meet the team

Here’s a bit about each of us

Miss P.G. Roy

Miss P.G. Roy

Founding Trustee

 

Miss P.G. Roy (founder trustee of Oxford Breast Buddy Group) is the senior Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at Oxford University Hospitals, UK. She has established a high quality oncoplastic unit for treatment of breast cancer with active engagement in clinical trials and research. She trained in India and then moved to UK; obtained MD in research from Dundee University, higher surgical training in Oxford, followed by National Oncoplastic Breast fellowship in Nottingham.

Miss Roy is passionate about holistic care for patients undergoing breast cancer treatment with emphasis on psychological well-being. She set up OBBG to enhance survivorship programme and provision of support by and for the patients after completion of treatment for breast cancer. She is the Clinical Director for ‘Exercise oncology programme’ for Genesis Care, UK

She is the principal investigator for several national and international trials in breast surgery in Oxford. She is a member of the National Breast Cancer Clinical studies Group. She is a tutor for national breast surgery courses and course director of OOPS (Oxford Oncoplastic Breast Surgery course). She has been a tutor to several international fellows and mentor to consultant colleagues.

Jenny Grove

Jenny Grove

Trustee

Jenny, married for 45 years, with four children and 8 grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with family, nature, gardening and walking.

I was diagnosed with bi lateral breast cancer in 2014 and have been a member of OBBG since 2015. As a Christian my philosophy is to love your neighbour as yourself. I feel privileged to be part of something that allows me to actively live what I believe.  

I have benefited tremendously from OBBG and I am passionate about seeing others benefit from all that OBBG has to offer now and in the future.

Anna Sarphie

Anna Sarphie

Cofounding Member and Trustee

I am a single mother of two 20-something boys, an avid runner, traveller and theatre goer, with a background in both Biochemistry and Psychology. And I have secondary breast cancer. As well as OBBG, I work closely with Breast Cancer Now.

I am absolutely driven by trying to ensure that anyone touched by this disease, at whatever stage that may be, never feels alone, always finds the support they need, and that they get their voices and their confidence back. Because cancer doesn’t have to define us.

Jeanette Costigan

Jeanette Costigan

Chair of Trustees

Jeanette Costigan is OBBG’s new Chair of Trustees, replacing Rachel Whitehead.

“I became a trustee of OBBG because I want to give something back. I attended my mammograms without fail and never had any issues. I have to admit however that I didn’t examine myself regularly in between these appointments. That was a big mistake!! Fortunately, the 40 mm lump in my left breast was so pronounced that I felt it against the inside of my arm when washing my hair in the shower. Little did I know, at that point, in three months’ time, I would not have any hair left to wash. By the time my ‘lump’ was removed, it had grown to 60 mm and, as my oncologist once remarked, ‘it was a big old tumour’. That was more than five years ago and I feel very fit and healthy now, however, I endured six operations, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and I tried three different hormone therapy prescriptions before realising that I couldn’t tolerate any of them and deciding not to take them. When I reflect on my experience now, I still feel very lucky that the cancer hadn’t spread into my lymph nodes and that, as far as I can be sure, I am totally cancer free now.

I will be eternally grateful to all the wonderful people – friends, family, my employer/colleagues and amazing clinicians/surgeon – who supported, helped, treated and guided me through my breast cancer journey. If I can do something to help other women who are dealing with this dreadful disease, I will feel honoured. If I can encourage just one woman to examine herself and get an early diagnosis, I will be overjoyed. In terms of my contribution as a trustee, I hope I can be an asset to OBBG in the coming months/years.

Sarah Holmes

Sarah Holmes

Administrator

Sarah joined in April 2021, taking over the awesome work of Lauren Janssen, who had been OBBG’s administrator since 2018. “Hello! I have lived in Oxford for more than 20 years and have a background in communications and charity administration. Like many, I have been on my own personal cancer journey (but not BC) – finally receiving the all clear in November 2012. As a cancer survivor, it has been my ambition to work for a cancer charity and I cannot think of a better one than OBBG of which to be a part.”

Natasha Austin

Natasha Austin

Chair of the Members' Committee

OBBG member since 2017 and chair of the Member’s Committee. I am at my happiest when ballroom dancing or doing anything creative with wool, thread or textiles!  I enjoy meeting our members at monthly meetings which cover a wide range of topics from research and the latest developments in cancer treatments, to personal stories, complimentary therapies, wellbeing sessions and of course a good cup of tea, a tasty treat and a chat with new friends.

Do come and join us, we look forward to seeing you.

Cathy Kenyon

Cathy Kenyon

Dedicated Breast Care Nurse Support

My nursing career has spanned over 44 years, I trained at a London teaching hospital in the 70’s, it was strict training. I specialised in Cancer nursing in the early 80’s at the Royal Marsden Hospital and have stayed in that area until now. I am passionate about my work and keep updated on treatments that are developing. I worked and supported Breast  Cancer patients for a considerable time, in different aspects of care , chemotherapy, symptom control and as a Breast Cancer Nurse Specialist.

In-between all of this I have brought up four children who range from 31–22.

For the last three years I have volunteered in Nepal, Palestine and Ghana on different projects, I was hoping this year to go to India work with street children, not sure as yet whether this will happen, hopefully I can still go.

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