Our people

The Urology Foundation is made up of a dedicated team of experts who are working hard to drive change and improve outcomes. From our Board of Trustees, Ambassadors and Patrons to our staff on the ground, we're committed to fighting urology disease.

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We are a small staff team dedicated to achieving the charity’s mission through day-to-day activities from reviewing research applications to raising our much needed funding.

Rebecca Porta

Rebecca Porta

Chief Executive

Rebecca Porta is Chief Executive of The Urology Foundation. Her career in the voluntary sector spans over 30 years and she has held senior roles within some of the UK’s leading health and medical research charities including The Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Migraine Trust, CancerBACUP (now Macmillan Cancer Support) and…

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Laura Thorne

Director of Communications and Policy

Laura has over ten years’ experience in public affairs and communications, implementing national and local change, providing strategic advice and delivering targeted, awareness-raising campaigns. Prior to joining The Urology Foundation, she was Head of Health Public Affairs at a communications and marketing agency. Her expertise includes public affairs and policy;…

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Louise de Winter

Director of Research & Operations

Louise’s background encompasses communications, public affairs and lobbying. She worked in public affairs consultancy, managing clients as diverse as the Motorcycle Industry, Toytota Motor Europe, Standard Life, Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). She was previously External Relations Director at the MLA…

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Claire OSullivan

Claire O’Sullivan

Fundraising Manager – Events and Individual Giving

Claire O’Sullivan is The Urology Foundation’s Fundraising Manager – Events and Individual Giving. Her role covers a wide range of events including securing places in events such as London Landmarks Half Marathon, Great North Run, London to Brighton Cycle, through to organising bespoke overseas trek and cycling challenges. Claire also…

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Rosie Cockroft

Grants & Programmes Executive

As Grants and Programmes Executive Rosie provides support for TUF’s growing programmes and grants portfolio, working closely with the Director of Research & Operations. Key to her role is helping to manage the efficient running of the grants process and supporting the Scientific & Education Committee (SEC) members and reviewers.

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Ruby Ali

Ruby Ali

Senior Administrative Officer

Ruby is our Senior Administrative Officer who provides administrative and finance support to the Chief Executive and the wider team. Ensuring the smooth running of the TUF offices on a day to day basis. Ruby’s previous work experience includes many years within NHS England as Personal Assistant to the National…

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Ferha Farooqui

Ferha Farooqui

Trusts & Foundations Manager

Ferha has worked across a range of health and medical research charities for over 24 years including Mencap, The British Lung Foundation, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, Orchid Cancer Appeal and Tackle Prostate Cancer.

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Lucy Noakes

Lucy Noakes

Business Development Manager

Lucy Noakes is The Urology Foundation’s Business Development Manager. Lucy has worked across a range of health and medical research charities and brings a wealth of experience from developing Charity of the Year partnerships and staff fundraising campaigns to innovative campaigns and marketing initiatives. Her highlights include partnerships with Next,…

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Helen Lake

UTI information nurse