive Officer

    Emma’s role is to drive the growth and sustainability of the charity through key relationships and meaningful partnerships. Her background is in executive recruitment, with the majority of her career spent in leadership roles both with an international search firm, and in more recent years leading the search & selection division of a regional recruitment business in Sheffield.

    Emma made the decision to change career direction because the work that Cavendish does is very close to her heart and she was inspired by the hugely positive impact it has on people’s lives.

    Emma’s sister was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 26. Throughout her illness it was clear that the emotional support and therapies that she had access to made a significant difference to her quality of life, emotional strength and pain management. This enabled her to live her life to the fullest and be a true inspiration to those around her, despite what she was facing.

    Emma also understands first-hand how hard it can be to care for and lose a loved one, and how important it is to have access to the right support in those circumstances. Through her own personal experience and a desire to make sure that no one struggles on their own, she is committed to ensuring that more people in our region living with cancer get the emotional support that they need.

    Ann Hetherington
    Head of Service

    Ann joined Cavendish Cancer Care as an Assessor in 2004, attracted by the Centre’s holistic ethos. She was then appointed to the post of Head of Service 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: she has completed numerous half marathons, and in 2018 completed the York Marathon, to help raise funds for Cavendish Cancer Care.


    Jonny Cole

    Head of Operations

    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 listening and collecting vinyl and spending time with his family .


    Mike Sawkins

    Head of Finance and Data

    Mike first joined Cavendish Cancer Care in 2015 after several years spent carrying out biomedical research in the UK and Ireland. What he enjoys most about working here is being able to see on a daily basis the difference that our support makes to local families as a reminder of why he wanted to make that change. He briefly left us at the end of 2016 but rejoined the team in February 2018 and quickly felt as if he’d never been away! He focuses on securing funding from trusts and foundations as well as working to understand and demonstrate the impact of our work. At home Mike loves to cook and is especially happy when baking bread and sweet treats for himself and his family.