Search for a new chief exec of CancerCare continues

on Friday, 18 January 2019. Posted in Blog Tags Blog, cancer, CancerCare, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, South Lakeland, southlakeland

Hello. Firstly, can I say how much I enjoyed last Friday evening's Kendal volunteers belated Christmas meal - good food and company! It was a really good night so thank you for the invitation.

This week has been a mixture of forward planning and the start of lots of housekeeping as I am conscious that the countdown to by retirement has well and truly begun.

Our Kendal volunteers

I am pleased to report that this week I have had a number of really good conversations with some potential CEO candidates and have been impressed with what I have heard and to hear more about their own experiences and the clear interest in CancerCare.

Monday was one of those typical days for me. Where else could you work and go from a planning meeting with the SMT, to working on some board reports to a rehearsal in the evening with the mystery “actors” a group of friends of both Anna and I, getting ready for our Whodunnit mystery night (sold out!) next week.

On Tuesday I caught up with Suzie Reynolds at Leighton Hall and was able to have a good chat with her following the recent death of her husband Richard. Suzie and indeed all the Leighton team, are such great supporters and ambassadors for CancerCare.


I was then invited to a really interesting meeting at the Rosemere Centre in Preston where a group of us were given a presentation about the plans to build and open a 'Maggies' centre in the grounds of the Royal Preston Hospital.

This is clearly a major step and would give Cancer patients on site access to support.

We were able to share some concerns too about overlap of services, how this would all link up and a risk to local fundraising activity.

I came away reassured that any development would only work in partnership and that the evidence available from other Maggie centres demonstrated that they boosted work for local cancer support charities like ours.

The development time could be as long as three years and we will clearly be an important partner. I think it will give us a further opportunity to link into even more referrals.

We are well and truly into business planning mode and much work is underway to prepare the draft ready for our Finance Committee in a couple of weeks.

What a great idea from Tracey MacBride and our Wellbeing Group regarding the competition to find a new name for the group. Please take part and if any newer member of staff or anyone for that matter wishes to get more involved please get in touch with Alison Stainthorpe.

On Thursday I returned to Heysham Power Station Visitor Centre as a follow up to a meeting I attended last year to explore ways in which the Power Station can continue to support us and explore options for some kind of event at the visitor centre, a good meeting. Watch this pace for further news including supporting their annual staff health awareness week planned for October.

Today I am catching up with our Communications and Marketing Officer, Ingrid Kent, as we start to look at the tender returns for the design and build of a new website, so all very exciting stuff.

This weekend Alan and I are in Lancaster tomorrow evening for dinner with some friends at Simply French, then a big family lunch cooking day on Sunday.

Whatever you are doing have a good weekend.



Neil Townsend
Chief Executive Officer