Sarah Wootton – Chief Executive
Sarah is the chief executive of Compassion in Dying, which informs and empowers people around their existing end-of-life rights through free Advance Decisions, an Information Line and now, a Big Lottery-funded advocacy project. Previously, Sarah led campaigns at the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Family Planning Association, and was a founding trustee of Abortion Rights.
Sarah is also chief executive of our sister organisation Dignity in Dying.
Phone: 020 7479 7730
Usha is responsible for Compassion in Dying’s information service, including our Information Line and both print and web-based content. She also leads on stakeholder engagement and partnership development.
She has a background in mental health and older persons’ care, and came to us from Bristol where she was setting up palliative domiciliary care teams
Natalie Koussa – Director of Partnerships and Services (maternity cover)
Natalie is responsible for Compassion in Dying’s information and community outreach 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. Most recently she led National Voices’ Wellbeing Our Way programme which brought together charities, community organisations and people with long-term health needs to develop person-centred, community-based approaches to health and wellbeing. She is Deputy Chair of Ditch the Label, a leading pro-equality, anti-bullying charity.
Phone: 020 7479 7731
Tom has worked in Parliamentary and public affairs roles for several years. Most recently he worked as a consultant on health and social care issues for the political communications company Dods, where he developed a keen interest in end-of-life care and patient choice.
Davina Hehir – Director of Policy and Legal Strategy
Davina is Compassion in Dying’s Director of Policy and Legal Strategy, and holds the same role at Dignity in Dying. She is responsible for developing Compassion in Dying’s policies on end-of-life decision-making and care, and for monitoring legal developments related to patient decision-making and care.
Prior to working at Compassion in Dying, Davina worked for the BBC and the General Social Care Council.
Phone: 020 7479 7738
David Pearce – Director of Fundraising and Marketing
David is a fundraising and marketing professional with extensive experience of managing development programmes, databases and websites to help non-profit organisations raise funds and awareness.
David has an Institute of Direct Marketing Diploma in Direct and Interactive Marketing and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising. He has a particular interest in social media and how digital tools can help people and organisations drive social change.
Phone: 020 7479 7733
Ruky 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 Hewat has a background in art, forensic mental health and community development. She has a specific interest in empowering individuals and communities who may not traditionally have easy access to information about their rights and choices at the end-of-life.
Esther Nimmo is the main operational contact for the My Life, My Decision projects in the north of England project areas. Her role is to support the local Project Co-ordinators, develop and deliver training and awareness sessions to staff and volunteers and to ‘spread the word’ about Advance Decisions and Health & Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney within the local communities.
For the last 10 years Esther has developed a local advocacy service and worked as an advocacy trainer & statutory Mental Health with Mental Capacity Advocate. Prior to this Esther developed and ran participatory access to arts events throughout the East Midlands and the North.
Jennifer is the Information and Partnerships Support Officer at Compassion in Dying. She is responsible for responding to queries from members of the public and coordinating the Information Line, as well as supporting stakeholder engagement and information promotion strategy.
Jennifer has a background in event management and 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.
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 is responsible for ensuring Compassion in Dying’s work is informed by up to date and reliable evidence. Before joining Compassion in Dying Lloyd worked for a hospice where he developed a keen interest in issues surrounding end-of-life care. Lloyd is also the Policy and Research Manager for Dignity in Dying.