I have had the pleasure and privilege of working at Bowel & Cancer Research since 2007, first as Development Director and from 2011 as Chief Executive.

I have over 20 years' experience in the voluntary sector, over 18 of which have been in senior management roles. My commitment to the sector comes from a passion to make a difference to other people, to improve people’s lives and give people who may be isolated the sense that they are not alone.

I graduated with a degree in Management Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury, following which I was lucky enough to gain voluntary experience and then a paid position at Shelter, moving to St Giles Trust and then to One Parent Families (now Gingerbread).

I was attracted to the role at Bowel & Cancer Research because I enjoy working for less glamorous causes, and considered at the time that there wasn’t that much less glamorous than bowels.

And I love it, I cherish working with our amazing supporters, our team at the charity is great and as passionate as I am and I admire so much the talented people whose research we help make happen.

Our cause is so wide and there is so much to do to improve diagnosis and treatment for bowel cancer and other bowel conditions, to bring patients and their families into the research process and to challenge taboos and myths around bowels.

Though the charity has grown from a local, hospital based organisation to a national funder of the best science and a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities, we really have only just begun.