The team at Oracle Cancer Trust

Oracle has a highly experienced and dedicated team at the Charity under the leadership of CEO Tamara Kahn.

Tamara Kahn

Tamara joined Oracle in Autumn 2021 with more than 25 years experience in both commercial and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and the US. She previously held leadership roles as
Executive Director at the International Compliance Association, Chief Operating Officer at Science Group Plc, Chief Executive at and Managing Director
at Microgen Plc. She has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in International Relations from UCLA.

Tamara is passionate about making a positive difference with Oracle Cancer Trust and is hoping to have the opportunity to meet with our wider head and neck cancer community, including supporters, scientists, partners, other charities and support organisations helping head and neck cancer patients, medical practitioners and corporate partners. Tamara would be delighted to meet if you have time so please get in touch.

Tamara Kahn

Gemma McKnight
Head of Fundraising and Communications

Gemma joined us in July 2022 has over ten years of combined fundraising, events and marketing experience working across the charity and education sector. Having joined Oracle at an exciting time, she is driven by making a real difference to the Head and Neck cancer community.

Gemma will be leading on the creation and delivery of our fundraising strategy, diversifying and strengthening our fundraising portfolio. She will be growing awareness across a variety of channels particularly focusing on growing our digital presence.

Gemma is excited to get to know the Oracle community and introduce more people to the difference that Oracle makes.

Please do get in touch with Gemma if you want to hear more about our plans.

Barbara Fountain
Fundraising and Communications Officer

Barbara joined Oracle in Spring 2023 and has over ten years’ experience in the Event Industry. Up until recently Barbara had her own events company where she specialised in providing event experience design, planning and production services. She had also been involved in math-rock festival ArcTanGent for 9 years acting as Welfare, Safe Spaces, Accessibility and Volunteer Manager.

In 2019 Barbara was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Tongue. Following a partial glossectomy with forearm free flap and neck dissection she struggled with the impact the diagnosis had on her mental health. The lack of opportunity to connect with peers of similar age inspired her to find peers using social media. In 2021 she founded the Young Tongues a global peer to peer support group for tongue cancer patients and survivors aged 18-64. They now support over 300 patients, hold regular virtual and in person meet ups and have a podcast titled “The Young Tongues”.

Barbara brings the lived patient experience to Oracle Cancer Trust, as well as her extensive events expertise and learnings taken from setting up the Young Tongues. She feels very passionate about creating real change for the Head and Neck cancer community.

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