Our people

As an organisation with important responsibilities towards our beneficiaries, donors, supporters, and the public, we recognise the importance of accountability and transparency in all aspects of our work.


Our senior leadership team

Andrew Adie

Andrew Adie, Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Andrew is a chartered accountant with responsibility for the Finance and Corporate Services at the charity 

He joined the charity in January 2018. and it is his first role in the 'not for profit' sector having previously worked in the sports and leisure industry. He is dedicated to making a difference to people’s lives. 

 


Sarah Sleet

Sarah Sleet, Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Sleet was appointed as CEO of Crohn's & Colitis UK in March 2019.

Sarah is an experienced Chief Executive who has worked with a broad range of health and patient groups including European patient organisations, government advisory and research bodies, and healthcare professional bodies. She has also built expertise in education, social and economic policy, scientific research, income generation and campaigning.


Ruth Wakeman

Ruth Wakeman, Director of Services, Advocacy and Evidence

Ruth joined the charity in October 2019. 

Ruth has been working in healthcare for over thirty years and began  her career as a pharmacist.  Ruth has worked for a range of not for profit healthcare organisations including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Nursing and Midwifery Council leading teams delivering health information, standards, policy and support for research.


Claire Walsh

Claire Walsh, Director of Income Generation and Marketing

The Income Generation & Marketing team’s remit is to enable supporters and members of the Crohn’s and Colitis community to support the organisation’s work through becoming a member, participating in events and activities, and making donations. We also seek funding from Corporate partners and Trusts and Foundations to support the charity’s vital support services and ground-breaking research. And we manage our marketing and communications, including our digital channels and engagement.

Claire has worked in fundraising in the non-profit sector for 19 years in the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong. She has primarily worked within healthcare charities, with a career including roles at Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer’s Society, Prostate Cancer UK and Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Claire enjoys working to shine a spotlight on often misunderstood or less publicly recognised conditions. She is passionate about working with people affected by Crohn’s and Colitis and using fundraising to raise awareness of the conditions, amplify the public conversation, and raise funds to expand the charities vital services.


How pay is governed

Our board of trustees (all volunteers) are responsible for defining the charity’s pay policy and deciding on the salaries of the chief executive and their leadership team.  We are committed to ensuring a balance between:

  • Paying our staff who work for us fairly so that we attract and retain the very best people with the right experience, talent and leadership qualities
  • Careful management of our charity funds.

This clear policy ensures the greatest effectiveness in delivering our charitable objectives and in meeting the needs of our beneficiaries.


All charities, not just Crohn’s & Colitis UK, need to ensure maximum value for money in everything they do. This includes how we pay staff and how we balance this with being able to deliver unprecedented change to the lives of everyone affected by Crohn's or Colitis.

Whether it is delivering a direct service to our beneficiaries or managing the effective and efficient running of the organisation, our staff team plays a critical role in helping the charity to develop, grow, and deliver ever more for our beneficiaries.


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Like what you see? If you'd like to become part of our team, please see the latest jobs page for more details and how to apply.



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Helpline service

Helpline
Service

We know it can be difficult to live with, or support someone living with these conditions. But you’re not alone. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information and can support you to live well with Crohn’s or Colitis.

Our helpline team can help by:

  • Providing information about Crohn’s and Colitis.

  • Listening and talking through your situation.

  • Helping you to find support from others in the Crohn’s and Colitis community.

  • Signposting you to specialist organisations.

Please be aware we’re not medically or legally trained. We cannot provide detailed financial or benefits advice or specialist emotional support.

Please contact us via telephone, email or LiveChat - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except English bank holidays).

If you need specific medical advice about your condition, your GP or IBD team will be best placed to help.

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