Communications and Engagement Group
The Wales Cancer Partnership was established in 2015 with the ambition to bring together cancer organisations across Wales. There are over 20 members of the partnership, all with the same ultimate goal: to beat cancer.
One of the first things we decided to prioritise was getting the message out to the public that although we may be separated by geography and stand behind differing branding, we all work together to improve cancer outcomes in Wales, and beyond. As the Wales Cancer Research Centre is the host organization for the Partnership, their Communications and Engagement Officer, Jodie Bond, set up a group with the aim of improving the visibility of our collaborative working.
The first Communications and Engagement Group meeting was held in May 2016, and brought together representatives from several organisations. Together, this group has planned activity such as Cancer Research Does Techniquest Afterhours, the Wales Cancer Conference, Tackling Cancer Together and Cancer Quest @Techniquest Glyndwr. They also work together on communication campaigns to ensure that messaging about cancer is consistent across Wales.
The group comprises a number of experts on the subject of communicating and engaging with the public about cancer. If you would like to seek advice or support from the group, please contact one of its members, listed below:
Jodie Bond, Wales Cancer Research Centre
Jodie Bond is a communications professional with a background working in research, the arts, the third sector and education. She joined the Wales Cancer Research Centre in 2015 when the organisation was in its infancy and has developed the Centre’s engagement activity, brand and reputation from scratch. Jodie believes that through tailoring communications and engagement activities, we can help the public develop a greater understanding and appreciation of research and its impact on society. Jodie has managed a number of successful communications and marketing campaigns. She has promoted sell-out international tours for the UK’s leading contemporary circus, managed multi-regional PR campaigns for the UK’s second largest charity, and worked as part of a team who won gold at the CIPR Cyrmu awards. In 2016 she was awarded a STAR award from Cardiff University for her engagement work.
Rachel Moses-Lloyd, Marie Curie
Rachel Moses-Lloyd is the Senior Media and PR Officer for Wales for Marie Curie, a charity which provides care and support to people living with a terminal illness, and their families. Rachel is based at the charity’s Cardiff and the Vale Hospice in Penarth three days a week, and spends the other two days working from the fundraising office in Dafen, at home, or out in communities across Wales. She works with all teams across Marie Curie. She regularly highlights the work done by Caring Services, including hospice and community teams and fundraising. Rachel also keeps in contact with the team at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research based at Heath Park. Prior to this, Rachel was deputy editor at weekly newspaper the Llanelli Star.
Lee Campbell, Cancer Research Wales
Lee Campbell serves as an authoritative lead on all research projects funded by Cancer Research Wales and is responsible for the continual monitoring of progress and assessment of outcomes from the diverse range of scientific and clinical research and development projects that make up the charity's portfolio. This entails the frequent visiting of and meeting with project investigators and communication of findings to the Cancer Research Wales Scientific Committee, Trustees and Charity Director, throughout the project duration. Another key aspect involves the organisation of new research applications for peer review and intellectual property rights connected with the proposals. He also builds relationships with local and national media and is involved in the production of articles for reports, press releases website and marketing material. As part of the Wales Cancer Alliance, he works alongside Welsh Government and other stakeholders on matters related to cancer policy.
Alexa Bishop, Cancer Research UK
Hannah O'Mahoney, Tenovus Cancer Care
Hannah joined the research team at Tenovus Cancer Care in April 2017 as maternity cover for Lisa Whittaker. Her role is research engagement officer, and despite being relatively new to the field of cancer research she is fascinated by this diverse and fascinating topic, and committed to engaging with the public about the diverse community and laboratory based research funded by Tenovus Cancer Care. She is particularly enthusiastic about opportunities for increasing engagement with young people, as she sees great potential in this for reducing the incidence of preventable cancers. Her background is in the social sciences, in which she has a PhD in Sociology, focussed on third sector volunteering.
Paul Edmonds, Transforming Cancer Services (Velindre Cancer Centre)
Paul joined Velindre NHS Trust in February 2017 to lead communications and engagement for the Transforming Cancer Services Programme. Prior to that he worked as the Assistant Head of Communication at Cwm Taf University Health Board (UHB). Paul has led a number of successful health campaigns. Most recently he was responsible for the development and delivery of a national Nurse Recruitment campaign which won the 2017 national HSJ Strategic Recruitment Award. Other successes include best NHS Wales Digital Flu Campaign in 2013/14 and again in 2014/15. Between 2010 and 2012 Paul led the communications and engagement activity for Cwm Taf UHB’s Turnaround Programme which made significant service improvements, efficiencies and savings across the organisation. Prior to joining NHS Wales in 2005, Paul worked at BBC Wales and within the events industry. Paul gained his MBA in 2004 at the University of the West of England. He lives in Penarth with his wife and two children.