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Posted by Target Ovarian Cancer on Tuesday 20 January 2009

Target Ovarian Cancer today announced the appointment of two new Trustees to its Board.

They will bring complementary skills and expertise to those of the three founding trustees.

The charity was established last year in order to drive improvements in survival and quality of life for women diagnosed in the UK with ovarian cancer. The founding Chairman, Joanna Barker is a highly successful business woman. Along with a number of other founding donors, her exceptional philanthropic support has enabled Target Ovarian Cancer to bring significant new investment to the field and provided it with a very clear professional business approach.

Joanna, who lost both her mother and sister to ovarian cancer in 2005, invited Janet Gaymer CBE QC, an eminent employment lawyer and Commissioner for Public Appointments, and Kate Kirkland, an expert in charity governance to join the Board as founding Trustees.

Following a national advertising campaign a further two new Trustees have been appointed. They bring with them particularly strong PR and communications skills, and have both been affected by ovarian cancer in their family.

Gill Hardy now runs executive search firm McKenzie Finn, having previously been Divisional Managing Director at Hill and Knowlton, specialising in consumer and healthcare. Helen MacNamara is Deputy Director for Media in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Target Ovarian Cancer Chief Executive Annwen Jones expressed her delight at the appointments,"Both Gill and Helen will have vital roles to play as we work towards our aim of a long and good life for every woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK. Their particular skill sets and personal experiences will help ensure we reach as wide an audience as possible in our mission to accelerate progress in diagnosing and treating this disease."