Sarcoma UK is delighted to have appointed three more new Trustees for our Board who manage our growing staff team.
Three new faces joined us back in June, a further two are coming on board this month, and one will be joining our Board in December. Our Board sets the long-term vision for the charity and protects our reputation and values.
Trustees help us in several ways including:
- Providing support with strategic oversight
- Relationship building with potential funders, partners, staff and the wider healthcare charity sector
- Supporting the Chief Executive and Management team
- Ensuring strong governance in line with company and charity law
“We’re delighted to be joined by such diverse and talented people to enhance our Board,” says Richard Davidson, Chief Executive of Sarcoma UK. “Our volunteer Trustees are vital to our success and we benefit hugely from their energy, passion and commitment. I’m really looking forward to working with them to progress our strategy.”
Joining us this month, Dr Aisha Miah has spent more than a decade as Consultant Clinical Oncologist at the Sarcoma Unit, The Royal Marsden Hospital and is Honorary Faculty of the Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging at The Institute of Cancer Research, delivering on radiotherapy research studies for sarcoma patients.
Aisha has also led on the delivery of education and training for Specialist Registrars in London and the South-East as Training Programme Director for Clinical Oncology.
From a clinical perspective, she first joined the sarcoma community 10 years ago and quickly learnt the challenges in treating sarcoma and improving knowledge among health care professionals and the public. She represented Sarcoma UK as a member of the Morcellation Task and Finish Group to develop RCOG patient information leaflets and consent advice to raise awareness of uterine sarcomas.
‘It has been a privilege to be part of the community observing how Sarcoma UK has evolved and transformed patients’ lives and professional perception as well as enhancing care through its policies and research programmes.’
‘I would hope to be able to provide some impact in further improving patient experiences and outcomes. While we are working together to help everyone, sometimes we may need to make a little more effort to provide additional support to certain groups.’
Also joining us this month, Dr Sally Johnson is an experienced NHS GP and medical leader with expertise in clinical governance, quality improvement and the operationalisation of new clinical services.
She has 12 years of Board experience as Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer of a number of healthcare organisations that provide NHS primary care, urgent care and private telemedicine. Sally has recent leadership experience in private digital healthcare and the global Covid vaccination programme.
Sally has personal experience of sarcoma from when a close friend was diagnosed with sarcoma. After watching her friend’s journey, Sally is keen to promote awareness of sarcoma amongst medical professionals to ensure early diagnosis and treatment.
‘As a GP with 25 years experience, I recognise how hard it is to identify and refer patients at risk of relatively rare cancers; I strongly believe there is more we can and must do in primary care to increase awareness of sarcoma.’
‘I welcome the opportunity to work with a charity that is successfully delivering so many projects that together will improve the lives of those affected by sarcoma.’
Joining our Board of Trustees in December, Dr Fiona Cowie is a Clinical Oncologist at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Glasgow, specialising in the management of adult patients with sarcomas, and children who need radiotherapy. She also undertakes the long term follow up of childhood cancer survivors.
Fiona has been actively involved in managing people affected by sarcoma for over 20 years and has been constantly learning about the many different aspects of sarcoma. She has also been involved with paediatric cancer care, Young Adult cancer care and long term follow up after treatment.
Fiona also has extensive medical panel and voluntary sector experience, including as a Duke of Edinburgh leader.
‘I have used resources from Sarcoma UK over the years and have seen how valuable they are, not only to patients and families, but also to a wide range of healthcare professionals.’
‘I feel privileged to have been able to advocate for patients and help to ensure access to the best possible care and opinions.’
We welcome Aisha, Sally and Fiona to the board and look forward to working with them.