Tina Mitchell Skinner
Chief Executive and Founder
Formerly in training and development for a leading building society in the UK, Tina has a love and passion for people which has helped her to lead and shape the charity into what it is today.
Tina graduated in 1987 with a BA in Modern Languages with Information Systems from Bristol Polytechnic, now the University of the West of England. After her graduation she took up a wide variety of marketing and administration posts before moving into management training and development within the UK financial services industry. Tina took a break following the birth of her son in 1997. Tina’s husband Paul Mitchell sadly died of a high grade brain tumour in 2003. The charity was set up in his memory.
Tina married Paul Skinner in February 2008 and her family increased from two to seven plus a dog!
Office and Finance Manager
Diane's background is in insurance, working for the head of the Head Office Accident Department at Zurich Insurance Company in Portsmouth. She then had 12 years with British Aerospace as PA to the Head of Telecommunications, before running her own fibre optic and data cabling company for 25 years where she was Financial Director.
Diane joined Brain Tumour Support in September 2015.
Database and Website Administrator
Following a career in banking and working in corporate pensions administration, Steph took a career break before joining the charity. Steph’s role initially started as administration help for Tina, but over the past eight years, the role has grown and has at one time or another covered most of the charity administration tasks and general office duties, giving her a good knowledge of the work. Steph also deals with most of the IT problems, and has most recently taken on responsibility for the office database.
Head of Support
Having graduated from Surrey University in Hotel and Catering Management, Rosemary has since worked in a variety of management roles within the NHS. She has had extensive training in coaching, listening and communication skills. Rosemary’s own personal experience of caring for her daughter Frances who was diagnosed with a brain tumour and who sadly passed away in 2007, aged ten, meant that she was able to uniquely develop her original role as Patient and Family Support Worker in the Midlands area. She is now heading the support services at Brain Tumour Support.
Rosemary sits on the Cancer Network Groups in the Midlands and in her role as Head of Support, gets involved with the needs of the Networks. She has also completed the accredited cancer course run by Macmillan.
Brain Tumour Support Counsellor
Kate leads our specialised, supportive and friendly counselling service. She is an experienced, qualified (Dip Counselling) Therapeutic Counselling Practitioner. She is also a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) a professional body which provides a framework of good practice and ethics.
"For many years I have worked for Marie Curie as a Palliative Care Nurse. I am passionate about the emotional care of patients, carers and their families. Through this work I began my counselling journey, and today I continue to combine working as a Marie Curie Nurse with my work as a counsellor with Brain Tumour Support."
Support Services Co-ordinator
Suzie’s working background is as a solicitor in Liverpool, Manchester, Southport and Ormskirk, and as the team leader in a very busy road traffic accident department she was familiar with handling a caseload of over 400 clients. She took a break from her legal career to bring up her children, and having moved to Thornbury started volunteering for the charity (then Hammer Out) in November 2013. When it re-branded as Brain Tumour Support in March 2014 Suzie began her role as Support Services Co-ordinator.
In the course of her role Suzie liaises with services users, clinicians, other organisations and charities; arranges venues for Support Groups, information and awareness days, and training events; and assists Head of Support and the six Brain Tumour Support Workers in any way that she can.
Fundraising Team Leader
Helen has considerable experience in programme management, finance, data management and analysis from her previous roles within the Post Office where she worked for 20 years. She has also been the Chair of the PTA leading highly successful fundraising at her local school.
In September 2012 Helen joined the charity as a volunteer coordinator and helped to organise a number of key events events including the Bridgewater Carnival, Pamper Evenings, Patient & Family Weekend, and the charity’s 10 Year Anniversary Party.
Her clear abilities and energy in this voluntary position led, in July 2013, to her role being extended to work alongside and then provide cover for the Community Fundraiser, whilst she was on maternity leave.
Helen is now developing other aspects of Brain Tumour Support’s fundraising, including donations, legacies and corporate, in order to be able to expand our much needed support services.
Bay first connected with Brain Tumour Support as a volunteer in 2014, where she assisted administration and fundraising at Head Office. In late 2015, she joined the fundraising team as a temporary employee due to changes in staff; a few months later she was chosen to take on the role of Fundraising Co-ordinator, drawing on her experience of the organisation of events (generally involving drama) and her familiarity with the charity.
The newest and youngest member of staff, Bay has settled in quickly with her colleagues, but they may have been disappointed to discover that she isn’t very good at making tea!