Third Sector Awards 2015: Charity Chair of the Year - Winner: Caitlin Dean, Pregnancy Sickness Support

Awarded to the chair of a charity's trustees who has made the most outstanding contribution to the performance of a charity during the year

Caitlin Dean
Caitlin Dean

Who is she?

Dean is a trained adult nurse who suffered hyperemesis gravidarum – severe vomiting – during three pregnancies, so she understands the challenges of the condition from both sides. Last year she became chair of Pregnancy Sickness Support, a charity that supports women who suffer from the condition and the healthcare professionals who treat them.

What has she achieved?

Since joining the board, Dean has made numerous TV and radio appearances as the spokesperson for hyperemesis gravidarum. She writes prolifically on the subject for the lay and medical press and has published a highly respected guide to the condition.

Why did she win?

Despite her family and work commitments – she also runs a sheep farm – Dean works close to full-time for the charity, building relationships with key organisations. She also conducts research and writes papers for medical journals on behalf of the charity, regularly answers the helpline, responds to support emails and organises its national conference. Since Dean became chair, she has rebranded the charity and built its website, as well as growing its support network to 160 volunteers.

What did the judges say?

Sacha Langton-Gilks, volunteer for the Brain Tumour Charity, said: "Caitlin has been incredibly effective in a very short time. A fantastic achievement."


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