Professor Anna Campbell MBE
CanRehab Founder and Director
Anna Campbell is Professor in Clinical Exercise Science at Edinburgh Napier University. Her first degree is in Immunology and she has a PhD in Biochemistry. For the past 19 years she has worked in the field of exercise oncology and has been instrumental in the implementation of evidence-based exercise programmes for people affected by cancer across UK. She is a member of a number of international advisory groups working on cancer rehabilitation. This includes WHO Cancer Rehabilitation, WCRF, Principles and Guidance in Prehabilitation, International Guidelines on Exercise and Bone Mets and Moving Through Cancer.
Professor Campbell has published over 50 peer reviewed research papers and three educational book chapters on the subject of cancer and exercise. She is co-writing Principles in Exercise Oncology for ACSM. Anna is also currently co-investigator two clinical trials very focused on implementation. SafeFit and Preferable.
At CanRehab – Anna is responsible for ensuring that all teaching materials are current, and evidence based, and she teaches on many of our courses and is currently working on expanding our CPD and membership offers.
Lorna Reilly has been the Operations Director with CanRehab since 2013. Her degree was in Human Anatomy and continued research in this field before joining the Pharmaceutical Industry in sales. Whilst on a career break bringing up her four daughters, she kept busy with voluntary committees roles with responsibilities including writing policy documents, running residential camps for children and upskilling her knowledge of office-related software applications.
Since joining CanRehab she has implemented solutions allowing the course management to be streamlined and recently she has been responsible for the implementation of the move to synchronous online training and assessing.
At CanRehab, Lorna is the first point of contact for anyone with a query for CanRehab. She is also responsible for overseeing the students’ “journey” through the courses – from registration to assessment. Her responsibilities also include financial planning and accounting, policies and procedures, liaising with the tutor and assessors and general company strategy development.
Cancer Exercise Specialist
Adrian works as a specialist exercise instructor at a tertiary cancer hospital in London. He studied at the university of Portsmouth completing his undergraduate in Sport and Exercise Science and Post-graduate degree in clinical exercise science. Following his studies, he worked as a personal trainer and exercise referral instructor before moving into his hospital role. He works within a team of specialist oncology physiotherapists supporting the living with and beyond cancer pathway at the hospital, including the delivery of prehabilitation and supporting those in palliative care. His role ranges from patient screening and assessment, exercise testing, delivering exercise or physical activity interventions on an individual basis and running group classes to specific oncology rehabilitation and patient education. He has worked with people living with a vast range of cancers, including those with advanced cancer, bone metastases, neurological cancers and sarcomas, as well as helping to rehabilitate those following complex surgeries and treatment side effects.
Breast Clinical Nurse
Denise has worked as a Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist and Lymphoedema Therapist supporting patients from diagnosis, during and beyond cancer treatment for more than 20 years in both New Zealand and the UK.
This clinical experience developed her interest of the importance of physical activity for living well during and after cancer treatment and in 2019 she qualified as a CanRehab Exercise Rehabilitation Level 4 Instructor. In 2020 she joined the CanRehab UK team as a trainer and additionally joined the SafeFit study providing online exercise programmes for cancer survivors.
Denise is an active volunteer in breast health and cancer charities and was on the UK executive committee of Europa Donna (the European Breast Cancer Coalition) from 2014-2019. She has been a supporter of fly-fishing as an outdoor activity in cancer survivorship for more than 10 years in New Zealand, the UK and North America. Until 2020 she was the National Healthcare Coordinator (volunteer) for Casting for Recovery UK, a charity that provided fly fishing wellbeing retreats for breast cancer survivors.
Denise has recently followed her heritage to Quebec Canada and now shares her time between Canada and the UK. This has enabled her to pursue her passion of combining physical activity and nature in cancer survivorship. Qualified as a Nordic Walking Instructor with the International Nordic Walking Association Denise aims to bring this physical activity to enhance cancer wellbeing to her local province.
Dr Kevin Kipling
Kevin is a senior lecturer in Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Huddersfield.
As well as his teaching and coordination roles the University of Huddersfield Kevin also works as an exercise specialist, delivering exercise classes with cardiac and cancer patients and those with long-term and ongoing health conditions for over 20-years. He runs a number of cancer and exercise rehabilitation classes at the University and his research is focussed on exercise programming with cancer patients at all stages of the cancer care continuum.
Kevin regularly delivers education workshops and focus groups to cancer patients, working with national and regional cancer charities and organisations. Kevin has taught for CanRehab for over 10-years, delivering all aspects of the course and assessing students in their vivas.
NICE rep/ Scottish Representative for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care.
Mandy qualified in Edinburgh in 1990 and specialises in cancer rehabilitation and MSK conditions. She has worked throughout the UK and New Zealand in the NHS, private practice and the Royal Marines. Mandy’s passion for developing cancer rehabilitation began in 2007 as a Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Physiotherapist where she was based for almost 10 years. During this time she met Prof Anna Campbell and they worked collaboratively to develop exercise groups and walking programmes for people with advanced cancer in line with Macmillan’s National Move More programme. This work was presented nationally at conferences upon receiving a prestigious NHS Health Scotland PAHA award in 2014. Mandy has written several articles which have been published by Macmillan Cancer Support and has shared her experiences widely on social media through AHP Scot Blog and the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care.
