Meet the Team

Meet the Heartbeat Team


Jill Rogerson

Chief Executive

Hi, I have been employed by Heartbeat in the role of Chief Executive, since 2012.

I have overall responsibility for the effective and sustainable running of the charity.

I report directly to a Board of Trustees and a Sub Finance committee in terms of governance.

I am dedicated to the role and cause as a heart patient myself.


    Louise Bache

    Service Development Manager

    I joined the Heartbeat Team in November 2011. I am responsible for the operational development and co-ordination of Heartbeat services and classes.

    I ensure that service delivery is to agreed quality standards, achieving positive outcomes and impact for people using Heartbeat services. This includes the line management of Heartbeat service delivery colleagues. I also ensure we meet the requirements of Health & Safety regulations, legislation and changing professional standards of practice.

      Michelle Hunt

      Fundraising Manager

      Hi, I’m Michelle, I’ve been working at Heartbeat as Fundraising Manager since 2012.

      My day to day role is to, with the help of the Fundraising and Lottery team, generate income for Heartbeat.  This money is then used to fund our cardiac rehabilitation programmes and the preventative work we do.

      I love working at Heartbeat because every day is a different challenge and we are able to see first hand the results of the work we do to support people affected by heart disease.

        Siân Percival-Edwards

        Health Development Officer

        Hello, I’m Sian and I’ve worked for Heartbeat since 2012.

        My role is split into several areas: I deliver Heartbeat’s PSHE workshops; supporting and encouraging schools in their quest for teaching pupils about healthy living with our Healthy Workshops.

        Heartbeat is dedicated to raising awareness of this largely preventable disease and offers community groups the opportunity of having speakers visit to deliver talks to their group regarding cardiovascular disease prevention.

        I also deliver Level 3, 2 and awareness first aid courses which are fully accredited and certified by the First Aid Awards.

        As a charity we actively encourage and support the placement of Automated External Defibrillators in the community… if you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact me.

        Whilst actively raising our profile with the medical practises in Preston and the local area. I deliver First Aid courses for medical professionals; these are annual (medical) and three yearly (non-medical) courses that all surgeries must undertake in order to fulfil their Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) points.

          Debbie Crossley

          Cardiac Physiologist

          My name is Debbie Crossley and I have been Heartbeat’s Cardiac Physiologist since 1990. I am responsible and present for all medical testing carried out at Heartbeat.

          Prior to joining our programmes, our service users undergo a thorough medical assessment which includes an Exercise Treadmill Test.

          I also carry out a series of other diagnostic tests offered by Heartbeat which include Resting ECG’s, 24 hour -7 day ECG monitoring, 24 hour Blood Pressure monitoring, Event monitoring, Spirometry Testing, Exercise Treadmill testing (with or without gas analysis) and ECG Screening.

            Bernadette Swift

            Patient Support Officer

            I am Heartbeat’s Patient Support Officer and have worked for the charity since 2012.

            I am responsible for arranging the exercise treadmill tests for new patients, their appointments for echocardiograms and blood pressure monitors.

            I meet with new members to discuss classes and venues and to discuss any concerns.

            I am also responsible for arranging repeat tests for members who have been on the programme for 9 months.

              Caroline Dransfield

              Accounts Controller

              I have worked at Heartbeat since 2013. I have always worked in finance and I enjoy my job very much. I am responsible for making sure that every penny received is accounted for and also for making sure all of our bills are paid on time! I also produce monthly accounts and reports for the management team and the trustees so that they can make decisions that will support Heartbeat for the future.


                Karen Gildert

                Lottery Officer

                I joined Heartbeat in 2012 as a volunteer; recruited at an event held at St. Georges Shopping Centre during Heart Awareness month.

                I later applied for the Lottery Officer post at Heartbeat.

                Since then Heartbeat has invested in some excellent software, making the Lottery much easier to run and less labour-intensive.

                We have over 8100 Heartbeat Lottery members and are still growing. My job is to ensure all payments made by these members are allocated correctly and that everyone who has paid is in the draw.

