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Breast Cancer Now CEO steps down after 23 years

30 Nov 2023 News

Baroness Delyth Morgan

Breast Cancer Now

Baroness Delyth Morgan has stepped down after 23 years as CEO at Breast Cancer Now and its legacy charities.
 
Morgan joined Breakthrough Breast Cancer as chief executive in 1995, and then in 2011 she was appointed chief executive of Breast Cancer Campaign following a four-year period in the House of Lords as a minister.

In 2015 and then 2019, she led two mergers that brought together Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Campaign and Breast Cancer Care to form Breast Cancer Now.

She said: “While it’s been a huge decision, I know this is the right time for me to step down and hand over the reins of this extraordinary charity to someone new. Both personally and as a member of the House of Lords, I’ll remain a staunch advocate for Breast Cancer Now, the cancer community and the charity sector and look forward to continued progress being made for those affected by breast cancer.”

With the charity bringing its current strategy to a close in 2025, the new chief executive will lead the development of a new strategy process that looks to 2030 and beyond.
  
Jill Thompson, chair of Breast Cancer Now said: “A highly influential, inspirational, and respected leader in the cancer sector, for 23 years, Delyth has transformed the outlook for breast cancer. 

“Driving the merger of the three leading breast cancer charities, Delyth formed Breast Cancer Now as a comprehensive breast cancer charity. Faced with the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, she ensured the charity’s services were there when people needed them most. 

“Since, she’s led the charity to turn the tide on breast cancer through its organisational strategy (2021-2025). Delyth’s leadership has ensured, through such significant change, a positive, people-focused and purposeful culture with our beneficiaries at its heart.”
 
Thompson added: “A campaigner at heart, Delyth has kept a spotlight on the needs of people with breast cancer amongst policymakers and the public, ensuring improving survival rates do not lead to complacency.”

The chair said Morgan leaves the charity “in a strong position, with exciting growth plans to transform the impact it has for all those affected by breast cancer now and in the future, making this an exciting time for the right person to become the charity’s new chief executive”.
 
Breast Cancer Now’s board of trustees is working with recruitment agency Starfish to recruit for the role of chief executive. This role will be advertised from today to Monday 14 January 2024. 
 
Charity Commission data puts the income of Breast Cancer Now at £66.8m and total expenditure at £43.9m.

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