Former Mullion woman praised for work as head of Bowel & Cancer Research
A FORMER Mullion woman has been highly commended in a top award scheme as head of the charity Bowel & Cancer Research.
Deborah Gilbert, who went to Mullion Comprehensive, was runner-up in the Rising Chief Executive category of the prestigious Third Sector Excellence Awards 2013, which celebrate the best in the charity sector.
Now 45, she joined Bowel & Cancer Research as its first employee in 2008. She was promoted to chief executive in 2012.
Her mother, Mary Gilbert, lives in Mullion.
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The chairman of Bowel & Cancer Research’s trustees, Sir Barry Jackson, said: “This recognition is well deserved. Deborah is a shining light in the charity sector and her significant achievements for Bowel & Cancer Research are a testament to her vision and determination.”
He said she spearheaded the drive to fund a new £3 million National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation in Whitechapel, London, which was opened earlier this year.
The organisation has also more than tripled its revenue and raised more than £2.5 million in funding.
The awards ceremony took place Covent Garden.