Pelican has welcomed Mary Edwards as its new Chair of Trustees. We are all delighted to welcome her and look forward to working with her developing the charity’s plans for the future. Mary brings great understanding and experience of the NHS, including research.
Mary is taking over from Sir Peter Michael – and during his time as chairman, Pelican has worked with doctors and nurses from across the UK and Europe to research and embed major changes in both bowel and prostate cancer treatment.
Mary is former chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a Governor of the University of Winchester. She joined Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital in 1995 as Director of Nursing and Patient Services and was appointed Chief Executive in 2003. She led the successful integration of Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust with Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare Trust to form Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in January 2012.
She said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair of Trustees for Pelican Cancer Foundation.
“Pelican focuses on a cause that is very dear to my heart, having spent my whole career working alongside clinicians pushing the boundaries of diagnosis, treatment and care for patients who are diagnosed with cancer.”