Veronica Hughes – Chief Executive
Veronica built Caudwell LymeCo from the ground up in 2016 and designed its public education campaign, fundraising activities and spending strategy. As a member of the NICE guideline committee for Lyme disease, she studied scientific research for almost two years and co-wrote the guideline that is now NHS policy. She was subsequently invited by NICE to join the Quality Standards Advisory Committee which defines key objectives and performance standards for Lyme disease care. She uses her wide network of parliamentary, medical and scientific contacts to build collaborative relationships and press for further progress in the scientific understanding of Lyme disease.
Combining business acumen and financial expertise with language and humanities skills, she completed an honours degree at Cambridge University and then worked as a financial and investment analyst, management consultant and Interim CEO.
Veronica caught Lyme disease some years ago and also cared for her son while he suffered from Lyme disease.
Rosie Milsom – Fundraising Manager
Rosie is passionate about making a positive difference to people’s lives and helping Caudwell LymeCo succeed in our mission. She is responsible for increasing the charity’s fundraised income from individuals, corporate supporters, Trusts and volunteer fundraisers.
Rosie has over six years experience of working as a fundraiser for charities, having joined us from Birmingham Hippodrome where she helped to raise money for their education and outreach work with young, disabled and vulnerable community groups. Her previous work history includes roles in customer service and sales, and alongside her full time role here at Caudwell LymeCo, she also works as a registrar conducting and registering civil wedding ceremonies at venues in Staffordshire.
John Caudwell – Chairman
John Caudwell, a prominent British entrepreneur and philanthropist, found out last year that fifteen members of his family have Lyme disease as well as a range of co-infections typically found in Lyme disease patients. This inspired him to coin the term “LymeCo” to highlight that this is a complex condition often involving more than one infection.
John was shocked that some members of his family had been ill for so many years before being diagnosed with this terrible illness. He vowed to start a new charity to improve awareness and knowledge amongst the general public and the medical profession.
As chairman of Caudwell LymeCo, he spearheads the charity’s awareness raising work by making television and media appearances to tell his story.
Rebekah Caudwell, one of John’s daughters, runs an interior design company in London and New York and also has Lyme disease and co-infections.
She is committed to helping sufferers of Lyme disease reach a better future and to helping members of her family who are more severely affected by LymeCo.
Michael is a qualified accountant who has worked for John Caudwell for several years as Deputy Finance Director.
He provides accounting services on a voluntary basis and is a valued adviser to the charity.