Meet the team

Sara Faithfull (Lead)

135412_sara_faithfull_smallSara Faithfull is Professor of Cancer Nursing Practice at the University of Surrey and is Director of Health Science Innovation and Enterprise. Her clinical interests are in relation to cancer care in the community and the transition between acute and primary care for patients after cancer treatment. She is a member of the Consequences of Cancer Treatment NCSI and Macmillan group and is on the task force for developing survivorship care within Europe. She is particularly interested in managing metabolic and nutritional issues in relation to androgen deprivation therapy and pelvic side effects.

With colleagues in psychology she has developed supported self-management interventions for men after prostate cancer radiotherapy for managing urinary problems and chronic side effects. Sara has provided successful leadership on large e-health and technology grants in collaboration with industry, she has been a previous recipient of CR-UK project awards as well as current NIHR funding with Research for Patient Benefit.

Karen Poole

karen_poole_image_thumbnailKaren Poole trained as a nurse at University of Wales College of Medicine in 1994, graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing. She became the first nursing student to be awarded the Lord Merthyr Research scholarship to fund her PhD, which she completed in 1997. Her doctoral studies investigated the psychological impact of undergoing investigations for breast disease and formed the basis for her career in cancer clinical research.

Since then, Karen has worked across academic, industry and NHS settings. After establishing the Surrey, West Sussex & Hampshire Cancer Research Network (2002-2007), Karen became the Assistant Director of National Cancer Research Network (more latterly known as the NIHR Clinical Research Network; Cancer) responsible for the delivery of the national portfolio of cancer studies, across all disease types in the NHS (2007-2014). Karen has extensive experience of working across NHS organisations and networks, and coordinating large scale initiatives.

She now works as a Research Fellow with Professor Sara Faithfull on the True NTH Exercise & Diet project developing a pharmacy-led lifestyle intervention for men after treatment for prostate cancer.

John Marshall

135414_john_marshall_smallJohn is 69, married with two grown up children and 5 grandchildren. He lives in the Lune Valley of North Lancashire having been born in Bolton. John is a PhD Physicist and chartered Engineer who has spent most of his professional life in Radiation Protection, mainly as a Regulator and manager. He is a past President of the Society for Radiological Protection.

John was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2007 and treated with Brachytherapy at the Christie in Manchester. He retired in 2008 and since then has done some consultancy – mainly Prostate Cancer awareness talks, and Patient Advocacy, again mainly related to Prostate Cancer, but more recently on wider issues. He sits on PCUK’s Advisory Panel. Movember’s UK Steering Group, Surrey University’s Diet and Exercise Project Steering Group and on Project Boards at the Universities of Newcastle, Leeds and Erasmus University, Rotterdam . John also sits on the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) North West Panel.

In his spare time, John is an avid walker and a student of Russian Military and Social History.


John Heyworth

john-heyworthJohn Heyworth is a patient advocate having experienced two radical prostate cancer treatments on his prostate cancer journey.

In addition to his involvement in the TrueNTH Diet and Exercise project team, he is also involved in other TrueNTH projects and is a member of the UK Steering Group.

In his retirement, he also undertakes voluntary work for Prostate Cancer UK including Awareness Speaking, Peer Support, Campaigning and Fundraising.


John Saxton

135411_john_saxton_smallJohn Saxton is Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Northumbria University. His research is focused on the role of exercise and other lifestyle factors in the prevention and management of age related long-term conditions. His specific interest is research that aims to address how we can optimise exercise (frequency, intensity, time and type) to bring the greatest health or therapeutic benefits.

He has worked with several clinical populations including men withprostate cancer. In 2010 John contributed as editor to a book entitled “Exercise and cancer survivorship: impact on health outcomes and quality of life”. He is the recipient of research grants from the British Heart Foundation and AICR.


Bruce Griffin

135409_bruce_griffin_smallBruce Griffin is Professor of Nutritional Metabolism at the University of Surrey. Bruce is a biomedical scientist with expertise in lipid metabolism and nutritional biochemistry. He is an active researcher in human nutrition particular cardiovascular health. He has received grants from the MRC and UK Foods Standards Agency.




Agnieszka Lemanska

135408_agnieszka_lemanska_smallAgnieszka Lemanska is a Lecturer in integrated care and Pharmacist at the University of Surrey. She previously trained as a pharmacist before completing a PhD in chemometrics at the University of Bristol, in which she specialised in the application of pattern recognition and metabolomics data. Since joining the University as a post-doctoral fellow she has worked on modelling Patient Reported Outcome measures (PROMs) data for the purpose of assisting patient support and clinical decision making processes.



Joe Wainwright

135410_joe_wainwright_smallJoe Wainwright is manager of the Surrey Human Performance Institute. He studied Human Biology with Sports Science at St Mary’s University College and has experience of leading and delivering sport science support to a variety of performance athletes and team.

Joe provides evidence based, research informed sports science support to a wide range of sports. He is a member of BASES and is working to gain accreditation in exercise physiology. His specific research interests lie within sleep and exercise and the modulation of sleep for optimal physical performance.


Ralph Manders

ralph-2015-kleinRalph Manders is lecturer in Exercise Physiology at the department of Nutritional Sciences and Programme director for the BSc. in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Surrey, in Guildford, United Kingdom.

On-going research interests are in the field of exercise training and nutrition and their role in improving health in populations ranging from people with long term conditions to athletes.

His current research projects include exercise interventions aimed at improving glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes patients and the role of protein to increase muscle in the elderly. Next to these projects Ralph is involved in another Movember project together with Prof. Faithfull looking into the health effects of intense exercise in men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer resistant.


Lauren Turner

lauren-profileLauren Turner is a research assistant for the TrueNTH team. She is a registered dietitian and graduate from the University of Surrey. She works in the NHS as a stroke dietitian and also on a freelance basis.  She is a member of the Healthcare Professions Council and the British Dietetic Association and provides evidence-based nutritional advice specific for the patient group involved in the project.

Lauren’s specific interests lie in public health nutrition, oncology and weight management.


Sophie Gasson

sophieStudied biology at University before training to be a nurse. Worked as an Oncology Research Nurse at St George’s Hospital, London and also in palliative care at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Now working as a Research Associate at Warwick and Surrey Universities. Has worked in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) for 9 years, facilitating local PPI groups as well as ICPV.

Now working as a Research Associate with Professor Sara Faithfull on the True NTH Exercise & Diet project developing a pharmacy-led lifestyle intervention for men after treatment for prostate cancer.


Fiona Archer

Fiona Archer is the Research Officer for TrueNTH team. She has worked in oncology research since 2002 starting as a Clinical Trials Administrator for the Surrey, West Sussex & Hampshire Cancer Research Network. She was responsible for opening cancer studies across all disease types at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. She then moved to the University of Surrey specifically setting up Phase 1, 2 and 3 urology cancer studies. Fiona has gained a wealth of experience of working with NHS organisations, pharmaceutical companies, ethics committees and Research and Development teams.