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Sarah Nancollas

Chief Executive of Variety, the Children's Charity

Sarah Nancollas joined us as Chief Executive in September 2010. Having studied civil engineering, Sarah pursued a career in logistics with Blue Circle Cement and BP before taking a year leave of absence to run a transport management project for Save the Children in the Ministry of Health in Ghana.

She soon realised that she would not be returning to the corporate sector and spent ten years working to improve the contribution of transport to international development, initially through Save the Children and then by establishing Transaid, an NGO supported by the European transport industry.

Moving on from Transaid she spent six years as Chief Executive of Canon Collins Trust, an education charity working in southern Africa before moving to Lepra. In the past 20 years she has worked in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia.

Away from Lepra, Sarah indulges her passion for sport through membership of the British Athletics Supporters Club and Surrey County Cricket Club, also travelling annually to overseas F1 races. She is a keen landscape photographer despite not yet having moved into the digital age!

International Development: What Does 24 Years Teach You?

So what have I learned in the last 24 years? That when it comes to international development, there is no change without great people and as long as there are those with a real passion to drive things forward, the future is in safe hands.
06/12/2016 11:02 GMT

International Day Of Charity - Challenging Public Perceptions

As a sector, we've been burying our heads in the sand and hoping that the negative press and public opinion will soon subside but it's been a year and the angst and anguish doesn't seem to be getting any better. The longer there is a misconception about the work we do, the fewer funds there are being brought in and, as a result, fewer lives are being changed.
05/09/2016 14:32 BST

When Is a Cure a Cure?

Researchers spend years looking for them, testing them, perfecting them before medical practitioners get to implement them in real life. I'm talking about cures. They've discovered one for malaria and for TB, and they're still working on one for cancer.
10/08/2016 12:54 BST

A Step in the Right Direction

We'll be working with other agencies and associations of people with direct experience of leprosy in India, along with the Law Commission, lobbying for this to happen so that we can continue to challenge attitudes, tackle misconceptions and improve the lives of those affected by leprosy.
11/07/2016 12:08 BST

The Consequences of Misdiagnosis

In the UK, when you're sick you go to the doctor and expect a swift and accurate diagnosis. It is rare to be told that your symptoms are unheard of or to be given a completely incorrect diagnosis. In many countries though, this is commonplace, especially when it comes to lesser known diseases like leprosy and lymphatic filariasis.
21/06/2016 10:54 BST

Mobile Technology Used for the First Time to Beat Leprosy

The innovative use of free software and some internal crafting of questions has allowed us to process this at low cost. Further funding for the mobile phones and training could help us to scale this further and ultimately change more lives.
27/05/2016 14:19 BST

When Being a Woman Affects Your Access to Healthcare

A number of leprosy patients are outcast and shunned but as a woman, it can get a whole lot worse, something I have seen as a result of the work we do. Women are often unable to marry, cannot find work and suffer from domestic abuse.
06/03/2016 19:09 GMT

A Lepra Love Story

In keeping with February's theme of love I thought I would take this opportunity to highlight an inspiring story from our Lepra community. This is the story of Ghasiram and Lochhi Khilla, a couple from the state of Odisha in India.
13/02/2016 21:33 GMT

Pre-Conceived Ideas - We All Have Them

I was visiting the Cuttack Leprosy Hospital and Home, a government facility that Lepra supports to provide high quality reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation for people living with disabilities as a result of leprosy.
27/01/2016 17:11 GMT