Meet the team

Name Position Email
Alan Ramirez Director Email»
Cara Evans Sales Executive Email»
Frances Wyatt Director of Sales and Marketing Email»
Golnaz Hatamy Accounts Manager Email»
Graeme Dowie Business Development Manager Scotland Email»
Helen Mellor Marketing Executive Email»
Judith Prentis Director of European Operations Email»
Kate Hammond Business Development Manager Email»
Pariya Soleymani Accounts Clerk Email»
Paul Miller Managing Director Email»
Wendy Moffatt Chairman Email»

 

Teamwork is key to Spectra's success

spectra team

An enthusiastic, multilingual, creative and flexible team, committed to excellence, sums up SPECTRA's philosophy and operation. Our team members are all empowered to make the kind of decisions that will ensure the smooth running of your programme, meeting or event.

Your SPECTRA account director, supported by a reliable team, will take responsibility for the planning and implementation of all aspects of your project, diligently attending to each detail and responding to your immediate needs, throughout the preparation and operation of the project.

Alan Ramirez

Director

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2424
email: alan.premiumuk@spectra-dmc.com
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Alan has been in tourism since 1992. Having previously held a number of managerial posts both in London and abroad, he founded PREMIUM UK DMC in 1998 and with his team, joined SPECTRA in 2009. Alan is responsible for new business development and maintaining relationships with key European clients. In his younger days, Alan was the lead singer and bass guitarist of cult band The Planets with whom he toured the world - amongst the many venues he played, the Cavern in Liverpool and the Royal Albert Hall were his favourites. He still enjoys great music, but has ditched the rock and roll lifestyle to focus on developing the SPECTRA and PREMIUM UK brands across the world.

Alan is based in London.

Anna Jabal

Account Manager

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telephone: +44 (0)131 523 1416
email: anna@spectra-dmc.com
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Born and raised in Barcelona, Anna moved to Edinburgh soon after she graduated from her Masters in Tourism Management and fell in love with the country. She has been working in Destination Management Companies ever since to persuade clients to come and discover Scotland by themselves! Structure and planning is the name of her game and she aims to push the boundaries when it comes to her clients, diversifying each unique service and product. Anna wants to live in a world filled with spa weekends, movies where you get to choose the ending and a force field around her smartphone that repels from falling screen-side-down. When she’s not organising the next event or looking for new venues, you can find her socialising, swing dancing or working out - in that order.

 

Cara Evans

Sales Executive

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2405
email: cara@spectra-dmc.com
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Cara brings to Spectra her knowledge of hotels and hospitality, her love for travelling and event organising skills. She thrives on developing dynamic experiences for our guests that guarantees unforgettable memories. Her passion, energy and warm persona enable her to tackle various challenges and create lasting relationships with Spectra’s clients.  Cara graduated from Bath Spa University having studied Film. With three years’ experience in the film and television industry, she then went on to live in Germany for four years where she worked with a hotel metasearch company.  In her spare time, Cara enjoys exploring the new wonders of London, socialising with friends as well as travelling, cooking, watching sport and hitting the gym.  Cara is based in London

Caroline Malmros

Account Manager

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2418
email: caroline@spectra-dmc.com
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Originally from Stockholm Sweden, Caroline is a “global mind” and has spent a big part of her life abroad studying and working. Prior to joining Spectra, Caroline worked for many years in Destination Management in the United States. Her life is about expanding horizons both corporately and personally and she has also held positions in other industries since graduating from university. Her heart is in the Travel & Events industry which goes back to her own passion for adventures, travelling the world and learning about and interacting with different cultures. Living a healthy and active lifestyle is extremely important to Caroline and no matter how busy life sometimes gets, she always makes sure to get some running and Bikram yoga classes into her weekly schedule.

Caroline is based in London.

