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Pancreatic Cancer UK appoints three new trustees

Posted by: Comms 13 April 2012

 Simon Collins 150David Probert 150Dan Blake 150

  (L-R: Nee trustees Simon Collins, David Probert, Daniel Blake)

Pancreatic Cancer UK is delighted to appoint three new members to its Board of Trustees to help take the UK's leading pancreatic cancer charity closer to achieving its goal of doubling survival rates in the next five years.

The new Trustees are:

  • Simon Collins, (ACA) a chartered accountant and Chairman and Senior Partner elect of KPMG
  • David Probert, BA (Hons) MBA, Chief Operating Officer at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and an Executive Director on the Board of the Trust
  • Daniel Blake  (BMedSc Hons) who established Nicki's Smile, a Fund of Pancreatic Cancer UK, in January 2011 after losing his wife, Nicki, to pancreatic cancer at just 33 years of age. Nicki's Smile has raised over £170,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK since it was established. Daniel will be a co-opted Trustee until the end of 2013. Prior to establishing Nicki's Smile, Daniel forged a 10 year career in the asset management industry

They join existing Trustees Trace Allen, Chair of Trustees and pancreatic cancer survivor; Sarah Roberts; Lesley Sixsmith; Simon Gibbins (Treasurer); and Claire Hickson.

Alex Ford, Chief Executive at Pancreatic Cancer UK comments: "Pancreatic Cancer UK has been delighted by the response to our call for Trustees. This undoubtedly reflects the increased focus and attention that pancreatic cancer is beginning to receive and I am confident that we are entering into a period that will result in improved outcomes for people diagnosed with this dreadful disease. For too long pancreatic cancer patients have been written off. Through its Campaign for Hope, Pancreatic Cancer UK is committed to doubling survival rates in five years."