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Meet Our Team

Meet the NPUK team who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity and providing the much-needed care and support, you can also learn more about them here.

NPUK Chief Executive Toni Mathieson

Toni Mathieson

Chief Executive

I joined NPUK back in 2003 after our beautiful daughter Lucy, then just five weeks old, was diagnosed with Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC). Along with my family, I received amazing support from NPUK during that difficult time and in the following years when Lucy’s brother and sister, Hannah and Samuel, were diagnosed and passed away from the same condition. I can therefore bring a true understanding of the challenges faced by patients and families to my role as CEO, and my personal experiences are my inspiration to try to make a difference, and to bring hope, to others affected by Niemann-Pick diseases.

Phone: 07816 398 591

Laura Bell, NPUK Clinical Nurse Specialist

Laura Bell

Clinical Nurse Specialist

In my role as Clinical Nurse Specialist for NPUK, I provide support, advice, and information to those affected by Niemann Pick Conditions. I have been in post for nearly 10 years and I understand the difficult journey that patients and families face. My aim is to help patients and families from diagnosis and beyond by providing practical and emotional support, coordination and delivery of patient care as well as providing education and advocacy.

I am available to speak to you over the telephone, email or in person at home, so please do get in touch if I can help in anyway.

You can contact Laura using the details below:
Laura Bell (BSc Hons Nursing) Email: or
Tel: 07791499555

Families Officer, Louise Metcalfe, and Finance and Administration Officer, Christine Jopling

Louise Metcalfe

Families Officer

I joined the NPUK team as Families Officer in January 2020, however I'd previously held the role of NPUK Project Team Leader for four years, overseeing our National Lottery Community Fund project, "Shaping Our Future Together". My previous work experience has involved providing support, information and guidance to individuals, so feel perfectly placed and excited to continue in this role. As a Families Officer my role is to offer practical and emotional support to those affected by Niemann-Pick disease and their families and friends - please do get in touch if there's anything I can help with!

Phone: 0742 310 6595

Communications and Campaign Manager, John Lee Taggart

John Lee Taggart

Communications and Campaigns Manager

I help define the charity’s content writing and social media strategy, as well as designing and producing our printed publications such as the NPUK News magazine. I was Executive Producer on the now multi-award winning short film, Go Make Memories (2019), which served to include the wider NPD community in the push for further awareness, and more recently wrote and directed Invisible Manners (2021) which starred Billy Boyd, Isy Suttie and Weruche Opia. It feels incredible to part of a group who are completely devoted to helping those affected by Niemann-Pick disease. I am hoping through my work we can reach a far wider audience so that more people are conscious of these conditions.

Phone: 07984 366 334

NPUK Finance and Administration Officer, Christine Jopling

Christine Jopling

Finance and Administration Officer

I have worked for NPUK for almost nine years, supporting the trustees with our financial controls. In that time, I have witnessed first-hand the direct impact that our charity has had on people’s lives. From fund-raising events to research grants, we are always striving to do as much as we possibly can.

Phone: 0191 415 06 93

Counselling and Wellbeing Officer Steve Neal

Steve Neal

Counselling & Wellbeing Officer

My family and I have been a part of the NPUK community for a number of years as my mother, Gloria, was affected by NPC. Knowing someone is there to call and talk to when trying to manage the challenges of this condition makes a massive difference. This has given me a great passion to help other families, and in my role with NPUK I will be dedicated to offering care, support and guidance.

Mobile: 07787 818 885

Jenny Charman

Fundraising Officer

NPUK has been a lifeline to me and my family since my nephew, Harvey, was diagnosed with NPC in 2017. I soon discovered that they rely on fundraising, donations and grants to continue their incredible and essential work....I feel honoured and excited to join the team as the Fundraising Officer! I am here to help you if and when you would like to begin your fundraising journey; whether it is with fundraising ideas, guidance in setting up fundraising platforms, or providing supporting materials - I am here to support you, so please get in touch!


Rares Danciu

Social Media Assistant

I am happy to have begun working for Niemann-Pick UK (NPUK), where I will be for the next six months. I am 100% positive that during this period I will accumulate a high quality experience as well as socialising, learning, and helping people who I will work with. I’m extremely happy and thank you for the opportunity I’ve been given and I will respect every second I have here with you guys!


Rhys Williams

Admin Assistant

I am currently under the Kickstart Scheme with NPUK alongside Rares in the role of Administration Assistant. This role suits my lifestyle outside of work since my hobbies include video games and repairing/upgrading my computer. I hope to get a lot of experience within this job as Admin Assistant, and once the Kickstart Scheme ends, I’m going to look into working with a very similar organisation as I love to help people so this kind of work really suits my personality.


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