The board of trustees at supportive brain tumour charity Brainstrust has appointed the charity’s development director as Chief Executive, a new position at the charity.
Will Jones has been with Brainstrust for seven years. He also has advisory roles with Cancer Research UK and the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service, and was awarded a Charitycomms ‘Inspiring Communicator’ Award in 2015 for his ability to work effectively with diverse groups of stakeholders.
As CEO he will work closely with the charity’s leadership team, including director of services and policy, Dr Helen Bulbeck, who has led the development of Brainstrust’s services since it was founded in 2006.
Peter Bulbeck, Brainstrust co-founder and clerk to the trustees, said:
“Alongside Brainstrust’s leadership team, Will has played a key role in developing our fundraising and regional supportive presence. He is the ideal person to take on the chief executive role and steer the charity into this new era.”
Around 60,000 people in the UK are living with a brain tumour, and more people under 40 die as a result of a brain tumour than from any other form of cancer. Last year the charity raised nearly £750,000: its income has risen by nearly 60% in the past two years.
The charity’s trustees have also appointed a new chairman of the board of trustees. Chris Baker, the UK managing director of global technology company Concur was formerly a senior director of Microsoft, and has been a trustee since 2011.