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 since 2006. 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."
Jo Askew | Community Engagement & Fundraising Lead
Jo has lived in Matlock since childhood and has spent her life being part of the local community. She worked for 9 years in local post offices and managed new outreach services in rural locations. Jo loves spending time with her family and walking their dog.
"I love my job with Helen's Trust and am passionate about the services and support we offer. It is important to try and reach as many people as possible so they know we are here to support in difficult times"
Rosie Aston | Community Engagement & Fundraising Officer
Born and raised in Birmingham Rosie studied for her BA (Hons) in Humanities and worked for many years in advertising, marketing and PR in Manchester and Nottingham before becoming freelance in 1998. In 2008 she and her family moved to Buxton where she worked for 7 years as a Press Officer and Photographer for a Local Education Authority before establishing her own small floristry business.
“Helen’s Trust were there for my family when my husband was terminally ill and we were desperate for some practical support to help us care for him at home. I will always be grateful for the help we received and it is now a privilege to work for a charity which I know makes such a difference at an emotionally difficult and often distressing time."
Emily Ingram | Events Officer
After completing her BA (Hons) in Fashion Management, Emily began her career working at Nottingham Trent University as an Events and Marketing Coordinator. During her time at University, she took part in two Great North Runs and the Chesterfield Marathon relay to raise money for Helen’s Trust.
“I became aware of Helen’s Trust at secondary school where Helen’s Trust was the sixth forms chosen charity. During this time, I learnt the impact that Helen’s Trust has to those with a terminal illness wishing to remain at home and the significance of this care to those caring for their loved ones at home.”
Jane Cheetham & Jane Fenton | Referrals Coordinators
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."