Our Team

Introducing Our Team

The BANA team comprises employees at our head office in Chesterfield, our Board of Trustees, plus a host of volunteers from around the country who act as area support group leaders and in editorial and area group administration roles.


Board of Trustees
Karen Frampton - Chair

Karen Frampton feels lucky to have enjoyed a long career with Marks & Spencer, where she held several positions, starting as a Saturday girl and ending with responsibility for recruitment and training. Now considering herself in the twilight of her working life, she works in the charity sector for YHA (Youth Hostel Association – England & Wales), fundraising to support disadvantaged young people. Karen has been married to Kevin for 37 years and they have two sons and a beautiful granddaughter. She enjoys voluntary work, where time permits, and loves holidays abroad and in the UK. Her hobbies include supporting Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey team, playing pub games and cake decorating. She is an avid sports fan, watching all major events from golf to football. She is thrilled to be joining the Board of Trustees at BANA and hopes to support the charity and its members in the best ways she can. She believes she has skills and loyal support to offer to BANA into her retirement and beyond.

Andrea Wadeson, RGN - Vice Chair

Andrea started out as a Staff Nurse (RGN) in 2001 with a period in Orthopaedics, Trauma and then community nursing before settling into Neurosurgery and Skull Base in 2006. After a period as ward sister, she commenced the role of Skull Base Specialist Nurse in 2009; the service being built from scratch to develop this new role within the trust. Over the years she has developed the service to encompass the needs of patients with skull base pathology including Acoustic Neuroma. The service at Salford now has around 150 new referrals per year for Acoustic Neuroma and Andrea has set up nurse led clinics to follow patients after surgery and SRS along with telephone clinics and rapid access clinics to identify and treat symptoms. She has been able to develop comprehensive patient information documents, local policies on the management of skull base patients and has recently been appointed onto the council of the British Skull Base Society. Andrea participates in the Manchester AN support group and is delighted to have been asked to take on the role of BANA Trustee.


Professor Simon Lloyd, MBBS, BSc(Hons), MPhil(Cantab), FRCS(ORL-HNS)

Consultant Skull Base and Auditory Implant Surgeon

Simon Lloyd is a Consultant Skull Base Surgeon at Salford Royal Hospital and an Auditory Implant Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. As part of the Manchester Skull Base Unit he strives to offer a balanced, multidisciplinary approach to the management of patients with vestibular schwannomas. He is also committed to improving outcomes for patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 2. Mr Lloyd’s current research interests include transtympanic drug therapy and novel methods of predicating vestibular schwannoma growth. He is widely published in the field of skull base surgery and has written 6 book chapters and a book as well as guidelines on the management of vestibular schwannomas in NF2 for the European Academy of Otology and Neurotology. He is also committed to training the next generation of skull base surgeons, running one of the leading international fellowships in skull base surgery. Mr Lloyd has been involved with BANA since 2007 when they provided a grant to support research into outcomes in patients undergoing conservative management of vestibular schwannomas

James Gibbons

An experienced Management Accountant with experience across a broad range of industries a medical research institute. Until recently lived in Australia for 15 years.

James was diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma in August 2016 (in Australia) and had it surgically removed on October 5th 2016 ‘I’m still getting used to living with both the symptoms from the surgery and the life changes it lead to’.

Ben Jackson

Ben has spent over 12 years living and working overseas in France the USA and Germany before returning to the UK in 2019. As an electronic engineer Ben has worked for the leading suppliers of power semiconductors and until recently was Director of Product Marketing for automotive modules at Infineon Technologies before setting up his own business in Cheshire. He has extensive experience in business development, negotiating contracts and driving business growth. While semiconductors are certainly a niche product, these electronic devices are the main component of all electric cars and Ben has been fortunate to have worked on solutions that now power most of the electric vehicles on the road today. Outside of work Ben enjoys music, sailing, photography and reading about technology.

Ben was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma in late 2017 and underwent surgery in Munich. The experience showed him there was more to life than semiconductors and that success can often come out of the most challenging circumstances.

Office Staff
Julie Dixon - Chief Executive Officer

Hello, I’m Julie and I am thrilled to be BANA’s CEO. I have had a long career in local government before moving into the charity sector, where I have worked locally for a number of years. I am also a qualified counsellor. Although originally an Essex girl I have lived in the Chesterfield area for many years and love the surrounding countryside. I enjoy travelling aboard with my partner Phil and our daughter as well as simply chilling out with friends. I enjoy my postage stamp sized garden and have an interest in Tudor history. I am also a volunteer for a local Royal British Legion Branch, being their Poppy Appeal Organiser, and I’m a member of the local TimeBank. My role with BANA will enable me to work together with the acoustic neuroma community in the UK, and I also hope to spread the word about the excellent work that BANA is doing, as our charity continues its new development and meets its full potential.

Heather Trueman – Community Support Administrator

Hi all. I am pleased to be part of the team at BANA and supporting the cause as Community Support Administrator. I have previous experience working as a youth support worker in local communities, and working for Mencap supporting people with learning disabilities and difficulties; helping them to have a voice and up-skill to achieve their goals. Other work history includes working as cabin crew in Dubai for 4 years. I loved this fast-paced opportunity to travel, experience different cultures and make new friends around the world! However, after my travels I was pleased to return home to be closer to my family. I live with my husband and our two children. I enjoy spending time with my family visiting new places and exploring. I also enjoy running and regularly enter charitable races. I am looking forward to help BANA to be as helpful and supportive an organisation as possible for people with an acoustic neuroma and I hope to raise awareness throughout my journey with them to develop a better understanding of the condition.


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