Our People

Our Staff Members

Joanne Popham
Joanne Popham
CEO
Hayleigh Isaac
Hayleigh Isaac
Support Services Co-ordinator
Steffan Anderson-Thomas
Steffan Anderson-Thomas
Fundraising Manager
Hayley Evans
Hayley Evans
Project & Administration Co-ordinator

Our Trustees

Matthew Popham
Matthew Popham
Trustee
Nicola Matthews
Nicola Matthews
Committee Member
Bob Sheffield
Bob Sheffield
Vice Chair
My name is Bob Sheffield and I am the vice chairman of the PPF charity. The role involves attending regular meetings, helping to make decisions that impact the charity and assisting with charity events.

I was a very close friend of Paul Popham since childhood, and have known his family well over the years. For this reason I have been part of the PPF charity since its conception and I am pleased to see it go from strength to strength.

David Fellowes
David Fellowes
Committee Member
As a transplant patient I try to help and support other patients and carers as they deal with their kidney illness. My involvement with the Charity allows me to do this with a larger number of patients, whose numbers are sadly on the rise. As a Trustee I can help the Charity as it grows and develops, providing increased support across Wales.

Peer Mentors

Fiona Akpinar
Fiona Akpinar
Peer Mentor
I have been a renal patient for 36 years. At 24 years of age, I started peritoneal dialysis (PD) and remained this for 12 years. I’ve also received two transplants, with my current kidney transplant in 1996.
I joined Paul Popham Fund about 2 years ago as a Befriender (Peer Mentor). I feel the role is not only to provide patients with helpful information, but to be emphatic to their needs, along with a friendly caring voice on the other end of the phone. Someone to listen to patients concerns and worries, at what is, a life changing time. Often at end stage renal failure, there is so much to absorb and decisions to be made, one can feel overwhelmed. With PPF we are with you every step of the way and hopefully can make your journey a little easier. I am proud to be part of the team.
Nigel Butler
Nigel Butler
Peer Mentor
My name is Nigel. My mum was a kidney patient and I looked after her for 8 years whilst she was on dialysis. I supported my mum with various aspects of her kidney disease, such as hospital appointments, blood tests, liaising with renal teams and arranging help around the home. I became a Peer mentor as I want to share my experience with others and help them to manage living with kidney disease.
Geraint John
Geraint John
Peer Mentor
I had a kidney transplant 17 years ago at the Heath in Cardiff, and have been VERY fortunate to have had excellent Health since then. I started volunteering for the Paul Popham Fund approximately 5 years ago, and underwent training to become a ``Befriender`` latterly the description of the role has changed to ``Peer Mentor``. I use my personal experience of kidney disease to support others during their kidney journey. I’ve also carried out several fundraising ventures with and for PPF, as well as my role as Walk for Health Walk Leader.
Julie Mein
Julie Mein
Peer Mentor
I’m Julie; I’m a mum to a 10 year old who has a rare genetic condition that includes chronic kidney disease. My daughter was diagnosed 5 years ago and our whole world was turned upside down overnight. Thankfully, she will be undergoing a kidney transplant shortly. Kidney disease affects the whole family and it can be quite isolating going through the journey on your own. I became a Peer Mentor to share my experience with others so that they know that whatever stage of the journey they are at; they are not alone. Having someone to talk to that understands what you are going through can make a huge difference.
Joe Townsend
Joe Townsend
Peer Mentor
I’ve been a Peer Mentor for 3 years. I’ve had kidney problems since 2004. I have experience of many different types of dialysis and have also received 2 transplants. I joined PPF as I want to help other patients, to be there to support them as best I can. In my day-job I’m an ambulance driver, transporting patients to and from dialysis. and this is where I make a lot of my contacts. I speak to renal patients about a lot of different things. Every patient is different so I don’t give advice, but I provide information about my experiences and help others come to the best solution for them. I also volunteer on the Careline and am available to chat to patients on this service.
Bill Mexsom
Bill Mexsom
Peer Mentor
I have a 50 year history of type 1 diabetes but worked very happily as a physiotherapist before my renal issues began. I’ve now been a kidney patient for 20 years, during this time I have experienced lots of different treatments, including PD, haemodialysis and transplant.
My aim in life is to travel and pre-Covid I would regularly travel around the world.
I joined PPF in 2020. I hope to use my experience of kidney disease and diabetes to support other patients to live a good quality of life.

Our Patrons

AM Mike Hedges
AM Mike Hedges

Become a patron

The role of a patron for the Paul Popham Fund would suit someone who is interested in supporting renal patients and our work. We are looking for people who can commit to attending two events, offering their presence, opening the events, and being available for photo opportunities, as well as providing quotes for general PR opportunities that help support our aims.

If you would like to become a patron of the Paul Popham Fund, please get in touch.

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