Meet our staff
We know the BHF is a great place
to work - but don't just take our word for it!
Find out about just some of the people
working for us and what they do to help us beat heart
Read about a day in the life of one
of our employee's with our
60 Second Interview
Find our more about our Chief
Executive, Simon Gillespie.
The aim of the Fundraising Division is to grow year on year
income and protect and grow longer term legacy income in order to
fund our vital work.
It's made up of 7 teams, each with a different
fundraising focus and includes Volunteer Fundraising, National
Events, Corporate Partnerships, Major Gifts, Fundraising
Promotions, Supporter Development and Fundraising Operations.
Find out more about our Fundraising Director, Louise Parkes
Heather Hunt - Fundraising Volunteer Manager (East Region)
work from home, raising funds and recruiting volunteers from a
wide-ranging, diverse area. Dull it isn't! I thrive on the variety,
the challenge and most of all, the wonderful people I meet
every day. I feel extremely privileged when members of the
public share their sad loss with me, or heart patients who rejoice
because they feel well again, offer their help with
Julie Watson - Regional Head of Volunteer Fundraising (South
I joined BHF in the 90’s, first as a Fundraising
Volunteer Manager and now as Regional Head of Volunteer
Fundraising. But my connection to BHF is far greater and
longer. In 1976, aged 11, I was asked to volunteer at my local
branch because I'd had open heart surgery at 5. I was happy to
help BHF as I wanted to give something back − something that still
motivates me today.
Paddy Elvin - Supporter Care Assistant
to the BHF as a volunteer and was delighted to subsequently be
offered a place in the Supporter Care Team handling supporter
donations and enquiries. It’s a pleasure to work with a fantastic
group of committed, friendly people and every day I am touched by
the generosity of new and regular supporters who give their
money and time towards our vital work!
Our Retail division is the largest and most successful
charity retail chain in the UK. It’s also our second biggest
source of revenue turning donated items in to £millions that fund
our life saving work. With over 700 stores throughout the
UK and an annual growth rate of 5% our Retail
division also plays a vital role in contributing
towards our local presence. The Retail
Division includes all of our BHF Shops, field management and
Find out more about our Retail Director, Mike Taylor
Lorraine Keogh - Volunteer Training &
As Volunteer Training and Recruitment Advisor I
get to work with a variety of different people, raising awareness
of the BHF in local communities and recruiting & training
volunteers for our shops to help us raise the funds we need. I love
working for an organisation that is devoted to the fight against
disease and It’s great to see the small difference I can make.
Gareth Julian - Retail Area Manager (Northampton)
I'm an Area Manager, in the South East Midlands. It’s a
role I love, I'm humbled everyday by the good work the charity and
volunteer teams working within our shops do. Don’t be fooled
it’s not all tea and biscuits, BHF has the same retail principles
you'll find in any high street retailer. The expectation is high
but the reward is knowing that through good retailing we raise
money to save lives.
Karen O'Donoghue - National Stock Generation
I head up the recently created Stock Generation team
as part of the Stock Taskforce. The Taskforce was created to
respond to the continual decline in donated items to our charity
shops. My role is varied, I travel the UK to some
interesting and sometimes not so glamorous places but I' m
passionate about both fighting heart disease and reducing the
environmental burden on landfill.
Our Medical Division, which incorporates Research Funds and
Prevention & Care, seeks to achieve our vision of a world
where people don't die prematurely from heart disease by providing
pioneering research, vital prevention activity and ensuring quality
care and support for everyone living with heart disease.
You can find some of our nursing jobs on Nurses.co.uk
Find out more about our Medical Director, Peter Weissberg
Jenna Hall – Head of Children and Young
The Children and Young People's team supports 0-19 year olds and
their carers to prevent, reduce and manage their heart health
throughout their lives. We achieve this by producing a range of
multimedia resources and through direct engagement with young
people and professionals, including training days, workshops, grant
funding and peer support programmes. I joined the team in January
2013 and previously worked in the public and charitable
Robert Amanze - Community Resuscitation Administrator
My job incorporates the provision of Emergency Life
Support grants called ‘Heartstart’ to schools and schemes within
England and Wales. Essentially, it is simple skills that save
lives. It is very rewarding to find out that the life of a parent
or loved one could have been saved by a child who has been taught
the Heartstart programme, co-ordinated by the BHF.
