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Meet the team

At Fight Bladder Cancer we are committed to doing all we can to support bladder cancer patients and their loved ones.

Meet our brilliant staff team who work so hard. 

Dr Lydia Makaroff

Chief Executive
Dr Lydia Makaroff is the CEO of Fight Bladder Cancer and President of the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition. Previously she was the Director of the European Cancer Patient Coalition. She has a PhD in immunology and a Masters’ degree in Public Health. She has worked in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and the non-profit sector. She has conducted medical research at the Australian National University, worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington, and for the International Diabetes Federation. 

Lydia likes to cycle through green spaces with her loved ones, and read a book with a cat on her lap.

Sue Williams

Office Manager (part-time)
With over 30 years experience in book-keeping, Sue joined Fight Bladder Cancer in 2016. Sue answers telephones, deals with orders, replies to enquiries for leaflets and posters, covers the admin tasks, and pulls together the financial paperwork. Together with colleagues, she occasionally loads her car with all things Fight Bladder Cancer and drives to a urology conference or health awareness day to set up our stand.

Away from the office, she enjoys needlecrafts, drawing, beadwork, crosswords, Sudoku and reading. She loves hunting for vintage fabrics and beads at car boot sales and markets.

Melanie Costin

Support Services Manager (part-time) and bladder cancer patient
Melanie discovered the charity early on after her own bladder cancer diagnosis. Her role has many facets, including providing information and support; talking at support groups; raising awareness; running the Bladder Buddy service; and being an administrator on our forum. When she gets invited to medical meetings, she gets the patients' voice out there. Her current job is a far cry from her pre-bladder cancer life as a technical draughtsperson.

Away from work, Melanie runs an art class for dementia patients. She also loves cats, music, travel, and she’s a cemetery photographer.

Shannon Boldon

Policy Manager (maternity cover)
Shannon supports the implementation of our policy work to improve bladder cancer care in the UK. She has extensive experience working in health policy – interning at the World Health Organization in Geneva, establishing All.Can International at the Health Policy Partnership, and working as an independent Health Policy Consultant with a diversity of clients including the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition. She holds a Masters in Global Health and Development from University College London, and a BSc in Biochemistry from Acadia University. 

In her spare time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her puppy Winston and exploring the city of Toronto.

Amy Jacob

Supporter Care & Community Engagement Officer (part-time)
After years of volunteering with various charities, Amy joined Fight Bladder Cancer to help with our fundraising efforts. Her responsibilities involve working very closely with our fundraisers, offering them support and guidance. Amy also processes our donations and sends out patient support materials. 

Outside of work, Amy has a degree in Anthropology and is a keen traveller. She enjoys true crime podcasts and watching the latest Netflix documentary.

Vicky Sales

Communications Assistant (full-time)
Vicky has joined the charity to help with communications after completing a Journalism degree at the University of Sheffield. She has worked in Prague with their largest English-speaking media outlet, Prague Morning, alongside completing a qualification in Digital Marketing Technologies and Creative Methods for Social Media Marketing with Erasmus plus. Over the years, she has volunteered in many social media roles and has written for a range of national magazines and publications. Vicky discovered the charity after her dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer and hopes to continue helping with the charity’s excellent patient work.

Vicky enjoys travelling, art and the company of her dog, Dolly.

CJ Browne

Office Assistant (part-time)

CJ is a graduate of Oxfordshire Hospital School and Icknield Community College, with a Diploma in Animal Care from the Buckinghamshire College Group. She has previously worked at St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, Chinnor Hill Kennels, and the Chinnor Village Hall.

CJ plays classical guitar, is an animal photographer, and has cats, two rats and a leopard gecko. 

Michael Sloane

Bookkeeping Assistant (part-time) and bladder cancer patient
For over 29 years, Michael worked as an accountant for a fire and security alarm company. He assists with the accounting system, data entry and reporting. Michael was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2013, and whilst he has had a couple of recurrences since, he has now been clear for the past three years.

Michael likes to cycle, and has cycled from west London to Brighton a couple times. He has also enjoyed scuba diving in Australia and Malta.

Anne MacDowell

Corporate Partnerships (volunteer)
Anne has 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has lived and worked in the US, France, the UK and Switzerland. She has an undergraduate degree in music and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Anne stopped paid work in 2017 and is currently working with charities on a volunteer basis. Her role with Fight Bladder Cancer is to build mutually beneficial relationships between the charity and its corporate partners to improve outcomes for cancer patients.

Anne has been married to her husband for 30 years and they have two grown children. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, learning, singing and sports.

Sue Moore

Office Support (volunteer) and bladder cancer carer
Sue is a radiographer with over 30 years in the NHS. Her father’s diagnosis of bladder cancer led her to leave her role in the NHS, take up other part-time work and free up some time to do some voluntary work with Fight Bladder Cancer. Sue has counted stock, parcelled up magazines, learnt how to use e-Bay, and become an expert at folding T-Shirts and packaging them, in readiness for the lovely people who buy them online for their own fundraising events. Sue has even put together IKEA tables and bookshelves for the charity!

Sana Gilfillan 

Policy and Communications Manager (on maternity leave until September 2022)
Sana works with the NHS, healthcare professionals, and other charities to advocate for improvements to the patient experience. She is also responsible for communications and social media. Sana previously managed the global privacy and cybersecurity portfolios at a trade association in Washington DC and Brussels. Before relocating to Scotland, Sana lived in Canada, the USA, UAE, and Pakistan. She has a degree in International Relations and Political Sciences from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Media and Communications Governance from the London School of Economics. In her free time Sana likes to travel, try new foods, and go hillwalking.

Sana is on maternity leave until September 2022.

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We’ve tried to make the information on this site as accurate as possible. Whilst we have support from medical professionals to review the general medical content of this site, please remember that only your medical team can give you specific advice about your symptoms or illness. Fight Bladder Cancer is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation in Scotland (SC051881), England and Wales (1198773), and was initially established as an unincorporated charity in England and Wales (1157763). It also operates in Northern Ireland.