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Boris – Official Mascot

Boris – Official Mascot

Hi!  I am Boris The Bear, I am the official mascot for the BDFA. I live in the BDFA office and make sure everything is running smoothly. I love going…

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Dr Joanna Nightingale- Head Of Scientific Affairs

Dr Joanna Nightingale- Head of Scientific Affairs

Jo joined the BDFA in June 2022 with a wealth of experience in scientific research and has worked in the lab doing pre-clinical research as well as in education, dissecting…

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Lisa Forsyth- Team Admin Officer

Lisa Forsyth- Team Admin Officer

  I joined the BDFA in October 2017 helping in the office 2 hours a week, I now work 5 days a week here helping wherever needed with office duties…

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Liz Brownnutt- Head Of Fundraising, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Liz Brownnutt- Head of Fundraising, Interim Chief Executive Officer

  As Head of Fundraising for the BDFA, Liz is responsible for growth of income to achieve long-term sustainability. Liz, from Shipley, West Yorkshire has 22 years’ experience as a…

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Mimi Petty- Peer Befriending Coordinator

Mimi Petty- Peer Befriending Coordinator

Mimi is a bereaved parent and her son Bertie passed away in 2019 from CLN1 Batten disease. Mimi is already well known to families as the founder and volunteer facilitator…

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Sarah Chandler – Fundraising Assistant

Sarah Chandler – Fundraising Assistant

Sarah lives in Manchester and she will be working full-time at the BDFA to assist with various aspects of the fundraising team’s work and particularly helping to support fundraising groups…

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Sarah Kenrick- Family Support Partner

Sarah Kenrick- Family Support Partner

Sarah is a Registered Nurse for people with Learning disabilities and has worked in the health and social care sector for over 40 years, 20 of which were as Registered…

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The BDFA is governed by a committed board of Trustees who bring a range of individual skills to help the BDFA achieve its aims.

Zlatko Sisic- Trustee- Chair Of Trustees & BDFA Medical And Scientific Lead

Zlatko Sisic- Trustee- Chair of Trustees & BDFA Medical and Scientific Lead

  Dr Zlatko Sisic has joined the Board of BDFA as the Medical and Scientific Lead in February 2020, and became the Chair at the beginning of 2021.  He graduated…

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Simon Sewart- Trustee

Simon Sewart- Trustee

  I am a father of two boys Max (9) and Felix (6). Max was diagnosed with atypical CLN2 in 2019 at the age of 7. Max is currently receiving…

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Bob Thompson- Trustee

Bob Thompson- Trustee

  Bob Thompson is parent to Frank (12) who has CLN2, Kirk (20), Mae (17) and Blue the dog. Bob is also a screenwriter, producer, business consultant and university lecturer…

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