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Management Team

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Phil Alexander

Chief Executive Office

Phil Alexander is Cancer Fund for Children’s CEO. He has been with the charity for ten years formerly as Director of Services, and prior to that as our Residential Services Manager during which time he was instrumental in shaping our programme of therapeutic short breaks.   Phil has over 20 years of experience working in the statutory and voluntary sector developing services for children, young people, and their families.

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Neil Symington

Director of Services

Neil has worked for Cancer Fund for Children since 2015. Prior to becoming Director of Services, Neil was our Community Services Manager for three years and before that Cancer Support Specialist providing direct support to children diagnosed with cancer and their families. Neil is responsible for the strategic leadership of our services, enhancing and developing new services across Ireland and working with a wide range of others to ensure children and young people impacted by cancer have the best support possible.  He has worked in the charity sector for 24 years working specifically within the child and youth sector.

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Raph O’Connor

Residential Services Manager

Raph was appointed Cancer Fund for Children’s Residential Services Manager in 2018 and leads the team responsible for running our therapeutic short break facility at Daisy Lodge in Newcastle. During this time, he has enhanced the therapeutic support we provide to children and families impacted by cancer.  Raph has over 25 years’ experience as a Mental Health Nurse practitioner (RMN) and in senior management roles within the NHS working to achieve excellent practice in mental health services and in developing specialised community services. His present role is to deliver high quality therapeutic short breaks for families across Ireland impacted by cancer.

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Rachel Burgoyne

Communications Manager

Rachel is Marketing and Communications Manager for Cancer Fund for Children. She leads a team responsible for raising awareness of the issues facing children and young people diagnosed with cancer. Rachel joined our team in 2005 and has worked in both fundraising and communication roles. She is member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), was Chair of CIPR Northern Ireland ‘s regional committee, and is currently secretary. Rachel has an MSc in Communications, Advertising and PR from Ulster University.

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Andy Boal

Community Fundraising manager

Andy Boal is Cancer Fund for Children’s Community Fundraising manager. Andy has nearly 10 years of fundraising experience and leads a small team who work with supporters across all aspects of the community including schools, clubs and individuals taking on their own events. The team aim to provide the best supporter experiences possible and engage people from all aspects of society to raise money for Cancer Fund for Children.

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Regina Seenan

Community Services Manager

Regina has worked for Cancer Fund for Children since 2017. Prior to becoming Community Services Manager in 2022, Regina worked as a Cancer Support Specialist providing direct support to children impacted by cancer and their families. Regina is responsible for managing our Community Services Team and ensuring they provide young people with the right support, at the right time, with the right approach.  Regina has worked in the charity sector for 20 years specialising in children and young people’s participation before joining Cancer Fund for Children.

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Joan Burden

Hospitality Manager

Joan is Hospitality Manager at Cancer Fund for Children. She manages the hospitality services at our therapeutic short break facility, Daisy Lodge. Since Daisy Lodge opened in 2014, Joan and her team have delivered a five star standard of service to families impacted by cancer.  Daisy Lodge has become a member of Taste of Ulster and has been awarded 5-star food hygiene rating every year since opening. Joan has worked for Cancer Fund for Children for 25 years and has worked is the hospitality industry for over 38 years. She trained as a chef gaining a diploma in Culinary Arts and is a Kitchen and Larder Specialist. Joan has a BA in International Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Ulster.

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Siobhán Hanley

Director of Income Generation and Communications

Siobhán is Director of Income Generation and Communications, responsible for leading Cancer Fund for Children’s fundraising and communications team to strategically deliver on our ambition to ensure no child faces cancer alone. Siobhán has over 23 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, primarily in income generation, marketing & communications, strategy, team development and in the recent past has held wider senior leadership positions. Siobhán has led successful and award-winning teams in health and international development charities and is an experienced fundraiser and communications professional. Siobhán is focused on optimising sustainable income across a diverse range of sources and in continuing to expand our reach, visibility, impact, and awareness to ensure that Cancer Fund for Children has the resources it needs to support, children, young people and families impacted by cancer across the island of Ireland.

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Ingrid Blake

Director of Corporate Services

Ingrid is Director of Corporate Services for Cancer Fund for Children.  In this role, Ingrid is responsible for leading the strategic development of Corporate Services across the organisation. This includes the areas of Finance, HR, Facilities and IT, and Governance.

Ingrid is a qualified chartered accountant. During her career, she has been responsible for the provision of leadership and direction in the areas of financial management, corporate strategy and planning, and corporate governance. Ingrid has significant experience in the charity sector, having worked with charities across Ireland, including LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice (ROI) and Northern Ireland Hospice (NI).