Our Trustees

The PASIC Board of trustees is made of volunteers who work together with the staff team to ensure the smooth running of PASIC.

The trustees oversee governance of our charity to ensure it is well run and accountable to those we support and our supporters. Our overall aim is to achieve the best support possible for families of children and young people living with cancer in the East Midlands.


Mark Rye

I have spent the majority of my working life in the Recruitment Sector and, along with my business partner, have been running my own Recruitment Businesses since 2010. I first became aware of PASIC over 30 years ago - when the charity supported my brother, and the rest of our family, following his diagnosis with a Wilms Tumour. I live in Nottingham with my wife and 3 young daughters – Molly, Maddie & Bethany.


Anoushka Akins

Vice Chair
I live in Nottingham with my husband and two boys - Oskar and Milo.  I spent 17 years working for a large, international accountancy firm before leaving in 2014 to set up my own small accountancy practice. I decided to join the board of trustees at PASIC because I really wanted to use the skills I’ve developed working in the private sector to benefit a charitable organisation.  I chose PASIC because it’s a small, local, parent-led charity and I really admire the work that PASIC does in supporting families during such a difficult time.

Simaran Johal

I hope to be able to bring perspective as a young person who was previously supported by PASIC in my childhood. Having experienced the great things PASIC do I’m excited to take a role as a trustee to be a bigger part of the charity! I believe I will be able to share experiences of growing up and the pressures which young people experience generally which a cancer diagnosis exacerbates and how we as a charity can help bring some respite and help them and their family through a tough time.

Andrew Ball

I’ve worked in fundraising since 2000 when I joined the British Red Cross – staying for 8 ½ years. I followed this with stints at the NSPCC, Stroke Association and I CAN before joining Rainbows, the East Midlands' Hospice for Children and Young People, in 2015. I am currently Director of Fundraising for global disability charity Leonard Cheshire. I joined the PASIC Board of Trustees as I wanted to help a local charity with their fundraising. I live in Quorn in Leicestershire with my wife April and our 13-year-old son Archie and I spend too much of my spare time at the City Ground as a Nottingham Forest season ticket holder.

Margaret Parr

Hospital Representative, Lead Nurse
I’m the Lead Nurse for the East Midlands Children’s and Young Persons’ Integrated Cancer Service (CYPICS), a post I’ve held since Leicester and Nottingham Children’s Oncology Services came together to form CYPICS in 2010. I have worked in Children’s and Young Peoples’ Cancer for over 30 years and PASIC have always been there to support the families. I joined the PASIC board in February 2013.  My role is to act as the clinical link between PASIC and the NHS service and my aim is to enable us to work well together in the future to help support children and young people with cancer and their families.

Amanda Whateley

I am a Registered Adult nurse and Registered Children’s nurse and have spent most of my nursing career working with children and young people, and their families, with life threatening and life limiting conditions. I have worked in the NHS as a children’s oncology nurse and in the community and was Director of Care at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People before moving into nurse education and completing my PG Cert whilst working as a Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University. I now work full time for Together for Short Lives, a charity helping families caring for a seriously ill child, as Head of Clinical and Family Services. In 2021, I joined PASIC as a Trustee and hope to help the charity to further develop their support services. I live in Burbage in Leicestershire with my husband and a small, hairy dog (with a rather attractive beard). I have 2 daughters aged 24 and 21 years, Anna and Niamh.