Ben Schneider has been appointed Chair of Trustees, having served as a Trustee since 2018. He takes over from Graham Hart, who has been Chairman for five years and will remain as a Trustee.
It is an honour to be appointed Chair and I look forward to working with CEO Kate and her team in striving towards Helen‘s vision of making good quality of life while coping with cancer available to everyone. I have been involved with HRCC for 10 years, initially through providing corporate sponsorship for fundraising events and then as a Trustee. I have witnessed first-hand the vital support the charity has provided to friends and colleagues who have used our services.
I have been associated with the charity since 2000 and became Chair of the Trustees in July 2014. In January 2020 after the completion of the Mid Essex Support Centre building work I decided to step down and hand over the reins to Ben Schneider. Happily I am remaining as one of the Trustees of HRCC. 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.
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 had been a member of the Springfield Fundraising Group from 2003 to 2018. 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.
Rachel Leech is a Solictor in the Court of Protection & Inheritance Disputes team with Birkett Long.
I am pleased to have been asked to join the board of Trustees. I have lived in Chelmsford for all of my life and I am aware of the wonderful services that HRCC provide due to a close friend, Amanda Lofting, working as a oncology research nurse at Broomfield Hospital prior to her untimely death from a rare type of bile duct cancer, cholangiocarcinoma, in 2017.
I have worked as a Trust Manager for a Trust Company in London for more than 20 years and during this time I have looked after and provided administration services for a number of charities. Therefore I hope my experience will be helpful to HRCC.
In my spare time, I like to keep fit and am a regular participant at Chelmsford Parkrun. I have undertaken a few charity challenges in the past including the National 3 Peaks, the Yorkshire 3 Peaks and a 100k non-stop walk (which was the worst of them all!) and look forward to taking part in Ride for Helen in future years.
I’m delighted to become a Trustee, and I hope that my long management career in retailing with Marks and Spencer and John Lewis will help the charity increase its retail operation and sales. I’ve been involved with Rotary for 20 years and served as District Governor for Essex last year.
I have lived in Chelmsford for 40 years and now more recently moved to Maldon. Following my career in automotive as a Business Development Director for a Global business, I am happy to have the opportunity to support the charity with their current operations and developing services to achieve their goals for services for the future.