Our senior leadership team

Tina Mitchell Skinner  - CEO 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!

Emma McKeown - Deputy CEO


Emma has come to Brain Tumour Support after more than six years working in fundraising for Children’s Hospice South West, prior to which her career history contains a little bit of everything - including work within the NHS, Corporate Banking and extensive experience with people and project management. Emma has also completed a first class honours degree in Health and Social Care through the open university and spent a year volunteering full time for St Peter’s Hospice, so has a well rounded view of a service led charity from all perspectives.


She also has a very personal perspective on the work of the charity - "My family have been supported by Brain Tumour Support for the past four years and so sadly I know only too well how vital our services are; being able to join the team and offer my skills and experience to play a small part in making a big difference for other families is a real privilege."

Bridget Dowty - Head of Communications

Graduating from Bath Academy of Art with a BA(Hons) in Visual Communications, Bridget's career as a freelance illustrator and designer has given her wide-ranging experience including editorial, children's and educational illustration for both the UK and international market, commercial graphic design, and production design for theatre and film. 

Her own experience in 2002 of coming through brain tumour diagnosis and surgery, whilst not without complications, ultimately left her feeling 'very lucky' and keen to share a positive and hopeful message to others. The connection with her local support group developed into volunteering her graphic and communications skills and then being central to the charity re-brand from 'Hammer Out' to Brain Tumour Support in 2014.