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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.

Jan Wade


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!

Simon McCalla


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!

Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper has worked in the public sector for the whole of her career to date.

She started as a nurse and then undertook a Midwifery Degree and worked as a community midwife in West London.  Sarah was always interested in research and was fortunate to work on a trial that looked at the use of antibiotics in preterm labour.

Sarah then moved back to Herefordshire and worked assessing and inspecting NHS Organisations, initially in England and then as part of the then newly established Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.

Sarah then moved into policy development and had responsible for leading and managing the day to day business as the Head of the Crime and Justice Team in the Welsh Government.  Sarah has recently moved to a new role in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, which has responsibility for promoting improvements in policing.

Debbie Morgan


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.

Janette Hannon

Janette is a retired Nurse Specialist, having worked in the NHS for over 30 years in general nursing, midwifery, infection control, public health, prisoner, graduate and post-graduate education, including international work.

She was also one of a team of five professionals chosen to participate in a Rotary exchange programme to Australia. Janette has kept her ties with Rotary and following retirement has become a member of Winslow Rotary club.

In 2014 Janette participated in an Odyssey course. She then went on to fundraise and took part in the Cardiff to Caernarfon cycle ride the following year. In 2016 she organised a team to take part in a dragon boat race and this year (2017) she will be undertaking the Swedish Canoe Challenge.

Janette is married to Damian a local GP and is a keen skier, loves running, cycling and enjoying village life, family, friends and her developing garden.

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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


Odyssey Project is a registered charity (1045259) and company limited by guarantee (03031503).


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