Tuesday 29th September 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Autumn 2015
We are pleased to introduce Heather Tierney-Moore as the first of Macmillan’s Alumni Patrons
In the last issue of Mac Voice we introduced the Macmillan Alumni – a new scheme that allows former Macmillan professionals to stay part of Macmillan.
Alumni members who want to become more active within Macmillan’s work and undertake additional activities can choose to become Macmillan Alumni Ambassadors.
In addition to these active Ambassadors for Macmillan, we have asked a small number of very renowned individuals to become Patrons for the Macmillan Alumni. They will guide the direction of the Alumni and promote it at a national level. As an influential figure, we are privileged that Heather is the first Macmillan Patron supporting our work. Her experience and connections are invaluable in helping us to develop the Alumni scheme.
Heather Tierney-Moore on becoming a Macmillan Patron
‘For the last six and a half years, I have worked at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, where I am Chief Executive. But back in 1989, I became one of the first Macmillan breast care nurses. This was at Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. Because I wanted the job so much, I took a week off work as holiday to find out all I could about breast care in preparation for the interview.
‘At the time, I was a ward sister. I arranged to visit a breast cancer nurse in Manchester, to learn more about what she did and about the experiences of women with breast cancer. By the time I went into my interview, I had all these ideas about setting up a service in Sheffield, and I got the job.’
Proud to be connected
‘I had to start the service from scratch, but had excellent support from Macmillan in terms of education and peer-support. Having that Macmillan badge opened doors for me, for example when persuading other people to support the service or donate items we needed. Setting up that service is still one of the achievements I am proudest of in my career.
‘Ever since having that job, I have had huge respect for, and supported, Macmillan. I’m very proud to be connected with what I think is a fantastic organisation.
‘I work at a national level and have lots of networks. As a Macmillan Patron, I hope I can create useful connections, raise conversations that might be beneficial to Macmillan, and use my strategic experiences to help.’
A common passion
‘The Alumni is about a group of people with a common passion and association with Macmillan. There are things that bind us together as a community of practice, which go beyond formal roles. They are things we all care about, are interested in, and will work together to make happen across boundaries or hierarchies.
‘For me, a Macmillan role is something that should be treasured. The opportunity to remain connected with that privilege even after leaving that role – I think that’s something special.’
For more information email the Alumni team.