Meet our team

Gwyneth Scholefield, Chair of Board

In a career spanning 30 years at PwC, Gwyneth held a variety of leadership roles in the Human Resources Consulting practice and the Global Mobility team. Gwyneth brings considerable experience of developing strategic, business and financial plans and working across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. She is keen to use her knowledge and skills to help support Cancer Card to continue the patient and their loved ones.

Ian Pirrie - CEO

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After a successful 25 years in the banking industry, in 2008 Ian decide to follow his passion and enter the hospitality/education industry. Following which he built his business into one of the UK’s best hospitality schools in the UK. Ian is a massive advocate of educating our younger generation and giving them the help and support they need.

His involvement with education throughout Scotland is recognised in the hospitality industry. Ian has been involved with Cancer Card from the outset and has now joined the team as CEO, to lead Cancer Card through the next stages of its development.

Gordon Soutar - Operations Manager

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Gordon joined Cancer Card in January 2023 and prior to that enjoyed a successful career leading significant operational teams in the Financial Services industry. He is very keen to ensure the knowledge and skills gained over many years are transferred to Cancer Card. Gordon brings with him a strong passion to succeed and is helping Cancer Card grow safely with the right controls in place.

Kate Williamson - Service Support Officer

I work part-time as a Liaison and Support Officer at Cancer Card funded by Pink Ribbon Foundation. I work predominantly in the Lanarkshire area, although have joined cancer communities throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland. My role is evolving and exciting with never two days being the same. I work with NHS breast cancer specialists ensuring that Cancer Card is known as a support service to their cancer patients and their families. If those in need of non-medical support who do not have access to our 24/7 online support hub, I am only too happy to connect with them directly by phone and sign-post them to organisations who can offer help. It is vital that cancer patients and families are given as much medical information as possible and we are here to complete their knowledge base by giving non-medical data specific to their needs. Empowering people to make informed decisions at a time when they are able to means everything to Cancer Card and I am happy to play a part in helping those who need it most.

Sue Jones - Service Support Officer

After taking early retirement I decided that I would like to do some volunteer work. Having been diagnosed with cancer twice myself, I felt that I really wanted to give something back to the cancer community but wasn’t quite sure how or where to start….enter Jen Hardy MBE! Jen and I had worked together and, although we didn’t really know each other very well, I knew that she was trying to start a cancer charity and I knew from the start that this would be a perfect way to get involved. I volunteered with Cancer Card for 6 months and am now employed as a Service Support Officer. Jen is such an inspiration to so many people she motivates me, she encourages me, she pushes me out of my comfort zone and she makes me a better person. Cancer Card is helping to improve the quality of so many people’s lives who are touched by cancer, and I am proud to be part of such a special charity.

Our trustees

Jen Hardy – Founder

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Jen was diagnosed with incurable stage 4 breast cancer in October 2017. Jen’s cancer remains stable thanks to her ongoing treatment and care at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. Since diagnosis, Jen has been a passionate charity campaigner for Breast Cancer Now and was the face of Breast Cancer Now’s Perjeta Now! campaign, where together with the charity, Jen successfully campaigned for the drug Pertuzumab (Perjeta) to be made available on the NHS in Scotland in 2019. Before being diagnosed, Jen was a highly skilled IT professional, with significant experience in both private and public sectors, covering highly complex systems development, implementation, maintenance and support.

Karen Macartney

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Karen brings a wealth of experience to the charity, specialising in marketing, strategic planning & growth. Together with her commercial acumen, professional skillset and extensive network she is committed to supporting the team and delivering the success of Cancer Card’s the legacy and vision.

Chris Watson

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Chris is an experienced senior finance professional and chartered accountant based in Aberdeen. He worked for PwC for 11 years before joining Wood Group where he held several senior finance positions before helping establish the Ethos Energy joint venture where he was CFO. Chris now provides support to Mearns & Gill as well as holding some non-executive positions including working with other charities. Chris’ financial expertise, professional experience and his commitment to charitable work can help Cancer Card achieve its goals.

Emma Hall

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Ewen Fleming

Ewen (Partner, Head of Consulting and Financial Services Sector Leader, Johnston Carmichael LLPis a highly experienced professional with a career that spans industry and professional services. Over his career he has worked across FS, and extensively in Retail/SME Banking, and been responsible for commercial strategy, distribution and risk. Before joining Johnston Carmichae l to lead their Financial Services sector approach and grow their Consulting presence, Ewen was Practice Leader of Grant Thornton’s Financial Services Group and responsible for strategy and commercial & people outcomes. He also has experience in the third sector having undertaken a number of pro bono consulting engagements for various charities and was a Member of Shelter Scotland’s Management Committee from 2014 to 2021. Ewen is passionate about, and has a strong track record of, operationalising and scaling strategy to deliver sustainable business results.