Our Team

The team at Friends of the Cancer Centre are passionate about the charity and the difference it makes to the lives of people locally.

Each member of the team brings with them a wealth of experience from the voluntary, public and private sectors and each is committed to driving the charity forward for the benefit of patients and our supporters.

If you would like to contact any of the team below you can find their details in the Contact Us section of the website.

Ana Wilkinson

Chief Executive

Ana joined the team in 2016 and has over 17 years of fundraising experience. She has been chief executive since 2023 and is responsible for the day-to-day running and governance of the charity.

Nuala Bannon

Communications & Project Manager

Nuala joined the team in 2013 and manages PR for the charity. With over 10 years of experience in the public relations industry, Nuala is responsible for the internal and external communications for the charity.

Dawn Lyness

Finance & Admin Manager

Dawn is responsible for managing all aspects of the charity’s finances and works closely with the Belfast Trust, our CEO, and Trustee Board. Dawn also oversees the administration of all donations made to the charity.

Amy Cowan

Fundraising Manager

Amy has worked for the charity for 4 years and has recently moved into the role of Fundraising Manager. Amy is responsible for managing and supporting our fundraising team and creating new fundraising initiatives.

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Lauren McRoberts

Project & Engagement Officer


Lauren oversees the management of our funded projects and is responsible for building relationships with the 49 members of staff funded by the charity. Lauren also assists Nuala with internal and external communications.

Rebecca Crossley

Finance Officer

Rebecca assists Dawn with the charity’s finances and helps manage the financial aspects of the charity’s funded projects. She also works closely with the hospital’s social work team to facilitate the Patient Grants Programme.

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Christine Bell

Donor Engagement Officer

Christine is a key member of the team, welcoming supporters to Friends of the Cancer Centre’s office and helping signpost people with telephone or email queries. She oversees the charity’s database and works alongside Ana, Amy, Sarah & Ciara to ensure a high level of donor care.

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Sarah Wilson

Community Fundraising Officer

Sarah joined the charity in April 2022 and is responsible for supporting our community fundraisers. She also works to develop the charity’s fundraising groups, Ambassador and volunteer networks.

 

Ciara Bainbridge

Corporate & Events Fundraising Officer

Ciara is the newest member of our team having joined the charity in July 2023.  She works alongside our corporate partners and is responsible for organising the charity’s headline events such as the Take On The Tower Abseil and Slieve Donard Challenge. 

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