Sarah_160x250Sarah 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 GrieveUsha Grieve – Director of Partnerships and Services
(currently on maternity leave)

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 KoussaNatalie 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.

Phone: 020 7479 7731



Tom DaviesTom Davies – Director of Campaigns and Communications

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_160x230Davina 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 PearceDavid 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 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 – Outreach and Training Lead

Verena leads Compassion in Dying’s community outreach 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 and Partnerships Lead

Jennifer is the Information and Partnerships Lead for Compassion in Dying. She manages our free Information Line, leads on the production of our publications, supports 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.




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



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 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.







Upeka De Silva – Policy Officer

Upeka is responsible for maintaining a comprehensive knowledge base relating to person-centred end-of-life decision making.

Prior to joining Compassion in Dying, she spent many years promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights during which she developed a passion for protecting individual autonomy and choice