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 ambassadors and patrons.
"My first contact with the charity was in 2010 following the death of my mother, Marjie. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer just three weeks before she died. I had no idea that her symptoms could possibly be linked to ovarian cancer. Neither did her GP. Target Ovarian Cancer is determined to change this tragic and all too frequent scenario. I feel very proud to be a patron and I know that Marjie would be proud too."
Professor Sir Kenneth Calman PhD MD FRCS FRCP
Dame Janet Gaymer DBE QC
“I knew nothing about ovarian cancer. After doing a comedy show to benefit Target Ovarian Cancer, I learnt about the symptoms and made sure all my family and friends knew them too. I’m delighted to now be an ambassador. I’ve seen the impact they have, and I’m delighted to be working with a charity that is achieving so much for women with ovarian cancer.”
"I’m thrilled to be involved with Target Ovarian Cancer. In the UK we lose 11 women each day to ovarian cancer. Awareness, something the charity is focused on improving, is vital to reducing this shocking statistic. I’m looking forward to supporting the charity, to reduce the number of women dying needlessly every day because they didn’t know the symptoms of this disease."
Our Directors Emeritus are former trustees of the charity who continue to play key roles in the achievements of Target Ovarian Cancer.
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 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 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.