Meet our team below.
Stefan Andrejczuk | Chief Executive Officer
I am delighted to have joined the Helen's Trust Team and I am looking forward to supporting the Trustees in leading the charity in continuing to achieve it's aim of giving people with terminal illness the choice to stay at home surrounded by their family and friends in their final stages of care. Having recently taken early retirement from my role as Chief Operating Officer at BMI Healthcare I am keen to assist the passionate team at Helen's Trust by applying my leadership, operational and hands on experience gained at Executive Board level at BMI Healthcare and as a Regional Director in Ramsay Health Care UK also as Hospital General Manager within Nuffield at a number of their facilities.
"I feel privileged to be part of such a worthwhile charity and am determined to ensure Helen’s Trust provide exceptional personal support to people at a time when they are most vulnerable and their families are facing tremendous distress."
Prior to my career in healthcare, I benefited from 20 years experience in retail management with Marks & Spencer majoring on customer care, logistics and included international experience starting up retail operations in South East Asia. In November 2003 I was proud to gain a distinction in a Masters in Business Administration.
Zoe Woodward | Fundraising and Business Manager
Zoe has lived with her husband and two children in Matlock for the last 11 years. She studied at Manchester University gaining a BSc (Hons) in International Marketing and Distribution. For a number of years she owned a jewellery business and prior to that worked in Sales Management in the financial sector. She enjoys running, motorbikes, and spending time with her family in the beautiful local countryside.
"I am passionate about the support that Helen's Trust provides and we are so lucky that we have access to this help in our community. My Dad died at home in an area where this kind of support was not on offer and I know it would have eased the pressure and stress if it had been available. It is so important for people to have a choice and although an upsetting time, the positive impact of achieving this can be invaluable to loved ones."
Debbie Fennell | Community Fundraiser
Debbie has lived in Chesterfield for the past 24 years where she lives with her husband and 2 teenage daughters. Following a career in the police Debbie still felt the need to help and support people and moved into the voluntary sector. She has supported people with homelessness, addictions, mental health and also people living with domestic abuse. Through this work however she gained an appreciation of how important volunteers and supporters are to voluntary organisations and her career took a different route into fundraising at Ashgate Hospicecare before becoming Volunteer Coordinator there.
"Fundraising wasn’t anything I had ever imagined myself doing but I love it and I particularly appreciate how important volunteers and supporters are to supporting charities like Helen’s Trust. It’s a small organisation fulfilling an extremely important role but the team can’t do it on their own. Volunteers and the people who support it are key to that. It is a privilege to work with them."
End-of-Life care is something personal to Debbie whose own Mum was able to fulfil her wish to die at home 2 years ago. ‘It’s what Mum wanted, surrounded by all her family but I don’t know if that would have been possible without the support of the wonderful carers who came in to support her and us. We were lucky to be able to access that support. Everyone should have the right to choose to do that which is why Helen’s Trust is so important’
Jane Cheetham & Sylvia Hill | Referrals Coordinators
Sylvia has worked as a qualified nurse for the past 39yrs. On qualifying in 1974 from the Sheffield School of Nursing, she held various positions including on a neurosurgical ward, a summer working as a nurse at the famous Pontins Holiday Camp, a spell on the Stroke and Rehabilitation Ward and further years as Senior Staff Nurse in a busy Surgical Out Patient Department. After the birth of her son in 1985 she worked at the private Claremont Hospital. Her final 18 years in nursing were spent at St Luke's Hospice specialising in Palliative Care, where she managed the Therapies/Day Units for 12 years. In February 2013, she joined the team at Helen's Trust as Referrals Coordinator.
"Ensuring that people who wish to die at home are given the appropriate care and support is extremely important to me, and something I have always been passionate about."
Jane moved to Chesterfield in 1984, having previously worked for the National Children's Home, in residential settings for 11 years. During this time she gained her social work qualification. On moving to Chesterfield she took up employment with Derbyshire County Council, working within a Day Care setting run by a local charity. With career progression, Jane eventually ended up managing the service, developing and expanding the provision.
Jane moved to work as a Social Worker within a number of local Community Hospitals, the last 13 years being based within the Specialist Palliative Care Team at Ashgate Hospicecare.
"Thirteen years ago I decided that my wish was to move away from the generic area of social work and specialise in supporting terminally ill people and their families. I feel it is an honour and a privilege to be able to offer support to people at one of the most difficult and distressing times in their lives."
Lisa Sutherland | Administration and Accounts Officer
Lisa began her working life in Building Societies, culminating in becoming a Branch Manager in Chesterfield. Upon deciding to raise a family Lisa turned to part time employment in administration and book keeping, in which she has spent many years working for several local businesses.
"Being a previous supporter of Helen's Trust, I was delighted to become part of a small but incredibly dedicated team. I love the ethos of the charity and have experienced first hand the benefits provided to a family at a very difficult time and am very grateful for the work we do."
Megan Fletcher | Events Officer
Megan first came to Helen’s Trust in 2013 as a volunteer and helped out with odd jobs around the office including writing posts for social media. She then went on to complete a BA in Linguistics with Spanish at the University of York, then followed by an LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice, focusing on health rights.
After completing her dissertation and moving back from York, she decided to contact Helen’s Trust again to offer her help as a volunteer, from this she became a full-time employee working on Events and Social Media.
Outside of work, Megan runs a project advocating for better medical treatment of women with reproductive disorders.
“The longer I spend at Helen’s Trust, the more I realise the importance of the work we do. Dealing with the fundraising side, I rarely come into contact with the families of our beneficiaries so when someone comes in to see us it really hits home what an impact we have at such a difficult time.”