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Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity. We work to improve early diagnosis, fund life saving research and provide much needed support to women with ovarian cancer. Meet our trustees.


Joanna Barker, Chairman

Joanna Barker has over thirty years’ experience in business and finance. Joanna’s mother and sister died from ovarian cancer in 2005. She is a lay member of the Council of the University of Durham, which awarded her an honorary doctorate (D.Litt) in 2012. In 2014 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Lisa Attenborough

Lisa Attenborough is Director of Communications at Arla Foods. Lisa has held senior communications positions at major international companies and her experience covers a wide range of sectors and all communications disciplines. She has managed significant strategic initiatives working with Boards for 25 years across global plcs, private equity and non-governmental organisations. Previous senior level roles include Premier Foods, Mondi, Marks and Spencer, Siemens, Hilton Hotels and Financial Times. Lisa's mother died of ovarian cancer in 2008.


Sonya Branch

Sonya Branch is General Counsel at the Bank of England and the Executive Director for the Legal Directorate. She is responsible for providing legal advice to both the Bank and its subsidiary, the Prudential Regulation Authority. Previously, Sonya was Executive Director, and member of the Board and Executive Committee, at the Competition and Markets Authority. Sonya has previously played a key advisory role in several government key policy initiatives including the Health and Social Care Act and was a Partner in the Corporate department at the global law firm, Clifford Chance LLP. She is also Governor of a primary school in Kew, London.

Emma Kane

Emma Kane

Emma Kane is the Chief Executive of Redleaf Communications, the media and investor relations agency she founded in January 2000; she has 30 years’ experience in corporate and financial PR. Emma is the Chairman of the Barbican Centre Trust, and a trustee of COSMIC (Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care), Nightingale Hammerson, Grange Park Opera, and Patron of The Wiener Library. Emma is an avid sculptor and loves opera and jazz. She has a Diploma in Jazz & Popular Music having started life as a tenor saxophonist. Emma’s stepchildren's mother, Heather Ash, died from ovarian cancer at the age of 52 in 2007.

Margaret Chamberlain

Margaret Chamberlain

Margaret is a consultant at the London City law firm Travers Smith LLP, where she was a partner for 25 years. She is a solicitor specialising in the regulation of the financial services industry and has experience in non-profitmaking, charity and professional services environments. Margaret is also a trustee of Parkinson’s UK. One of her close friends has ovarian cancer and her experiences in relation to diagnosis and treatment have inspired Margaret to want to help Target Ovarian Cancer in its drive for early diagnosis, more research and support for women with ovarian cancer.

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker

Charlie is the General Manager of London’s newest Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square. He sits on the Advisory Board of the School of Hospitality at the University of Surrey and is a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. Charlie’s mother died from ovarian cancer suddenly in 2010. As an avid runner, Charlie was then inspired to run the London Marathon in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer.

Read why Charlie decided to become an ambassador for Target Ovarian Cancer

Shona Spence

Shona Spence, Treasurer

Shona is an experienced Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director with over 25 years’ experience working in the financial services sector. She is a non-executive director of a not-for-profit housing association and a member of its audit and risk committee. Most recently, Shona worked at the BNY Mellon Group where she held senior finance and operations roles, was trustee of a BNYM defined benefit pension scheme and deputy chair of its regional Diversity and Inclusion Council. Previously, Shona held senior finance positions at HSBC Asset Management and Mercury Asset Management. Shona is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Immunology from London University.