I joined Teenage Cancer Trust as Interim Director of Services and Impact in November 2020. I’ve worked for cancer charities for the past 11 years, initially Macmillan Cancer Support, then Breast Cancer Care for whom I was Director of Services and Engagement prior to the charity’s merger with Breast Cancer Now in April 2019 when I became the merged charity’s Director of Services. Before moving to the charity sector, I worked in social housing for 22 years with three local authorities and a housing association. I’m married to Nicola and have two grown-up sons and a granddaughter. I’m a keen runner, follow football and athletics, and love 80’s music.
My role is to provide leadership for our Services teams across the UK which provide operational support for our nurses, youth support coordinators and Teenage Cancer Trust units in the NHS, and deliver support and engagement programmes for young people with cancer. I am also responsible for the charity’s Research and Evidence function which ensures that we have the evidence and insight necessary to plan and deliver our services and other activity, and can demonstrate the impact of our services for young people and their families, and for our partners in the NHS. It’s a really exciting role which I feel privileged to hold and to be able to shape how the charity will continue to support young people with cancer in the future.
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I’d always held Teenage Cancer Trust in high regard and this was especially true during my time at Macmillan Cancer Support when my team in Central & South West England funded a number of Teenage Cancer Trust posts in Bristol and Southampton. Since joining the charity and seeing it for the first time from the inside, I am convinced more than ever that it will live up to my high expectations. Teenage Cancer Trust has a great brand and reputation, and it is a real privilege to be working for an organisation that makes such a positive impact on the lives of young people with cancer and their families.