Sarah WoottonSarah Wootton – Chief Executive

Sarah is Chief Executive of Compassion in Dying, which empowers people to take control of their end-of-life treatment and care under the current law. She is a trustee of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and previously led campaigning at the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Family Planning Association.

Phone: 020 7479 7730






Usha GrieveUsha Grieve – Director of Partnerships and Services

Usha is responsible for Compassion in Dying’s information service (including our Information Line and both print and web-based content) and community outreach and engagement work. She also leads on stakeholder engagement and partnership development. She has a background in mental health and older persons’ care, from Bristol where she set up palliative domiciliary care teams.






Natalie KoussaNatalie Koussa – Consultant – Community Engagement

Natalie is responsible for Compassion in Dying’s community engagement services and leads on stakeholder engagement and partnership development. Natalie’s experience includes front-line social work, health and social care commissioning, community outreach, and programme and service development across the voluntary and statutory health and care sectors.

Phone: 020 7479 7731






Tom DaviesTom Davies – Director of Campaigns and Communications

Tom manages Compassion in Dying’s external relations with the media and our supporters. Tom’s background is in Parliamentary and public affairs, focusing on health and social care issues.








Davina_160x230Davina Hehir – Director of Policy and Legal Strategy

Davina is Director of Policy and Legal Strategy. She is responsible for policies on end-of-life care and for managing legal and stakeholder relations. She led on the Debbie Purdy case and Nicklinson intervention and now leads the Noel Conway case. Prior to working at Compassion in Dying, Davina worked for the BBC and the General Social Care Council.

Phone: 020 7479 7738





David PearceDavid Pearce – Director of Fundraising and Marketing

David leads fundraising and marketing strategy and has implemented new techniques to substantially increase Compassion in Dying’s income. He co-led the My Decisions project which delivered the first free website in the UK to generate a legally binding Advance Decision.

Phone: 020 7479 7733






Ruky SachakRuky Sachak – Finance Manager

Ruky is responsible for the overall finance function and ensuring the accurate recording of the organisation’s finances. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has had varied work experience within both the Not for Profit Sector as well as within the Commercial Sector.

Phone: 020 7479 7100





Verena_160x240Verena Hewat – Engagement and Training Lead

Verena leads Compassion in Dying’s community engagement work with diverse communities, and our training for healthcare professionals and community partners. She has a background in art, forensic mental health and community engagement and has a specific interest in working with people and communities who may not traditionally have easy access to end-of-life information and services.






Jennifer Noel

Jennifer Noel – Information Strategy and Development Manager

Jen leads Compassion in Dying’s information strategy as well as supporting stakeholder engagement. She has extended the Information Line by recruiting a nurse clinician to support people to plan for their treatment and care. Jen holds an MA in Human Rights and World Development from Goldsmiths, University of London in which she specialised in patients’ rights in end-of-life care.






Sarah MalikSarah Malik – Specialist Information and Support Nurse

Through our free Information Line, Sarah supports people to think about and discuss their health concerns, consider their treatment options, make decisions in line with their values, and record their preferences for future treatment and care. Sarah also supports the Information team in the production of policies and publications.

Sarah is a registered nurse with a background in Haematology, Oncology, hospice care and helpline nursing.

Phone: 0800 999 2434





Ellie Ball – Media & Campaigns Manager

Ellie coordinates the press office as well as supporting the development and delivery of national campaigns. Previously she worked in regional PR for Macmillan Cancer Support and communications at Bowel Cancer UK.







Zach Moss

Zach Moss – Digital Manager

Zach is responsible for Compassion in Dying’s digital communications, including management of our website, social media. Zach has previous experience in the technology industry and has a particular interest in how digital tools can influence and inform opinion.







Lloyd RIleyLloyd Riley – Policy and Research Manager

Lloyd is the Policy and Research Manager, leading the research strategy for Compassion in Dying, including ensuring work is informed by up to date and reliable evidence. Previously Lloyd worked for a hospice where he developed a keen interest in issues surrounding end-of-life care.






Upeka profile pictureUpeka De Silva – Policy Officer

Upeka is responsible for maintaining a comprehensive knowledge base relating to end-of-life decision making. She spent many years promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights during which she developed a passion for protecting individual autonomy and choice.






Hannah Easdown profile pictureHannah Easdown – Policy and Research Support Officer

Hannah is responsible for supporting Compassion in Dying’s policy and research team. She has an MA in Human Rights where she developed an interest in protecting bodily autonomy and went on to volunteer with a women’s rights charity and a charity working with refugees.