Charlotte Sommer

Account Manager

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telephone: +44 (0)131 523 1416
email: charlotte@spectra-dmc.com
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Charlotte moved to the United Kingdom after graduating in hospitality marketing and management in France. Initially working in hotel management, she quickly moved to tourism where she had a wide variety of roles both in the leisure and MICE industries. With an adventurous character, she loves discovering new places around Scotland or travelling the world. When not in the office, she can always be found planning her next weekend away, out with friends trying the latest restaurant or at home experimenting new recipes. She loves sports and is always out for a run, a cycle or at the gym.

Charlotte is based in Edinburgh.

Clare Watson

Account Director

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telephone: +44 (0)131 523 1416
email: clare.kyles@spectra-dmc.com
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Clare left  the UK after gaining a degree in Italian from the University of Edinburgh to work in Italy, where she fell in love....two children later Clare returned to Scotland to join Kyles on Scotland,  where her impeccable language skills were utilised to the hilt.  Clare who  has worked in the European MICE sector since 1994, enjoys travelling around Scotland seeking out new venues, hotels and people,  bringing invaluable product knowledge into the company.   Clare is gentle and kind, with a wonderful sense of humour - clients, suppliers and colleagues all enjoy being with this extraordinarily special lady.

Clare is based in Edinburgh.

Elise Brenne

Account Manager

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2424
email: elise.premiumuk@spectra-dmc.com
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Elise Brenne completed her university degree in Tourism Management in 2005 and has worked in the travel industry since. Following three years working within corporate group travel in Norway she joined Spectra's Premium UK team in 2010. Elise lives in West London with her fiancé and 2 goldfish. When not working she enjoys going out with friends, going to the cinema as well as long walks in the countryside.  

Elise is based in London.

Frances Wyatt

Director of Sales and Marketing

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2400
email: frances@spectra-dmc.com

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Frances joined SPECTRA in 1996, having spent 9 years in the London hotel industry and 12 years with another Destination Management Company. Her passion for what she does and her country is evident from first contact and throughout the early communications. Frances enjoys client & suppliers relationships, creating the right event for every client and developing 'firsts' with the ever growing exciting list of venues & activities on offer. Responsibilities include the sales and marketing of SPECTRA, offering support and direction on proposals, site visits and programme development. Favourite things to do when not working are spending time with her family and entertaining family and friends at home. Member of SITE, MPI.

Frances is based in London.

Gary Smith

Account Manager

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telephone: +44 (0)131 523 1416
email: gary@spectra-dmc.com
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Gary studied Hospitality Management and has been in the hotel industry for over 15 years.  Over that time he has held a number of positions at some prestigious venues, gaining great experience in the industry.  Coming from a small fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife, Gary moved to the bright lights of Edinburgh late 2014 looking for a new adventure and hasn’t looked back!  It was during his time in Edinburgh, he became more involved in MICE markets and particularly enjoyed looking after incentive groups.  Prior to his start at Spectra, he was the Sales Executive at a new city centre hotel.  Outside work, Gary loves to travel and has a penchant for cruise holidays.  He can often be found in the Caribbean when he isn’t at work!  

Gillian Rae

Account Director

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telephone: +44 (0) 131 523 1416
email: gillian@spectra-dmc.com
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Having lived and worked abroad, in Germany, Austria and Italy, Gillian brings language skills and a wealth of experience and knowledge of the Scottish market place gained over 16 years in senior management in various Destination Management Companies in Scotland.  She is passionate about the destination and has enjoyed travelling around the most remote part of the country. Outside work. Gillian juggles the busy schedules of three young active children who require a taxi service - relaxing never happens, but she enjoys running, cycling, swimming and travel. Gillian joined Spectra in 2015.

Gillian is based in Edinburgh.

Golnaz Hatamy

Accounts Manager

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2400
email: golnaz@spectra-dmc.com
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Naz is currently on maternity leave. 

