Chief Executive - Sue Farrington Smith MBE
A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Sue Farrington Smith headed up the finance functions of blue-chip companies, before moving into marketing to head up business development at Safeway and then running her own marketing agency.
Driven by the loss of her niece, Alison Phelan, just before her eighth birthday, Sue co-founded the charity “Ali’s Dream” after being shocked to discover the lack of awareness and chronic under-funding of research into brain tumours. Sue led the coming together of multiple charities in 2009 to launch Brain Tumour Research, facilitated by fellow member The Diana Ford Trust, with a vision to find a cure for brain tumours.
She has been campaigning to raise awareness and funds since 2001, providing the secretariat to the brain tumour All Party Parliamentary Group and initiating, with fellow charities, National Brain Tumour Awareness Month. Since leading Brain Tumour Research, Sue has co-authored three reports into funding, produced the Invest In a Cure manifesto and launched the charity’s annual Wear A Hat Day – now the UK’s most well-known and popular brain tumour awareness and fundraising event.
Brain Tumour Research has rapidly matured into a multi-million-pound organisation under Sue’s leadership. She has directed the charity to establish Research Centres of Excellence across the country; gain Government commitments; initiate charity partnerships with corporates and build awareness across the UK.
She continues to succeed in establishing a formidable network of supporters and expert clinicians all working towards a common goal: to find a cure for brain tumours.