The trustees of CCTA come from a wide variety of backgrounds and offer a range of knowledge, skills and experience. These include: human resources management, development and training, consultancy, social work, research, teaching, the law, finance, insurance, medicine, engineering and accountancy. All of the trustees have been involved with community and charity work for a number of years and have a proven track record of business management along with governance in the voluntary sector and fundraising.
John Holliday: Chair
Like most people, I have lost several close friends to cancer, so CCTA seemed like an obvious organisation to be involved with. A keen hiker, I have completed several long- and not-so-long-distance walks in the UK and Ireland. I make the most of having the Peak District on my doorstep, and will never miss an opportunity to get out on the hills. I have worked at the University of Sheffield for over thirty years, in pharmaceutical research and lecturing on various IT-related courses, and now work as a consultant.
Kat Adam: Treasurer
After meeting Don, one of the founding members of the charity through a shared love of the outdoors, I have been involved with Challenge Cancer through Adventure for many years. Initially a friend of the charity I started out by helping out at the Derwent Dambuster, fundraising, and spreading the word. Several years ago I stepped up to become a trustee and have remained so ever since, serving a period of time as Chairperson in the meantime.
Diane Smith: Secretary
I was keen to become involved with CCTA following a meeting with Clare and Toby (previous trustees) at a Buxton Adventure festival talk. I love the outdoors and I am a keen cyclist. I have been fortunate to undertake some of my own adventures over past few years (e.g. trekking to Everest base camp and to the summit of Kilimanjaro, cycling to the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii) and am well aware of the benefits such challenges can bring. I am keen to encourage, assist and support others in their adventures.
Andie Brazewell: Trustee
Andie has been in the events industry for over 25 years, working in the corporate event, music festival and music promotion sectors. He is currently Head of Events for the Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath, organising theatre, live performance and exhibitions throughout the year at this iconic building. He has also organised and led expeditions for over 30 years, in
cluding the Amazon jungle and Mongolia most recently for British Exploring and Outlook Expeditions. As a Trustee, Andie is also currently working on ‘Mission Nepal’ to deliver much needed emergency equipment and ambulances to the sherpas. Passionate about conservation, people development and event management, he finds it a joy and a pleasure to give time to CCTA.
Corinna Lincoln: Trustee
I first became involved with CCTA after meeting Toby Rhodes (previous Chair) and then volunteering for the Dambuster event. Like everyone at CCTA, I have a love for the outdoors. I am a Scuba DiveMaster and I am at my happiest when I’m either sat on a crag, lost in the hills, or eye to eye with fish on a coral reef. I find it hard to sit still and I am always looking for and planning my next mini adventure – I really can’t think of anything better than helping other people do the same!
James Drydale: Trustee
Living on the doorstep of my favourite place, the Peak District, is a privilege. I was inspired to become a Trustee of Challenge Cancer Through Adventure by meeting other Trustees and also by running the Derwent Dambuster 10 mile event. It truly is one of the finest running events, in spectacular scenery, in the country.
People close to me have been taken away by cancer. I believe strongly in the aims and value of the charity. Regaining control of your life and becoming less medicalised, is very important for people. Wellbeing and fulfilment really can help in the fight against cancer.
I love being outdoors and I particularly enjoy hill walking (including picnics in the middle of winter!), mountain biking and scuba diving.
I have travelled all over the world and there is nothing better than waking up in a new place and embarking on an adventure.
Chris Roebuck: Trustee
I first became aware of CCTA after taking part in the Derwent Dambuster race in 2016 and 2017. It was a great event to be involved in plus it was raising money for a very worthwhile cause. I found out a bit more about the charity and the inspiring challengers and when an opportunity to become a trustee came up, I was keen to get involved.
I’m a project manager working for a local authority and in the past I have worked with community groups to deliver a wide range of environmental projects. I hope that I can use my knowledge and experience to support people to achieve their goal and complete an amazing challenge.
I live in Sheffield on the edge of the Peak District so I spend my spare time running, cycling and walking. I also enjoy snowboarding in winter (in the Alps, not the Peaks!) so I understand the benefits of being outdoors and fully support CCTA’s aims and objectives.
Suzanne Robinson: Trustee
I first became interested in CCTA after hearing about the charity from James Drydale. Like most people, I’ve had close family and friends affected by cancer and witnessed the gruelling impact it has had on their lives. Whilst there are excellent charities who offer physical and emotional support, I was inspired by what CCTA stood for and how it enabled sufferers to fulfil an amazing adventure at one of the most difficult times of their lives.
We moved to the Peak District from Sheffield a couple of years ago. Before that I lived in London.We love having such beautiful surroundings on our doorstep and definitely take advantage of it!
I love all sports but living here it’s all about walking in the peaks or having a run through the Chatsworth estate. Nothing is more beautiful.
Sally Eaves: Trustee
I believe strongly in the aims and value of CCTA to help people fulfill their personal adventure dreams. I love the outdoors and enjoy undertaking fundraising skydives and trek challenges so
the active approach of the charity resonates strongly. Volunteering has also been a passion for many years, in particular mentoring young people to build empowerment and enhance employability. My work specialises in achieving transformational and sustainable change, enabled by technological innovation and impact led research. I therefore bring a combination of skills to the board drawing on my role as an industry consultant and Director, entrepreneur, speaker and published author in the areas of education, emergent technology and business strategy. I am also working with Saïd Business School, Oxford University in relation to CIO leadership, strategic IT and digital disruption challenges.