Graeme Dowie

Business Development Manager Scotland

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telephone: +44 (0)131 523 1416 / +4
email: graeme@spectra-dmc.com
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As Business Development Manager in Scotland, Graeme's passion is introducing SPECTRA’s clients (new & old!) to the unique experiences that his homeland has to offer. Having worked for a small DMC in Ireland for 14 years he’s used to a hands-on approach from researching new products & creating proposals right through to programme delivery. Since joining SPECTRA in July 2010, the excitement of re-discovering Scotland's variety of properties, venues, attractions and experiences continues to rub off on clients & colleagues alike. A SITE member, he serves on the local chapter board & the International membership committee. Away from work, Graeme enjoys sampling malt whiskies, entertaining friends and trying to understand his new smart phone but can be most often found curled up with the new Iain Rankin or Patricia Cornwell novel – using his gym membership card as a bookmark.

Graeme is based in Edinburgh.

Hannah Ritterband

Account Manager

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telephone: 020 8601 2407
email: hannah@spectra-dmc.com
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Having managed and organised a variety of award ceremonies, roadshows, product launches and incentive events, Hannah thrives on implementing creativity at any opportunity to ensure every event is memorable and unique. She brings a passion and energy to every challenge she tackles, not forgetting her love for spreadsheets and list making!  In her down time, Hannah enjoys finding exciting new London pop-up venues, socialising with friends as well as regular gym sessions and singing along to Seal’s Greatest hits.

Hannah is based in London.

 

Helen Mellor

Marketing Executive

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2400
email: helen@spectra-dmc.com
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Helen lived abroad and worked in tourism for a number of years after college. She returned to the UK to help her brother set up 2 companies – one, music management; the other medical equipment supply! The former was lots of fun but, following a move into software development, it was the latter that survived and prospered. A fluent French speaker, Helen joined Spectra’s sales and marketing team in 2005. Away from work, she loves travelling to new, exotic and old familiar places, foreign language films, sampling London’s many restaurants & looking after her roof garden.

Helen is based in London.

Judi Burrows

Account Manager

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2400
email: judi@spectra-dmc.com
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Judi has been in the ME&I Industry for almost 20 years. Soon after graduating, she joined the Financial Conference sector as a Conference Assistant then, after 5 years of working and travelling extensively with her job, she joined Maritz / Grass Roots Group as a Project Manager, operating in both the inbound and outbound markets. Judi joined Spectra as an Account Manager in 2007. Judi enjoys ski-ing, being a Cub Scout Leader and standing on the sideline supporting her two sons in all their sporting pursuits!

Judi is based in London

Judith Prentis

Director of European Operations

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2424
email: judith.premiumuk@spectra-dmc.com
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Judith who re-joined SPECTRA with the PREMIUM UK team in 2009, focuses on the European market. She brings a wealth of experience to the table, having worked with clients from all over the world on a wide range of projects, ranging from Funeral Directors’ meetings to the Tour de France. Having studied French and Italian (back in the 80s!) she feels privileged to have a job which can still be SO much fun, where she can learn about different cultures from all over the world, whilst promoting her own. Outside work, she enjoys her art lessons, world cinema and overseas travel and throughout the year, she shows a very keen interest in world cuisine!

Judith is based in London.

Kate Hammond

Business Development Manager

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2400
email: kate@spectra-dmc.com
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Recently graduated from the University of Kent where she studied French and Spanish, Kate’s love of these languages and cultures increased tenfold while living and studying in France and Spain during her ERASMUS year. Kate has joined SPECTRA in 2012 with a fresh head and a passion for organising everyone and everything around her, teamed with a love of London and its ever-evolving sights and venues which, with her bubbly personality, enable her to create lasting relationships and individual programmes that reflect the needs of SPECTRA’s clients. In her spare time you can find her at the cinema, the theatre, enjoying the company of her friends and family or planning her next travelling adventure!

Kate is based in London.

