Meet the team

Meet the team at University Hospitals Birmingham Charity and find out what we all do. 


Mike Hammond, Charity Chief Executive

Mike joined the hospital charity in February 2009, following 12 years at Bradford & Bingley, where he was Head of Internal Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility.

Since 2009, Mike has led a successful relaunch and rebrand of the hospital charity which now works across four of the Midland’s busiest hospitals Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital.

Under Mike’s leadership the Charity has spent over £60 million supporting patients, families and staff at the hospitals.

Mike has driven many multi-million-pound appeals at the Charity including bringing the first CyberKnife cancer treatment machine in the UK outside of London to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, constructing Fisher House a “home away from home” for military patients and their families, the creation of the Centre for Rare Diseases and funding the AcceleraTED cancer drugs repurposing trial.

He is a member of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and the Institute of Fundraising. He is also a director of the Bradford & Bingley Pension Fund.

Married to Elizabeth, a pharmacist, Mike is a member of the Lords Taverners. He enjoys all sports, especially American Football.


Charlotte Schofield, Director of Fundraising

Charlotte joined the hospital charity in January 2020 as the new Director of Fundraising covering all four hospitals. Before joining the Charity, Charlotte was the Head of Fundraising and Lottery at Mary Stevens Hospice.

In her spare time, Charlotte loves spending time with her crazy three-year-old daughter and gorgeous four-legged pooch Archie!

She also loves going out with friends, eating chocolate and drinking prosecco. She is married to her husband, Chris, who runs a property and garden maintenance company bringing rented houses back to life!

Charlotte says her favourite food is raspberries because “I just love them!”

Charlotte said: “I’m looking forward to directly seeing the difference fundraising makes to staff, patients and families, and seeing all the different type of events the Charity hosts!”


Tom Joyce, Operations Manager

Tom joined the Charity team in November 2019, having spent 13 years in the Royal Air Force as an Engineer Officer. During this time, Tom worked with 99 Squadron and was part of the team that look after the C-17 aircraft which transported injured Service People to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Tom said: “My time in the forces made me aware of the amazing work that takes place at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine here at QEHB, I’m really excited to be working at this great hospital.”

In his spare time Tom plays for Moseley Oak Rugby Football Club as a tight-head prop, and speaking of his team mates said: “Most of them weren’t born when I started playing!”

Tom’s dream holiday destination would be to Australia, and he hopes to go ‘down-under’ soon to visit his brother in Melbourne and watch the British & Irish Lions at the same time!


Catherine Worth

Cathryn Worth,  Fundraising Manager

Cathryn began working at the charity in January 2016. She enjoys going out into the hospital and finding out more about the various departments and wards in order to see how the charity could support them.

Cathryn’s favourite foods are carrot cake, banana cake, and coffee cake: “I like cake!”

In regard to pet hates, Cathryn said: “I have a few, but they all make me sound like a grumpy old woman to the extent that I could be described as a female version of Victor Meldrew; for that reason, I shall be keeping them to myself!”

Cathryn enjoys getting out into the countryside and being with her family in her spare time, as well as running (“I’d like to say I like running but I am not sure I’m fast enough for it to be classed as running!”) and watching athletics, T20 cricket, and football.

An unusual fact about Cathryn is that first took part in a fundraising run at the age of ten, running ten miles in one hour and fifty minutes.


Gwen Eccleston, Office Manager

Gwen started working for the hospital charity in March 2015. She had previously worked at a small children’s charity for seven years in various admin and fundraising roles and prior to that she worked in customer support for an internet dating agency, which had its interesting moments!

Her favourite part of her job is the variety that each day brings. From answering the phones to visiting wards, manning stands and shaking buckets, there’s always someone new to meet or something new to learn.

Gwen absolutely loves pasta, which as a vegetarian is quite handy as it’s usually the only option. Her pet hate is poor punctuality.

In her spare time Gwen enjoys swimming, visiting scenic/historic places, photography and eating out. One thing that people are always surprised to learn about Gwen is that she used to have really curly hair until she got a bit too happy with the hair straighteners.


Laura Power, Fundraising Manager

Laura joined the hospital charity team as Fundraising Assistant in June 2012, having graduated from University College Birmingham with a degree in Events Management.

Her favourite aspect of her job is meeting lots of new and interesting people.

Laura’s favourite food is Chinese (especially Cantonese sweet and sour chicken), and her pet hate is untidiness. An unknown fact about Laura is that she can name the States of America in alphabetical order!


