Bowel Cancer UK appoints new chief executive

08 Jan 2020 News

Bowel Cancer UK has appointed Genevieve Edwards as its new chief executive to take over from Deborah Alsina.

Edwards is currently executive director of external affairs at the MS Society and will be starting her new role in February. 

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled and privileged to have this opportunity to lead Bowel Cancer UK into its next chapter.

“Every 30 minutes someone dies from the disease, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. The charity’s vision is a future where nobody dies of bowel cancer.

“I’m so looking forward to working with Bowel Cancer UK’s talented and passionate staff, supporters and everyone affected by the disease to achieve that bold ambition.” 

Bowel Cancer UK was formed in 2018 from the merger of Beating Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer UK. It campaigns, funds research and provides support for bowel cancer patients and their families.

In August, the charity announced that Alsina would be stepping down to take on a new role as chief executive of old people’s charity Independent Age. She had been chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK since 2009.

Edwards has been at the MS Society since 2017 and previously held communication and fundraising roles at Marie Stopes International and Terrence Higgins Trust.

Patrick Figgis, Chair of Bowel Cancer UK, said: “I’m delighted Genevieve will be joining us and very much look forward to working with her.

“She brings with her a wealth of experience and joins at a very exciting time as we embark on the delivery of our new five-year strategy.”

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