I live in Cirencester, Gloucestershire and spend my days working as Head of Compliance for Dyson. However, I started my legal career as Paul Verrico’s trainee at Eversheds in Leeds back in 2007. Under Paul’s tutelage I learnt an appreciation for waistcoats and garish coloured ink, in the other words the fundamentals of being a successful solicitor, and we became firm friends.
Then in 2012 I heard the news of Anna diagnosis with cancer. I still recall the shock at hearing this, it seemed unbearably cruel. Like many others I was inspired by Paul and Anna’s resilience and determination to overcome this and protect their young family. Not only that but, typical of Anna’s spirit, they resolved to raise funds to help others overcome cancer. Inspired by their courage and determination I ran the Paris Marathon in April 2012 to pay tribute to them and raise money for cancer research at University of Sheffield.
Then in the late summer of 2013 came the most awful news. Anna’s cancer had returned and the outlook was very bleak. In the face of this adversity Team Verrico was born. The initial aim was to support Paul and Anna and raise funds for her treatment. The response from Anna’s friends, family and the wider community was astonishing. It was clear that Anna had had a tremendous impact on all the lives she had touched. So many people were desperate to try and help her, just as she had helped them.
In the end our efforts were not enough to save Anna but her example inspired the creation of Team Verrico – a charity committed to helping individuals and their families as they deal with cancer. I am proud to be a founding Trustee of Team Verrico and to have headed up our efforts to provide research grants to institutions working to find new and better treatments for cancer. On 5 June 2017, I took over from Paul as Chair of Team Verrico.
I am honoured to pick up the mantle from Paul and determined to ensure that Team Verrico continues to reach out and provide hope to people facing extremely difficult times.