Gareth Kirk - Chief Executive (Non-officio member of the Council of Management)

Appointed March 2011

Gareth, reporting to the Council of Management is responsible for the overall management of the charity. A Chartered Accountant by profession, prior to his appointed to Action Cancer his career spanned over 30 years in the Public and Private Sectors.



Geraldine Kerr - Head of Professional Services

Appointed June 2005

Geraldine has spent over 30 years in the caring and supporting professions. A qualified Social Worker, Geraldine has responsibility for the strategic development of services & managing our suite of professional services and interventions, ensuring that they are delivered efficiently, effectively and to the highest of professional standards. Geraldine is also an accredited coach and provides coaching to staff and for people affected by cancer.


Dougie King - Head of Fundraising and Communications

Appointed June 2005 

Dougie, having spent over 30 years working in the voluntary sector is one of the most respected and experienced fundraisers and marketers in the sector. Responsible for fundraising, communications, marketing, retail (shops) and relationships with Groups. Overall he and his team is tasked with generating income of circa 250k per month, originating and delivering a wide range of marketing and lobbying campaigns and ensuring that the Action Cancer “voice” is heard and articulated.

Arlene McGeown - Head of Finance and Administration

Appointed October 2008

Arlene is a Chartered Certified Accountant responsible for ensuring not only the integrity and safe guarding of our finances but also for ensuring that the Corporate Governance controls put in place by the Council of Management are being effectively operated. She is also responsible for all corporate administration, I.T. and H.R. issues.



Other Members

Other members of the Management Team include

  • Joanna Currie (Consultant Radiographer)
  • Caroline Hughes (Health Improvement and Evaluation Manager)
  • Ruth Fleming (Service Development Manager)
  • Katherine Ward (Human Resources Manager)
  • Peter Lynch (Retail Manager)
  • Michele Warke (Clinical Administration Manager and PA to the Chief Executive)


Council of Management  

Norman Carson (Chairman) (Business Category Member) Appointed October 2011

Norman was originally appointed to Council in June 2009 but stood down in January 2010 to temporarily take up the position of the charity’s Chief Operating Officer, a position from which he retired in April 2011. Appointed at the AGM in 2011 as Chairman, Norman has wealth of business and professional experience gained whilst working for many years in a range of finance positions within the Northern Ireland Health Service.

Siobhan Barronwell (Business Category Member) (Chair of the Audit Committee)  Appointed October 2010

Siobhan was a Senior Financial Manager in Health and Social Services for several years and is currently Chair of the Board of Governors at St Therese of Liseaux.

Geraldine Haire (Medical Professional Category Member) (Chair of the Professional Services Committee) Appointed October 2010

Geraldine qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1976 as one of the first group of therapists locally trained in Northern Ireland. She started professional working life in Purdysburn Hospital, and spent over 20 years working in mental health, becoming Head Occupational Therapist for mental health services in both hospital and community in South and East Belfast. 12 years further experience was obtained as a Head Occupational Therapist managing community occupational therapy services for children and adults with a wide range of illness and disabilities, including cancer.

Eddie Currie (Business Category Member) (Treasurer and Member of Audit Committee) Appointed October 2013

Eddie has over 30 years professional experience in corporate services, including transport and estate management, catering, domestic services, IT and Risk Management. After a long career in local health and social services, Eddie recently retired from employment but continues to keep extremely busy through his voluntary activities with a Newtownards based charity for people with addictions and a local food bank charity.

Ann Bowen (Medical Professional Category Member) (Secretary and Member of the Professional Services Committee)  Appointed October 2014

Ann studied pharmacy at QUB and undertook her pre-registration year in Chester, returning to Northern Ireland to work in Altnagelvin hospital and Muckamore Abbey hospital as a pharmacist. She then became pharmacy services manager at Purdysburn and Downe hospitals. Following the formation of Trusts she became the chief pharmacist for South and East Belfast Trust, the community side of North and West Belfast Trust.

She has also sat on the Eastern Board Drugs and Therapeutics committee, as a member, vice-chairman and as chairman and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) including three years as vice-president and two years as president. During her time with the Council, she was also a member of the Pharmacy Practices Committee and the National Appeals Panel, responsible for awarding community pharmacy contracts.

Jane Adrain  BAgr, MBA, MCIM (Business Category Member) (Member of the Audit and Membership Committees) Appointed October 2014

Jane Adrain spent the first 16 years of her career in the marketing departments of blue chip corporates (Nationwide Building Society, Merck & Co, Northern Bank) in the UK where her special interest was in marketing planning.

Following that Jane worked for a time as a consultant in the education sector in Northern Ireland, advising on the re-launch of a secure learning platform throughout the Northern Ireland Education and Library Boards.

More recently Jane has worked with various SMEs and start-up businesses helping them to identify their business needs and formulate business/marketing plans to take advantage of opportunities available to them. She has also been an Agri-Business Mentor with the Countryside Rural Partnership since 2012.

In 2012 Jane was appointed as a tutor for The Marketer’s Forum, delivering 3 modules of the CIM Professional Diploma - Marketing Planning Process (MPP), Managing Marketing (MM) and Project Management in Marketing (PMiM). Jane also tutors MPP and MM assignment students for the Oxford College of Marketing.

Olive Frazer (Group Category Member- Lisburn Group) (Member of the Membership Committee) Appointed October 2014

Olive has been a very active member of the Action Cancer Lisburn Group for 7 years, serving as Chairperson for 3 years, she is currently deputy chair and still heavily involved in all Group meetings and fundraising activities.

Gwyneth Hinds (Medical Professional Category) (Member of the Professional Services Committee) Appointed October 2015

Gwyneth works as Associate Specialist in the Breast Unit at Belfast City Hospital.  She has a special interest in hereditary breast cancer and in the support of women who carry BRCA mutations. In July 2015 Gwyneth had the opportunity of attending the annual course on the Practices and Principles of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute in Washington D.C. and is keen to promote lifestyle change as a means of reducing the risk of cancer.

John Kirk (Group Category Member- Lisburn Group) Appointed October 2015

John has been a Lisburn Group Member for some 12 years and is currently Group Treasurer.  Has lived in Lisburn most of his life. He works part time as a financial advisor, and employed full time in Marks and Spencer’s as a sales advisor.

Lawrence Fisher (Group Category Member- Whiteabbey Group) Appointed October 2015

Lawrence has been a member of the Whiteabbey Action Cancer Group for over 10 years and currently holds the Office of Chairman. For the last 30 years he has been employed in the Housing Executive in various Departments including the Performance and Policy Central Unit and also dealing directly with customers and statutory agencies in both the social and private sectors. Also, he has been responsible for leading out Customer Service Improvements initiatives such as Charter Mark/Customer Service Excellence resulting in the achievement of the standard in the Housing Executive Grants Offices throughout Northern Ireland. Also, involved in Business Improvement strategies as an Investor in People advisor and EFQM assessor for Design and Property Services leading out a successful European Foundation of Quality Management assessment.