Communications and Engagement Group
The Wales Cancer Partnership was established with the ambition to bring together cancer organisations across Wales. There are over 20 members of the partnership, all with the same ultimate goal: to tackle cancer.
One of the first things the Partnership decided to prioritise was getting the message out to the public that although we may be separated by geography stand behind different logos, we all work together to improve cancer outcomes in Wales, and beyond. To help reinforce this message we set up a group with the aim of improving the visibility of our collaborative working.
The first Communications and Engagement Group meeting was held in May 2016, and brought together representatives from several organisations. Together, this group has planned activity such as Cancer Research Does Techniquest Afterhours, the Wales Cancer Conference, Tackling Cancer Together and Cancer Quest @Techniquest Glyndwr. They also work together on communication campaigns to ensure that messaging about cancer is consistent across Wales.
The group comprises a number of experts on the subject of communicating and engaging with the public about cancer. If you would like to seek advice or support from the group, please contact one of its members, listed below:
Alexa Bishop, Cancer Research UK
Jodie Bond, Wales Cancer Research Centre
Jodie Bond is a communications professional with a background working in research, the arts, the third sector and education. She joined the Wales Cancer Research Centre in 2015 when the organisation was in its infancy and has developed the Centre’s engagement activity, brand and reputation from scratch. Jodie believes that through tailoring communications and engagement activities, we can help the public develop a greater understanding and appreciation of research and its impact on society. Jodie has managed a number of successful communications and marketing campaigns. She has promoted sell-out international tours for the UK’s leading contemporary circus, managed multi-regional PR campaigns for the UK’s second largest charity, and worked as part of a team who won gold at the CIPR Cyrmu awards. In 2016 she was awarded a STAR award from Cardiff University for her engagement work.
Lee Campbell, Cancer Research Wales
Lee Campbell serves as an authoritative lead on all research projects funded by Cancer Research Wales and is responsible for the continual monitoring of progress and assessment of outcomes from the diverse range of scientific and clinical research and development projects that make up the charity's portfolio. This entails the frequent visiting of and meeting with project investigators and communication of findings to the Cancer Research Wales Scientific Committee, Trustees and Charity Director, throughout the project duration. Another key aspect involves the organisation of new research applications for peer review and intellectual property rights connected with the proposals. He also builds relationships with local and national media and is involved in the production of articles for reports, press releases website and marketing material. As part of the Wales Cancer Alliance, he works alongside Welsh Government and other stakeholders on matters related to cancer policy.
Lara Husain, Cancer Research UK
Lara Husain is the Research Engagement Manager for Cancer Research UK, covering Wales and South West England. Lara has six years experience in various roles engaging the public and school audiences with science. She completed her BSc Anatomy, Developmental and Human Biology at King’s College London and throughout, enjoyed volunteering at local schools for a charity seeking to increase social mobility by providing free science tutoring for local pupils. Since finishing her degree, Lara has worked at the Royal Society of Biology, STEM Learning and Massey University in New Zealand. Her roles have all been focussed around increasing people’s access to and interest in science subjects through inspiring events and communications. Lara’s current role with Cancer Research UK involves working with researchers to bring local cancer research to life for Cancer Research UK supporters and the public.
Rachel Moses-Lloyd, Marie Curie
Rachel Moses-Lloyd is the Senior Media and PR Officer for Wales for Marie Curie, a charity which provides care and support to people living with a terminal illness, and their families. Rachel is based at the charity’s Cardiff and the Vale Hospice in Penarth three days a week, and spends the other two days working from the fundraising office in Dafen, at home, or out in communities across Wales. She works with all teams across Marie Curie. She regularly highlights the work done by Caring Services, including hospice and community teams and fundraising. Rachel also keeps in contact with the team at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research based at Heath Park. Prior to this, Rachel was deputy editor at weekly newspaper the Llanelli Star.
Kerry-Lynne Pyke, Macmillan
Kerry-Lynne started her career in journalism in 2007 at the Glamorgan Gazette before joining Wales News Service as a Senior Journalist, where she wrote for consumer magazines and national newspapers.
Kerry-Lynne moved into PR and communications in June 2009 when she joined Diabetes UK Cymru as Media and Communications Officer for Wales, where she led PR and communications and established the charity’s social media presence. In 2011, she was named one of PR Week’s 29 under 29 most talented PR professionals for her work at the charity.
In January 2013, Kerry-Lynne joined Macmillan Cancer Support as the Senior Communications Officer for Wales working on bilingual PR, social media and marketing. Kerry-Lynne became Communications Manager in 2014 and is now the charity’s Senior External Communications Manager in Wales, leading the external communications team and sitting on the Wales leadership team. Kerry-Lynne is a trustee for Women’s Equality Network Wales.
Lisa Whittaker, Tenovus Cancer Care
Dr Lisa Whittaker completed her PhD at the University of Stirling in 2011; she went on to work as a researcher at the Poverty Alliance and University of Glasgow before moving into a Knowledge Exchange role at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health. Lisa moved to Cardiff and joined Tenovus Cancer Care in 2015. Lisa is passionate about research engagement and science communication. She enjoys working with researchers and students across Wales, funded by Tenovus Cancer Care, supporting them to share their research in accessible and creative ways.