We are grateful to be supported by a dynamic Board of Trustees. Made up of experienced professionals from both the private and public sectors, they are passionate, dedicated and committed to governing and overseeing the work that we do here at Make 2nds Count.
I joined the Make 2nds Count board in 2019 having been amazed by what the charity had achieved in its first year thanks to the determined commitment of its founders and its fantastic volunteers & donors. It’s an honour to have been elected by my fellow trustees as Chair of the Board in November 2019 to help grow the charity into a sustainable research fund and support for patients & families affected by Secondary Breast Cancer.
I’ve worked with start-ups for the last 20 years in marketing and operational roles and have lots of experience running boards and committees in my current role as COO of the Mobile Ecosystem Forum. In 2014 I was diagnosed with early stage primary breast cancer. Despite this experience, I had shockingly never heard of secondary breast cancer until I heard about Lisa’s story from a friend which highlights through personal insight why education and greater awareness of this incurable disease is so vital.
Interesting fact – My first ever sponsored walk was the Kiltwalk for Make 2nds Count which I did with my beloved dog Jackpot the Parson Russell Terrier
Retiring at end 2019 after 38 years in the electricity industry I am ready to commit to new challenges. There are no greater challenges than what this charity is striving to achieve by raising greater awareness of SBC through funding Research, Education and Support to as many people and targeted projects as possible. It is an honour to be part of this charity and with the board and many volunteers; we will try to make a difference.
I am married to Helen, mother to our founder Lisa and have watched Make 2nds Count grow since the moment Lisa came up with the idea during her first round of chemotherapy.
Interesting Fact: A friend and I undertook a 5 day, 70km walk and 3 day camp inside the Arctic Circle to raise funds for Make 2nds Count. Overnight temperatures dropped below -20 degrees and the journey was at the time a challenge ...........
Lisa and I married in 2010 and, together, we have one son, Cameron. By day, I am a Partner in a Scottish law firm specialising in Private Client work, advising clients in all areas of asset protection, succession and tax planning during lifetime and on death, with particular emphasis on the drafting of wills and trusts, dealing with issues arising from lack of capacity, providing assistance to business owners in relation to tax mitigation and succession and the administration of estates and trusts. Handily, I also specialise in charity law!
I met Lisa whilst performing in the amateur musical theatre scene in Edinburgh, during rehearsals of Me and My Girl (the theme song of which we walked back down the aisle to!). Since Lisa's diagnosis, it has been an absolute passion of hers to set up a charity and I could not be more proud to be at the centre of Make 2nds Count, ensuring the charity builds on the success it has already achieved.
Interesting Fact: I am a former president of the European Youth Parliament and I once fainted on camera whilst being recorded for a television quiz show!
I was delighted to join the board in May 2020 and I look forward to making my contribution count for Make 2nds Count. I am a Fundraising & Communications Manager with a national mental health charity, and I also serve as a trustee with a veterans’ charity.
Prior to that, I enjoyed a long career as a news and sports journalist. I switched to a new calling in the Third Sector after my fiancée Sharon passed away from secondary breast cancer in September 2014. Sharon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, but following successful surgery and treatment, the disease returned the following year. Looking back, I think we – like so many others - were ill-equipped in terms of our knowledge and understanding of secondary breast cancer, and I am heartened to see that Make 2nds Count are fulfilling a vital role in ensuring that people living with secondary breast cancer now have more hope through improved research, awareness, support and information.
Interesting fact: Now that I have hung up my own 11-a-side boots, I have indulged my passion for football and writing by having four biographies published between 2008-2019.
I have been involved with Make2ndscount since August 2019. I have known both Lisa and Euan for many years and I was very aware of the charity and its achievements. I was therefore hugely honoured to be asked to get involved.
I have a background in Aerospace and have set up and sold a variety of companies over the years, so I bring some finance, business and management skills to the charity. I believe that the aims and ambitions for Make 2nds Count are hugely important in terms of raising awareness, supporting people with the condition and in funding much needed research into finding a cure. I had no idea just how devastating this disease is and was shocked to learn just how unaware most of us are about it and the issues facing families living with the condition.
I have been amazed in board meetings to learn what is being done by the charity and am very excited to be involved and feel part of it
Interesting Fact: I set up the stand comedy club way back in the day
I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, out of the blue, in March 2014. Previously I had been a self-employed communications consultant, living in Edinburgh with my 4 children. The shock and grief I felt when being given the news of my diagnosis, and likely 1-2 years life expectancy, was indescribable.
After a rollercoaster first 18 months of treatment, when no treatment seemed to work, I got the last slot on a Phase 1 clinical trial at the Glasgow Beatson Cancer Centre. That was over 4 years ago, and I am still on it living a great life with few side effects.
Being so ‘well’ has enabled me to become a patient advocate, campaigning to get a better deal for metastatic breast cancer patients who are often ignored when it comes to research, treatments and support. I have worked with CRUK, Breast Cancer Now, the NCRI, and am a member of ICPV and METUP UK amongst other patient focused groups. My knowledge of MBC has increased hugely as a result and I am passionate about enabling more patients to access new treatments and clinical trials.
When Make 2nds Count started I was therefore delighted to join the Trustees in order to represent and be the voice of patients, and to help improve the lives of us living with the disease.
Interesting Fact: I used to do a lot of hiking and climbing and have been at altitudes of over 19,000 feet many times, including to the top of Kilimanjaro in Africa, Acancagua in Argentina and Cotopaxi in Chile.
I worked in the Financial Services industry for many years mostly in the Wealth management area prior to his retirement in 2019. I have a long family history and connection with the medical world continuing now with my daughter who is a Doctor based in Australia.
I joined the Board of Make 2nds Count this year and believe the work of the Charity will increase public awareness of secondary breast cancer to help those patients now and in the future.