We’re so excited to introduce our new Projects Officer, Philippa Norman, who joined the Findacure team this week! Find out more about Philippa below:
What were you doing before you joined Findacure?
Prior to working at Findacure I studied History at Newcastle University, with my topics of interest being Soviet Russia and the migration of white Russian émigrés to Shanghai in the early twentieth century. After graduating in 2018 I took a gap year during which I worked as an activity leader for international students, volunteered on a rural development project with VSO in Nepal and travelled to Portugal, Spain, Iceland and the Netherlands.
Why did you choose to join the Findacure team?
After graduating university I knew I wanted to utilise my love of working with and for people and working within the charity sector seemed the best way for me to do that. When I found Findacure I was inspired by their close connection to their beneficiaries and passion for their cause. The role of projects officer gives me a way to develop my current communication skills whilst driving my love for working creatively on projects. I believe everyone should be given a chance to lead a happy and healthy life and working with Findacure gives me a chance to contribute to that important cause.
What do you want to achieve most at Findacure?
My goal is to build upon the high quality resources already made available by Findacure. It is important to me that the resources produced are accessible to all so that patients do not have to feel any more isolated and can gather the information that they were looking for easily. Patients are at the heart of what Findacure does and therefore the information portrayed within Findacure projects must continue to be driven by their demand. I aim to foster a close relationship with beneficiaries to ensure materials produced are in line with patient needs and evolving to remain relevant and valuable.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I am a big fan of theatre and singing in particular. I have taken part in theatre from a young age and have performed in productions such as ‘Cats’, ‘Grease’ and ‘Joseph.’ I also enjoy watching theatre and comedy, so Cambridge has proved the perfect location for that! I also enjoy drawing, painting and visiting art galleries. I love anything related to clothing and style and run an Instagram blog focussing on more sustainable ‘slow’ fashion and ethical consumption. Something that makes me excited to live in Cambridge are the opportunities here for activism through groups such as Extinction Rebellion. I am a keen traveller and am currently working on my bucket list to decide where to visit next!
What’s your favourite TV show/book and why?
A tricky question! One TV show that I always return to is Friends but I would have to say either the Office US or Band of Brothers are my favourites as they’re completely timeless. A book that I love is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. It’s a heart wrenching read told through the perspective of death and I think everyone should give it a read.
If you would like to contact Philippa, please email: [email protected]