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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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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

Liz Ogilvie

Guy Eccles