Victoria has been Chief Executive of Cancerkin since November 2008. She is committed to ensuring that breast cancer patients and their ‘kin’ receive a warm welcome and helpful support from Cancerkin. Acutely aware of the increasingly difficult funding environment for small charities Victoria supported the Board of Trustees to consider options for Cancerkin’s future and which led to the merger on 1 February 2016 with Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. She looks forward to seeing work start on a new Maggie’s Centre based (like Cancerkin) at the Royal Free Hospital, but providing its support and services to people suffering from all forms of cancer.
During the past 8 years Victoria has focussed her energies on providing more support to patients by:
- Increasing the number of complementary therapies available at the Cancerkin Centre
- Doubling the hours the Centre is open
- Increasing the number of Experienced Patients who offer one to one support
- Increasing the open times of the Lymphoedema Clinic from 3 days a week to 5
- Setting up a Young Person’s support group for breast cancer patients under 40
- Working closely with the Breast Department of the Royal Free so that patients can move seamlessly from hospital treatment and support to Cancerkin’s services
- Running an outreach programme in East London from 2008 to 2015 to (1) spread the breast awareness messages in areas of high mortality and (2) bring Cancerkin’s services to those living with cancer. The breast awareness programme trained students from East London as Awareness Ambassadors to deliver breast awareness messages at events tailored to the local communities. The support programme provided complementary therapy sessions in partnership with St Joseph’s Hospice and St Peter’s Church in Hackney, Bromley by Bow Health Centre in Tower Hamlets, and the Given-Wilson Institute in Plaistow for breast cancer patients in East London where provision is patchy The programme ended when local providers were able to take it on.
- Improving her own counselling skills through training and academic study.
Victoria’s background is mainly in the arts world where posts she has held include Director of the National Campaign for the Arts (an arts lobbying organisation), Director of the Council for Dance Education and Training, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Institute for Conservation of Historic Works of Art (UKIC) and positions in the Tate Gallery and UNESCO. She also worked for an international children’s charity working mainly on delivering support to children with HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Since joining Cancerkin she studied part-time and secured an MSc (merit) in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Birkbeck, University of London, after completing the Westminster Pastoral Foundation Diploma in Counselling.
To contact Victoria, phone her on 020 7830 2323 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org