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Mon 25 Apr 2022

Lowri Griffiths joins Tenovus Cancer Care

Veteran Campaigner joins Tenovus Cancer Care on a mission to improve the lives of people affected by cancer

 

Campaigner and change-maker Lowri Griffiths says she’s determined to improve the lives of everybody affected by cancer as she starts work today (Monday, April 25th) with Tenovus Cancer Care.

Veteran political influencer Lowri has been appointed as Director of Support, Policy and Insight at Wales’s leading charity on a reforming platform.

Recently heading Policy and Public Affairs at cancer charity Marie Curie Cymru, she’s also known for leading and establishing Bowel Cancer UK in Wales.

A leading light in influencing evidence-led reforms for those with a cancer story to tell in Wales for more than 20 years, Lowri believes Tenovus Cancer Care is most uniquely positioned to deliver positive change for people affected by cancer as Wales emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.

I am delighted to be joining Tenovus Cancer Care, said Lowri. I’ve always known Tenovus Cancer Care holds a unique position in the Welsh cancer charity landscape and it will be a privilege to be able to be part of a fantastic team of staff, volunteers and supporters.

The last two years have been filled with uncertainty, especially for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Five years ago my mother was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and I cannot even begin to imagine her treatment pathway in the current climate. I am driven to support people who will sadly be coming to terms with the reality of their diagnosis and help then navigate their tough experiences.

Lowri has a long and successful record influencing Welsh health policy by delivering impactful and evidence-based campaigns, but she is under no illusion of the challenge ahead. She believes passionately the key to influencing change is to reach out and make deeper connections with people affected by cancer in every Welsh community by giving them a voice.

Building on the work already started by Tenovus Cancer Care with the All-Wales Cancer Community, she says listening to and working with people living with cancer will not only bring about the best political change but also the most needed practical and emotional support.

“Tenovus Cancer Care is in a privileged position to be able to work with people affected by cancer and their carers directly in communities across Wales.

This gives the organisation a unique and powerful insight into what it means to have cancer in Wales today. By speaking directly to people about their experiences, fears and hopes we are able prioritise and adapt both the services we offer as well as influencing priorities based on what people say matters most to them. 

This vital insight and the strong links with the academic world as well as direct relationship with clinicians and leaders across the NHS, means the organisation is in a powerful position to be campaigning for the necessary changes that are needed to support people who will sadly be coming to terms with the reality of their diagnosis

I know I am joining the team during a unique and challenging time and there is a lot to do. But I’m up for the challenge and look forward to working alongside colleagues and the wider Tenovus Cancer Care community to make a real impact for people affected by cancer in Wales.”

Lowri, a Welsh speaker, is originally from Anglesey but has been living in South Wales for almost 30 years.  She is married to Jonathan and they have two daughters, Mali and Cadi, together.

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