Jodi Whitehouse – CEO
Jodi founded Caring Matters Now with the support of her family and friends in 1997, after being asked by Dr Atherton to support others affected by CMN at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Jodi has CMN herself and therefore understands the impact living with CMN can have on an individual. Caring Matters Now has grown from strength to strength over the years and Jodi sees it as a real blessing and privilege to be a part of the charity. Jodi has met some amazing people who are involved in the Caring Matters Now and she says it is with thanks to her family, friends, CMN trustees, CMN support contacts and Great Ormond Street Hospital that the charity is where it is at today. Over the years Jodi has developed the charity as Chair of trustees and in 2012 she became the CEO of Caring Matters Now. As CEO Jodi is committed to developing the charity in a number of ways. Jodi is focused on developing the support offered to the CMN members, seeking new opportunities to raise funds for CMN research and developing Caring Matters Now support internationally.
Jessica has an MBA from INSEAD and has held various financial management positions at Pepsico, Ford Motor Company and Kimberly-Clark. Jessica joined Caring Matters Now as a Trustee overseeing Finance and Funding in 2007 after her youngest daughter, Pascale, was born with a giant bathing trunk naevi. Jessica and her husband are Canadians currently residing in Kent with their two children.
Lucy has been involved with Caring Matters Now since the birth of her daughter Fay in 2005. Fay was born with a large bathing trunk CMN. Initially Lucy was supporting the charity through fundraising and raising awareness in the local media, but since then she have taken on the responsibility of trustee and is contracted as the Charity Development Officer. Lucy’s background is travel and marketing and so she has been heavily involved in the re-branding of the charity, redesign and production of all of the CMN literature. Lucy now oversees the charity on a day to day basis working closely with Jodi and the other trustees.
Andy is the most recently appointed CMN trustee as a result to his involvement with the charity through my nephews daughter Lois who has CMN. Andy undertook the amazing challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for CMN. Andy’s responsibility as a trustee is to arrange further charity challenges on behalf of CMN which will ultimately enhance the profile and raise much needed funds to enable the continued research and support for the charity. Andy currently holds a senior management position within a manufacturing environment and can offer organisational structure and project management techniques to ensure that the charity’s future planned challenges run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, therefore maximising fundraising potential.
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Val Unsworth (Chair of Trustees)
Val took up the role of Chair of Trustees in 2012 but she has been involved in Caring Matters Now right from the beginning, supporting Jodi (who is her daughter!) in the founding of the charity. Across the years she has continued to be actively involved and has been amazed to see it develop and grow to what it is today.
When Jodi was born little was known about CMN and there was no support whatsoever available. Val is now very glad that through Caring Matters Now, not only is there appropriate and sensitive support available for families today, but also much is now known about CMN, thanks to the tireless work of Dr. Kinsler.
When Jodi was born it was traumatic and continued to be so for a number of years but now, looking back across more than thirty years, Val acknowledges how it has shaped their lives for the common good, and counts it a huge privilege to be part of the Caring Matters Now family.
Val began her career as a teacher of children with special needs but since has become a qualified counsellor and currently works at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, supporting bereaved families.