Brain Tumour Research announces new Chief Executive

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Brain Tumour Research has announced the appointment of Dan Knowles as its new Chief Executive.  

As CEO of Oxfordshire Mind for the last seven years, Dan oversaw a period of significant growth. He started his career in strategy consultancy and has worked with corporates including Pepsi and John Lewis and is the founder of an Oxford-based social enterprise.   

Dan, who has lost three family friends to brain tumours in the last two years, said: “I am excited to bring everything I have learnt both in the corporate and third sector to this wonderful organisation. Brain Tumour Research has achieved so much, and we have much more to do. There has never been a better or more important time to seek greater awareness, funding, and research. I look forward to playing my part in grasping the opportunity to make a step change in the coming years in terms of advancements in our understanding of brain tumours, bringing forward new treatments and, ultimately, finding a cure.”   

Dan joins the Milton Keynes-based charity on Monday 18th September. His appointment as Chief Executive follows the retirement of Sue Farrington Smith MBE, a co-founder of the charity who now joins the board as a Trustee.  

Wendy Fulcher, Chair of Trustees, said: “We are very pleased to be welcoming someone of Dan’s calibre and charisma, experience and ability to lead Brain Tumour Research into an exciting new chapter and are excited by all that can be done to take us ever closer to our vision of a cure for all types of brain tumour.  

“We remain grateful to Sue for all that she has achieved since co-founding the charity and give our thanks to Deputy Chief Executive Ashley Bailey who has so ably steered the charity through this period of change.”  

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