Breast Cancer Care employs a team of dedicated, professional staff to run and support all of our services on a day-to-day basis but the ultimate legal and financial responsibility lies with the Board of Trustees.
Emma Burns, Chair
Emma Burns was appointed as a Trustee in July 2008 and Chair of the Board of Trustees in March 2014.
Emma's first experience of Breast Cancer Care was when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2001 aged just 30. Her positive experience of our support services led her to become more involved and she has been a volunteer with us since 2004. Emma is a partner with top 100 Law Firm Hugh James in Cardiff. She specialises in employment law and heads the Employment and HR Services Group.
I know only too well from my own personal experience just how important the work is that Breast Cancer Care does, and how much of a difference we make to the lives of people affected by breast cancer. It’s a privilege to be able to play a leading role in directing our work and ensuring that the voice of people who have had breast cancer is at the heart of everything we do.
Marion Lewis, Vice-Chair
Marion Lewis was appointed as a Trustee in 2014, having worked with Breast Cancer Care as a volunteer since 2006.
Marion has had two careers: the first one was as a clinical psychologist, practising as a cognitive behaviour therapist and gaining a PhD for research on anxiety. She then moved into international business development, mainly concerned with business strategy, marketing and communications. Marion also worked for some 20 years on a voluntary basis for the Prince’s Trust, teaching and mentoring young people.
Breast cancer has had a brutal impact on my family, affecting many members including my mother, sister and then me. So I know how important it is to have quality information, care and support through this hard journey. I have enjoyed sharing what I have learned with over 75 ladies through the Someone Like Me service, and then being a founder member and then Chair of our own user involvement group, SURP. Breast Cancer Care is a wonderful organisation, driven by a hugely committed team, and I am very proud to have joined the Board of Trustees.
Jill Thompson, Treasurer
Jill Thompson was appointed Trustee and Treasurer of Breast Cancer Care in 2016.
Jill left full-time work as an investment manager in 2005, since when she has volunteered for a range of different charities and organisations, including fundraising for a local hospice.
Jill is a Chartered Accountant with experience of auditing and financial services.
I am now many months on from active treatment yet still use the Breast Cancer Care website as a valuable source of information, and doubt that I will ever stop using it. It was a godsend during the days of treatment and recovery.
Mark Astaire was appointed as a Trustee in 2016, having been involved over the years with a number of charities, including Depaul UK – supporting homeless young people.
Mark was attracted to Breast Cancer Care because of the care and support focus of our work. He has an active interest in the arts and education, and among other things is the founder and head of the judging panel for the Astaire Art Prize at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.
Mark is a senior investment banker at Barclays.
I have been impressed by the high levels of commitment and professionalism of the Breast Cancer Care team. I am keen to make a positive contribution to the charity's important work.
Barbara Brown was appointed as a Trustee in March 2018. Based in Glasgow, she has volunteered and been involved in a variety of fundraising events (including The Show Scotland) for many years. She is also a member of the Board’s HR and Remuneration Committee.
Her positive experience with the team in Scotland led her to seek the opportunity to play a bigger part in the work of the charity at a national level. She is a career banker and invoice financier who was until recently Regional Managing Director for RBS Invoice Finance in Scotland and Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland.
A number of my close friends and family have been impacted by the life changing effects of breast cancer and I have witnessed first-hand what an amazing difference the support of the charity has made to their recovery. I have been particularly impressed by the inclusive culture throughout the organisation and I am proud to be associated with a charity where the vision and values are so compelling.
Sonia Gayle was appointed as a Trustee and member of the Board’s Audit and Assurance Committee in March 2018.
Sonia left her full-time executive role in financial services during 2017 to focus on various mentoring and charitable initiatives (including community volunteer for the British Red Cross). She also successfully completed the FT Non-Executive Director Diploma.
Sonia is a Fellow of the International Compliance Association, a Chartered Banker and a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Since my breast cancer diagnosis in 2004, I have always valued the help and continuing support provided by Breast Cancer Care and share their vision of ‘wanting every person affected by breast cancer to get the best treatment, information and support’ (which I was fortunate enough to receive, and I continue to remain cancer-free.
Dr Alison Jones
Dr Alison Jones has been a Trustee since 2013.
Alison has been a Consultant Medical Oncologist since 1993 and specialises in breast cancer. She works in North London across the Royal Free and UCLH, providing care and treatment for people with breast cancer at all stages of their pathway. This includes early breast cancer in relation to adjuvant treatment after surgery through to people with advanced disease, and supportive care.
Alison has always had a research basis to her practice and is active in the design and implementation of clinical trials. She is also keen to see evidence-based medicine come through from research into practice and work closely within the trusts, and at a regional and national level with organisations such as the London Cancer New Drugs Group and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), to try to ensure the best possible care and access to new treatments.
I have a particular interest in education (medical, allied health professionals and for the general public) and also research interests in breast cancer in younger women including: issues of fertility and pregnancy, survivorship. And, more recently, the issues affecting older women with breast cancer.
Nick Morris was appointed as a Trustee in September 2013.
Nick is a Fellow of both the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and the Institute of Directors (FIOD) and has held a range of senior international management positions in a successful professional career spanning over 40 years.
Nick recently took early retirement from his position as Managing Director of EMCOR(UK) to live in Cornwall, near St Ives.
I was delighted to be elected as a Trustee of Breast Cancer Care. The culture and vision – focusing on each person affected by breast cancer as an individual and dealing with both the practical and emotional issues that confront them – sits very comfortably with me and I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to their continued success and growth.
My appointment as a Trustee has enabled me to witness these values in action and see how deeply they run through the veins of the organisation. I have also been able see how committed and enthusiastic the management, staff and volunteers are. More importantly, I have witnessed the positive impact that Breast Cancer Care can have on people confronted with the devastating news that they have breast cancer.
Candice Nichol was appointed as a Trustee in March 2018.
Candice first encountered Breast Cancer Care when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 at the age of 29. Since then, she has sought out opportunities to work with the charity – first helping to organise the launch event for the Care Collective and ultimately leading her to become a trustee.
Candice is a lawyer specialising in financial services tax at international law firm Simmons & Simmons LLP.
Having breast cancer at such a young age was an isolating experience but Breast Cancer Care, through its impressive specialist support for young women, made it feel much less lonely. Breast Cancer Care was there for me; I hope I can give as much back to this incredible charity and feel so privileged to work with the charity as a trustee.
Jill Pask was appointed as a Trustee in 2009.
Jill is a management consultant specialising in strategy development and in portfolio, programme and project management. She has a particular interest in the challenge of identifying and realising the benefits from change programmes. Her earlier career was in the civil service and included providing assurance reviews of some of the public sector’s most high profile projects. Jill was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006.
From the moment I was diagnosed Breast Cancer Care was an amazing source of information and support. Its powerful combination of personal experience and outstanding clinical expertise enables them to help so many people face their unique experience of this horrible disease. At a time when the number of people diagnosed continues to rise and over half a million people are now living with and beyond a diagnosis, there has never been a more pressing need for Breast Cancer Care’s services. I feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful organisation and honoured to be a Trustee.