Food and Drink industry specialist joins CLAN Board

Ceri Ritchie CLAN

CLAN Cancer Support has added to its Board with the appointment of a food and drink consultant.

Ceri Ritchie, from Stonehaven, has joined the CLAN Board after volunteering with Friends of CLAN Stonehaven for the past three years. As an advocate for local business and local food initiatives, Mrs Ritchie has an impressive career as a consultant with the food and drink industry and is currently focused on helping local food businesses develop their offerings and commercial viability. As Sector Manager for food and drink at SAC Consulting, a division of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Mrs Ritchie is playing an important role in developing Scotland’s food and drink industry. A keen advocate of helping young people to get involved with local industry, she is also a Skills Ambassador for the Food and Drink Federation Scotland and a STEMNET Ambassador.

Mrs Ritchie brings extensive business skills, as well as a personal desire to help develop CLAN’s activities in its more rural centres.

She commented: “Having lost my mother to leukaemia, I understand how difficult it can be to have a loved one diagnosed with cancer. I have worked with Friends of CLAN Stonehaven since 2016, and we are proud to promote CLAN in Aberdeenshire and beyond.

“Cancer is a part of life, so I look forward to working with the CLAN Board to ensure that as many people as possible are able to access the important services offered by this local charity.”

Dr Colette Backwell, Chief Executive of CLAN Cancer Support, added: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Ceri to the Board, having known her for some years.

“Despite a very busy life and pressured job, Ceri and the team in Stonehaven have organised fundraising activities as well as raised awareness of the important work done by CLAN across the north-east.

“There is increasing demand for CLAN services, not just as people become more aware of how we can help, but also as the incidence of cancer diagnosis continues to increase in Scotland. As we expand our services and develop new ways to reach as many people as we can, we welcome the support of every Board member who gives their time to help us continue to support people facing some of the worst fears of their lives.”

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