I have been associated with the charity since 2000 and became Chair of the Trustees in July 2014. My business experience covered sales, marketing, general management and company direction before I became a university senior lecturer, specialising in online management.
I was invited to join the Board of Trustees in February 2013 after my mum’s second diagnosis of cancer, and her joining one of the HRCC clinical drug trials. Mum had also accessed the charities fantastic support centre at Rochelle House in 1999 when she was recovering from breast cancer.
As a Chelmsford resident, in my professional life I work in London as Director of Consulting for a multinational IT services firm. I joined the HRCC board to focus on providing fundraising and marketing support and advise, to ensure the charity is maximising its income and showcasing the fantastic services we provide to support people living with cancer in the local community, of which my family has had first-hand experience.
I have worked in the construction industry for more than fifty years. During this time I have been a London regional director for a national development company and operated my own London-based development company. I have worked in the Far East and still travel to China regularly on a consultancy basis. Now semi-retired, I work part-time for a not-for-profit organisation, supporting the construction industry. I have lived in Chelmsford since 1984, which is where my four children grew up. I hope my business and worldly experience can be of service to the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
Having received a diagnosis of breast cancer in January 2013, I was lucky enough to have the services of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity recommended to me by my specialist nurse. The charity, and in particular the team at Rochelle House where I received reflexology, counselling and attended a support group, was remarkable.
Rochelle House became a place where I could be myself and talk about my fears in a way that I was not able to with family and friends.
I have 22 years of experience of working in the NHS, as an Occupational Therapist, a manager and now in commissioning of services in North East Essex. Being a trustee allows me to give something back to the charity, as well as use my experience of healthcare and being a cancer sufferer.
As a pharmacist with a special interest in oncology, I have been involved with the charity since the early days. My profession brings me in contact with patients affected by a variety of cancers and I recognise the demands that this brings to them and their families, so I try to make their cancer journey as trouble-free as possible.
The support for cancer research, provision of new and improved treatments, diagnostics and the availability of holistic care through our centres is a vital part of the whole process.
I have been a Trustee of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity since 2006. I am a chartered accountant in practice in Chelmsford and was asked to join the Trustees to look after the finances as treasurer.
In my spare time I walk and run long distances and I have raised money for the charity by running the London and Beirut Marathons.
I have been involved with the charity since 2001 and having been a user of the treatments on offer at the centres, fully appreciate how valuable these services are to people living with cancer.
I was chairperson of the Danbury Fundraising Group for many years and was invited to be a trustee in May 2012 following my early retirement as a chartered banker.
I have been a member of the Springfield Fundraising Group since November 2002, raising much needed funds for the charity. I became a Trustee in August 2014 as I felt I wanted to become more involved in the day-to-day running of the charity, and to share my fundraising experience.
I was privileged to join the Board of Trustees in July 2016 and I am keen to help develop an ambitious long-term vision for the HRCC. I am a solicitor and governance adviser to the Methodist Church and previously worked in Parliament as a political adviser and researcher for the Rt. Hon. Sir James Paice MP. In my free time I am a keen club cricketer and occasional fencer. I am also a primary school governor, Chairman of the Chelmsford Group of Amnesty International, and a member of the Rural Community Council of Essex.
I am delighted to have been asked to join the Board of Trustees in November 2016, and look forward to helping the charity in any way that I can. Having spent 28 years as a corporate banker, I have recently changed roles and work as a Strategy Director for global law firm, Ashurst. I live in Maldon and in my spare time I like to play golf and cycle, having completed all three Rides for Helen.