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Our Team

Since 1982, our charity has had a number of faces working within our head office. We’ve always been a tight-knit group; and as we look forward to a future of fighting for those with nerve tumours, our team will continue to reflect the passion and dedication we pride ourselves on! 

Do you need to get in touch with us? Don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 8439 1234 or email us by visiting the Contact Us page.

Karen Cockburn

Charity Director

Karen joined the charity in 2010 initially in the role of Finance Manager, when it was decided to bring the function back "in-house" for better control. Karen brought her experience of working in financial roles across all three major sectors, private, public and third sector. Her role has evolved, along with the structure of the charity, and she now leads the organisation as it’s Charity Director. She is eager to expand and develop the charity's work particularly its support services to the benefit of those living with Neurofibromatosis and Nerve Tumours.

Brendan Rodgers

Operations and Marketing Manager

Brendan comes from a background in digital design and advertising but has long since dedicated his life to the charity sector. Having volunteered with Oxfam for 3 years, in 2014 he became a consultant for an apprenticeship charity near Oxford. He joined the then-named “The Neuro Foundation” as Services Coordinator in 2015 and soon became Operations and Marketing Manager. He has helped to guide the charity’s evolution into Nerve Tumours UK and ensure the digital transformation of the charity.

Alison Gourlay

Community Fundraising Manager

Alison joined the charity as the Community Fundraising Manager in 2012 and has supported hundreds of passionate supporters since then. She brought highly specialist Events and Marketing experience which she has applied to the benefit of those living with Neurofibromatosis. She continues to provide kind and vital guidance to supporters and fundraising events of all sizes. Why not give her a ring? She’s always eager to help people come up with new ideas to fundraise for the charity.

Alice Rosen

Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Manager

Alice dedicated her life to fundraising for charitable cause in 1997, when she began raising significant funds for The Moat School, a secondary school for dyslexic pupils. Since then, she joined Nerve Tumours UK (then known as “The Neuro Foundation”) in 2013, as the Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Manager. In her role, she has been responsible for building positive relationships with Foundations and Trusts that have directly benefited the charity’s support services, ever since. 

Sarah Agnew

Community Fundraising Officer

Sarah has been with the team in her capacity as Community Fundraising Officer since 2016. She came from the fast-paced world of sales at a major broadsheet newspaper and has brought with her a cheery, yet no nonsense approach to help us fundraise to further support people with nerve tumours and neurofibromatosis. She provides great support to all our challenge event participants, supporters, runners and cyclists; don’t hesitate to give her a call and find out more about what events are on at the moment! 

Jay Law

Events and Campaigns Coordinator

Jay joined the charity in 2015, as its Services and Social Media Coordinator. However, as the needs of the charity evolved, and Jay’s skills with events became clear, he soon became the Events and Campaigns Coordinator. Jay has pioneered the charity’s role in the global Shine A Light Campaign and developed the charity’s special event portfolio; organising events with the likes of Daniel Kitson, Adam Buxton, Ed Gamble, Tom Rosenthal and many more.