Roisin Foster was appointed as the charity’s chief executive this month, taking over from Arlene Spiers, both of whom are past pupils of Banbridge Academy.
Roisin brings 24 years experience in the voluntary sector to her new role, primarily within disability charities, and holds a Masters in Voluntary Sector Management from the CASS Business School, University of London.
“It’s a very exciting time to be taking on my new role with the Ulster Cancer Foundation as the charity prepares to celebrate its fortieth anniversary year,” said the mother-of-four.
“As we face the future I believe that it’s very important to build on the range of support services already provided by the Ulster Cancer Foundation.
“Feedback from patients, their families and carers has shown that we provide a vital link in helping people come to terms with their diagnosis, rediscover their self-esteem whilst building their confidence to face a new future.
“Our focus will be to ensure that all our services, particularly the ground-breaking family support service, is freely available and accessible to everyone across Northern Ireland.
“One in three people in Northern Ireland will develop cancer during their lifetime and around 11,000 are newly diagnosed each year.
“This puts a huge financial burden on the health and voluntary sectors yet two thirds of cancers could be prevented by simple lifestyle changes – stopping smoking, taking more exercise, eating a balanced diet and taking care in the sun. We will continue to focus our efforts on our award-winning education and prevention programmes for young people, those most at risk and hard to reach groups.
“I want to pay tribute to the sterling work undertaken by my predecessor Arlene Spiers and her unfailing dedication to the organisation. She was instrumental in positioning cancer firmly at the top of the health agenda in Northern Ireland and in building a strong and experienced team of people.
“I am grateful for the very firm foundation that she created upon which we can build for the future,” added Roisin.