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Our Board of Trustees oversee all our work and play a crucial role as advisors, fundraisers and advocates. Together, they provide an unparalleled level of knowledge and experience in the fields of oncology, medical care, pharmaceutical research, general management and outdoor training activities.

Their involvement ensures that Odyssey runs a course which is challenging yet safe, well funded yet cost effective, and guarantees a life enhancing experience which is second to none.

Stephen Gough

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Stephen recently retired from BMI’s Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury, where he occupied the position of Executive Director. Prior to this, he spent 15 years as a manager at Outward Bound, where he played a key role in designing management development programmes based on experiential learning in the outdoors.

While Warden of the Outward Bound Centre at Rhowniar, he was also helmsman of the Aberdovey Lifeboat and a Mountain Rescue Team Leader.

Jan Wade

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Jan has worked as a PR Consultant in veterinary science for many years. In 2007, she and her husband, Bruce, participated in an Odyssey course, which resulted in Jan’s involvement in fundraising and subsequently, joining the Board of Trustees. As well as her personal experience of cancer, she has worked with Penny Brohn Cancer Care and trained as a mentor with Dr Rosy Daniel of Health Creation.

Her first fundraising endeavour involved her and Stephen Gough crossing the English channel in a double kayak!

Sian Greenwood

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Sian Greenwood is a GP and senior partner at St Luke’s Practice in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Her special areas of medical interest include Mental Health and Cancer. Over the last 18 months she has been working with the Yorkshire Cancer Network promoting the Early awareness and diagnosis of Cancer in Primary care and also Survivorship issues. She chairs the Harrogate Locality Cancer Board which involves information sharing between primary and secondary care, the voluntary sector, local Cancer service users and the Hospice.

Sian has been involved with Odyssey as a referrer and a participant and recently undertook a Himalayan trek with 10 colleagues, including co-trustee Sue Lennon, to fundraise for the charity. Sian and husband Colin have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Outside work she enjoys walking and the theatre and is involved in local amateur dramatics.

Simon McCalla

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Simon is the Chief Technology Officer for Nominet UK, the company responsible for running the registry behind the .UK Domain Name System. Simon has spent over 20 years in the IT industry, working across the pharmaceutical, retail, entertainment and technology sectors. Simon has worked within and chaired international committees to help improve the security and stability of the global internet and is a media spokesperson for information technology matters in the UK.

Simon is a keen mountaineer, cyclist and canoeist and has worked as a BCU and BMC instructor for children’s charities in the UK. He has 2 young daughters who love nothing more than getting outside, jumping in boats or swinging around on a rock face!

Debbie Morgan

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Debbie has spent over 30 years working in the NHS in Wales. She has held a number of management and leadership posts and has been a NHS Board Executive Director for over 14 years, most recently as Director of Workforce and Organisational Development for one of the largest integrated Health Boards in Wales. Debbie has recently moved to a new role within the Department of Health and Social Services of Welsh Government and is currently leading a programme of work to develop an eHealth and Care Strategy.

Debbie is also an experienced coach and thrives on supporting others to develop and to realise their full potential. She is a school governor and member of the Wales Committee for the national children’s charity, Action for Children. Debbie is married, lives in Cardiff and has two grown up sons.

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“My Odyssey journey was amazing … I felt really great at the end of the week and feel so much better spiritually and mentally.”
Brenda Channing
“For me, Odyssey was like opening the wardrobe door to Narnia, I came back to the real world knowing there is a little bit of magic somewhere!”
Mandy Meeks
“Most of all, Odyssey helped me to make the most of every day without worrying about tomorrow.”
Sandi Burrows
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Odyssey Project is a registered charity (1045259) and company limited by guarantee (0303150).

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