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Friday, 23 October 2020


Wessex Cancer Trust appoints Diane Cutler as new Chair of Trustees

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Diane Cutler has 40 years’ senior management experience in the Financial Services industry, most recently in regulatory risk and compliance roles. She has been a committee member of the Insurance Institute of Southampton for the past 15 years and was President in 2010/11.

She currently holds the role of Charity Awareness & Fundraising Officer for the Institute. Diane is passionate about training and development and now runs her own business as a Development Coach and Mindfulness Teacher.

Diane says it is a huge privilege to be joining Wessex Cancer Trust at a time when it is supporting a growing number of people living with cancer, and she is delighted to be joining a charity so close to her heart.

Diane said:

“Joining Wessex Cancer Trust is an opportunity for me to give back to the charity that supported me through my own cancer journey. I think that many people assume that once you’ve had surgery and completed chemotherapy everything is going to be fine, but it was actually at this point that I reached out to Wessex Cancer Trust’s support centre in Chandlers Ford. Attending the centre for yoga and therapeutic sessions gave me valuable ‘time out’ to focus on my recovery and overall wellbeing. The care that Wessex Cancer Trust offers clients and their families through diagnosis, treatment and recovery is truly amazing.”

The primary role of the Board of Trustees is to manage the charity’s resources in the best interests of the beneficiaries. As Chair, Diane will be responsible for planning and running trustee meetings, ensuring trustees comply with their duties and that Wessex Cancer Trust is well-governed, acting as a link between trustees and staff and line managing the CEO on behalf of the trustees.

Rachel Billsberry-Grass, who became Wessex Cancer Trust’s CEO in July, says she is delighted that Diane has joined as Chair of Trustees.

Rachel said:

“Diane’s experience in business, wellbeing and development, and as a past Wessex Cancer Trust client, will be hugely important in helping us to get through the challenges of Covid-19, and in building the charity so we can be here for as many people as possible into the future.”

Diane is married with two children and two grandchildren and lives in Chandler’s Ford.

Although lockdown measures are easing, it is still a particularly anxious time for anyone living with cancer. To access cancer support visit https://www.wessexcancer.org.uk/.

Wessex Cancer Trust supports 11,000 people every year through its four cancer support centres which provide a drop-in service, professional counselling, complementary therapies, activities, support groups and courses. It also runs outreach services, popular Sing for Life choirs and transport on its Daisy Buses to help patients to get to their hospital appointments.

The charity relies on voluntary donations to fund its vital services. To make a donation please visit www.wessexcancer.org.uk.

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