Ellie Izzy

Introducing Ellie Carden And Izzy Brown

The Scar Free team is growing! We are delighted to introduce Ellie Carden and Izzy Brown, who have recently joined The Scar Free Foundation as Research Officers.

Ellie (pictured left) joins us from Macmillan Cancer Support, where she worked as part of the editorial team. Having graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Biochemistry, she is very interested in our scar free research and is excited to learn all about it.

"My first few weeks at The Scar Free Foundation have been really nice. It's a small, close-knit team, which I enjoy as I feel like my opinions matter and are valued. As a Research Officer, my main responsibility is to assist Charlotte, the Head of Research Funds, with the delivery of the Research Strategy and management of the Foundation's funded research.

So far, I've been learning about all the scar free projects - which has been really fun! I've started the process for next year's Student Elective Awards and will also be involved with Patient and Public Involvement, ensuring that the the patient voice continues to be at the heart of all we do.

Outside of work I enjoy reading and going to the gym. I'm actually trying to teach myself to do calligraphy at the moment - but apart from that, just the usual."

Izzy (pictured right) first came across The Scar Free Foundation whilst completing a Masters in Psychology at the University of Westminster. As a Research Officer, she is looking forward to seeing the tangible results that come out of our scar free projects.

"I've been with the Foundation for just over a week now and I really like it. During my Masters I was exposed - on a really small scale - to how research works. So it's really interesting to see how it's managed on the other end.

I'm excited to make a contribution to the overall aim of the Foundation. I'll be working on the Safe Tea Campaign, leading on and helping to push the campaign's social media presence. I'll also be doing some work outside of the Foundation, helping the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery with the Francis Fontan Fellowship scheme.

Outside of work I like trying new activities and reading. I had a go at water skiing for the first time whilst on holiday, which was fun. I also love cooking, and make a good spaghetti bolognese - I'd say that's my go-to meal."