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Meet the Board

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Jackie Claxton-Ruddock


It is a privilege to serve as Chair for our amazing charity, which is a voluntary role.  I am a qualified Life Coach and Social worker with a background in Senior Leadership working with children and families.


I have been a member of our charity since it began in 2010 and we have made a significant impact through our work.  In my spare time I enjoy being grandma to my delightful grandchildren.  

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Pat Saunders


I have worked in Higher Education (Admissions) for over 28 years and previously worked in the NHS.  I have Leadership, Management and Administration experience over many years.  I also have experience of website development.

I joined the Beyond Cancer Committee in July 2012 to support the work of the charity.  

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Isola Blair


I am a Social Worker and one of the founder members of Beyond Cancer.  Being diagnosed with breast cancer was a pivotal point in my life.  From the diagnosis to now, my life has changed and a new journey began for me.  


I am proud to say that I am a survivor of breast cancer. 

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Paula Swanston


My role with Beyond Cancer began when cancer touched the lives of family members who are near and dear to me were diagnosed with cancer.  Having a financial background of over 23 years and knowledge of working with charities, it was a must for me to dedicate some of my time to such a worthy cause. 


Working with the other members of the board has been an informative journey for me.  I have learnt so much and look forward to learning so much more.

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Valerie Francis


Before retirement, I was a qualified Nurse, Care Home Manager and Compliance Inspector for the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  


I became involved with Beyond Cancer through my work experience of family and friends who have been diagnosed with breast and other forms of cancer.

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