Richard Symonds When the opportunity to work for Bowel & Cancer Research presented itself I knew it was a charity that I wanted to be part of. It tackles issues which affect so many, yet remains a taboo subject. The impressive growth, in a short time, of this charity made it clear to me that with continued support it could go a long way to helping so many people. Health and wellbeing have been at the forefront of my two previous roles. I started my working life living in Uganda, running a small but very effective educational charity. This was set up to provide educational support for the schools and orphanages in the town of Jinja. While there I saw the need to provide health and welfare support as clearly children could not be educated if they were not well. I oversaw the building of clinics at the orphanages and the introduction of fresh water tanks, latrines and kitchens at the schools. I was there for three years and I continue to visit and keep actively involved with the charity. I returned to the UK when the opportunity arose to set up my own health club. I was already a qualified personal trainer, and owning my own gym with the emphasis on providing affordable fitness for all was an ambition I had had for a while. I enjoyed setting this up but got most satisfaction working with individual clients helping them realise their goals towards a healthier life. I came to realise my passion was in the charitable sector, helping to develop healthcare in a field which is both underfunded and misunderstood. I look forward to the challenge of building further fundraising opportunities to enable Bowel & Cancer Research to develop to the next level it deserves. Being at the forefront of the next wave of innovation and supporting upcoming research students is incredibly exciting.