Judy O’Sullivan - Programme Lead, Heart Matters Service
In my time at the BHF I've had lots of opportunities
including support with further study and promotion. My background
is in cardiac nursing. I've used that knowledge and acquired a
whole new range of skills.The pace of work is fast, there is lots
of variety and always an opportunity to try something new. It's
challenging and rewarding. I love working for BHF so I'd recommend
Policy and Communications
Our Policy & Communications Division has won many
awards for it's hard-hitting campaigns and press releases.
Incorporating Multimedia, Social Marketing and Brand and Policy
& Public Affairs teams it seeks to set and move
forward policy objectives that align with the aims of the charity
and publicise and promote the valuable work we do.
Find out more about our Policy &
Communications Director, Betty
Tamara Bennett - Senior Media Officer
The Multimedia team is an exciting team to work in.
We're forward thinking in our approach and are constantly
developing new ideas and creative approaches to
communications. I work on a variety of projects and campaigns, no
two days are ever the same. There are new challenges every day but
I really feel I make a difference to the lives of people living
with heart disease.
Ben McKendrick - Senior Policy & Public Affairs Manager
Scotland & NI
In my role I try and persuade governments and politicians to
implement the policies BHF supports: which is fortunate because
arguing with people also happens to be one of my favourite hobbies,
so to get paid and make a real difference doing it is
great! I’ve been with BHF since 2006 and Its great to be part of
such a dynamic team.
Louise Kyme - Design Manager
I started out at the BHF as an Art Worker and now I’m
Design Manager! Working as a creative at the BHF is both exciting
and challenging. The work we produce is cutting edge and we pride
ourselves on constantly aiming higher. Add to that my colleagues
are the loveliest and most talented group of people you could work
with and it really makes for an inspiring atmosphere.
Finance and Business Management
Our Finance and Business Management division consists
of seven departments: Group Finance, Retail Finance, Business
Change Management, Programme Management Office, Procurement,
Internal Audit and the Knowledge and Evaluation Team .
The mission of the division is to maximise the effectiveness,
impact and value of our investment in the fight against heart
disease through top class business management.
Find out more about our Finance Director, Simon Hopkins
Kate Morris – Head of Group Finance
The BHF is
a great place to work. I've personally been given the opportunity
to contribute and make a positive change in the Finance Department
which is really motivating. It’s also exciting to support and work
with colleagues responsible for service delivery, as they are
constantly coming up with new and innovative ideas. Our strong
brand makes me proud to say I work here.
Rajiv Seda – Finance Officer
role as Reporting and Analysis Accountant I am able to support
budget holders in the charity by providing them with analysis on
income and expenditure. Working for the BHF has been a highlight of
my career so far. I’ve been given the chance to progress and
develop and I get great satisfaction from knowing that my work
supports an organisation which really helps people. BHF is a
fantastic and friendly environment to work in.
Donna Buxton – Evaluation Lead
Evaluation Lead, my role is to ensure there is robust research
evidence readily available which clearly demonstrates the continual
outcomes and impact BHF is having from its spend. My role also aims
to encourage organisational insights and learning, sharing the
findings from evaluations across teams so we can continually
improve on our work. I have set up a UK-wide Charity Evaluation
Working Group (ChEW) which is a network of Evaluation and Research
Managers from across the sector.
The Directorate divisions aim is to support and use people,
technology and premises in such a way that the BHF can be seen as
the charity to which others aspire, in terms of efficiency, good
practice and high quality. It includes IT, Facilities, Legacies,
Legal and Human Resources including Payroll, Recruitment, Training
& Development and Internal Communications .
Find out more about our Human Resources Director, Julie Weston
Suzan Willing - Compensation & Benefits Officer
2011 marks the 20th anniversary of me joining the BHF, and
for 20 years, and I have loved my job. When you hear the
wonderful stories and get to meet the people our work helps,
nothing comes close in motivating you to continue working at the
Rebecca Birs - Recruitment Manager
responsible for the strategic planning, development and management
of our recruitment service. I love what I do
because everybody working here has the power to make a
difference to our fight for every
heartbeat but I also get to have a direct impact on
the people that will continue to make that difference and drive the
BHF's objectives forward, that's a huge privilege.
Tom Barton - Senior IT Project Manager
Senior IT Project Manager I get to work on a wide variety of
exciting and innovative projects that really make a difference to
the foundation achieving its wider charitable objectives. It’s also
a fun and inclusive working environment, so I get to make a
difference and work somewhere I enjoy!