Mel Hancock, Communications Manager

Mel joined the hospital charity in August 2022 as the new Communications Manager covering all four hospitals. Before joining UHB Charity, Mel was the Regional News Editor for Global’s Newsroom Midlands for Heart, Smooth, Capital and LBC.

During her 20 year career in radio, Mel covered many stories from the Lozells Riots to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. She's interviewed a number of celebrities including Dame Judi Dench and Michael Bublé.

Mel is married and has two daughters and loves spending quality time with them. She loves all sorts of food but if she has to choose her favourite meal it would be a lasagne.

Mel said: “It brings me great joy to promote the fantastic projects the charity funds to help patients and their families as well as the fabulous staff that look after them!”

Elle Huguet, Senior Fundraising Officer

Elle joined the Charity and is based at Good Hope Hospital as a Fundraising Assistant. Previously, she worked for the British Heart Foundation in their Customer Care department.

Elle has been going through the ranks to become a Brownie leader since she was 14 and is now training to become a full leader in her spare time.

The thing she enjoys most about working for the Charity is “learning about all of the different appeals and seeing the difference the Charity makes within the hospital, the Children’s Outpatients Department looks amazing!”

She loves fresh seafood and loves going to Devon, but she is really looking forward to exploring Cuba one day.

An interesting fact about Elle is that she loves vintage cameras, she owns six!


Samantha Howell, Fundraising Manager 

Sam works as Fundraising Manager at Solihull Hospital, having previously worked across Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull since November 2013. Before this, Sam worked for Diabetes UK.

Sam loves walking and reading but says that she doesn't have all that much spare time due to her young sons who take up a lot of time! Sam's favourite food is Italian, "It's the best by a mile!" and loves spending time with her family.

When asked about her favourite part of the job, Sam said: "I love being able to make a difference to patients. Walking around the hospital and seeing the items that the Charity has funded is a fantastic feeling."


Sophie Westlake, Senior Fundraising and Communications Officer 

Sophie joined the team in March 2020 after graduating from the University of Bristol with a degree in Politics and International relations.

Her favourite part of the job is being able to work alongside our fantastic NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, and witnessing how they have gone over and above for their patients. Sophie said: "this past year it has been really amazing to see the wonderful work our NHS do first hand, and supporting them during a global pandemic!"

Sophie's favourite food is curry, and her dream holiday would be island hopping around Greece, so she can pretend she is in Mammia Mia!


Poppie Barnett

Poppie Barnett, Grants Officer

Before joining UHB Charity, Poppie was an english teacher in Naples, Italy and has a History of Art BA fromthe University of York

Poppie says her favourite part of her job is that she can be a part of improving patients' lives with new equipment, faculties and support.

Dream Holiday? She would love to travel all over Israel from Tel Aviv to Eliat or have a Madagascan adventure!

Favourite food? Poppie says "Everything! As long as there are no mushrooms! But if I had to pick I’d say Aubergine Parmigiana."

In her spare time she loves to garden, grow her own veggies especially tomatoes and aubergines and she's also an amateur potter, trying to get to grips with throwing on the wheel!


Charlotte Booth

Charlotte Booth, Communications Officer

Charlotte is a recent graduate of the University of Birmingham and previously worked as Social Media Manager for an escape room, before joining the Charity in June 2021 as Communications Assistant.

When we spoke to Charlotte, she told us, “I’m super excited for the challenge of this role as I love all things social media. I am especially eager to see first hand the incredible work the Charity does!”

Charlotte’s dream holiday is anywhere with sun and a beach. She’s not too fussy where, as long as it involves a lot of chill time.

“Pizza, pizza, pizza – maybe followed by a little chocolate!” was Charlotte’s enthusiastic response to being asked what her favourite food was.

Outside of work, Charlotte loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoys long walks with her dog Luna (who’s a very cute tiny jackahuahua). She also loves going to the gym and especially enjoys a good Netflix-binge.


Natasha Burton, Fundraising Officer

Natasha is a recent graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing. She also worked at Manchester Arena and the Etihad Stadium alongside her studies stewarding for events such as concerts which ranged from the Spice girls to Brian Cox!

When asked what she was most looking forward to in her new role Natasha said: "I love that no day is the same and that we get to support our incredible hospitals. The Charity has a super exciting year of events ahead so I am looking forward to meeting some amazing fundraisers! Before starting at the Charity I took part in a skydive to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth who looked after my dad so well. I feel privileged to now be able to work alongside these incredible NHS staff."

