Sue Brand (Ops Lead & Events, Fundraising and Media)
Sue was the Nurse Specialist for the South West of England until she decided to retire in August 2018. She co-founded It’s in the Bag and has been instrumental in its development, she’s gone way above and beyond the call of duty.
Sue and Bill are responsible for Fundraising, Events and Media, but do lots, lots more.
Richard Bullard (President)
Diagnosed with Testicular Cancer November 2008
Richard says ‘It’s a bit of a shock being diagnosed with cancer, but I am strong believer in the power of positive thinking, which I believe got me through his treatment.
Bowled over by the care and compassion received from the Bristol team, Richard and fellow patient Mike Morgan came up with the idea of the Testicular Ball.
Richard is a retired Headteacher and a keen sportsman. He is a supporter of Bath Rugby and Plymouth Argyle, and a coach at City of Bath Hockey Club, a background that’s made him especially keen to get IITB’s message into schools and sports clubs.
Nigel Williams (Vice President)
Diagnosed with Testicular Cancer May 2012
Nigel has worked with charities in the past, and after diagnosis experienced our It’s in the Banter events, which took a weight off his mind and inspired him to join the team. Nigel is currently the Vice President and helps enormously in the annual reports, policies and and procedures and planning and setting budgets.
Out of all the IITB events he’s attended, Nigel’s stand-out memory is of an unexpected victory at five-a-side football. He’d only planned to be there to blow the whistle; next thing he knew he was being handed a shirt! Despite being one of the two oldest guys playing on the same side, Nigel and his teammates went on to win without conceding a goal. What a way to celebrate survival!
Jeremy Braybrooke (Trustee and Clinical Advisor)
Jeremy’s been involved in IITB since the very early days, so he’s been lucky enough to witness how its initiatives have transformed the Bristol Testicular Cancer Service (BTCS) which he leads.
Jeremy’s what they call a ‘Consultant Medical Oncologist’ – a cancer doctor and specialises in testicular and breast cancer treatments.
When he can get away from work, Jeremy loves to spend time with his family, and is slowly managing to restore their old house on the Mendips.
It’s in the Bag is both honoured and grateful to have Jeremy as part of the team and appreciate his commitment and expertise.
Sophie Mason (Trustee)
Sophie has over a decade’s experience in marketing, PR and social media for a variety of non-profit organisations and for small businesses. This includes strategic marketing and communications work for a charity, and mentoring a communications manager.
Sophie would like to use her professional skills to support a worthy cause and help save lives.
Carrie Sage (Trustee)
Carrie is a seasoned charity professional and experienced CEO and is particularly skilled in managing change and challenges.
Carrie wholeheartedly supports the cause, admires the approach, and would like to give something back as a trustee.
Stephen Grey (Trustee)
Stephen has substantial experience of business strategy, planning and delivery management.
Stephen believes that It’s in the Bag is an important cause that he can add value to and would like to play a role in helping the charity to achieve its ambitions.
Michael Perry (Trustee/Treasurer)
Michael is a Finance professional with many years of strategic and operational experience working in different roles, industries and countries. He loves building relationships and teams – and is looking forward to being part of a Trustee team that wants to make a real and tangible difference. His family has been impacted by cancer and Michael wants to give his time and expertise to help fight it. He is inspired by the work It’s in the Bag has already done – and is energised to help the Charity an even greater impact in the future.
Corina Hojan (Secretary & Administrator)
Corina has volunteered for many organisations, including WWF, UNICEF and AI. This is her way of giving back.
Bill Brand (Events & Fundraising)
Bill initially came along to meetings as Sue had no way of getting home without him! Soon became the ‘ideas man’ of the team and has generously provided help and support for It’s in the Bag for many years.
Dave Jones and Sarah Roberts (Awareness Store Managers)
Dave says ‘I’m helping It’s in the Bag because the charity was really good to me and my family during my treatment’. Now, I can return the favour and help raise much-needed awareness and funds to keep the charity going from strength to strength’. Sarah says ‘Since meeting Dave I have loved everything about the charity and the work they do’.
We took on looking after the store because it’s like our little haven where we can make a difference. Whether it’s tidying it up or spending a couple of hours just making up fundraising packs ready for posting, it is all making a difference.
Daniel Knight (Volunteer Team Leader)
Daniel joined the team in early 2021 and is our volunteer team leader.
Daniel has always enjoyed the experience of helping people. Having recently lost his uncle to cancer he is aware of what a devastating illness it can be. Daniel says: ‘Being able to give my time and expertise to help support those fighting the disease, particularly one that predominately affects the younger demographic would be a great privilege and a fitting way to remember my uncle and those charities that supported him during his illness’.
Jonathan Willder (Awareness Ambassador)
Jonathan joined the team a couple of months back to help us with our new campaign with Cookly Bookly. As a company founder and CEO of a number of businesses he has covered pretty much all areas of building and running a business. Jonathan sees an opportunity to build a profile and conversation with a broad target audience and to run campaigns using the publishing capability and Social Media interface of the Cookly Bookly platform, to complement IITB’s existing social media presence.
Jane Short (Awareness Ambassador)
My son Lewis was diagnosed with testicular cancer in February 2013. It had spread to other organs in his body and he was very poorly. Sue and the IITB team were a tower of strength to me, Lewis and our family during the early weeks of treatment. Other patients in Oncology were quite envious of the charity and the support we as a family were given. Nothing was too much trouble – an explanation of treatment and a shoulder to cry on were given freely. I now want to give something back. It’s a very lonely and frightening experience as a parent. I have a very positive story to share with others to give strength and hope. I have helped out with quite a few awareness and fundraising events, but my favourite was “Splosh for Dosh”, as I’m a swimming teacher and I enjoyed using my skill at a sport to raise money.
Sarah Cain-Leeks (Awareness Ambassador)
Tim Snary (Support Facilitator)
Date of TC diagnosis: March 2009
It was a massive shock being diagnosed with cancer but after amazing treatment in Bristol I’ve come out the other end. This has given me the amazing opportunity to give back by volunteering in the Testicular Cancer clinic on a Friday morning. With the support of Sue Brand, I have learnt to nurture awareness and get the guys talking and now integral to the Survivorship Toolkit Days and Personal Development Weekends.
It’s a privilege to be part of IITB.
Tim is a keen cyclist in any spare time he has, which isn’t much but enjoys chilling and living well after cancer as taught to him at the amazing Penny Brohn Centre.
Andy Heather (Awareness Ambassador)
I firmly believe that, as someone who has had Testicular Cancer I am well placed to use my determination and influence for the greater good. I have been involved in charitable and fundraising work for many years.
My volunteering role for IITB brings me into direct contact with survivors and men recently affected by testicular cancer. Having been diagnosed in May 2016 I am now in remission – a survivor! It is a privilege to be afforded direct access to a charity that allows me to see first-hand, help and influence how IITB helps to make a difference for people in need and strives to raise awareness.
I’m married to Emma and we have 3 children that keep us busy. I’m a manager working for Network Rail and in my spare time I enjoy pottering in my workshop, golf and grabbing weekends away with Emma whenever I can!
Nuts is a monkey who loves a bit of mischief. He can always been found in his trademark It’s in the Bag pants and t-shirt looking for people to play with! Nuts enjoys all the activities that It’s in the Bag get up to. Recently he’s been seen playing 5-a-side football, rocking out at The Wrecking Ball 2 and, of course, raising awareness out and about with the general public. If you ever see Nuts feel free to come and say hello, give him a hug or even take a quick photo. He’s a very friendly monkey!