Trustees

   

Ken Mastris (Chairman)

I retired from BT in 2005 after a long career (of 43 years) having been diagnosed the same year. I am committed to promoting patient pathways and awareness of prostate cancer. My reason for being a patient advocate is to ensure that patients get the right treatment at the right time without any stress during the complex procedures and to campaign to give patients equality of treatment to ensure their quality of life. I also want to try to educate men to get help earlier. When I'm not helping Tackle, I am helping out my local support group APPLE.

 

 

John Coleman (Secretary and Vice Chairman)

I have over 30 years' experience as a senior manager working around the world (Africa, Asia, Europe, UK and USA) designing and building multi-billion dollar projects. I have run the Tackle Help Line since 2009. I am a trustee of Prostate Cancer Support (North West) and am Treasurer of Prostate Cancer Support Droylsden. I want to help Tackle grow and continue to bring to the attention of the government the welfare of prostate cancer patients.

 

Alphonso Archer

After 30 years selling software I made the decision in 2015 to pursue my passion for music after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. I now use music creatively to help change the lives of children and adults with autism and learning difficulties. This endeavour and speaking to friends, family and anyone who will listen about the need to get checked early for prostate cancer is proving to be the most rewarding things I have done which I want to continue to do better so hence my delight at being accepted as a Trustee.

During my treatment period, I took up Walking Football which mentally and physically helped me immensely to get through what was a very challenging time getting used the hormone and radiotherapy side effects. I have made it to the other side and achieved some great successes on the way and want to spread positivity to all men, their families and families that we can beat this by working together.

I am really looking forward to working with the the Board and all supporters to keep prostate cancer high on the agenda in all areas until this becomes a disease of less significance.

 

Rob Banner

After 38 years in selling, my speciality is securing corporate funding and doing the impossible - I actively welcome and enjoy rejection! I passionately believe that all men with prostate cancer should have the very best treatment available on their treatment pathways wherever they live in the UK regardless of age and be empowered with the knowledge of how and where to find it. I believe that it is vital we all work with hospitals, CCGs, NHS GEMS and local hospices. I am also a Trustee of PROSTaid.

 

Julian Burgess

I started my nautical career as a cadet aged just 17 and have previously worked for P&O Cruises, Cunard and Princess, becoming a ships Captain in 2004. I am currently a Captain for Saga Cruises on their new ship Spirit of Discovery.

I am a keen cyclist, have fundraised for Cycle to the Moon on board and regularly cycle round the ports at which we dock. 

I got involved with Tackle as I was looking to do some charity work but did not like big charities that had lots of Managers taking big salaries. If I can personally raise awareness of this cancer and encourage men to take the PSA test early, I might be able to help in a small way and prevent some of these unnecessary deaths through late diagnosis.  

I am honoured to have been made a Trustee.

 

 

Frank Chinegwundoh MBE

I am a Consultant Urological Surgeon for Barts Health NHS Trust in London which I joined in 1996. I am the Chairman of Tackle's Clinical Advisory Board. My main research interest is in prostate cancer and ethnicity and, in 2006, I was the first to demonstrate that black men in the UK have a three-fold risk of prostate cancer. In 1998, I was elected Chairman of Cancer Black Care.

 

Erik Friis-Scheel

I am a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience. Previous positions held are Finance Director of the International Federation of Airline Pilots and Head of Finance for Chichester Festival Theatre. Prior to that, I was the Finance Director of Ecco Shoes UK. Experience includes International accounting principles and practices as well as principles for charity accounting, mergers, leasing, property management, strategic and commercial planning, budgeting, forecasting and IT implementation. Now retired, I live in West Sussex with my wife Inge-Lise and bulldog Bertie.

 

Jackie Manthorpe

I have been a Humanistic-Integrative Counsellor for four years. Prior to that, my career pathway was 18 years in commercial insurance and 20 years as a registered nurse.

I have first-hand experience of being both a cancer carer and relative of someone with cancer. I actively engage with a local prostate cancer support group and work, pro bono, for two charities in the counsellor role.

My initial contact with Tackle was via my husband and following attending the 2019 AGM I felt that I had something to offer the charity. I look forward to engaging with the other trustees and working towards making Tackle more successful and sustainable for the future.

 

 

Roshani Perera

I am an established marketer and strategic communications expert with strong project management experience. Having worked in health and social care for 20 years, across both the public and private sector, I co-founded the healthcare consultancy, Wicked Minds in 2012 offering strategic advice and bespoke tailored solutions to address what we define as Wicked Problems in health and social care. Prior to setting up my own company I held various senior management roles within the Pharmaceutical Industry, where I contributed to patient advocacy, policy change, programme development, and multi-sector partnership working. I have a background in public health and an Executive MBA in Health Service Management. I am a Rotarian and Junior Vice-President for the Rotary Club of Windsor St. George.

Over the course of my career I have had a strong commitment to improving cancer care across the NHS and in particular to ensure the needs of people living with cancer and their families and carers are at the centre of policy decisions. I have an unwavering belief in the innate capacity of all people to contribute meaningfully to economic, health and social development. My ambition is to drive patient advocacy through innovative and collaborative approaches that lead to large scale, systemic and sustainable change in healthcare services.