The communications team at Together for Short Lives can brief journalists about the work of the charity, our campaigns and fundraising activities, as well as provide information on the issues facing children with life-limiting conditions and their families, and the support available to them.

To find out more about Together for Short Lives and the work we do, download our Media Factsheet here.

Communications team

For initial PR and media enquiries, please contact Myra Johnson and Jo Barrell. 

Myra Johnson, Director of Communications
0117 910 2469
07775 336460

Jo Barrell, Communications Manager
0117 989 7832
07539 507028

Full contact details for the rest of the team can be found below:

James Cooper, Public Affairs and Policy Manager
0117 989 7863

Guy Privett, Communications and Membership Officer
0117 989 7834

Katrina Kelly, Communications Officer
0117 910 2468

Rebecca Ellison, Communications Officer
0117 989 7830 

Lou Jones, Communications Assistant
0117 989 7831


Our spokespeople are available for briefings, interviews or comment. Please contact the communications team to arrange interviews or request comments.

Barbara Gelb OBE, Chief Executive
Topics: Work of Together for Short Lives; issues relating to the children’s palliative care sector; funding in the children’s palliative care sector. 

Lizzie Chambers, Development Director
Topics: The role of Together for Short Lives; history and development of children’s palliative care; family experiences; transition from children’s to adult services; and the need to integrate services.

Myra Johnson, Director of Communications
Topics: General comment on Together for Short Lives and children’s palliative care.

Katrina McNamara, Director of Practice and Service Development
Topics: Clinical issues affecting life-limited children and young people and the care services available to them.

Stephen Ballantyne, Director of Fundraising
Topics: Fundraising campaigns and issues; charity of the year partnerships with corporate partners; and fundraising in the children’s hospice sector.

Parent spokespeople and family case studies are also available on request