Meet The Team
In 2010 Liz Pryor’s mother, Anne Robson, died within a few hours of being discharged from hospital. The family were unaware that she was nearing the end of her life. This sad event was the springboard for Liz to try to help to improve end of life care, and care for the elderly, in NHS Hospitals.
Between 2010 and 2015 she worked with, and for, a number of organisations, including the Patients Association and the charity Kissing it Better, which included managing projects in a number of hospitals in the South East & London.
Having set up a team of volunteers supporting patients in the last days of life, whilst working as a Project Manager for a local hospital, Liz soon realised that this was what she had been looking for since her mother died. A simple, impactful scheme that makes the world of difference to everyone involved; patients, families, volunteers, NHS staff…
Understanding the difference the volunteers made to the end of life care provision at the hospital led Liz to launch The Anne Robson Trust, in memory of her mother.
Liz is married to Henry, they have two daughters and live in rural Hertfordshire. In a previous life, Liz ran an interior design business in south west London in partnership with her sister, Catherine.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Sarah has a diverse career background working in the commercial and public sector.
After graduating from Manchester and working in hospitality management in London leading events for Imagination a world-famous events company. Sarah moved with her husband to live in Singapore for 6 years. Whilst there she worked as an account director for Asia’s largest independent advertising network, working across Asia Pacific, on a mixture of local and international brands like Visa International.
Once back in the UK and after her children were born, Sarah worked for Kings College Student Union in Student Services. Her role was to support students manage over 200 societies, sporting teams and volunteering projects.
Her son was diagnosed with high functioning autism which made formal working rather a challenge. Instead Sarah began to volunteer. Her first volunteering role was at a community in South London that looks after adults with long term disabilities and severe learning disabilities. Supporting the community members to fulfil paid work in their candle workshop, weaving workshop and garden project.
Upon relocating to Hertfordshire Sarah has volunteered for several years as an advisor at Citizens Advice in Stevenage and as a team member supporting Autism Angels South. Sarah continues to volunteer as a Registered Speaker for the charity, Dogs for Good.
Sarah believes strongly in the partnership between social purpose and community action, so that we can deal with many of the challenges facing communities around the UK.
Jo qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1990 at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. She qualified as a Registered Midwife in 1994, and later as a Soul Midwife (spiritual companion to the dying). Jo has had many roles in and around healthcare during her working life, and in the last two years has worked as a Complimentary Therapist at Isabel Hospice, and a Butterfly Volunteer at East & North Herts NHS Trust.
Having had a number of experiences supporting family and friends at the end of life, good and bad; in hospital, hospice and at home – Jo passionately believes that it is the small acts of kindness that are remembered when someone is dying and Butterfly Volunteers make a huge difference to so many people.
Jo is married to Paul, they have two children and live in Hertfordshire.
HOSPITAL PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER.
Nicki has had a diverse career both within the NHS and the Third Sector.
After qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1982 at the Charing Cross Hospital in London she went on to work in Accident and Emergency, General Surgery and Pediatrics.
After taking time out to raise her three daughters she returned to the workforce in 2008 to take up her first role with the British Red Cross.
During her ten years with the organisation Nicki managed a range of different services, recruiting and training teams of volunteers to respond to people in crisis. Her passion for ensuring volunteers were fully equipped to offer effective emotional support led her to become a trainer for the organisation.
Wanting to find a role to combine her NHS experience with her passion for working with volunteers Nicki joined The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow in January 2019 as the very first Butterfly Volunteer Coordinator.
‘It has been such a privilege to coordinate and develop the Butterfly Team at PAH and to work in partnership with the Anne Robson Trust. It has given me such valuable insight into the need and importance of this service and the real difference Butterfly Volunteers are making to patients, their families and hard working nursing staff.’
TELEPHONE HELPLINE MANAGER
Paula worked as an analytical chemist for 14 years, before enjoying being a stay at home mum to raise her children. Following a number of personal losses, Paula became motivated to provide support and care for those who are going through difficult times in their lives. This led to her volunteering for the Samaritans, which fuelled her passion to continue a career in caring for people.
In 2009 Paula decided to become a counsellor and specialise in bereavement support, and since qualifying, has worked with a number of charities including Place2Be, The Living Room, and Cruse Bereavement Care. Throughout her work with these charities, Paula continued to work part-time as an emergency responder for the British Red Cross, helping the most vulnerable people in the community.
After working at the British Red Cross for 7 years, Paula felt ready for a new venture, more focused on end of life and bereavement care. She strongly believes that everyone deserves access to support during these times and feels privileged to now be working on setting up the Anne Robson Trust Helpline.
Paula lives in Hertfordshire with her husband Paul, and her two children, where in her spare time she loves to bake for friends and family.