I am delighted to join OCF and have been working alongside Noelle and the team since February this year, understanding the essential work of OCF and beginning to build relationships with our partners and supporters. Noelle has supported me immensely during this transition period and I am very excited to be taking the reins; and look forward to building on these foundations, to support patients and their families with Oesophageal Cancer and Barratt’s Oesophagus, through the funding of Oesophageal Cancer research and OCF’s education and support services.
2021 sees the Oesophageal Cancer Fund reach its 20-year milestone. Having been set up in 2001 by Noelle and a group of friends, OCF is now the National charity for Oesophageal Cancer in Ireland. There is so much to celebrate; OCF has gone from strength to strength with a small, dedicated core team, but made up of an army of thousands of volunteers, supporters, survivors, researchers and medical professionals. I am passionate about continuing on this excellent work and am committed to the OCF vision of the eradication of this terrible disease, and, until that happens, to helping those affected live long and full lives.
I recently lost both my Mum and Father-in-Law to cancer. Losing my loved ones to cancer inspired me to pursue this role with OCF ,with a vision to make an impact on those who are suffering the immense difficulties that cancer brings.
I began my career in the Voluntary Sector with Depaul Ireland, a homeless charity and am currently undertaking my PhD, focusing on Fundraising and Voluntary Sector Management. I look forward to bringing my experience to this exciting role with OCF.