Her dream holiday would be to travel around Australia and visit her family there. She enjoys going out to eat with friends, going to the cinema and having a roast dinner with all the trimmings on a Sunday!


Gemma Hackett, Stewardship Officer

Prior to her role at UHB Charity Gemma worked as a supervisor of a wholesale warehouse specialising in floral supplies and previously studied Forensic Psychology at university.

When asked what she was most looking forward to about working for the hospital charity Gemma said: "Definitely Christmas time! I can't wait to help the charity spread some christmas cheer to patients and staff!"

Gemma's favourite cuisine is Greek and would love to visit the island of Santorini in the future. She enjoys eating out with friends, days out with her three boys and is always keen to learn new things. An unusual fact about Gemma is she recently donated 20 inches of hair to The Little Princess Trust after growing it out for over 4 years!


Ruth Davies

Ruth Davies, Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Assistant

Ruth graduated from the University of Leeds in Autumn 2020 with an MA in Religious Studies & Global Development and before her role at UHB Charity she worked for the Salvation Army.

When asked what excites her for her new role Ruth said: "I am really excited to see the creation of the Birmingham Transplant Centre right from the beginning of the fundraising appeal to its opening in Autumn next year."

Ruth would love to travel to Bologna, her favourite food is curry and chocolate and loves a pina colada!

An unknown fact about Ruth is she used to do Irish dancing competitively when she was younger!


Esme Lloyd-Kelly, Fundraising Officer

Esme has a degree in Film and Television Production from Edge Hill University. Her previous role before working for UHB Charity was as an Events Coordinator in a care home.

when asked about her favourite part of the job Esmea said "It’s hard to choose as I am enjoying so many things… but one would be that every day is completely different to the next. Another would be visiting all of the amazing projects the charity have funded and having the opportunity to hear from patients and staff. Directly hearing the difference we have made as a charity is so lovely and rewarding."

Her favourite holiday destination is Greece so a  dream holiday for her would be to travel hop around the Greek islands.

Her favourite food would be sushi or a prawn linguine - she can’t decide!

She loves loves yoga, as it’s a great way to unwind and relax whilst doing something active. She likes to spend her weekends going out to eat with friends or having a long walk in a park with her boyfriend and his dog Rose.


Jonathan Burch, Fundraising Officer

Jonathan has been working in the charity sector since he was 19. His previous work involved dealing with donations administration.

When we asked him what his favourite part of the job is he replied: "I’m excited about being able to raise funds for UHB Charity. Wills and In Memory Gifts are a growing area of giving and I’m looking forward to taking on this challenge in my new role."

Jonathan enjoys both playing and watching cricket and football. He's currently the fixture secretary and a captain for his village cricket team in Warwickshire (Great Alne CC). He's also newly married and learning Mandarin Chinese.

Hannah Tipton, Fundraising Assistant

Hannah Tipton studied History at the University of Sheffield and graduated in July 2022. Her favourite part of the job is getting to meet our amazing fundraisers and seeing projects that the charity has funded first hand.

Hannah's dream holiday would be to go to the Amalfi Coast in Italy! Unsuprisingly her favourite food is Italian though she loves sausages and mash on a cold day.

A fun fact about Hannah is that she has an identical twin – when they were younger they would sometimes try and confuse people by pretending they were the other sister!


Karen Jones, Giles Trust Brain Tumour Fund

Karen’s combines her role as Deputy Editor of lifestyle publication Live 24 Seven with her fundraising for The Giles’ Trust Brain Tumour Fund.

Initially joining The Giles' Trust Brain Tumour Fund as a volunteer, Karen now works part-time for the charity and devotes her time to raising much needed funds and increasing awareness of the charity.

Seeing the difference The Giles' Trust makes at the hospital motivates Karen to strive to do more.

In addition to photography, musical theatre, dining out with friends, and dancing, she also enjoys travelling and eating Italian food; Cape Town and Italy are two of her favourite destinations.

Dave Watson, Patient Advocate

Dave joined the hospital charity in February 2016. As an ex-resident of Fisher House himself, Dave enjoys talking to others who have had similar experiences to himself, and bringing smiles back to their faces.

Dave’s favourite food is lasagne, and when asked about what his pet hate is, he revealed that he does not have one.

In his spare time, Dave enjoys fishing. An unknown fact about Dave is that he owns not one Olympic Torch but two, after being selected to carry one in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2016!


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