About us Who we are Our people in HQ Dr Barbara Baker BSc, PhD – Senior Research Fellow Dr Barbara Baker graduated with a 1st Class BSc Honours degree in Biochemistry in 1977, and was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry/Microbiology in 1981. Barbara was a Lecturer at Imperial College, London for ten years, heading a small research group investigating the immunopathogenesis of psoriasis. After almost 23 years of research in the field of Immunodermatology, she has published 70 papers and written three books on the subject, two of which she has self-published. Barbara joined The Haven as Senior Research Fellow in April 2006. Barbara’s main interest is to understand, from an immunological perspective, the mechanisms involved in the improvement of the quality of life of women with breast cancer when complementary therapies are integrated with standard medical treatment. Barbara held the title of Visiting Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Healthcare, Faculty of Medicine and Health has been conferred at the University of Leeds for a period of two years from March 2008 to 2010. Carmen Loftus - HR Officer Charlie O’Doherty - Trusts & Foundations Manager Deborah Slaughter – Marketing Manager Deborah has worked in marketing for twenty years and joined The Haven in 2007 bringing with her skills in marketing for both profit-making and not-for-profit organisations. She has worked as the Marketing Manager for organisations such as Language Line Ltd, The Department for Education, The Housing Corporation and The Department for Constitutional Affairs and when not working she enjoys spending time with her three small (and very noisy) children and visiting North Yorkshire where she grew up. Julide Troedson – Head of Relationships With a background in fundraising and events, Julide joined The Haven in September 2014. She has experience working in fundraising teams in organisations such as Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, The Royal Academy of Arts, Design Museum and Tate and client engagement at Sotheby’s and PPW Inc, Los Angeles, amongst others. Julide has a keen personal interest in complementary health and is a baby massage and yoga instructor. Laura Hignett - Committed Giving and Legacies Senior OfficerLaura joined The Haven October 2015 as Committed Giving & Legacies Senior Officer. She has previously worked in the Welsh Assembly as a Press Officer for an MP and as a freelance journalist writing articles for Prima Baby, More, BBC See Hear and featured on live news programmes. She joined the charity sector six years ago and has previously worked for Skill, Action on Hearing Loss and RNIB. Laura has a broad experience of fundraising particularly in legacies. When not working Laura enjoys jetting off to hot places, going to the beach and spending time with her little daughter. Marissa Sheppard – Administrator Marissa joined The Haven in April 2008 as Receptionist and Administrator. She has over 15 years’ experience in reception and office work and before joining us worked at a local GP surgery.