Natasha Richardson

Chair

Natasha is a physiotherapist specialising in cancer and palliative care with over 10 years’ experience across acute and community settings. Natasha has insight into the challenges and opportunities of delivering care to patients with cancer in a wide range of settings, gaining her experience in a large, central London acute trust, a specialist cancer centre in Oxford and through community work in a rural Cumbria.

Her passion is increasing the quality of care patients with cancer across all settings no matter where they present.

She has been an active member of ACPOPC since 2019, working on the committee since 2021, and taking over the role of chair in 2024. 

Sally Davis

Secretary

I work as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and Professional Lead for Therapies at Farleigh Hospice.  I have worked in palliative care since 2013.

I am passionate about promoting and developing the role of physiotherapy in palliative care and have a special interest in palliative rehabilitation.

Catherine Neck

Membership Secretary

I work as Programme Lead for Early Diagnosis & Personalised Care at Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon & Gloucestershire (SWAG) Cancer Alliance.Prior to this I was Clinical Programme Lead for Cancer & Long Term Conditions at NHS SCW Commissioning Support Unit. I was the Macmillan AHP and Personalised Care for SWAG Cancer Alliance from 2012 – 2019. I have a particular interest in prehabilitation and rehabilitation aiming to improve outcomes for people throughout all stages of the cancer pathway. I have been on the ACPOPC Committee since 2017.

 

Catherine Sandsund

Treasurer

I work as a Physiotherapist at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London. I have been working to support people with thoracic cancers since 2019 and have interests in exercise oncology, digital health and quality improvement.

I have recently joined the ACPOPC committee.

Joanna Fairhurst

Joint Study Day Liaison/ Diversity/ Education

My current role is Regional Cancer Programme Lead for NHS England in the Midlands, where I work closely with the Cancer Alliances and National Cancer Policy Team on delivery of regional and national cancer transformation programmes.  Prior to this I worked clinically in cancer and palliative care at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton and in cancer education and workforce development for Macmillan Cancer Support in regional and national roles.

I have recently re-joined the ACPOPC committee in November 2022 having previously held the role of PRO in 2017

Vacant

Joint Study Day Liaison

Lucy Thornton

Regional Representatives Liaison Officer

To be added 

Robert Vincent

NICE Liaison

To be added 

Vacant

Research Officer 

 

 

Vacant

Public Relations Officer 

 

 

Hanni Easton

I work as a Macmillan Physiotherapist and Joint Team Lead at the Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre within the Bristol Royal Infirmary. I have a specialist interest in metastatic spinal cord compression. I joined the ACPOPC committee in 2022.

Kerry Archer

Member Without Portfolio

I work as the Cancer Specialist Physiotherapist at Active Against Cancer, Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust, an exercise referral service for adult cancer patients providing prehabilitation, in treatment exercise and rehabilitation. I have been working in oncology for 10 years and have a specialist interest in exercising with a stoma. I have been an ACPOPC committee member since 2017.

 

Carol Keen

Member Without Portfolio

I work as a Consultant Physiotherapist in Cancer prehabilitation and rehabilitation in Sheffield. I’m interested in embedding rehabilitation services across the cancer pathway, and developing the workforce and career pathways to deliver that.

My research interest is in rehabilitation and the outcome measures used to capture its impact.