Katerina Skinner

Account Executive

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2427
email: katerina@spectra-dmc.com
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Katerina graduated from Regent’s University London where she studied International Event Management and Chinese. She has a great interest for languages and, a native Russian speaker, is also fluent in English and Mandarin. After an internship at Spectra, learning all about the DMC's operations, Katerina joined the company as a full-time member of the team in 2017. In her free time she enjoys going to the gym, taking dancing classes and watching TV shows.

Katerina is based in London.

Lee Stanton

Account Director

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2414
email: lee@spectra-dmc.com
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Lee has been working in the MICE industry since graduating from university in 2008. He started in the B2B sales conference market as a Delegate Manager, after which he moved to Amsterdam to work in for the leading Pharmaceutical events agency, both in their Netherlands and UK offices, travelling extensively throughout Europe and the wider world for client events.  He entered the DMC sector in 2011 when he joined a leading company as Operations Manager.  A gregarious, outgoing person,  Lee loves to travel and is lucky to have a wide circle of friends spread around the world. He also loves good food and drink so enjoys cooking and eating out in equal measure.

Lee is based in London.

Mark Wareing

Account Director

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2400
email: mark@spectra-dmc.com
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Mark has been in the hotel and travel industry since leaving college, way back in the mists of time. He started working in hotels before switching to the world of Destination Management in 1986, a time when mobile phones were like bricks and the typewriter and telex were the height of technology! Mark, who joined SPECTRA in 1996, predominantly operates in Scotland, which is his passion and loves creating and implementing programmes North of the Border -  any excuse to put on the kilt! When he is not organising events or away in Scotland he likes to spend time with his wife and two boys. He also enjoys music, theatre, gardening, cycling and training with his eldest son in Jujitsu/Krav Maga.

Mark is based in London.

Miriam Dittberner

Account Executive

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telephone: 0131 523 1416
email: miriam@spectra-dmc.com
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Miriam started out as placement student at Spectra in 2016 and officially joined the company one year later. Having grown up in a small German town, she came to Scotland to study Tourism & Marketing Management and fell in love with the country. Throughout her studies she was able to work several part time jobs in the industry such as welcoming visitors as a noble lady at Edinburgh Castle or scaring tourists in the city’s underground vaults. At Spectra she has taken a step away from dressing up in costume (at least most of the time) and instead gets to use her creativity and organisation skills to guarantee groups a phenomenal time in the country so dear to her. In her spare time she does jazz dance and can also often be found in the kitchen cooking and baking all sorts of German delicacies. 

Miriam is based in Edinburgh.

Nuria Igarza

Account Manager

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2401
email: Nuria.premiumuk@spectra-dmc.com
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I have worked in tourism since obtaining my Degree in Tourism in 2003 .  I worked with a Spanish travel agent for more than 6 years and I was also an official Tourist Guide in my home city, Valencia. I lived in Rome so I speak Italian and as a Mediterranean girl, I love the sea, the sun and…the lovely Mediterranean diet!  But my main passion is theatre, which is why I studied Drama in ESAD Valencia. For my last year I did Erasmus in London (Rose Bruford College) where I fell in love with the city and  decided to start a new life here in 2012. I really love music, cinema and a nice book. And also I like dancing Flamenco, travelling around the world and meeting new people…I am so excited to join Spectra!

Nuria is based in London.

Pamela Laycock

Account Manager

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2400
email: pamela@spectra-dmc.com
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Pamela has been in the industry for more years than it is polite for a girl to mention!  She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Ireland and the UK as a guide with groups of many different shapes and sizes. She has worked for both DMCs in London and also many 'out going' agencies planning meetings and events throughout the world, as well as the UK. Pamela qualified as a London Blue Badge guide in 1990 and has had a love affair with London ever since. She has also enjoyed a long and happy relationship with SPECTRA as both a guide and a member of the office team. Outside work, Pamela  enjoys being the mother of a small boy, assorted four legged furry creatures, assorted scaly creatures, campanology, the outdoors, being an eternal optimist and studying for another degree!

Pamela is based in London.

