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Felicity is a former BBC journalist, presenter and businesswoman who developed a passion for regeneration. She led the teams which built the Lowry theatre complex in Salford and the winning bid to move a large part of the BBC out of London, creating Mediacity, also in Salford. Felicity was awarded a CBE for services to the arts and regeneration, and she formerly chaired University Hospital South Manchester.
Mahesh, a graduate of Durham University, is a solicitor at DWF Law LLP and specialises in Banking Litigation and Regulation; advising major banks, private lenders and companies. Mahesh is our youngest trustee and further to his professional skills, provides an invaluable perspective in the treatment and diagnosis of cancer in children and young adults, having been diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma when he was 8 years old and later at the age of 21. Mahesh remains a Young Ambassador for Friends of Rosie and has also campaigned for various cancer charities.
Lesley has over 20 years’ experience in fundraising and donor relations. She is Director of Development at Withington Girls’ School and previously served at Deputy Director of Development at the University of Manchester. There, she was responsible for all aspects of fundraising, from the regular giving programme through to the transformational gift strategy, and in ensuring that all donors are recognised and stewarded in the best and most meaningful way possible. She also serves as a Governor at her local state primary school.
Anne has been a property lawyer for over 30 years, initially with Cottrills, and now as a consultant to Slater Heelis LLP following the merger of the two firms. Anne has been with Friends of Rosie since almost the outset of the charity.
Joanne joined our Board of Trustees as a Parent Trustee. Joanne is mum to our Young Ambassador, Ruth Grace. Her first-hand experiences as a parent of a child who has had cancer are invaluable in helping us to always ensure that children are at the heart of every decision we make at Friends of Rosie.
Craig is originally from Northern Ireland and spent the early part of his career in the aerospace industry, primarily in California. Upon his return to the UK, he joined Accenture and was later appointed COO of their Products Division. Craig also acted as the Managing Partner for Accenture’s Northwest practice based out of Manchester. Craig retired from Accenture in 2018 and since then has been involved in various technology start-up ventures.
Helen is the sole employee of Friends of Rosie working on a part-time basis to help raise awareness, fundraise, administer and promote the vital research work that the charity supports. Helen’s background is in corporate and employee communications and she is passionate about promoting the need for more dedicated childhood cancer research. She is mum to two boys who keep her busy the rest of the time!