We have announced that Peter Towler will become our new interim CEO when Cait Allen leaves us for a new position in June. 

Peter is one of our trustees and is stepping in on an interim basis until such time as the Covid-19 situation eases and a permanent CEO can be found. He will take up this new role on 26th May.  

Now retired, Peter practised as a barrister for 40 years from chambers in Southampton. He is a Vice President and former trustee of Hampshire Cricket, the Winchester Diocesan  Ambassador for the Children's Society, a member of the Court of Assistants and Immediate Past Upper Bailiff of the Worshipful Company of Weavers. He is married to a retired  GP. Their daughter was successfully treated for cancer as a teenager.

Speaking about this new role, Peter said:  

It is a huge honour to be asked to take on this role at such an important time for the charity and I would like to thank my fellow trustees for placing their faith in me. Clearly the current circumstances are particularly challenging for all charities and Wessex Cancer Trust is certainly facing its own challenges. I am looking forward to working with an excellent team of staff and volunteers as we look to secure the immediate future and develop an exciting vision for 2021 and beyond.   

Announcing his appointment, our Chairman, Barry Rinaldi, said:

Clearly our priority at the moment is making sure anyone living with cancer in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight continues to get the support they need during what is a particularly anxious time for them. Peter knows Wessex Cancer Trust well through his role as a trustee and has a huge amount of charity and leadership experience which will be invaluable. He will also be instrumental in helping us to recruit a permanent CEO when the lockdown measures have eased. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Cait Allen for her strong leadership over the past five years.    

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With most of our fundraising and events postponed or cancelled, we have set up a Just Giving page to raise money so we can continue to be here for local people living with cancer. To make a donation, click here