The Pickering Cancer Drop-In Centre, based in Tunbridge Wells, has welcomed Chris Maslin and Angela Ward to its board of trustees. Established in 2004, the Centre provides support to cancer patients, as well as their friends, families and carers.  It is run entirely by volunteers and is led by Polly Taylor and Caroline McGibney. 

Chris Maslin, Trustee at Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre

Chris Maslin established Maslins accountants 14 years ago and has built a trusted team around him.  The firm is now an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) and Chris launched Go EO in May 2022, which provides a transition service and support for owners looking to follow a similar path.

Chris has lived in Tunbridge Wells most of his life and is excited about taking on this new challenge with Pickering.

“I was approached by David Bartholomew, the Chair of Trustees and a long-time friend,” says Chris. “Their previous financially experienced trustee was stepping down and it was flattering they thought of me to fill the role.  I’ve been aware of Pickering for some time, offering a great service to both cancer sufferers and those close to them, so I’m keen to help where I can!”

Angela Ward, trustee at Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre

Crowborough based PR and social media expert, Angela Ward from Angela Ward Media, is a familiar face in the Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells corporate community, having written the Kent & Sussex Courier’s business section 20 years ago.  She went on to set up the PR department at a local marketing agency and also spent time as PR Manager for a North Kent hospice charity.

She’s been running Angela Ward Media for seven years now and counts CooperBurnett LLP and Tester & Jones Funeral Services among her clients, while she also provides PR and social media support to the Tunbridge Wells business forum enTWine. 

Angela first met Polly many years ago, when she was providing PR services to a local corporate supporter.  At that time, Angela told Polly about Naomi, her daughter who died from cancer at just four years old. 

“When Naomi was ill 20 years ago, we received amazing medical care from the NHS but having somewhere like Pickering to go for a chat and some understanding would have been amazing,”  says Angela.  “The support they provide to patients – and their family and friends – makes a real difference.  I am so proud to be part of the Pickering family as a trustee.”

Led by the Chair of Trustees, David Bartholomew, the Pickering board also includes Richard Moore, Jonathan Angel, Stuart Marnoch and Rema Jyothirmayi.  

“We are delighted to welcome both Chris and Angela to the Pickering board,” says David Bartholomew.  “As well as bringing key skills to our team, they are both really engaged with the support and services we provide here.”