My background is in finance and business consulting, with a strong focus on restructuring and change management. I joined the Centre as a trustee just over 20 years ago, through Business in the Community, which works to link people working in finance and law with charities needing new trustees.
I chose the Centre as I live in Wandsworth and wanted to work with a local charity and because I was very impressed from the outset with the wonderful and innovative work being done by the then Director, Petra Griffiths, and all the team to support people living with cancer. This impression hasn’t left me and I feel very privileged to have been part of the Centre for so long.
My involvement with the Centre has led me towards other parts of the health sector: having been a non-executive director of Wandsworth PCT from 2007 to 2010, I am now a non-executive director at St George’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
I became involved with the Centre because of my admiration for the work that a friend of mine does as a volunteer at the Centre and her passion for the importance of the Centre’s work.
Like most, I’ve experienced the loss of parents, and friends due to cancer. For me, it was (mostly) evident how well they were served by the NHS during their treatment. But it was also painfully evident that professional emotional support and practical advice were in scarce supply. The Centre fills a much-needed gap and its work is inspirational.
For most of my life I’ve worked in the advertising and design field, which included two years as Chairman of Interbrand, the international brand consultancy.
I am so grateful for the amazing help I received as a client at Paul’s. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in July 2013 and followed the whole of the Healing Journey course. This made a huge impact on me and has helped me use my cancer experience to transform my life.
I strongly believe that the services that Paul’s offers should be available to more people, carers and families. I particularly admire the way in which Paul’s recognises that people need ongoing support after their treatment has finished. I would like to be part of extending these important services and developing sustainable funding streams.
Beverley Van Der Molen
A nurse by background, I started specialising in cancer care at The Royal Marsden over twenty five years ago. I was one of the first Macmillan Cancer Information Officers, setting up and providing a community-based information service for people affected by cancer at Paul’s Centre in 1995. In 2008, I worked jointly between the Centre and St George’s Hospital, where I established the Macmillan Information and Support Centre.
Providing the right information and support to help people with cancer and their families deal effectively with the illness has always been central to my roles. This has led to producing and providing information resources, and publications on the provision of information and patient education.
Up until my recent retirement, in December 2018, I worked at St George’s Hospital as a Macmillan Patient and Public Involvement Co-ordinator.
I am delighted to continue my involvement with Paul’s as a Trustee, to help ensure that the Centre continues to provide invaluable support and services.