Rich Driffield


Rich-Driffield-1I joined The Joshua Tree in November 2021 as Chief Executive Officer. I am hugely excited and honoured to be taking on the role and leading the charity in its next phase of development, following the opening of our fantastic Support Centre in May 2021.

I have over 17 years’ experience across the public and third sector. I started out my career working as a Playworker in North Wales, and since then I have worked in a local authority Play Development Team, managed an Adventure Playground in West London, led the development of a new charity in Manchester, and directed income generation and strategy for a number of charities across Greater Manchester.

I am a passionate advocate for charities and community organisations, and I have a keen interest in children’s play and playwork.

Fun fact: I am a long-suffering Wrexham AFC supporter, and I am married with two young boys who are keep me on my toes!

Danielle Percival

Family Support Manager

Danielle-PercivalI started working for The Joshua Tree in March 2021 and I feel very privileged to join such an amazing, worthwhile charity. Living locally, I have watched all the incredible work that has gone into developing the support centre and the fundraising efforts that has made it all possible.

My career to date has been in Residential Care, Health and Education supporting people with Epilepsy, Learning Disabilities and Autism. I have a real passion for ensuring people are treated with dignity and respect whilst achieving a good quality of life. I am very used to working alongside medical professionals, supporting families through life altering times and advocating for those who need a voice.

My role at The Joshua Tree as Family Support Manager provides an opportunity for me to bring my wealth of experience working with families dealing with life changing diagnosis and will help grow the breadth and depth of support we offer to families.  I am a great believer that you cannot pour from an empty cup so I will aim to support families and adult caregivers to look after themselves throughout their cancer experience as well as the Family Support Team.

Fun fact: My home is slowly turning into a small petting zoo with a cat, dog, guinea pig and tortoise. With my Son’s love of animals, I’m sure it will not be long before there are more additions to the family!

Sara King

Children's Primary School Support Worker (North Wales)

Sara-King-2-2-1Having joined the Family support Team in January 2020, I am excited to be a part of this wonderful charity, providing families with support specific to their individual journeys.

I have 20 years’ experience of working within various roles of Family Support, where I have gained extensive knowledge and understanding of approaches that influence positive family functioning and boost child confidence, self- esteem and resilience. I am also a qualified Parenting Group Leader and a Mum of three children myself.

My role mainly focuses on supporting Primary school age children, delivering therapeutic interventions that assist them to manage any difficulties they face relating to their experience with cancer.

Fun Fact: I love a good hill walk followed by a hot Radox bath!

Manon James

Family Well-being Co-ordinator (North Wales)

Manon-JamesMy role focuses on supporting the well-being of the families we support who are affected by childhood cancers. I have 30 years experience of working with families and young people and have worked within education, social care, and charitable organisations. I have had the privilege of meeting some of the most wonderful young people whose strength, determination and resilience never fail to amaze me. Working with young people keeps me on my toes but also young at heart!

Fun Fact: Dwi'n rhigl yn y Gymraeg (I'm a fluent welsh speaker) and I got married on television and wore a pair of silver Dr Martens!

Sophie Case

Children's Support Worker

Sophie-CaseMy role at the Joshua Tree will involve being one of the first points of contact for children who accesses our services and visit the centre. I will be delivering sessions that will aim to accommodate a safe and open space, which supports children to express themselves as they experience their cancer journey. 

After completing an undergraduate degree in Art, I went on to complete a Master’s in the Psychology of Mental Health – discovering that creativity can be a powerful tool to aid expression and communication. 

Prior to this role I have been working as a classroom assistant in primary schools and nurseries. I enjoyed learning about the importance of nurture, observing children’s development and helping them learn through play. During this time, I also volunteered at a Crisis centre supporting adults mental wellbeing, some of whom were experiencing increased isolation through lockdown. This experience connected me to my experience at University when I supported adults who also were isolated from society. 

Fun fact: Whilst travelling in New Zealand, my sister and I attempted what was meant to be a leisurely 30km cycle trail. We managed to get completely lost and ended up doing a 60km mountain range cycle! Out of it grew an enjoyment for cycling which I have continue to pursue when I returned home.

Katie Harrison

Family Support Administrator

KatieHarrison(4)I joined The Joshua Tree as the Family Support Administrator, having previously worked in the Higher Education providing careers advice and support to students and graduates. Prior to this, I worked within the charity sector as a Volunteer Coordinator for a tutoring programme. I'm passionate about educational disadvantage and inspiring young people to be the best that they can be.

I completed my degree in Creative Expressive Therapies (BA Hons) at the University of Derby. As an Arts & Health Practitioner I have developed skills in using the arts to help people in communities to engage in creative activities, to improve their confidence, health, and wellbeing etc.

Fun Fact: I once abseiled down the side of a Cathedral for a children's charity fundraiser! I'm anything arts, crafts, pottery obsessed. I'm at my happiest when I am in my scruffs at the pottery wheel, getting covered in clay.

