Chris Bushby joins Big C as Chief Executive Officer, having previously worked for the Suffolk Agricultural Association as Executive Director for the last 20 years. He has also chaired, supported and worked with many other organisations and charities across the region and nationally over that time.
He says, “The appointment as the new CEO of Big C is a privilege given the vision of “Together we are working to improve the lives of those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney”.
“I join the organisation at an exciting time of change and celebration with the enviable position to be able to build on the strong foundation of frontline cancer support services, medical research and retail which has been established over the last 35 years by the trustees, volunteers and staff making Big C a name to be trusted.”
Daniel Williams was Chief Executive at Big C for nine years between September 2006 and July 2015. He started when the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Big C Centre had just opened its doors and was receiving its first visitors. Listening to the needs of those visitors, and of others affected by cancer across Norfolk & Waveney, Big C became a direct service delivery charity. Meeting user identified need and embedding the services of the charity within a partnership pathway of care, Big C has expanded to become a vital support for those affected by cancer across the county, complimenting statutory primary and secondary health and social services.
Today Big C has drop-in Cancer Support and Information Centres across Norfolk and Waveney, used by thousands of people every year affected by cancer. The Centres offer valuable information about diagnosis, treatments, side effects and recovery. Trained nurses and practitioners are on hand with emotional help, support and complimentary therapies. Welfare advice is also available. Currently Big C Centres exist in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn and Norwich. The centres are open to cancer patients, their family, friends and carers.
Big C, Norfolk’s Cancer Charity, turns 35 this October. The charity has funded and supported a vast amount of varying projects since its foundation in 1980, including grants to Norfolk’s hospitals including cancer diagnostic and surgical equipment, as well as funding world leading cancer research projects across the Norwich Research Park. More information about Big C’s birthday celebrations will be released soon.