Mrs Jane Adrain (Chairperson)
Jane spent the first part of her career in the marketing departments of blue-chip corporates in the UK where her special interest was in marketing planning, before working as a consultant in the Education sector in Northern Ireland. More recently she has worked with various SMEs and start-up businesses helping them to identify their business needs and formulate business/marketing plans to take advantage of opportunities available to them. She has also been an Agri-Business Mentor with the Countryside Rural Partnership since 2012 and is a tutor for the Marketer’s Forum. Jane has a particular interest in the charity sector and has worked with a number of charities, both as a mentor and as a trustee. Jane lives in Saintfield with her husband Mark and their four children. She is actively involved in her local church where she is a member of the Church Committee and a Trustee. Her hobby is keeping goats.
Mr Eddie Currie (Treasurer)
Eddie had over 30 years’ professional experience in corporate services, including transport and estate management, catering, domestic services, IT and Risk Management. Since retirement, Eddie continues to keep extremely busy through his voluntary activities with a Newtownards based charity for people with addictions and a local Food Bank charity. Married, he enjoys being a hands on grandparent.
Ms Ann Bowen (Secretary)
Ann was Chief Pharmacist for South and East Belfast Trust, the community side of North and West Belfast Trust before retirement. She served on the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) including three years as vice-president and two years as president. During her time with the Council, Ann was also a member of the Pharmacy Practices Committee and the National Appeals Panel, responsible for awarding community pharmacy contracts.
Mr Lawrence Fisher
Lawrence has been a member of the Whiteabbey Group for the past 10 years becoming involved through his wife Marion; he is currently Group Chairman. Lawrence has worked in the Department of Finance working in the Valuation Office and in the private sector working for Auctioneers in Dublin. In early 2019 he retired from the NI Housing Executive where he worked in the Private Sector Improvement division dealing with policy and procedures in connection with Private Sector Grants and Houses in Multiple Occupation.
Dr Gwyneth Hinds
Gwyneth worked as an Associate Specialist in the Breast Unit at Belfast City Hospital until her early retirement in September 2017. She has a special interest in hereditary breast cancer and in the support of women who carry BRCA mutations. Gwyneth is particularly passionate in promoting lifestyle change as a means of reducing the risk of cancer and is currently developing a number of initiatives and activities in support of this.
Mrs Valerie Heron
Valerie is the daughter of Sadie Strain, the Moneyreagh Group’s longest serving founding member. Valerie worked in the family business, “Strains of Comber”, for most of her life and is married to Dee Heron, a sheep farmer from Raffery who is also a member of the Moneyreagh Group. Both share a passion for local football. Valerie is treasurer for Killyleagh and a member of the IFA committee who organised the 2017 UEFA Women’s U19 Championship Finals.
Mrs Ella Tomlinson
Ella has been a member of the Antrim Action Cancer Group for 34 years and is currently its joint Treasurer. Totally committed and dedicated to the Antrim Group, she particularly enjoys fundraising and especially quizzes. Ella is very family focussed, enjoying a lot of time with her Grandson Max and visiting family, planning trips in her caravan and as a member of her local Art Club.
Dr Stuart McIntosh
A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (General Surgery) Stuart was a Consultant Breast Surgeon with the BHSCT for 6 years. In October 2015, he was appointed an Honorary Consultant Breast Surgeon and a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Surgical Oncology at Queen’s University, Belfast.
An active clinical researcher, Stuart is currently the local lead for multiple national and global studies as well as acting Clinical Director of the Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network responsible for the strategic development and delivery of clinical cancer research across the region. Stuart is also currently the Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Lead for breast cancer. This national leadership role carries the responsibility for developing a broad portfolio of clinical research studies in breast surgery and working with breast surgeons across the UK to increase engagement with recruitment to clinical trials.
Mr Clifford Coulter
A member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants since 1987, Clifford recently retired as Head Accountant at the HSCB with responsibility for the finances relating to special projects and programmes. Formerly he had responsibility for Health and Social Care for the Elderly, Physical and Sensory Disability and Family and Child Care programmes.
Ms Marion Rybnikar
Marion has over twenty-five years’ experience in Telecoms, E-commerce, Banking and High Performance Technology. In the last ten years she has focused on implementing rapid technology transformation, accelerated cultural change and building external local partnerships to deliver advanced analytics, business intelligence, automation and improved data quality. She has always been passionate about supporting Action Cancer having previously volunteered to help migrate data and partaking in fundraising events.