Breast Cancer Now gives Tom Scotland role
Breast Cancer Now, the research and care charity, has appointed Dr Tom Berry as its head of Scotland. A former breast cancer surgeon, Tom joins Breast Cancer Now from NHS Scotland, having previously held several non-executive roles within the voluntary sector, including Medics Against Violence where he was appointed a board member in 2018.
Tom is committed to working in the third sector and is currently chair of Volunteer Glasgow. Prior to this, he occupied a number of significant posts with the British Medical Association.
He will play a pivotal role in making the charity’s work a success in Scotland, leading the development of its award-winning face-to-face services, working in partnership with the NHS, voluntary and statutory organisations across Scotland. He will also play a key role in external engagement and policy work in Scotland to address issues and affect change in breast cancer prevention, early detection and diagnosis, and the equality of access to treatments.
Tom said: “I am honoured to be appointed as head of Scotland at Breast Cancer Now. I am passionate about ensuring excellent care and support for people affected by breast cancer, and this role presents an exciting opportunity to help to deliver even more progress for those living with the disease in Scotland.
“Breast cancer is a truly devastating disease and is still impacting the lives of too many across Scotland. I am proud to be joining a charity which is having such a positive impact on the lives of all those affected – providing vital support for today, and much-needed hope for the future.”
Despite decades of progress in research and care, breast cancer remains the most common cancer in the UK – and around 1,000 people still die from breast cancer each year in Scotland.
Breast Cancer Now, the research and care charity, funds world-class research and life-changing care to bring more hope and make faster progress for everyone affected by the disease.
Chief executive Baroness Delyth Morgan said: “We are delighted to welcome Tom as the charity’s new head of Scotland. His practical knowledge and expertise as a breast surgeon, combined with a wealth of experience in the health and third sectors, will be a real asset to the organisation.
“At Breast Cancer Now, we believe that we can change the future of breast cancer and make sure that, by 2050, everyone diagnosed with the disease lives – and is supported to live well. But we need to act now. Tom’s role will be pivotal in helping to deliver this ambition for all those affected by breast cancer in Scotland.
“We very much look forward to the knowledge, passion and drive that Tom will bring to the post and to the charity.”
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