Marie Curie appoints new trustees

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John Varley, Chair of the Trustee Council of Marie Curie, said: “We are delighted to welcome the new trustees to Council at a time when the charity is embarking on an ambitious new five year strategy to meet the growing need for our services across the UK. An ageing population with increasingly complex and diverse needs, and divergent health and social care systems across the UK, make it very important that we continue to provide the best possible care for people with terminal illnesses.

“Moving forward we are committed to doubling our funding of research; sharing ways to improve the experiences of all terminally ill people regardless of circumstance, including support for families after the death; and working to improve the delivery of healthcare better to meet the needs of patients and their families.

“I look forward to drawing on the expertise of our new trustees and existing Council members to help Marie Curie meet these challenges.”

Below are some short biographies as published on the Marie Curie website:

Tim Breedon CBE 

Tim joined L&G in 1987, holding a number of roles before joining the board as Group Director (Investments) in 2002 and becoming Group Chief Executive in 2006. He retired from Legal and General in 2012. Tim served as Chairman of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) between July 2010 and July 2012, having been a Director since 2007. He also served as a Director on the Board of the Investment Management Association between 2004 and 2005. He was appointed as a non-executive Director of Barclays plc and of the Ministry of Justice in 2012.

Andrew Marsden BSc(Hons), D.Univ, FCIM, FIPM, FMS, FRSA

After a 30 year career in FMCG businesses Andrew is now an international brand consultant and non-executive director.

Andrew has served on the Governmental Advisory Committee on Advertising, is a past President of The Marketing Society and a former Chairman of both the Institute of Promotional Marketing and the Executive of the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers.

He is Senior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Marketors and is also a Trustee of CRI, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity.

Alan Shannon CB 

Alan was a member of the Northern Ireland Civil Service for 42 years. He served in the Department of Agriculture, as attaché to the British member of the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg, and in the Northern Ireland Office, where, inter alia, he was Chief Executive of the NI Prison Service.

Alan is a former Permanent Secretary of the Department for Employment and Learning, and the Department of Social Development. He retired in 2013.

He is presently Chair of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations, Chair of Marie Curie’s NI Advisory Committee, and a member of the Senate of Queen’s University, Belfast, the board of Civil Service Healthcare and the deregulation advisory panel appointed by the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Gareth Williams 

Gareth has a successful international track record in the commercial fields of retailing (including Marks & Spencer), service industries, information technology and communications and reviewing structures and governance in private and voluntary organisations.

Until recently, Gareth managed a portfolio of Chair and Trustee roles including Chairing of the Board of Trustees of Scouts Wales; Netalogue plc; and Institute of Directors in Wales. He also served as a non-executive Director of the European Retailing Advisory Board at Oxford University.

Gareth continues as a Member of the Board of Trustees of National Museums of Wales and Chair of Marie Curie’s Advisory Board for Wales and of Marie Curie’s Retail Committee. He is also undertaking a major review on behalf of the Welsh Government to review regulations and to improve the profitability and sustainability in Farming in Wales.

He is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Linda Urquhart OBE 

Linda has led one of Scotland’s largest law firms, Morton Fraser, for nearly fifteen years, first as Chief Executive and now as Chairman. Trained as a commercial property lawyer, she has advised businesses of all sizes across a variety of sectors. Linda is a member of the board of the CBI and Scottish Enterprise, Chairman of Investors in People Scotland and is a non-executive director of Scottish private bank, Adam & Co and Edinburgh Airport Limited.

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