CLAN Cancer Support chief executive Debbie Thomson is preparing to pass on the baton after more than 14 successful years with the north-east charity.
The Stonehaven resident who was also involved with the formation of the Mearns Cancer Support Group before she joined CLAN has been praised for her work at the charity.
Mrs Thomson will stand down from the post in July and has seen CLAN grow from employing a team of five to a staff of over 60 and has expanded its reach from Aberdeen to provide services throughout Aberdeenshire and Moray as well as in Shetland and Orkney.
Kenny Anderson, CLAN chairman, said: “Debbie has been integral to everything that has been achieved during her time as chief executive. On behalf of the board and the entire CLAN family, I must thank her for her passion, commitment and forward thinking.
The departing chief executive was appointed in January 2001 and had a vision to expand the charity’s role to provide support to anyone affected by cancer within its catchment area.
Mrs Thomson said: “It has been a privilege to serve CLAN as chief executive and I’ll continue to support as a patron. After almost a decade and a half in the role, I feel now is the right time to explore other opportunities and embrace fresh challenges.
“What we never lose sight of is the fact that the individuals and families we support are at the heart of everything CLAN does. My time in the post has been both a humbling and inspirational experience.”
The process has now begun to recruit a new chief executive to lead the charity in the next stage of its development.