Emma steps up as Interim CEO!
We’re thrilled to announce that our very own Emma Clarke has stepped up to the role of Interim CEO at Weston Park Cancer Charity.
Emma, who is Sheffield born and bred, joined Weston Park in July 2019 as Director of Services and Grant-Giving with a vast amount of experience in the voluntary sector. Since joining Weston Park, she has diligently helped to navigate a challenging time for the charity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Emma takes on the role of Interim CEO as we plan for the coming months and look forward with cautious excitement at the prospect of gradually re-opening the high-quality, face-to-face services which we provide for the people of our region.
“I feel incredibly privileged to be part of the Weston Park family and am very proud to take on this important role,” said Emma.
“The charity and the hospital are part of the fabric of this city and wider region. We are very lucky to have this special place.
“For me, it’s all about the fabulous people who make up our team, who use our services, who generously give their time and money to us and the partners we work alongside.
“It’s this combination which makes it possible for us to be there for people affected by cancer and do what we do best – and continuing to work alongside others is what I’m looking forward to in my new role.”
Emma also highlighted just how important Weston Park’s welcoming, caring and supportive environment has been during the pandemic – albeit virtually – and will continue to be in the coming months.
Emma said: “I always go back to my overriding impression that I had when I first joined Weston Park.
“I got the same welcome that everybody does to Weston Park Cancer Charity – the caring people, the supportive atmosphere and the excellent cups of tea! This warm culture and welcoming environment are something we are very proud of, and I know how much it is appreciated by all those who come in to contact with us.
“There’s something really beautiful about the affection which is generated in support of Weston Park; it’s palpable. It is such a big part of this region and if you become part of Weston Park, you really do become part of a family and of a wider community.”
As we begin to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, Emma also commended the work of Team Weston Park during the last 14 months – while looking ahead to the future.
Emma said: “I am so proud of everybody who has worked so hard to adapt in order to be together at every step for people affected by cancer, despite such a challenging period.
“Each and every one of my colleagues, volunteers, our trustees, our supporters – they’ve all worked together, they’ve come up with ideas, they’ve been flexible, they’ve been innovative.
“They’ve always put what it is we need to do for people with cancer and for our supporters at the forefront of their minds to enable us to still be there for them. That’s what has driven them.
“The teamwork, the camaraderie and the supportiveness of one another’s just been absolutely beautiful to see.
“The charity is only ever as good as its people and our people are brilliant. We’ve focused on what’s important, on what really matters, and we’ve allowed ourselves to really put that at the heart of everything that we’ve done.”
David Whitney, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Weston Park Cancer Charity, said: “I am very pleased to confirm Emma’s appointment in the role of Interim CEO for the charity prior to the recruitment of a permanent appointment to this key post later this year when we have more clarity on the external environment as we emerge from the pandemic.
“We all look forward very much to being able to return to something like normality later this year and to continuing to take forward our service development plans and the high-quality services that we provide and support.”