Meet the Team

The Lymphoedema Support Network is run by a group of 9 trustees; they are supported by three staff members and have access to a Multi-disciplinary Team of Advisors.

Our Trustees

Anita Wallace, MBE

Anita joined the LSN in 1996 and quickly rose up the ranks to become Chair in 2000. She is fully committed to the organisation, spending at least one day a week in the office and many more hours at home on LSN work. She has overseen some amazing times at the LSN and in 2015 was named Guardian Charity Trustee of the year and in 2018 awarded MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list. Anita lives with lymphoedema.

Linda Patel
Honorary Secretary

Having been a regular office volunteer for many years, Linda was persuaded to join the Trustee board and does a great job as our Honorary Secretary as well as still coming into the office as a volunteer! Linda lives with lymphoedema.

Jill Babington
Honorary Treasurer

Jill has served two terms as LSN treasurer having been enticed back to us in 2006. Jill spends many ‘happy’ hours on SAGE making sure the LSN books balance. Jill became involved in the lymphoedema world when a friend developed the condition and has not managed to escape it yet!

Denise Hardy
Nurse Advisor

Denise is a Nurse Consultant in lymphoedema and is recognised as one of the innovators and leaders in the field. She has a particular interest in lipoedema, children with lymphoedema and has a passion to ensure lymphoedema management is accessible to all – no matter what the underlying cause.

Ruth Yeeles

Ruth looks after all aspects of our IT and spends at least one day a week in the office doing this work and is also assistant editor for all LSN information. She has been involved in the organisation since 1999 and lives with lymphoedema.

Brenda Thomas

Brenda joined the team in 2016 and has so far been focussing on updating the LSN Service Directory to reflect the new NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups. Brenda lives with lymphoedema.

Jed Bailey

Jed has been an LSN trustee for many years and as well as his regular trustee duties is a very entertaining contributor to LymphLine. Jed lives with lymphoedema.

Philippa Laughton

Several members of Philippa’s family live with lymphoedema and as well as bringing insight to the board about the particular challenges of that she also facilitates our trustee away days and provides some occasional HR expertise. Philippa lives with lymphoedema.

Liz Cooley

After working in the office as a volunteer, Liz became a Trustee in 2020. With a background in publishing, she brings a wealth of communications experience to the Board, and is now studying a postgraduate qualification in nursing. She also has a personal understanding of primary lymphoedema, having been diagnosed as a teenager.

Our Staff Team

Karen Friett
Chief Executive

Karen joined the LSN in 2006 after working as a nurse and manager in the NHS and Hospice settings. She is passionate about helping people to live well with lymphoedema and particularly enjoys meeting the membership, challenging service commissioners and educating Health Care Professionals about the condition.


Jenny Richardson

Jenny is our longest serving staff member having been with the organisation since 2000. Jenny spends her time managing our volunteer team, managing LSN merchandise and answering the Information and Support Line.

Sam Oswald

Sam joined the team in 2009 and has responsibility for our accounts and managing our membership database, as well as assisting Jenny with the information and Support Line.