We are sad to announce that Sarcoma UK’s Chief Executive, Lindsey Bennister, will be leaving the charity at the end of March.
Sarah McDonald, current Director of Research, Information and Support, will take on the position of Acting CEO at Sarcoma UK, starting in April, while a full-time replacement is recruited.
Lindsey joined Sarcoma UK in 2010 as the charity’s first Chief Executive - and first professional member of staff - and established the infrastructure and funds needed to deliver an ambitious strategy to transform the landscape for sarcoma.
This year the charity is on course to raise £1.6 million, compared with £198,000 in its first year. This has enabled the charity to significantly grow its investment into high quality scientific research. Sarcoma UK has awarded over £2 million in grants through a research grants programme that has been cited as an example of best practice by the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).
In 2014, Sarcoma UK launched its innovative ‘golf ball’ national awareness campaign to highlight the signs and symptoms of sarcoma to GPs and the public.
Lindsey was responsible for Sarcoma UK’s National Sarcoma Survey in 2015. This was the largest survey of sarcoma patient experience undertaken in England and Wales, and created an evidence base for the future that informs Sarcoma UK’s work.
In 2016, Sarcoma UK launched its national nurse-led Support Line, which has provided expert personal support and information to anyone affected by sarcoma.
In the same year, the charity entered into a successful partnership with 10 Downing Street, working with two Prime Ministers and their staff to raise awareness of sarcoma.
Sarcoma UK Chair Glyn Wilmshurst said: “Lindsey has been an outstanding Chief Executive whose drive and strategic thinking have been absolutely integral to the charity’s development. After eight years of great leadership she leaves with the Board's grateful thanks and very best wishes for the future.
"Sarcoma UK is at a hugely exciting stage of development, with impressive growth and a newly-refreshed strategy and the Board is focussed on delivering our mission to fund ground-breaking research, support people with sarcoma, and increase public awareness."
Lindsey is moving to a new role as Chief Executive at mental health research charity, MQ. She said: “Sarcoma UK will always have a place in my heart. I have no doubt that the charity will go from strength to strength, and I intend to play a part in its future as a supporter and volunteer. I would like to pay tribute to all the truly inspirational supporters whom I have met in the last eight years. I feel honoured to have worked alongside them at Sarcoma UK.”
Perrett Laver have been appointed to assist the Board in the recruitment of a new Chief Executive for Sarcoma UK. Details of the role will be posted on sarcoma.org.uk shortly.