Meet the Team
The charity team is only a small team, and as there is only a handful of us, we are proud that we are able to get to know our fundraisers and are able to thank people on a more personal basis.
The charity team are here to help you with any queries or support that you might need for your fundraising.
Keith Brooks – Charity Director
Keith joined NGH as Financial Controller in 2004 and retired from the role in 2016 to become the Charity Director after guiding the charity through adoption of independent status. Prior to this his earlier career was linked to the Rail industry in which he was actively involved in supporting the changes leading up to the industry’s privatisation.
Keith’s early third sector involvement was with Christian based charities, primarily in Methodist Church related roles, which currently includes him being the Northampton Methodist Circuit Treasurer.
Keith was elected to be a Council member of NHS Charities Together in 2013 and has been its Treasurer since 2016.
Lorraine Devereux – Community Fundraiser
Lorraine joined the charity in April 2021 as Community Fundraiser and brings 7 years of fundraising and volunteering experience to the team. Her last role was as Corporate and Events Fundraiser for a national learning disability charity where she was awarded the Institute of Fundraising Rising Star Award for the Chilterns region in 2019.
In her spare time, she is a keen runner, often lacing up and taking part in events to raise money for her local hospice and other local charities. Friends, family and spending time together is important and nothing better is time spent with them in her favourite place, beautiful Croyde Bay in Devon.
Caroline Donaghy – Charity Accountant
Caroline has worked for the charity for just over 8 years. Successfully completing her final level four AAT in 2019, she now manages the daily and monthly finances of the charity; as well as grant purchases with both Trusts. Caroline previously worked in the insolvency sector but wanted a job where she could work in finance and feel like she was helping people at the same time.
Caroline enjoys spending time outdoors camping, gardening and walking her beagle Bentley. She also loves crafts such as sewing and making lace.
Michelle Leighton – Community Fundraiser
Michelle joined the team in May 2021 from Brighter Futures the charity of the Great Western Hospital in Swindon where she had worked for 2 and a half years. She has a great wealth of charity experience having been employed by Nationwide Building Society for over 20 years in the Community Affairs Team, supporting charities nationally and promoting fundraising within the workforce. In 2014 Michelle joined the Events Team at Cancer Research UK organising Race for Life and other mass participation events for 5 years before taking up her role at Brighter Futures.
In her own time Michelle enjoys long distance running and has completed 20 marathons. She enjoys socialising with family and friends and hosting dinner parties.
Alison McCulloch – Head of Fundraising
Since graduating in Business at Salford University, Alison worked as a qualified mortgage advisor from 2003. In 2010, Alison joined the charity as a Community Fundraiser for Northampton General Hospital where her key responsibility was raising the profile of the charity within local community and throughout the trust. Three of her key successes during this time was improving the environment of the hospital, improving the quality of technology used throughout the trust and developing a new joint charity with Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. All of this has culminated in progressing to the Head of Fundraising, leading a great fundraising team to drive the charity forward. Outside of work, Alison loves nothing more than spending time with her friends and family and walking her miniature schnauzer Zach.
Emma Melville – Charity Assistant
Emma joined the charity in February 2021 after being made redundant from her job at a geo-environmental company. Having not worked for a charity before, Emma was keen to get stuck in and learn as much as she could! Having 9 years of experience working within customer facing roles, Emma is looking forward to when things can get back to normal and can begin meeting more of our incredible fundraisers and staff that she feels lucky to support. Emma also brings her 4 years of administrative experience to the role alongside experience working as an accounting assistant in her previous job.
In her free time, she enjoys socialising with friends & family, dinning out and going to museums, concerts and art galleries. Emma is a keen baker and also a qualified beauty therapist so loves to be creative in her spare time!
Robert Powell – Charity Fundraiser, Communications & Marketing
Rob joined the team in 2017 as administrator and fundraising support coming from a non-charity background. After 2 years coordinating fundraisers and supporters as well as helping with appeals as Community Fundraiser, he now leads with all of the communications and marketing for the charity, including social media, website, NHS trust intranet content, staff newsletters, local print publications and more. Rob really enjoys being able to share the wonderful stories of our donors and fundraisers and spreading the word about the huge difference the charity makes for both patients and staff.
In his own time, Rob is a big lover of books, reading a wide variety of genres and having what feels like his own library at home. He is also a huge fan of genre spanning music and attends live music events pretty much every week where he can. He also used to produce and present a music-focussed community radio show.
Emma Fowler-Mcintosh – Charity Assistant
Emma has been working for the KGH Charity since September 2020 Having started at a very interesting time due to the pandemic, she was welcomed over with the merge of KGH Charity Fund to NHCF and joined the combined charity in April 2021. She acts as the first point of contact for all of our donors at KGH as well as acting as the local office administrator.
She has a background in administration within the NHS since 2013 and is passionate about our healthcare system. She has been a valuable asset to the charity team in the early stages of bringing the charities together through her organisational skills.
Emma loves to read, watch anime and movies, do puzzles, sewing, photography and anything crafty. Cross Stitch is her latest interest! Emma is also a big family person, being the youngest of 8 means lots of family time.