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 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham which saw over £25 million being spent on supporting patients, families and staff at the hospital over a five year period, including the building of Fisher House, the "home away from home" for military patients and their families.
In 2017, the hospital charity also started working across Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital.
Mike has led 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, 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 hospital charities. 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!
Cathryn Worth, Fundraising Manager, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
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 and Communications Manager, Good Hope Hospital
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!
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!
Ella Iggulden, Communications Officer
Before starting at UHB Charity Ella studied Journalism and loved working with a range of charities and organisations throughout her degree.
When asked what she is most looking forward to in her new role Ella said: "I love meeting new people everyday and hearing their stories. I’m most looking forward to creating short impactful videos to help raise awareness of the incredible work UHB Charity does."
Her dream holiday would involve touring around USA for a few months and her favourite food is spaghetti carbonara with garlic pizza bread, yum!
One of Ella's personal passions is running a fashion Instagram account and hosts her own podcoast which can be found here.
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, Communications Assistant
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 Assistant
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 Assistant
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 usual fact about Gemma is she recently donated 20 inches of hair toThe Little Princess Trust after growing it out for over 4 years!
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!
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.