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Members of the Sussex Cancer Fund

Dr David Bloomfield is the chairperson of the Sussex Cancer Fund. He trained at The Middlesex Hospital London and trained in Oncology at The Middlesex, Mount Vernon and The Royal Marsden Hospitals. He spent 2 years as an International Research Fellow at Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto and studied Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. Clinically his site specialties are breast cancer, urology and testicular cancer.  He has a long standing interest in improving treatments by involvement in clinical trials, and is Course Director for the Masters Programme in Oncology at the Institute of Cancer.  The current challenge locally is to expand the infrastructure of the department to enable us to deliver modern treatment on time in pleasant surroundings. We are liaising closely with the Medical School to benefit from the changes taking place in the local hospitals and to ensure that the doctors of tomorrow have a sound understanding of the principles and importance of cancer management.

Angus Robinson was inspired into oncology with an early junior doctor post in St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and later underwent his oncology training in Oxford and Edinburgh. Before embarking on an oncology Consultant career, he worked for two years with VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) as one of the 3 oncologists in Kampala, Uganda. His specialist areas of interest in oncology are upper gastrointestinal and urological malignancies. Dr Robinson is Research Lead for Cancer in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Richard Simcock trained at St Thomas’ and Guys Hospitals, London. He trained in Oncology at Hammersmith and Charing Cross as well as St. Thomas’, Mount Vernon and Brighton. After an Australian Clinical Fellowship at the Sydney Cancer Centre he was appointed at the Sussex Cancer Centre in 2004. Dr.Simcock treats patients with breast cancer and head and neck cancer. His research interests include technical developments in radiotherapy and the study of acupuncture in cancer treatment.

Dr Andrew Webb is a full time medical oncologist working four days at BSUH and one day at Worthing.  Special interests include gastrotestinal cancer, lymphoma, and network wide renal and melanoma.  Medical Oncology involves only the systemic treatment cancers and has a strong background in research.  We also have close links with the Royal Marsden and their research programme.

Julia Lenton lives in Brighton and has three little boys who run her off her feet!  She joined the Sussex Cancer Fund in July 2011, and works part-time for the charity.  Prior to working with the Fund, she worked as a Duty Operations Manager for Carelink Plus. Julia has been amazed to learn how much difference the Fund has made to cancer services and patients’ experiences; she is always looking for fundraisers and ideas to help the charity raise money and awareness of our work, to make patients’ lives just that little bit easier.

Joanna Godden lives in Worthing and was a Business Ambassador for Sussex Cancer Fund before joining the charity as Marketing & Communications Officer.

After a successful career in the re-insurance industry, Bob Leeds took early retirement in 2002. Since then he has been Treasurer of Lewes Theatre Club, and until recently of his cricket club. After a successful course of chemotherapy at the Sussex Cancer Centre, he was sufficiently impressed with the standard of care that he wanted to give something back; this led him eventually to being appointed Treasurer of the Fund.

His passions include cricket, theatre, cooking and wine, although he is still looking for a way to combine all four!

Robert Maxwell grew up in Glasgow and in the late 60s and early 70s trained as a Chartered Accountant. He then joined the Franchised Motor Industry and worked for The Appleyard Group from 1974 to 1993 in a variety of managerial and financial positions until leaving in mid 1993 to build up his own group.
During his tenure with Appleyard he worked and lived in Glasgow, then Edinburgh and eventually in 1989 accepted a career move to Sussex.
He is married with three grown up children and lives in Hurstpierpoint.
Anyone old enough will recognize the name Endeavour Motor Company which held the Ford franchise in a number of towns in Sussex. Robert managed this business until 1993 when he resigned to set up a Mercedes Benz business of his own in Eastbourne. In the ensuing years Robert and his business partner built up a substantial Franchised Motor Dealer Group covering Sussex & Surrey. Having just recently disposed of the last of nine garages, he is pleased to say that he is now retired. Going forward he hopes to be able to devote time and energy to The Sussex Cancer Fund.

Jean Tremlett is the Deputy Chairperson and is a therapy Radiographer who trained at the Royal Marsden hospital. Since leaving RMH in 1994 she has worked in Christchurch and Dunedin in New Zealand.  On returning to the UK she worked at King Edward 7th hospital Midhurst and Mount Vernon hospital. After obtaining her MSC in Radiotherapy and Oncology from Sheffield Hallum University she moved to Sussex in 2003. She has filled a number of roles at the Sussex Cancer Centre including 13 years as research radiographer (this led to national involvement with a number of Radiotherapy clinical trials,  team leader, risk and error Radiographer, head and neck radiographer and is currently working as a senior treatment radiographer. This includes working at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastbourne Radiotherapy unit and Preston Park radiotherapy centre. Jean is passionate about offering all patients the best care possible. In her spare time Jean enjoys walking, watching cricket and her allotment.

Tim Fenton has practised as a company/commercial solicitor in Sussex for over 25 years having been a partner in a long established firm in Brighton until recently when he joined the Wannops Commercial team based in Worthing. Tim acts for all sizes of owner managed businesses from the sole trader to regional players. For all clients Tim prides himself on providing clear practical advice on a wide range of company law matters, from business sales/purchases to internal reorganisations and associated document drafting. Tim also deals in commercial property transactions of all types and sizes, but with particular emphasis on investment property and own business occupation. Outside of work, Tim is also a trustee for Whoopsadaisy a Brighton based charity specialising in helping children with cerebral palsy and similar disorders, he also plays (poor) golf.

Frank Sims is an experienced chief executive in the NHS having led both hospital and community services.  He has also spent time with NHS Improvement, working in the most challenged organisations to help them on their recovery, leading the national programme of Financial Special Measures.

Frank lives in Brighton and previously worked with BSUH helping to build the new Royal Alexandra Hospital.  He is passionate about improving care and experience for patients and committed to help find better outcomes for those dealing with cancer.