Our team

Meet our team of 9 staff members, who are here to help families get the support that they need to raise funds for their child's healthcare needs. The team are supported by a board of trustees.

Our Team Becky Andrew

Becky Andrew

Chief Executive Officer

Becky joined Tree of Hope in February 2024 and is a passionate and value-driven charity leader with over 14 years’ experience building and managing teams, programmes and services within the youth and education charity sector.

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Our Team Emma Bourne

Emma Bourne

Head of Fundraising - Trust and Foundations

Emma joined Tree of Hope in January 2016 and has extensive experience in Trust and Foundation fundraising and has worked in the voluntary sector for over 17 years.

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Our Team Caroline Candler

Caroline Candler

Family Support Officer

Caroline joined Tree of Hope in November 2019 and feels passionate about supporting families who need our help.

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Our Team Steph Carlyon

Stephanie Carlyon

Marketing & Family Support Officer

Steph joined Tree of Hope in November 2020. Steph designs and develops the charity’s marketing materials across all aspects of the charity and works with our new and existing families.

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Our Team David Grist

Dave Grist

Head of Finance & IT

Dave joined Tree of Hope in April 2016 and oversees all the financial and IT functions of the charity, audits and investments.

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Our Team Georgie Lowry

Georgie Lowry

Head of Marketing & Family Support

Georgie joined Tree of Hope in July 2016. Georgie is responsible for leading and developing Tree of Hope's brand awareness, marketing, social media, website and PR activities.

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Our Team Oliver Thorneycroft

Oliver Thorneycroft

Finance Manager

Oliver joined Tree of Hope in December 2019 and manages the day-to-day running of the charity’s finances and ensures the families accounts are managed efficiently.

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Our Team Karen Warner

Karen Warner

Head of Fundraising

Karen joined Tree of Hope in August 2019 and has been working in the voluntary sector for over 15 years.

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Our Team Katie Wotawa

Katie Wotawa

Remote Family Support Officer

Katie is our first Family Support Officer based in the North of England, who joined Tree of Hope in March 2022.

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Our Team Oakley



Oakley is Tree of Hope's mascot who comes to all of our events with us and loves to meet our current and potential families, supporters and donors!

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Our Team Catherine Cooper

Catherine Cooper

PR Support

Catherine is a Sunday Times best selling author and is a freelance journalist, helping Tree of Hope families and supporters with their PR needs.

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Our Team Beth Dunmall

Beth Dunmall


Beth became a trustee for Tree of Hope in 2021. Beth is a consultant to trustees of large UK pension schemes and brings her experience of working with trustee boards to the Tree of Hope team.

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Our Team Charlotte Eberlein

Charlotte Eberlein


Charlotte joined the Board in September 2017 and chairs our Fundraising and Marketing Committee. Charlotte is Head of Marketing and Business Development for a large regional law firm.

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Our Team Rob Lay

Rob Lay


Rob joined the Board in October 2016 and is Chair of our Finance Committee.

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Our Team Duncan Mason

Duncan Mason


Duncan has been a trustee for Tree of Hope since 2015. Now retired, Duncan has many years experience working with both small and large insurance companies, both in the UK and abroad.

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Our Team Alexandra Noble

Alexandra Noble

Chair, Trustee

Alexandra is our Deputy Chairman and a Trustee of Tree of Hope. She heads Noble & Associates, and is an Independent Consultant in the Financial Services sector, operating both in the UK and Internationally.

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Our Team Laura Smith

Laura Smith


Laura became a trustee for Tree of Hope in 2021 but has been a member of the Tree of Hope Medical Committee since 2018. Laura is a Lecturer in Psychology based at the Queen Mary University of London. She conducts research into cognition and mental health and works with people with different neurological conditions.

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Our Team Sean Thompson

Sean Thompson

Deputy Chair, Trustee

Sean has always had a great interest and passion for charitable organisations, helping make a positive impact on the lives of others and has taken part in a large variety of fundraising initiatives from the age of 23.

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