Pariya Soleymani

Accounts Clerk

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telephone: 020 8601 2415
email: pariya@spectra-dmc.com
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Pariya moved to London in 2008 from Iran, where she had studied hospitality management. After following various college courses in London, including travel related subjects, she decided to seek employment in accounts administration. Pariya says” I love to be punctual & organised at work. I was very excited to join to Spectra in 2016 and am looking forward to discovering more about this industry -  every day is a new, fresh, learning day for me.” Pariya enjoys movies, theatre and music and is much in to Spiritual things. Gym & yoga are her favourites activities. 

Pariya is based in London

Paul Miller

Managing Director

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2400
email: paul@spectra-dmc.com
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Paul’s first service sector job after graduating in hotel and catering management was 4 years in service in the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace. After a brief stint abroad, he entered the incentive travel industry in 1988, joining SPECTRA in 1996. As Managing Director, Paul  manages the day-to-day running of the company and oversees financial control. Paul was formerly SITE President (2014), President of the Great Britain Chapter 2006 and Chair of the SITE International Conference in 2008.  Married with 3 sons, Paul loves creating a show-stopping garden display every summer and making music - his first album "Meeting of Minds" was released in 2010.

Paul is based in London.

Susan Long

Account Director

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telephone: 020 8601 2403 / 0131 523
email: susan@spectra-dmc.com
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Susan started her professional life in banking. However, having studied languages, she craved travel and excitement so she moved into tourism and for the next few years worked as a holiday rep and as long and short haul cabin crew before settling into group tour and coach operations. Being a natural born organiser she is always involved in some project or another and, for the last few years, has filled up her spare (?) time as theatre producer for a local theatre company; after all, with a cast and crew of 100 people it’s just another group to organise.. From time to time she treads the boards herself and likes nothing better than singing and dancing in a good musical. Her husband and teenage son are outwardly embarrassed by her attempts to grow old disgracefully but she hopes deep down they are inwardly proud.

Susan is based in Edinburgh.

Tracy Clark

Account Director

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2400
email: tracy.clark@spectra-dmc.com
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Tracy Clark joined Spectra in January 2012, as an Account Director. She started in the events industry in 2000 and has organised events in many countries around the world, but has a great love of London. Her favourite venue in London so far is the Natural History Museum and has organised many events there, she is always amazed at how good the transformation can be when the event comes to life. However, she loves being spoiled for choice of the hundreds of venues in and around London to choose from! When she is not organising events, Tracy likes to hit the gym, swim, hang out with friends and participate in adventure experiences.

Tracy is based in London

Tracy Cohen

Account Director

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2400
email: tracy@spectra-dmc.com
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Tracy joined SPECTRA in 2001 as an Account Director coming from the charity sector where she organised many different large scale events. Thinking she knew London well and having been with SPECTRA for a short time, she realised how little she knew! SPECTRA opened her eyes to many great and wonderful venues and she has organised some great incentives for many hundreds and thousands of people, loving every moment. The industry has also taken her slightly off-piste to experience the Isle of Man and the famous motor bike TT races. When not at work, Tracy loves looking after her twin girls who take up much of her ‘spare’ time. She is also a "petrol head", loving everything motor sport including taking her car on track days and scuba diving in warm waters.

Tracy is based in London

Wendy Moffatt

Chairman

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telephone: +44 (0)20 8601 2400
email: wendy@spectra-dmc.com
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Wendy spent many years living and working in tourism in Paris before returning to England to take up her first job in the incentive travel industry. She joined SPECTRA in 1984 and acquired 100% ownership of the company with her late husband John in 1994. Wendy is a long standing member of SITE, of which she was Global President in 1999. She founded the Brain Tumour Research Campaign in 2004, since when she has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the charity (over £1.1 million to date) and to promote awareness of the national need for more brain tumour research funding. A creative knitter with a wardrobe full of wonderful woolly creations, Wendy, who enjoys classical music, gardening and visiting her friends in France, shares her home with two Siamese cats.

Wendy is based in London.