Backwell to take on top CLAN Cancer Support role

CLAN Cancer Support has appointed Colette Backwell as its new chief executive.

Colette Blackwell has been appointed chief executive of CLAN Cancer Support.
Colette Backwell has been appointed chief executive of CLAN Cancer Support.

She will succeed Debbie Thomson who spent over 14 years in the position before recently standing down.

Based in Aberdeen, CLAN covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray and the Northern Isles, including a branch in Lerwick.

Dr Backwell, who will officially join the charity later this year, has over 20 years of experience in policy development, research, industry support and business management within the charity, public and private sectors.

Her previous roles include director with the Scottish Food and Drink Federation as well as a number of senior public sector positions in the UK and Scottish governments and in local government. She has particular expertise in the challenges of service delivery in rural communities,

CLAN chairman Kenny Anderson said: “Following a successful recruitment campaign for the post, where the calibre of candidates was extremely high, we are delighted to announce the appointment.

“Colette’s vast experience within the third, public and private sectors really does speak for itself and I look forward to working with her when she links up with the charity later this year.

“Colette’s strengths lie within leadership and organisational management and I have no doubt that she is the perfect person to oversee the next stage of CLAN’s journey.”

Dr Backwell described it as “an incredible honour” to have been appointed chief executive.

She said: “I look forward to playing my part in continuing its reputation as a leading provider of free cancer support services across the north and north-east of Scotland.

“I have a strong passion for the role that the third sector plays in supporting local communities and it is obvious that CLAN is held in high regard by so many people across the areas it operates within. It’s an exciting opportunity for me and one that I can’t wait to get started with.”


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