I joined Bowel & Cancer Research in 2016 as the first Regional Development Co-ordinator with a remit to grow community awareness and fundraising across the UK. It is such an exciting time for this small, united team and we all have a cohesive approach to funding more research to improve the lives of people living with bowel disease.

I have worked in the Third Sector for over 23 years as a volunteer and senior manager in several guises but for the greater part in charity retail. I am passionate about making income generation a positive experience for both the charity and those generous enough to give and have been fortunate enough to see the incredible differences charities can make to improving the lives of others.

Development work is fascinating as from simple ideas and small conversations, small projects can grow and not only provide funds to help others, but also highlight health issues not yet experienced but which are time-critical in diagnosis and treatment.

So my job is a two-fold positive in that it can help others to be more aware of potential health issues, and raise income in unifying ways to fund more research.

With bowel research continuing to be underfunded in relation to the devastating impact of bowel disease on individuals, there is much work to do.