Chair of Trustees
I have spent 40 years operating within the Financial Services industry at senior management level across operational & compliance environments, I now run my own business as a Development Coach & Mindfulness Teacher. Following my own cancer journey in 2017 when I was most appreciative of the support & services offered by Wessex Cancer Trust, I am now in a position to ‘give back’ and support the charity in the role of Chair of Trustees.
Vice-Chair of Trustees
I first became involved with Wessex Cancer Trust in 2010 when my wife Sara, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, began using their after-care services. Shortly afterwards, I started working with the local Southampton Fundraising Group and, in 2012, took over the role of group Chair. During my time with them we raised well over £12,000 across a variety of events.
I stood down as from the fundraising group October 2015 and, in March 2016, I was invited to become a Trustee for Wessex Cancer Trust. In August 2017 I took over the role of Chair of Trustees and after three years in the role stood down as Chair in August 2020. I am now Vice Chair and head up the team looking at the charity’s Governance & Risk.
In my spare time I write and record music and I sing and play guitar in a local covers band. I enjoy walking and watching rugby, tennis and motor sport. I am married to Sara, we have four children and nine grandchildren.
I previously worked as a pharmacist at both Winchester and Andover hospitals, and more recently as a Councillor for Winchester City Council. Being a City Councillor means getting involved with and being passionate for your local community, and after discovering the Trust’s Winchester Cancer Support Centre, in April 2016 I became a Trustee to help to support a fantastic local charity!
I am a Health Psychologist and Principal Academic in Psychology at Bournemouth University. I conduct research around quality of life and wellbeing in individuals with cancer and their family members. This includes developing and testing programmes (particularly online programmes) designed to improve wellbeing following a diagnosis of cancer. I am extremely grateful to the patients who have taken part in my research over the years, and am honoured to have the opportunity to support Wessex Cancer Trust as a Trustee.
I have spent 22 years working in the NHS at senior management level focusing on transformation, strategy and delivery and I am passionate about finding ways of positively transforming health care experiences for patients and the wider community. I am an NLP practitioner and life coach. I am honoured to have the opportunity to support the charity as a trustee in the amazing work that it does.
Now retired, I practised as a barrister for 40 years from chambers in Southampton. I am a Vice President and former Trustee of Hampshire Cricket, the Winchester Diocesan Ambassador for the Children’s Society and a member of the Court of Assistants, and Immediate Past Upper Bailiff, of the Worshipful Company of Weavers. I am married to a retired GP. Our daughter was successfully treated for cancer as a teenager. I became a Trustee of Wessex Cancer Trust in 2020.
Having grown up in the Wessex region, but having spent many years in senior finance roles in London and internationally, including the last six years as Chief Financial Officer of the British Heart Foundation, we moved back to the region early in 2021. I was therefore delighted and honoured to secure this opportunity to apply my experience in supporting a fantastic organisation delivering such key services to the local community.
I am a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles and have corporate experience covering finance, governance, risk management and delivering significant M&A transactions. I am very pleased to have joined Wessex Cancer Trust’s board as a Trustee and look forward to supporting this very worthwhile charity which delivers important services and support for people living with cancer in our region.
Bex de Beer
I am a marketing professional, currently working as a Senior Marketing Consultant for a top financial institution. I specialise in brand management, communications strategy, creative and content strategy and campaign strategy and planning. I have also worked at large advertising agencies as a communications strategist, working across many sectors, including non-profit organisations.
My Mum was a client of Wessex Cancer Trust and attended a mix of services at the Bournemouth Support Centre. I volunteered as Head of Marketing at Wessex Cancer Trust for six months over the Summer of 2021 before becoming a Trustee later in the year.
I am a Senior Human Resources professional within the Financial Services Industry. I partner members of the Executive Team, providing them and their Leadership Teams with guidance on the strategic direction and management of people related activity and initiatives. I have experience in change management, recruitment, development, reward and employee relations. I am honoured to have joined the Board of Trustees at Wessex Cancer Trust and am very much looking forward to being able to support such a fantastic local charity