Rachel Billsberry-Grass

Chief Executive

Rachel has over 25 years experience in the not for profit sector working with a wide range of charities and arts organisations, including St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Breast Cancer Care and Carers Trust. Her particular expertise is in fundraising and marketing and she has led initiatives with companies including Tesco, Transco and the People’s Postcode Lottery which have raised millions of pounds. She is a Trustee of The Change Foundation and is a volunteer mentor with the Institute of Fundraising. “I’m so excited to join Wessex Cancer Trust as Chief Executive and I’m looking forward to meeting our clients and ensuring that we continue to provide the support and help that they need in the future.”

Colette Cowan

Head of Services

“I’m Colette and I am responsible for anything and everything to do with the services we offer to those in our communities impacted by cancer. It’s something we will have all been impacted by in some way and I’ve already been blown away by the support that’s offered through our six wonderful support centres. At the moment any opportunity outside of work I’m spending time with my young family, walking, swimming, playing in the garden or ‘negotiating’!”

Sally Hillyear

Head of Fundraising 

“Hi, I’m Sally and I look after the wonderful team of fundraising and marketing experts and make sure we are raising as much as money as possible to help people locally with cancer. I have 27 years of fundraising experience and a passion to help people so it’s an honour to work for Wessex Cancer Trust. I’m also a trustee of a local charity. Outside of work, I’m a keen theatre-goer and love musicals.”

Helen Bodiam

Finance Manager

“Hi, I’m Helen and I come with nearly 20 years experience in finance in both the charity and not-for-profit sectors and I have been lucky enough to work for many great charities during my career such as Prostate Cancer UK and The Prince’s Trust and now Wessex Cancer. As well as managing the finances, I also oversee the office management and HR side of the charity. Outside of work you’ll generally find me getting involved in anything musical – playing the piano, to singing in local chamber choirs and going to concerts. When I’m not doing that, I’m looking after my two house rabbits!”

Mark Ellis

Head of Retail

“Hi, I’m Mark and I head up a small dedicated team of Retail Managers, Assistant Managers and volunteers from our five fantastic shops! I’m originally from a hospitality background, but 15 years ago joined the world of coffee as Manager for two of the big coffee chains. A stroke a few years later led me to charity retail which eventually brought me to Wessex! In this role, no two days are the same. I’m constantly amazed by the variety and quality of the donations and the generosity of our supporters. When not at work, I enjoy spending time in my rural home with my two dogs and three cats!”