Victoria Butler-Cole is a barrister at 39 Essex Street Chambers. Her background is in philosophy, law and medical ethics and before becoming a barrister, she lectured in medical ethics, worked for various health charities, and was Assistant Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. She now works in the areas of healthcare and human rights law, with a focus on the Court of Protection and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Niccola has recently retired as the director at Leeds Mind but continues to have a number of voluntary mental health roles, as well as being a governor of an NHS trust and a director of Healthwatch Leeds. She has wide experience as a charity trustee. She was deputy chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on Disability for two and a half years.
Previously she worked for Barclays PLC for 25 years, ending her career there in 2005 as Regional Director for the North East and also having been Diversity Director for the Barclays Group globally. She was a board member of Dignity in Dying from 2008 to 2011.
Dr Helen Jamison is Head of Media at the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. She was previously Deputy Director and is now a trustee of the Science Media Centre, an independent press office ensuring the public have access to accurate information when science and health issues hit the headlines. She has also worked at the science journal Nature, and has a PhD in neuroscience and degree in biomedical science. Helen has a particular interest in the evidence-based communication of information about end of life and dying to patients and the public.
Karen Sumpter is Head of Clinical Services and Clinical Lead at Prostate Cancer UK – a post held since autumn 2013. She was previously, Deputy Director of Patient Services at St Luke’s Hospice in NW London for 10 years. A Registered Nurse for over 28 years, with a masters degree in Management & Leadership, Karen’s particular interests are patient choice in end of life care. She also enjoys team development and facilitating learning. She is delighted to be joining Compassion in Dying at a Trustee.
Jo has over 30 years experience in campaigning working across government, the voluntary, public and private sectors. Currently working in health communications at PwC, she has worked as a senior adviser for Tony Blair in Downing Street and moved with the former Prime Minister after he left office as his Director of Corporate Affairs.
Previously to that she was a Board Director at communications consultancy Edelman heading up the corporate and public affairs practice, and has also worked as a Special Adviser to Baroness Jay of Paddington and in PR roles at the FA, Labour Party, Citizens Advice Bureaux and various other organisations. Jo is also a Home-Start volunteer.