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Meet the team

Day-to-day running of the charity is the responsibility of our Chief Executive Officer, Hazel Pixley, who is the only full-time member of staff. She is supported by a part-time Administrative Officer, with ad hoc fundraising, communication and HR support provided as required.

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Hazel PixleyChief Executive Officer

What is your role at the charity?
As the Chief Executive Officer, I am responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity. I am involved in all aspects of ensuring that we are able to provide quality information and support to people with a urostomy. This includes communicating with volunteers, managing our finances and matching people who need support to the information they need.

How and why did you get involved with the charity?
I had a urostomy operation when I was eight years old, as a result of a road-traffic accident, so I have grown up with it. After roles at several private companies, I joined UA in 2002. I wanted to pass some of my experience of living with a urinary diversion on to others. As I have lots of hobbies, including looking after my pony; geo-caching and cross-stitch, I also hope to encourage people to continue with the hobbies they had before surgery.

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Dave PageAdministrative Officer

What is your role at the charity?
I deal with all things admin at the national office. I support Hazel and my duties include sending out requested information to individuals with urinary diversions and to healthcare professionals; processing donations and other payments; sending out newsletters. I also keep our database fully updated.

How & why did you get involved with the charity?
Having taken voluntary redundancy from my previous employer, I didn’t wish to retire. I wanted to continue to work in a part time role which was close to home – my commute is now a 2-minute walk! After working for large corporates for almost 40 years I was looking for a role that used my skills and was both worthwhile and rewarding. In particular I enjoy talking to people and assisting them with any queries they have.

Trustee board

The Trustee Board provides overall strategic leadership of the charity.

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Brian FretwellChair of the National Executive Committee

What is your role at the charity?
I was elected as Chair of the Board in 2014. It is my role to chair our meetings.

How and why did you get involved with the charity?
I had my bladder removed after a diagnosis of bladder cancer in March 2011. I found the Urostomy Association, particularly the Journal magazine and the peer support, invaluable when I was first diagnosed. Once I had retired, I joined the NEC in 2013. My 41-year career gave me extensive experience in the private and public sectors, including the NHS. I aim to use those skills in support of the charity.

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Don HainesJournal Editor

What is your role at the charity?
I edit the Journal magazine and am a member of the Board

How and why did you get involved with the charity?
My wife Toni had a urostomy in 1992, following a series of major abdominal major operations that took her very close to death and left her with few options. We both will be eternally grateful for the help that the Urostomy Association has been able to give to her, both in making the decision as to whether to have a urostomy and in the years that have followed. We have become increasingly involved with the charity ever since. I am pleased to help others come to terms with their condition and to live as normal a life as possible.

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Sharon FillinghamNurse Advisor

What is your role at the charity?
I have been Nurse Advisor and Trustee for 10 years.

How and why did you get involved with the charity?
I first became a member of the Urostomy Association in the 1980s when I started working as a Stoma Care Nurse. I felt strongly that my patients needed a support network, particularly as urostomy surgery was less frequent than other stoma procedures, and the charity provides that. My role involves reviewing and contributing to policies, providing advice and support, keeping up to date with research and sharing best practice. I feel privileged to celebrate our Golden Anniversary with such a unique and special group of individuals and look forward to our future.

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Tim DaviesNational Treasurer

What is your role at the charity?
I am the treasurer and a member of the Board

How and why did you get involved with the charity?
I joined the Urostomy Association in 2018 and became National Treasurer in August 2020. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the 1980s and have spent over 35 years working for small, medium and large companies in the construction industry. When I retired in 2018, I felt I still had skills and knowledge to put to good use. As we were looking to go through a period of considerable change, it was an interesting time to become a Trustee. I still find time for overseas holidays and rambling across England.

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Helen HolmesTrustee

What is your role at the charity?
I am a member of the Trustee Board and am the Trustee Safeguarding lead.

How and why did you get involved with the charity?
With over twenty years spent working in the charity sector in developing and overseeing services and keeping them relevant and safe to users, I am able to bring a wealth of experience to the Urostomy Association, particularly in connection to safeguarding. With the majority of our beneficiaries experiencing bladder cancer; which has then led to a urostomy, I felt a connection to the charity as two of my closest relatives either had or are undergoing treatment for bladder cancer.

The other members of the Trustee Board are:

William Burden

Julie Varley

Derek Rosario