Cancer Fund for Children Appoints New Trustee

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Sir David Sterling KBC has been appointed a trustee of Cancer Fund for Children. The former Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service joined the board in December 2020.

Sir David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience at a crucial time for us, having served in a variety of senior roles for Northern Ireland Civil Service, including Director of Community Affairs in PANI, Senior Finance Director in the Department of Regional Development (DRD),  Permanent Secretary in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) and Permanent Secretary Department of Finance.

Sir David Stirling Joins Cancer Fund for Children as a TrusteeHe was promoted to the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service 2017 and retired from this role in August last year. During Sir David’s tenure as Head of the NICS he navigated the service through challenges including the delivery of public services in the absence of ministers, preparing for Brexit and the resumption of devolved government, and dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic.

He also holds offices including Chair of the Chief Executives’ Forum and is a Trustee of Ulster Wildlife and the Centre for Cross-Border Studies. He was awarded a Knighthood in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Speaking about his appointment Sir David said,

“I was delighted to be asked to join the Board of the Cancer Fund for Children.  I have long admired the great work the charity does to provide support to families who are struggling to cope with the impact of cancer and look forward to working with both the Board and staff team to help ensure that no family in Northern Ireland should have to face cancer alone.”

Cancer Fund Children’s Chief Executive Phil Alexander added,

“We are thrilled that Sir David will be joining Cancer Fund for Children.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and networks which will help us in our mission to ensure that every young person under-25 impacted by cancer gets the vital support they need whilst we continue to navigate the challenges of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”

Find out more about the support we offer children, young people and their families here.

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