Meet The Team

Our Directors

Dr Nicky Huskens

Dr Nicky Huskens

Chief Executive Officer

Camille Goetz

Camille Goetz

Directors of Programmes and Operations

Dr Nicky Huskens

Dr Nicky Huskens

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Nicky is responsible for the strategic direction of the mission, designing new programmes and overseeing the mission’s existing programme portfolio, seeking new funding and ensuring the overall successful management of the company.

Nicky joined the Mission at its inception in 2018 as Programme Manager when Oliver Wyman provided pro-bono support. During this three-month engagement Nicky was immediately taken by the aspirations and purpose of the Mission. Enjoying the work and feeling she was able to materially contribute, she amicably resigned her role at Oliver Wyman to join the Mission full-time as its first employee. Under her leadership the Mission has successfully launched several national programmes, expanded its team and transitioned into a Community Interest Company.

Prior to joining the Mission, Nicky worked as a management consultant, delivering projects in Oliver Wyman’s financial services and public policy practice. She holds a PhD in Physiology from the University of Oxford.

Camille Goetz

Camille Goetz

Directors of Programmes and Operations

As Director of Programmes and Operations, Camille is responsible for the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the company as well as the day-to-day overseeing of the various programmes in the mission’s portfolio. Camille joined the Mission in Sept 2020 as Senior Analyst to support the Centre of Excellence designation initiative. She is now one of TJBCM’s two company directors.

Camille started her career working in addictions research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences. For five years, she worked in NHS addiction treatment services, running clinical trials to test novel psychosocial interventions for cocaine use disorders. After leaving academia, she joined Impact Hub King’s Cross as a programme manager running business development programmes for social enterprises, helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses with a purpose.  

Our Board of Guarantors

Lord James O'Shaugnessy

Lord James O'Shaugnessy

Patron and Strategic Advisor

Jess Mills

Jess Mills

Co-Founder and Special Advisor

Dr Nicky Huskens

Dr Nicky Huskens

Chief Executive Officer

Professor Richard Gilbertson

Professor Richard Gilbertson

Chair

Richard trained as a paediatric oncologist in the UK where he earned his MBBS and PhD degrees, becoming a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1995. He moved to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA in 2000 where he served as the Co-Leader of the Neurobiology and Brain Tumor Program and founding Director of the Molecular Clinical Trials Core before being appointed as the Comprehensive Cancer Center Director, Executive Vice President, and Lillian R Cannon Endowed Chair in 2011. In 2014 he was appointed as the Scientific Director of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In August 2015, he moved back home to England where he now serves as the Li Ka-shing Chair of Oncology, Head of Department of Oncology and Director of the CRUK Cambridge Centre at the University of Cambridge. His laboratory research is focused on understanding the link between normal development and the origins of cancer, particularly brain tumours.

Richard is the Chair of the TJBCM and is responsible for providing leadership and guidance on the strategic direction of the mission.

Professor Katie Bushby

Professor Katie Bushby

Vice Chair

Katie became a Professor of Neuromuscular Genetics at the Institute of Genetic Medicine in 2001, establishing and leading the Neuromuscular Team, a top ranking group in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. She established the National Service for Rare Neuromuscular Diseases, supporting patients with rare inherited neuromuscular diseases across the UK and internationally. Katie co-led a 2007 bid for an EU funded Network of Excellence TREAT-NMD and was involved in rare disease policy development via leadership of a number of EU Joint Actions. She was the Vice Chair of the European Union Committee of Experts on Rare Diseases 2010-2013 and the founding co-ordinator of the neuromuscular European Reference Network EURO-NMD.

Katie retired early in May 2018 following the death of her husband, Professor Jimmy Steele CBE, from a glioblastoma. Katie had previous experience of brain cancer when her father passed away from complications of a pituitary adenoma in 1976. Katie is the Vice-Chair of the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission and leads the Centre of Excellence
Designation Programme and the Tessa Jowell Academy.

Lord James O'Shaugnessy

Lord James O'Shaugnessy

Patron and Strategic Advisor

James is one of the UK’s leading policy advisors. He has operated at the highest levels of government, including as a Minister at the Department for Health & Social Care, Director of the No.10 Policy Unit, and as an advisor to DHSC Ministers during the COVID-19 crisis. As Minister his responsibilities included implementing the Life Science Industrial Strategy, delivering a new pricing scheme with the pharmaceutical industry, chairing the National Genomics Board, and driving the digital transformation of the NHS.

In 2021 James became co-founder and Senior Partner of Newmarket Strategy, a consultancy dedicated to improving access to health innovation by providing strategic advice and technical support to the healthcare, life sciences and health tech sectors. He is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, where he chairs the Data, Health & Wealth programme, and a non-executive director of both Health Data Research UK and the Albion Development VCT plc. Outside of health, James chairs the Repairing our Social Fabric programme at the think tank Onward, and is a Member of the House of Lords.

Jess Mills

Jess Mills

Co-Founder and Special Advisor

Dr Nicky Huskens

Dr Nicky Huskens

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Nicky is responsible for the strategic direction of the mission, designing new programmes and overseeing the mission’s existing programme portfolio, seeking new funding and ensuring the overall successful management of the company.

Nicky joined the Mission at its inception in 2018 as Programme Manager when Oliver Wyman provided pro-bono support. During this three-month engagement Nicky was immediately taken by the aspirations and purpose of the Mission. Enjoying the work and feeling she was able to materially contribute, she amicably resigned her role at Oliver Wyman to join the Mission full-time as its first employee. Under her leadership the Mission has successfully launched several national programmes, expanded its team and transitioned into a Community Interest Company.

Prior to joining the Mission, Nicky worked as a management consultant, delivering projects in Oliver Wyman’s financial services and public policy practice. She holds a PhD in Physiology from the University of Oxford.

Our Team

Olivia Burton

Olivia Burton

Project and Engagement Manager

Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright

Research Assistant

Beatriz Laureano

Beatriz Laureano

Research Assistant

Olivia Burton

Olivia Burton

Project and Engagement Manager

As Project and Engagement Manager at the Mission, Olivia is responsible for overseeing the Tessa Jowell Academy programme, including day-to-day management, engagement and growth of the Tessa Jowell Academy Programme. 

Since joining the Mission in Aug 2021, Olivia has managed the design, launch and implementation of the Academy with five committees of over 40 expert NHS clinical professionals. As Project Manager, Olivia has delivered the first of it’s kind product for TJBCM, with high staff engagement across nearly all brain cancer centres nationally and will continue to manage the Academy’s growth.  

Before moving over to health, Olivia worked in the creative industry for over 7 years in production across Europe and Australia. Her work spans over a diverse portfolio, working with large commercial clients internationally such as Kathmandu, Nikon and the Olympics. For the last few years she has worked for Neuroscience Research Australia, managing digital projects such as designing and launching an Intranet. She has recently completed two Masters in Public Health and International Public Health, with several months working in rural Indonesia in health promotion research with Diponegoro University, Java.  

Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright

Research Assistant

Beatriz Laureano

Beatriz Laureano

Research Assistant