Our Team

Trustees and Board members

As a relatively new charity to the UK allow us to introduce our dedicated and knowledgeable team:

Joe Tooma – Trustee and Chair

Joe believes that Cervical Cancer should be entirely preventable and he has worked tirelessly since 2008 to make this a reality.  Joe is passionate about women’s health and making health care available to women wherever they may live be it in UK, Australia, South Pacific and developing countries.

Since beginning the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation in 2008, his vision has enabled over 150,000 girls to be vaccinated in Nepal, Bhutan, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati and over 94,500 women to be screened for Cervical Cancer in Nepal, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Vietnam.  With Joe’s leadership, thousands of school students have taken part in ACCF’s Cervical Cancer Program for Schools (CCAPS) since its inception in 2009, a program that began with one school presentation in Brisbane in 2008 and now reaches students throughout Australia.

Joe is an engaging and passionate advocate for women and has given key note speeches at conferences in Australia, New Delhi and Japan and is a key influence for Cervical Cancer prevention and awareness.

Ms Denise Lee – Trustee and Director

Ms Denise (Nicky) Lee is a professional charity fundraiser manager who has worked with numerous charity organisations successfully over 17 years. In addition to her fundraising work, Nicky also has over 20 years’ experience in business management.

Before pursuing fundraising as a professional career, Nicky undertook various activities for her local New South Wales community organisations such as Surf Lifesaving and the Bush Fire Brigade. She even brought the Oxfam “Walk against Want” fundraising event to her local area of Coffs Harbour.

Many charities have benefited from Nicky’s tireless enthusiasm and skill demonstrated in excellent fundraising results and improved public profile.

The Master of Teaching Degree Nicky earned in 2005 includes a major in working with intellectual and physically challenged children. Nicky grew up with an understanding of disability and how it affects individual’s experience of life. Her mother contracted polio as a child and Nicky saw first-hand how disadvantage impacts acceptance in society and the difficulties people face every day.

Nicky has lived and worked in the United Kingdom and currently resides in Sydney, Australia.

Dr Angela Pine – Trustee and Directo

Angela is an accomplished molecular engineer with both an MSc by dissertation and PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology.  She has over 9 years’ experience working as an academic cancer researcher at the University of Essex and King’s College London.  She has developed novel therapeutic and diagnostic technologies for both prostate and cervical cancer, as well as oncolytic viruses, such as high-risk HPV.

Angela has been at the forefront of scientific innovation in diagnostics; designing, developing, and validating a novel diagnostic for SARS-CoV-2 during the global pandemic.

Holding the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as a Biomedical Scientist and being a fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Scientists.  Angela also has experience working in NHS affiliated diagnostics laboratories in the field of histology.

Angela is passionate about Women’s Health issues and believes strongly in bringing about health equality by ensuring access for all to better diagnostics.  In 2021 she founded 10zyme, a biotech startup committed to developing more accessible diagnostics across the Women’s Health space.


Melvyn Hill – Trustee and CEO

After seven years of teaching as a Head of Department and House Master in Secondary Modern and the largest Comprehensive School in the UK he returned to Bath University and obtained an Economics Degree. He followed this up with a period of lecturing and research at Oxford University where he worked with key Trades Union and Government Activists in further development of the UK Strategy for State Pensions and the Minimum Wage.

After his time at Oxford, Melvyn decided to enter the world of Commerce at a very opportune time with the introduction of the 1974 Employment Act and over a period of twelve years he served as Employment and Personnel Director of several key blue-chip companies. During this time, he concentrated on the development of HR and Payment Systems based on performance and equity along with strategic approaches to Operations and Distribution. The experience he gained with these important companies enabled him to become a consultant and director working with a number of SMES and larger Blue Chip organisations.

Retiring some fifteen or so years ago, he believed in giving something back for what he had benefited from and started to work with Charities, raising funds for them as well as establishing new Charities. In order to do this, he set up an organisation that raised many millions of pounds for many large and small Charities, mainly involved with medical and children’s care activities in the UK and overseas. During this time, he became a Director and Treasurer of The Lotteries Council and assisted in the development of new Charities.