Mandy studied exercise therapy for people with advanced disease and in 2015 was awarded an MSc (Advanced Practice) Palliative Care from Dundee University. Mandy now works for the NHS as a Practice Educator and has a clinical interest in cancer specific MSK conditions. She inputs to regional cancer task force group to improve referral pathways for cancer rehabilitation.
Mandy began working for CanRehab in 2010 and has delivered cancer rehabilitation courses throughout the UK and travelled with a UK wide CanRehab team to Lanzarote to observe and learn from a Danish cancer rehabilitation team. She teaches cancer rehabilitation to undergraduate and pre-registered Physiotherapy students and remains passionate about reducing inequity of care by improving and developing cancer rehabilitation services in the NHS and private sectors.
Cancer Specialist Personal Trainer
Sophie is a Cancer Specialist Personal Trainer (PT) with a background in oncology nursing.
She worked as an oncology nurse and a research nurse for around 20 years, first at St George’s Hospital in London and later at St Peter’s Chertsey and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham.
After several years juggling work and school aged children, Sophie went back to research and was lucky enough to get involved with several studies investigating the benefits of exercise for people going through cancer. She decided to become a PT so that she could actually work with patients as well as on the academic research side of things.
Sophie now works part time as a researcher for Warwick Clinical Trials Unit. The rest of her work time is split between working as a PT with private clients, with the SafeFit Trial www.safefit.nhs.uk and the Move Against Cancer Charity.
At CanRehab – Sophie is responsible for co-delivering teaching to students about cancer treatments and their side effects.
Specialist in Clinical Exercise
Vicky Hatch is a specialist in clinical exercise, working with a wide range of clients with long term conditions in hospital and community settings. For over 10 years, she has worked at a leading cardiothoracic hospital developing and delivering exercise assessment, physical activity programmes and education to patients and clinical teams.
She is an experienced and innovative tutor, assessor and internal verifier for a number of specialist training providers and has been involved in the development of many courses and qualifications, including Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Aqua, Aqua for Long term conditions and Aqua for Cardiac Conditions. Currently, she is Chair of the BACPR Exercise Professionals Group (EPG).
Specialist in Health-related Fitness
Sarah Bolitho has been in the health-related fitness industry for over 30 years and for most of that time she has been working with people with long term mental health and medical conditions.
She has not only helped develop and deliver qualifications, courses and CPD training, she has also worked in quality assurance both internally and as an external verifier for a large awarding organisation so is passionate about achieving and maintaining the highest standards of training.
Sarah specialises in behaviour change for adults, particularly those with long term/chronic conditions who want to create healthier and more active lifestyles.
In her spare time, you can find Sarah walking on the beach or in the mountains – possible wearing one of her growing collection of tiaras!
Kerry Archer MCSP
Cancer Specialist Physiotherapist
Kerry is the cancer specialist physiotherapist at Active Against Cancer – an exercise referral service for cancer patients in Harrogate as part of Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust. The service in now in it’s 3rd year providing prehabilitation and rehabilitation and was recently highly commended at the NHS Parliamentary Awards in 2021.
Kerry has specialised in oncology since 2014, further developing skills in scar therapy and exercise in recent years, with a particular interest in core rehabilitation post surgery. She is a strong proponent of specialist exercise and its role in cancer therapy, helping patients achieve better long-term health outcomes.
In 2021 Kerry presented at the Physiotherapy UK conference as part of a focused symposium – ‘Cancer Rehab – Why it everyone’s business’ . I have been a member of ACPOPC committee since 2016, taking on various roles. More recently I became an ambassador for 5k Your Way at Harrogate Parkrun.
Exercise has always been part of my life and I enjoy spending my free time running and cycling, exploring new trails and roads.
Gemma Harris, MCSP
Exercise Clinic Lead for Genesis Care
Since qualifying in 2010, Gemma has worked across inpatient and outpatient settings in the NHS and private practice.
Gemma has gained oncology experience working at Cancer Centre London, GenesisCare Windsor and Guy’s Hospital, London. In recent years she has undertaken specialist training in cancer rehabilitation and has worked at Cancer Centre London. Gemma is passionate about helping patients manage the side effects of cancer surgery and treatment.
Gemma is lead physio and founder of the Wellbeing and Rehab Collective where she provides one to one and group support for people at every stage of their cancer treatment.
She is a member of the specialist interest groups Association of Chartered Physiotherapist in Oncology and Palliative Care and Physio’s in Exercise Oncology.
Gemma also has a special interest in Pilates and has completed training with the Australian Institute of Pilates and Physiotherapy. Gemma enjoys teaching Matwork, small equipment and reformer Pilates.
Gemma loves to be outdoors walking, running, cycling, swimming with her family and she hopes that with her help her clients can go back to doing the things they enjoyed before cancer became such a huge part of their and their families’ lives.
Gemma Harris is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and is registered with the Health Care Professions Council.