Sue McGregor-Ogden

Finance Manager

Sue-McGregor-Ogden-1I am a Chartered Accountant and have previously worked in finance and change management in global businesses for many years, until I took a career break to care for my son when he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

This was when we first encountered The Joshua Tree, receiving desperately needed support as we prepared for and recovered from his bone marrow transplant.

Following his recovery, I became a volunteer for both The Joshua Tree and the NHS, which led to me joining The Joshua Tree as Finance Manager in October 2018.

Fun fact: I love to ski and spend whatever time I can in Switzerland.

Joanne Leigh

Finance Officer 

I became involved with The Joshua Tree in Autumn 2012 when I joined as a volunteer. When I was offered the chance to join the charity as Finance Officer in September 2014 I was thrilled. Having been involved for several years I have seen the charity grow and go from strength to strength. There are exciting times ahead and I love that every day is different.

Fun Fact: I am the fool of the office, April fool that is: an easy birthday to remember at least!

Pippa Watson-Peck

Communications and Fundraising Manager 

PWP-2I joined The Joshua Tree in the summer of 2018 and having been aware of the charity for many years was eager to get involved and make the difference I could.

My role consists of providing effective day-to-day leadership of the Income Generation Team and the development and implementation of the communications and fundraising strategies to increase awareness and income.

I didn’t appreciate the affect a childhood cancer diagnosis has on the whole family and knowing the difference The Joshua Tree can have during such a difficult time, drives me to  achieve the best results possible for the charity and beneficiaries.

Fun fact: I am a qualified Counselling Psychotherapist alongside my role at The Joshua Tree, and loving every bit of it!

Helen Ritchie

Corporate Partnership Officer

Helen RitchieI joined The Joshua Tree in April 2019 as Corporate Partnership Officer, having previously worked in the Entertainment industry for more than 20 years and latterly in the independent education sector.

I am passionate about training people through education and am lucky enough to join an amazing and dedicated team at The Joshua Tree who also share the same passion.

My new role will allow me to rekindle existing relationships and start to build new ones which can only make a huge difference.

Fun fact: I have quite an eclectic taste in music and have seen numerous live artists over the years - the highlight probably being seeing Abba in 1976 and Freddie Mercury and Queen in 1982.

Amy Wilkinson

Events Co-ordinator

Helen RitchieI joined The Joshua Tree in September 2021 as Events Co-ordinator. I have worked with other similar charities organising fundraising events to raise vital funds supporting childhood cancer research and support.

Being responsible for creating a calendar of engaging and unique events for The Joshua Tree is where I will excel. Let the fun begin!

Fun fact: I love escaping to my caravan in North Wales, when not putting on a party!

Sally Shakeshaft

Operations Manager

Sally-Shakeshaft-2-3I joined The Joshua Tree in October 2017 as Operations Manager for Family Support and work closely with the Senior Management team ensuring effective delivery of all the core services we provide. I am responsible for producing, implementing and maintaining all policies, processes and procedures and manage all aspects of HR support and recruitment.

A key element of my work is to ensure that processes are in place to enable the Family Support team to provide support to our families in every way possible. I have found it truly rewarding and love every minute of working for The Joshua Tree. We have an amazing team who are excited for the future in our new centre.

Fun fact: I am a keen follower of Warrington Wolves Rugby League team and have a phobia of glitter.

Kate Deakin

Volunteer Lead

With a background in Relationship Management within the charity sector, as well as working within the welfare sector for many years I am excited to join the Charity at such an exciting time moving into the new purpose built family support Centre and building a strong team of Joshua Tree volunteers. My role consists of managing all aspects of Volunteering from the very grassroots of meeting, recruiting and training volunteers, to overseeing and leading our wonderful volunteers in every aspect of their role here at the Joshua Tree. Volunteers contribute to such a significant amount and play such a vital part in any charity and without them devoting their very valuable time and support we just would not be able to survive without the volunteering team here at the Joshua Tree. It is my job to make them feel appreciated and listened to so that their time spent with us here is a happy and momentous experience.

Fun fact: I absolutely live for holidays in the sun and believe that "holiday blues" are a real thing. I have a slight obsession with Outer Space, visiting space centres and owning Professor Brian Cox Wonders of the Universe book collection.

Brendan Spruce

Caretaker and Maintenance Officer

Brendan SpruceI joined the team in January 2020 as Caretaker and Maintenance Officer, having previously been a Police Officer with Greater Manchester Police and Detective in South Manchester.  I also spent 10 years as a Prison Officer working and educating juvenile and young offenders.

I became aware of the fantastic work that The Joshua Tree do when my grandson developed a rare Rhabdoid Tumour and take pride in being part of an amazing team delivering support to families as they did mine.

Fun Fact: I am an avid fan of steam train traction engines and Northern Soul music and dance.

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