Meet the team

Trustees

Dr Niall Campbell

Dr Niall Campbell is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at NW Hearts Charity and has oversight of all of the charity's activities. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist who works at the Manchester Heart Institute and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.
He moved to Greater Manchester in 2014 after completing his specialist medical training at Barts Hospital in London. He has been awarded a PhD from the University of London. He says “It is a privilege to have such an enthusiastic, thoughtful and dynamic group of people within NW Hearts Charity and to also have such a great range of supporters. This is a really important local cause and there is lots to do, but I can’t imagine working with a better team “.
In his spare time (when he has it), Niall enjoys exploring the region, playing the piano and cooking ridiculously complicated recipes with too many ingredients.

Abigail Prabhakar

Abigail has worked in the charity and public sectors for over twenty years in a wide variety of roles, including in public health commissioning in Manchester and in charity management. Abigail is a founding trustee of NW Hearts Charity.
She holds a PGCert in Public Health and in her day job she is the Trust Manager of the Joffe Charitable Trust, a grant making organisation. “I am so proud to be part of the NWHC team, working to deliver our mission to help improve heart health outcomes in Greater Manchester. I’m committed to effective and responsible grant making and I’m passionate about voluntary sector organisations and communities having a voice.
Outside of work, Abigail loves seeing live music and theatre, her weekly Pilates class with friends, and family picnics in her local park in North Manchester.

Sue Weighell

Sue is our Treasurer. While Sue classes herself as an accountant, her expertise extends far beyond that label. With a background in accountancy and a track record of holding Finance Director positions, she has also had roles as a Managing Director, making invaluable contributions to the success and expansion of the entrepreneurs and growth businesses she has been involved with.
Sue is passionate about making a difference to local charities and supporting them to improve their systems and is also a trustee of the Children’s Burns Foundation and Smart Works (Greater Manchester). In her spare time, Sue loves to bake and cook particularly for family and friends. Her lemon drizzle is often requested. She also enjoys researching her family history with ancestors traced back to the 1500s.

Felicity Lee

Felicity is a Regional Business Manager for a cardio monitoring company. She became a trustee of NW Hearts in 2021 in order to make a difference to patients and carers across the region.

Felicity says “I feel passionate about NW Hearts Charity and I feel that I can use my expertise to support their marketing and communications initiatives.

In her spare time, Felicity enjoys the Worcestershire countryside with her family.

Dr Sanjay Sastry

Dr Sanjay Sastry is a Consultant Cardiologist at Manchester Foundation Trust. He specialises in the treatment of coronary heart disease and performing stent procedures, including the Greater Manchester Heart Attack service. He is also the Clinical Head of Division for Cardiac Services, responsible for Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac transplantation services at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe Hospital and Trafford General Hospital. He previously worked as a Consultant Cardiologist at Bolton and Wigan Hospitals.

Working at Trust level gives Sanjay an in-depth knowledge of the landscape of cardiology amenities and services across Greater Manchester and he is able to use this knowledge to support NW Hearts Charity. He says “I feel privileged to be a founding trustee with NW Hearts Charity and have seen it grow from a concept to a thriving charity, which is making a positive difference through its grant making.”

Outside of work, Sanjay enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid cricketer playing on Sundays for Heaton Cricket Club in Bolton.

Staff

Sue Martin

Sue is the Operations Manager at NW Hearts Charity and works in partnership with the trustees to develop the charity, build relationships with communities, professionals and individuals and manage the day to day activities.
She says “I have significant experience in managing charities, and I see something very special here. The passionate, expertise and determination within everyone involved with NW Hearts Charity shines through and, together, we can really make a positive difference to heart health outcomes across the region”

 

Sue lives in Trafford and splits her spare time equally between volunteering at the Lowry theatre and practicing her golf swing at the local golf club.

Cristina Tanner

Cristina is the Partnerships Manager at NW Hearts Charity and works predominantly with businesses across Greater Manchester in order to share our offer. You will often see her at various networking meetings as she spreads the word about our charity, our value and the impact we are having.

She says “I relish speaking with local and regional corporate organisations and working together to improve heart health across the region. It’s fantastic that we are able to let funders know exactly where their financial contributions are being spent and the value they have.”

Outside of work, Cristina is mum to two young children and a fur baby. In her spare time, you may see see her treading the boards and singing with her local theatre group.

Virginia Sherbourne

Virginia is the legacies administrator for NW Hearts Charity and works with the operations manager and the trustee to safeguard and manage the charity’s legacy income.
She says: ‘I am a solicitor with over a decade’s experience in managing legacies for charities large and small. My day job involves legacy administration on a freelance basis for a several national charities, but I am delighted to be working with NW Hearts Charity on a voluntary basis. I am passionate about ensuring that our legators’ final wishes can be fulfilled, and it is great to be helping a local charity in this way.
Virginia lives in Trafford with her husband and two small boys and in rare moments of peace enjoys running, crochet, science fiction and baking cakes.

Grant-making Panel

Hugh Edward Montgomery OBE

Hugh Edward Montgomery OBE is Professor of Intensive Care and the director of the Centre for Human Health and Performance at University College London.
He has authored nearly 500 research papers in journals such as Nature, The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine and has received 11 national and international awards. He said ‘I’m happy to be the Chair of the grant-making panel and believe that we can give funds to valuable projects that will have sound outcomes’
Professor Montgomery is a skydiver, keen snorkeller and mountain walker. He has climbed in the Himalaya,the Alps, and the Andes.
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