Meet the team

All members of the CYHU team commit their time to the organisation on a voluntary basis. They are passionate about developing the NF2 community and each have personal experience of the condition.

Jessica Cook – Founding Directornew-jessica

As Director of Can You Hear Us? Jessica plays a fundamental role in both creating the future and managing the present. She works closely with all team members on current and forthcoming projects ensuring that the services provided by CYHU meet the complex needs of the growing NF2 community. Since founding Can You Hear Us? Jessica has gained world-wide connections and, combined with her personal experience of NF2, holds a key position in representing those affected by the disease.

Paul Scales – Project Co-ordinatorpaul

Since joining the team at CYHU Paul has been involved in the planning, development and implementation of a diverse range of projects, including our social gatherings and support groups in Cambridge. With skills in both research and analytical areas Paul has become a valued member of our team by presenting options and providing vital feedback that increases the overall success of CYHU and the services that we provide.

Bethany Schiffer – Support Group AssistantBethany

As a regular patient at the NF2 clinics in Cambridge, Bethany experienced first-hand the benefits of attending our support group, ‘Companions in Clinic’. Towards the end of 2015 she decided to start volunteering her time by assisting in the running of the sessions. Her skills as an empathetic listener and natural compassionate personality helps to create a calm and comfortable environment where patients and their families can find support.

Anna Lickley – Writeranna

As well as contributing her story to NF2: Our Journeys, Anna wrote and published Catch It Anytime You Can, an honest story about adapting to life with NF2, and is in the process of publishing her second book Senseless. Anna’s talents and eloquent way with words assists CYHU in producing literature that is both amiable and professional. With many years of experience running her own business training in disability and deaf equality, she also advises CYHU about accessibility options.