I first met Euan at school and also around the rugby circles of our fathers. Since then I have been involved with a number of well-established Scottish Charities at board trustee and governor level and have found being a contributor to these charities to be energising and invigorating.
It was my wish to join a new local Edinburgh charity and thanks to my experience of established charities to be part of the birth, development and progress of something new. Knowing Euan from childhood and having met Lisa recently, there is no doubt in my mind that Make 2nds Count is worthy and necessary in its mission to raise funds to support research into secondary breast cancer and the benefits that will deliver to those people suffering this treatable yet incurable disease.
I married Lisa in 2010 and, together, we have one son, Cameron. By day, I am a Legal Director in a UK-wide firm specialising in Private Client work, advising clients in all areas of asset protection, succession and tax planning during lifetime and on death, with particular emphasis on the drafting of wills and trusts, dealing with issues arising from lack of capacity, providing assistance to business owners in relation to tax mitigation and succession and the administration of estates and trusts. Handily, I also specialise in charity law!
I met Lisa whilst performing in the amateur musical theatre scene in Edinburgh, during rehearsals of Me and My Girl (the theme song of which we walked back down the aisle to!). Since Lisa's diagnosis, it has been an absolute passion of hers to set up a charity and I could not be more proud to be at the centre of Make 2nds Count, ensuring it becomes a success for years and years to come.
My involvement with Make 2nds Count steams from a friendship with Euan of 30 years. After many absent years our children met at school and brought out lives back into sync and I had the honour of meeting Lisa and instantly connecting with her. Her courage, passion and strength is inspiring and uplifting and she will make a difference. As a Mum, wife and friend - just like Lisa - I am delighted to commit to support and raise awareness of secondary breast cancer.
I was born in Edinburgh and have lived most of my life here - a city I adore. I’m married to Jonny and have three children that keep me very busy. Six years ago, when pregnant with my third child, I decided to step away from my career and focus on family. I set up my child-minding business, to give me a work life with flexibility and an opportunity to learn new skills, which I’ve enjoyed hugely. This was a far cry from my Sales and Business Development background. I now work part time around my family and I hope to bring all of these skills and experience, past and present, to this amazing charity.
I first met Lisa when our boys were in pre-school nursery which seems a lifetime ago now. When we were all worried about our children’s first days at school Lisa had a bigger fight on her hands. Throughout the last year, Lisa’s positivity, passion and determination has shown real strength, and she has inspired me to make a difference too. I am delighted to be joining this amazing team, helping to raise money and much needed awareness for this incredible charity.
What do I do? That’s hard. Professionally, I am a self-employed finance consultant who enjoys helping other people make sense of numbers and bring them to life. Personally, I’m a music-lover and terrible runner, who is doing the daily juggle between family and self. I have a lovely husband and 2 small children (5 and 2) who keep me entertained and make me laugh every day. I love spending time with my family, friends and also being involved with local community projects.
I’m absolutely honoured to be able to work with the amazing people in Make 2nds Count. Lisa and Euan are my friends and – as well as being personally affected by the impact of Lisa’s secondary cancer diagnosis – I’ve been shocked at what my reading into research funding for this type of cancer has shown. I want to help them and the other Trustees to create more awareness of this type of cancer, to raise funds for more research to find better treatments, and to help people affected by it.
I am a nurse who has been passionate about women’s healthcare since qualifying over 39 years ago, consequently almost all my experience in nursing has been in breast care and gynaecology. I left my native Anglesey aged 18 and have lived in Manchester, Switzerland, Northampton, Derbyshire and Leicester where both of my children were born. Fate brought me to Scotland in 2003 where I established myself as a Clinical Nurse Specialist where I spent 12 years working at the Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh.
This is where I met Lisa and Euan in 2017 just after Lisa’s diagnosis. Days before this meeting I had been offered the opportunity to be the first Breast Care Nurse in Dubai. Luckily, however, it took almost 10 months for the paperwork to be sorted out, by which time a strong relationship had been formed between the three of us.
It is impossible to meet someone as young and energetic as Lisa, who has just been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and not be affected by it, but I have always been impressed by the strength of this couple . So it didn’t surprise me when Lisa and Euan told me that they had begun to consider forming a charity that would be aimed at improving the lives of women with secondary breast cancer. I have seen how motivated they both are and how hard-working, when there is every excuse not to be. As they fit in treatment, work and raising Cameron into their busy lives, so they will be sitting there with a laptop, phone or even paper and pen, jotting down new thoughts, planning campaigns and strategies for fundraising. I think it’s an important cause and Lisa is a woman of immeasurable spirit and I felt honoured to be asked to be a patron .
My daughter Joanna died from secondary breast cancer on 23 September 2018 aged 35 years old. I’m therefore pleased and proud to be a Patron of M2C assisting in each and every way that I can to raise funds for that vital research into prevention, eventual cure and how life can be made more bearable for sufferers.
For me it’s a very personal fight back in memory of Joanna and my way of being able to stand side by side with Lisa and all others afflicted by this hideous disease.
I was a lawyer for 38 years retiring in 2016. Advocate, Private Practice partner and from 1989 until my retirement, Corporate Senior Counsel for various multinational banks. I’ve undertaken voiceovers for 10 years and for over 20 years I’ve run a vintage Highland dress business sending wonderful items across the globe.
Between 1998 and 2001, I undertook a whole series of solo rows for charity in my 1897 Thames skiff. The two most noteworthy rows were perhaps the River Thames from source to sea. And even more hairy, each way across Scotland namely the Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness including Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and the dreaded Loch Ness, and back! I survived though and these solo rows raised over £85k for charity.
Kerry Ellis has fast become recognised as the leading lady of West End musicals from her starring roles in London and on Broadway. She originated the role of Meat, in Queen’s We Will Rock You and was the first British Elphaba in the West End smash, Wicked, a role which she reprised at the Gershwin Theater on Broadway.
Her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! at Drury Lane, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables.
Kerry says “After meeting the incredible Lisa at this year’s Glamis Proms and hearing her story, I was blown away by her infectious positivity and passion for life. I was instantly drawn to her and wanted to help. I’m honoured to be a patron of Make 2nds Count and will do all I can to support the charity, help raise funds for vital research and help raise awareness"
Dr Olga Oikonimidou (MD, BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD)
I hold a position as an Academic Consultant Medical Oncologist with special interest in breast cancer at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.
I obtained my first degree BSc (Hon) in Human Genetics from the University of Leeds. This was followed by an MSc in Oncology and Cellular Pathology from the same University. I received my Medical Degree from the Medical School of Athens, Greece. After successfully completing an MRes in Immunology (Distinction) and a PhD (Distinction) in Biochemistry and Pathophysiology in Medical School of Athens, Greece, I started my training as a Medical Oncologist at the Naval Hospital of Athens. Three years later I moved to London to work as a specialist registrar in King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital of London where I stayed for 3 years.
On completion of my training I have taken up my post as an Academic Consultant Medical Oncologist with special interest in breast cancer in Edinburgh. My responsibilities are split equally between running a busy breast oncology clinic in the Western General Hospital and leading on breast cancer translational studies. I work closely with the surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and clinical oncologists with the aim to provide the best possible outcome for breast cancer patients. Expert care means treating the cancer whilst compassionately caring for the person fighting it.