Development Board

Find out about the experts that make up our Development Board and how their expertise helps us to raise funds.

The Development Board supports us in delivering philanthropic gifts, helping us towards our goal of doubling ovarian cancer survival by 2050. The Board members are experts in business, finance and development, and have extensive experience working with charities.

Board members

Joanna Barker MBE (Chair)

Joanna founded Target Ovarian Cancer in 2008, and has over 30 years' experience in business and finance. Joanna's mother and sister died from ovarian cancer in 2005. She is a lay member of the Council of the University of Durham, which awarded her an honorary doctorate (D.Litt) in 2012. In 2014 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Alison Esse

Alison is a co-founder and Director of The Storytellers – an innovative practice which uses storytelling to engage businesses in strategy and vision to accelerate the pace of organisational change. Coming from a family of doctors, Alison is also closely connected to the medical world. She has been an active fundraiser for many charitable causes over the years, even managing to cycle from London to Paris in three days.

Anabel Fielding

Anabel is the founder and CEO of events management company Quintessentially Events, with a professional background in high-end music and events management. She has been voted in the top 15 most influential people within the UK events industry, and has helped raise over £20m for charities. Anabel is a winner of the First Women Award for Tourism and Leisure, a founding member of the Soho House Group and was involved with setting up The House of St Barnabas, the world's first philanthropic members' club.

Emma Kane

Emma was first appointed as a trustee for Target Ovarian Cancer in March 2015. She is the Chief Executive of Newgate Communications and Deputy CEO of SEC Newgate. She is Vice Chair of The Elton John AIDS Foundation and Chair of its Global Development Board. Emma's stepchildren's mother, Heather Ash, died from ovarian cancer in 2007 at the age of 52.

Lisa Attenborough

Lisa Attenborough is Director of Communications at Arla Foods. Lisa has held senior communications positions at major international companies and her experience covers a wide range of sectors and all communications disciplines. She has managed significant strategic initiatives working with boards for 25 years across global plcs, private equity and non-governmental organisations. Previous senior-level roles include Premier Foods, Mondi, Marks and Spencer, Siemens, Hilton Hotels and the Financial Times. Lisa's mother died of ovarian cancer in 2008.

Katy Hassell

More details to follow shortly.

Helen Benigson

Helen works at the MBS Group, the leading executive search consultancy, specialising in the consumer sectors. Prior to working at MBS, Helen completed a PhD at the University of Oxford. Helen supports Target Ovarian Cancer in honour of her wonderful and strong Aunt Eve, who lives in America and was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer 13 years ago.