About Us

The Sarah Jennifer Knott Foundation was established following Sarah’s death from Cancer of Unknown Primary.

In honour of Sarah’s immense bravery, her family and friends set up the SJK Foundation in an effort to promote awareness, education and research into Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) to help make the unknown known.

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About The Sarah Jane Knott Foundation

Sarah and Jennifer

Sarah - SJK Foundation


If there was laughter to be heard in a room, you could be sure you’d find Sarah in the middle of the fun. Recounting funny stories. Reporting in on the latest pop gossip. Defending the ‘talents’ of the Spice Girls.

Or giving an instant rundown on the shenanigans on some questionable reality TV shows. A whole lot of love, laughter, family and incredible friends were always by her side.

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Jennifer - SJK Foundation


Jenny, (Sarah’s Mum) lived for her family and many friends, and brought so much joy and constant fun into the lives of everyone who was lucky enough to know her.

With a career spanning 21 years at Raidio Teilifis Eireann, Jenny’s love for entertainment of all sorts led her to set up numerous charitable functions. She was constantly working with families in need of help, organising food and clothes’, in between taking care of her own four young daughters!

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the board

Tanya Knott, Director.

Tanya has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. A graduate of Kings College London and Trinity College Dublin, Tanya has worked as a registered general nurse specializing in Cardiothoracic, Intensive Care and Emergency Nursing.

Her most recent role, as healthcare project manager within the pharmaceutical industry, included developing lean management programmes in Oncology centers throughout Ireland in line with national government policies.

Jennifer Kane, Director.

Jennifer has worked as an accounting and tax professional for the past 12 years. After graduating from UCD with a Degree in Commerce and a Masters in Accounting, Jennifer joined KPMG where she qualified as a chartered accountant and chartered tax consultant.

After qualifying, Jennifer moved to industry and is currently working for a large group of companies with a Plc parent.

She is responsible for group tax compliance and reporting, consolidated reporting of monthly and statutory accounts, company secretarial compliance and the accounting, legal and tax implications of group acquisitions, refinancing and restructurings.

Dr Stephen Quinlan, Director.

Stephen is currently a senior researcher in comparative political behaviour at the GESIS Leibniz Institute, in Mannheim, Germany. He also serves as project manager for the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES), a project exploring electoral behaviour in forty states worldwide. Stephen received his PhD in political science from University College Dublin in 2012.

He has previously served as a consultant to Eurobarometer (The European Commission). Stephen has published in several leading international peer-reviewed academic journals including Information Communication and Society and Electoral Studies and has also authored many chapters for edited volumes published by leading publishing houses such as Routledge and Sage.

Ruth Knott.

Ruth has had a career of almost 20 years with a leading financial services company.

A qualified professional and experienced banker, Ruth has had significant experience in developing and setting a comprehensive vision and strategy to the Operational Risk Framework at an enterprise level.

Ruth has also led the implementation of enterprise wide risk transformation programmes in multiple jurisdictions.

Ruth is currently studying a specialist banking risk management programme.

Kate Fox.

Kate is a media sales professional with over 10 years experience in radio sales.

She is currently working with regional radio station iRadio & has worked in both Dublin & Local markets.

She is a past president of Network Ireland – Dublin Branch working on the committee for 5 years up to 2014.

Dr Conor Davis.

Conor graduated from Physiological Science with an Honours degree from UCD in 2005. He is currently working as as a doctor specializing in emergency medicine.

Conor has published in multiple medical journals worldwide. He has experience in working in healthcare in Ireland, Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Malawi.

Conor has experience with multiple charity organisations and has worked in Haiti, Malawi and Belarus.

He was a founding member and regional director of the Swansea branch of Skipkids charity from 2005-2007.

Lisa Carey.

Lisa has over two decades of leadership experience in strategic marketing, brand advertising, and global communications for multiple Fortune 500 brands.

Her work has been recognized by national and international awards organizations including The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, The One Show, The New York Festival, and the London International Awards.

The team

  • Louise Beggan
  • Laura Carroll
  • Jaime Carter
  • Clare Ennis
  • Aoife Gallaher
  • Sinead Griffin
  • Marian Hollingsworth
  • Niamh Horohan
  • Carla Kenna
  • Catriona Lannen
  • Fiona Mahon
  • Sarah Maune
  • Rachel Mc Cann