Our Chief Executive announces her retirement

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Our founder and Chief Executive Sue Farrington Smith MBE has announced her retirement.

It comes after Sue underwent extensive surgery for low-grade abdominal cancer last year.

“Although I have made a good recovery, I will continue to have scans and it is in the best interest of the charity and its future growth, and for the sake of my family, that I step down.

“I have always committed 100% of my energies to the success of the charity and our vision of finding a cure for all types of brain tumours but since my phased and now full-time return to work over the last few months, I have realised I no longer have the energy to be able to fulfil this role in the way that I would like and need to,” she said.

Sue led the coming together of a number of brain tumour charities to found Brain Tumour Research in 2009. The charity has become the leading voice of the UK brain tumour community and now funds four Centres of Excellence with plans to establish a further three. Her passion for our cause comes from the loss of her beloved niece Alison Phelan in 2001 just before her eighth birthday and the many families that she met along the way.

Sue sends her heartfelt thanks to you – our valued supporters – for your dedication and loyalty which have played a crucial role in the charity’s exponential growth.

Our Director of Finance and Operations, Ashley Bailey, will take over as interim Chief Executive until a new leader is appointed.

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