From the moment you meet Allyson, you are both impressed and inspired. She has spent most of her life trying to help others. She lost her mother to ovarian cancer, so in 2005, she founded Ovarian Cancer Action. She is well-known to worldwide ovarian cancer researchers and is an author of several papers, including the latest roadmap for the future of ovarian cancer research and treatment, which was published in Nature Reviews Cancer. It takes a lot of mistakes and a lot of experience to get onto the right path and it's mainly for this reason that Allyson wants to help others who are thinking of and in the process of setting up or joining a charity in a senior role.
I started setting up Ovarian Cancer Action in 2003. Prior to that I worked in the electronics industry and before that, I designed and sold furniture.
I'm an member on several science and cancer related boards and am part of the International Forum on Ovarian Cancer, where scientists debate and prioritise new directions in research.
I love the strategic aspects to my role - thinking about and planning for the future. The variety of work is great - I'm constantly stretched and challenged. I meet incredible people and bring...
Honours: celebrating contributions to health and care