Martin Read (Chairman)
Martin has been a Trustee of the Fountain Centre since 2008. He has a strong belief in the contribution that Complementary and Holistic therapies can have in assisting in recovery from cancer, having suffered from Hodgkins Disease during the 1990s. Having served with the Royal Marines, Martin established and ran his own international business in the provision of specialist security. A strong family man, he lives in Milford with his wife Suzanne . His three children have now flown the nest.
Douglas is a chartered accountant, having previously been involved in marketing for a major advertising agency. He has over 30 years experience in venture capital, leading a team for a major investment bank in the UK, then as CEO for a fund manager, based in Warsaw for seven years, as part of the Polish mass privatisation programme. Married with six boys, he has lived in the Grayswood area for most of his married life.
Richard has been a Trustee and Secretary of the Fountain Centre since 2009. He has an engineering degree from Cambridge University. Subsequently, he had a number of careers, but was with a major mining company for thirty years. Though latterly based in London, he did spend several years living and working abroad, mainly in Africa. He and his wife Jenny live near Milford, their three grown up children now live independently.
Diana Roberts is Tourism Marketing and Development Manager at Guildford Tourist Information Centre, working to promote Guildford and the wider Surrey area to residents and visitors alike. She is a passionate networker who believes in the power of personal contacts and partnership working. Diana has lived in Guildford since 1986 and is married with one daughter (and a cat!). Having spent 15 years as a school governor in Stoughton with both junior and senior schools, she has now joined Rotary and become a trustee of the Fountain Centre, in the hope that her knowledge of marketing and PR, and her contacts in the local business community can be mutually beneficial to the charity and surrounding businesses.
Wyn became a trustee of the Fountain centre at the end of 2013. He has lived with his wife and sons in Fleet, NE Hampshire, for over 30 years and since retiring from the Civil Service in 2009 he has furthered his interests in health and wellbeing with his local CVS, Hart Voluntary Action, and with Walking for Health. Having lost his father to cancer some years ago Wyn has been impressed by the range of services offered by the Centre and looks forward to helping it develop further.
Dr Richard Schaffer
Richard is a consultant oncologist at St Luke’s Cancer Centre, treating patients with brain, skin and urological tumours. He came to the Royal Surrey County Hospital following an 18-month clinical fellowship at British Columbia Cancer Centre in Vancouver. One of the main reasons behind Richard taking on the Trustee role is to provide a clinical perspective as the Fountain Centre develops: “I feel it’s important that Oncology and the Fountain Centre work in harmony and maintain excellent communications. Patients with the types of cancer I treat, brain tumours especially, need a lot of extra support. Counselling and relaxation therapies can play an extremely important part in a patient’s recovery.” He became a trustee in 2011.
Monica is a Founder Trustee who has been involved with the Fountain Centre from the start. After the death of her husband, Peter Rowland, from cancer in 1994, she and a dedicated committee of ten raised £300,000 in two years to make the dream of a holistic centre within an NHS hospital a reality. The Charity became ‘official’ in 2000 and since then Monica, formerly a PE teacher and air stewardess, has dedicated all her spare time to ensuring the Fountain Centre goes from strength to strength.
Richard joined the Board of Trustees in 2009. His background and expertise is legal, having practised for 30 years as a barrister specialising in personal injuries, industrial disease and related claims & professional negligence. In 2000 he was appointed a Circuit Judge and sits at Kingston Crown Court presiding over criminal cases of all kinds. However, his interest in the Fountain Centre is not purely legal, but clinical and humanitarian. He says: “I increasingly admire and value the work it does, and the service it provides to all those who need it.”
Penny has been a volunteer at the Royal Surrey Hospital, working with cancer patients, for 24 years, following the death of her father through cancer. Subsequently her mother and sister also died of cancer, so it seemed a natural progression to work at the Fountain Centre, joining in it’s early years. She also helps coordinate Look Good Feel Better, a separate charity working within St Luke’s which is held twice a month. This is a makeup session for patients, with voluntary beauticians, proving that they can still look their best whilst undergoing cancer treatment.
She was invited to become a trustee in 2013 and looks forward to seeing the FC expand to help even more patients through their cancer journey.