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 am a chartered accountant and have spent my career within the financial services industry, including running a number of life insurance businesses over the last 15 years.
I first came across Wessex Cancer Trust when our son was being treated for leukaemia on Piam Brown ward at Southampton General Hospital over twenty years ago. Hampshire has always been my home county and I also now spend a lot of time on the Isle of Wight, so am delighted to join this fabulous local charity at such an exciting time as we look to extend support to more local people living with cancer.
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.
Emily Arden Close
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
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 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.