When you ring our free Helpline or email in a question through the Ask Our Nurses service, it's likely to be a member of our Clinical team who responds. They work alongside our sessional team made up of experienced nurses and trained staff.
All our nurses have specialist knowledge of breast cancer and breast health. As well as the Helpline and Ask Our Nurses services, they are responsible for the clinical accuracy of all our print and online information. They are always on hand to provide press statements and interviews in response to breaking news and policy events, and offer clinical support across all our departments.
Dr Emma Pennery, CBE, Clinical Director
Emma heads up the Nursing and Helpline teams and is accountable for our patient information. Before joining the charity she worked as a senior clinical nurse specialist in the NHS.
She completed her PhD in 2005 and sits on numerous Department of Health, NHS England and Royal College advisory boards and project groups.
She was awarded a CBE in June 2014 for services to people affected by breast cancer.
Rachel Rawson, Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist
Rachel helps to manage and develop the team and contributes to our services. She is particularly interested in body image, sex and intimacy and broadcasting information and support through Facebook Live and Instagram.
Carolyn Rogers, Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist
Carolyn helps to manage and develop the team and contributes to our services. She is particularly interested in the effect treatment can have on fertility, the management of menopausal symptoms and fear of recurrence.
Jane Murphy, Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist, Helpline and AON
Jane manages the Helpline and Ask Our Nurses enquiry service. Jane has worked in cancer care for over 25 years and has more than 15 years’ experience of working on a helpline.
Grete Brauten-Smith, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Younger Women with Breast Cancer
Grete is our lead on younger women diagnosed with breast cancer. She advises on issues affecting this patient group and is involved in the development and delivery of our Younger Women Together service.
Grete feels strongly about younger women with breast cancer getting all the information they need about fertility preservation before starting treatment. She also feels passionate about supporting younger women in talking with their children about their diagnosis.
Catherine Priestley, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Secondary Breast Cancer
Catherine’s role is dedicated to secondary breast cancer. She works with teams across the organisation on issues affecting people with secondary breast cancer and is also involved in our Living with Secondary Breast Cancer services.
She works closely with our policy and campaigns, press and services teams in an advocate role ensuring the voice of this patient group is heard. She also co-ordinates our Secondary Breast Cancer Nursing Group, made up of nurses working with secondary breast cancer patients.
Louise Grimsdell, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family History
Louise leads on family history and primary breast cancer. She supports teams across the charity on family history risk and people who have inherited an altered gene. She also has a special interest in breast reconstruction and body image.
Addie Mitchell, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Breast Awareness and Breast Screening
Addie leads on breast awareness and screening, supporting all departments on this topic. She also has a special interest in managing lymphoedema as a result of breast cancer treatment.
Val Proctor and Eve Smith, Breast Care Nurses
Our breast care nurses have many years of experience in the diagnosis, treatment and side effects of breast cancer, and together contribute daily to our Helpline and Ask Our Nurses email service. They also answer queries on our online discussion Forum and social media channels.