                I am also responsible for updating our records from letters, emails and phone calls; making sure all winning cheques are sent out promptly to the correct addresses.

                The Lottery contributes over 48% of our funding, so it is extremely important to keep it running effectively.

                  Lisa Riding

                  Senior Fundraiser

                  Hello my name is Lisa Riding and I am the Senior Fundraiser here at Heartbeat.

                  I have worked for the charity since 2013 and can honestly say it’s the most wonderful organisation I have ever worked for.

                  My role involves organising our annual in-house fundraising events as well as creating new events.

                  I also support the local community in their fundraising initiatives and support individuals when taking on a challenge and raising sponsorship for Heartbeat.

                    Lynn Preston

                    Fundraising Co-ordinator

                    I have been part of the Heartbeat team since 2012 and have recently moved into the Fundraising Department from Lottery.

                    I am now responsible for managing donation boxes and organising store collections in supermarkets, liaising with volunteers. Supermarket collections are very important to Heartbeat as the money collected enables Heartbeat to continue its valuable work and is vital to raise awareness.

                    I also maintain our website and regularly update with our lottery results, fantastic new fundraising ideas along with thanks to our supporters.


                      Jo Widdows


                      You’ll find me at the front desk of the Deepdale HQ, ready to welcome all visitors and members.

                      I’m here to help you get the most from all our fabulous services, and to be a warm and reassuring presence so you’ll feel at ease when you come through our doors.

                      Behind the scenes I handle administration, payments and liaise with all departments – and our wonderful outreach centres – to ensure the smooth running of our assessments and exercise classes.

                        Sam Patel


                        My name is Samim or better known to everyone as Sam and I’ve worked at Heartbeat since 2015.

                        I am part of the reception team here at Heartbeat. As well as my daily duties, I enjoy being involved within the friendly atmosphere of class members who use the facilities and getting to know each individual is a delight.

                          Carl Martinez

                          Fitness Instructor / Receptionist

                          Hi I’m Carl.

                          I started life at Heartbeat as a volunteer in 2012, helping out where I could, but mostly in the gym assisting the instructors by being a second pair of eyes and hands.

                          I now have two roles here at Heartbeat; the first being a BACPR Gym Instructor, and the second being part of the reception team.

                          I love doing both roles because I get to spend time with our class members.

                            Jackie Lowry

                            Fitness Instructor

                            Hi, I’m Jackie and I’ve been working as a qualified BACPR Instructor since the year 2000.

                            I instruct over 25 classes per week, supporting people with a mixed range of abilities.

                            I love my role at Heartbeat because of the great variety of people I get to meet.


                              Julia Gardham

                              Fitness Instructor

                              Hiii, I’m julia I’ve been working for Heartbeat since the 1800’s… only joking for the last 28 years. I’ve seen lots of changes over time, all for the better, of course.
                              I always thought I would be sad to leave Pond House but after seeing the PNE premises I felt excited about the move.
                              Over the years I have gone from fitness instructor to patient support to volunteer co-ordinator and then back to my favourite role BACPR Instructor.
                              I love working with the different groups; Heartbeat members, Healthy Lifestyle and Headway Clients and cover classes at various outreach sites, such as Clayton Green, Penwortham, Leyland and here at PNE. I hope to see you at a class soon.

                                Roger Berry

                                Fitness Instructor

                                I have been a member of the Heartbeat Team since 2005 and prior to that worked in the commercial sector as a fitness instructor after completing a degree in Physical Education.

                                In 2006 I completed my instructor qualification with the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation and now work exclusively with phase 4 patients i.e. people seeking on going physical activity.


                                  Cardiac Carl

                                  The Heartbeat Mascot

                                  Hi I’m Cardiac Carl, I live at Heartbeat HQ and I have the best job as I represent a healthy heart and I’m fortunate in that I can go out to schools and talk to people about living a healthy lifestyle.

                                  I also get to be out and about with the fantastic Heartbeat Team when we have big events such as our annual Fun Run which is held at Avenham Park in September.