Meet the Team
Meet the Heartbeat Team
I joined the Heartbeat Team in November 2011 as Service Development Manager. During the last year I have covered the post of CEO during Jill’s unfortunate illness.
In December 2018 I have been appointed CEO of Heartbeat. I am excited to take on this new challenge to expand our reach throughout the North West, identify and strengthen our existing networks and develop a culture of togetherness, support and peer education.
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.
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.
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.
My name is Joanne Duff. I used to do health screening for BUPA & then specialised in cardiology, working for the NHS as a Cardiac Physiologist. I joined Heartbeat as a Cardiac Physiologist in 2017 to help with medical testing including treadmill tests, lung function tests, 24 hour ECG & BP monitoring.
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.
Hi there, I began volunteering at Heartbeat in November 2015 to gain experience while completing my undergraduate degree, and then later, my masters in Health Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. I am now at Staffordshire University studying the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology and am required to have a full time placement in a health care setting. Because of how much I enjoyed volunteering, it was an easy decision for me to stay but in a new role!
As a trainee Health Psychologist, I am developing a psychological service at Heartbeat, to complement and enhance the exercise service. I assist in classes to have contact with our service users and am developing an intervention to help them make successful health behaviour changes. I am also researching how cardiac rehabilitation affects quality of life and how its effect can be maximised. I am enjoying my training at Heartbeat and look forward to becoming a fully-fledged Health Psychologist around 2020.
If you see me around, feel free to come and have a chat!
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.
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.
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.
My name is Jillian, I re-joined Heartbeat in 2017 having worked here in 2013 and I am really glad to be back!! Heartbeat are so passionate about heart health and they are an amazing team.
I am part of the fundraising team and am responsible mainly for looking after our Corporate customers and developing new relationships.
Without fundraising Heartbeat simply couldn’t do what it does!
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.
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.
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.
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 became a member of staff later that year as a qualified BACPR Instructor and have loved every minute since.
In 2018, Heartbeat opened ‘The Ruby Gym’ which provides more than just a cardiovascular workout, with the addition of weight training, we are helping our long standing class members improve their overall fitness. I instruct these exercise classes for our advanced members.
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.
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.
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.
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.