Iona steps up to the plate in support of CLAN

A LEADING LOCAL Cancer support charity has come under new leadership with the appointment of a new senior manager.

Iona Mitchell has been signed up by CLAN Cancer Support as their head of services having initially held the role as interim services manager for eighteen months.

Iona first joined CLAN in September 2013 as Children and Families Services Manager and played a key role in developing the service in the charity’s community bases, particularly in Elgin and Shetland. As part of her new role, Mrs Mitchell will work to develop CLAN’s established service offering through its community network, as well as increase outreach opportunities.

She will be responsible for leading the Services team including: CLAN in the Community, Wellbeing Services and the Children & Family Service, as well as having a key role in the CLAN senior management team.

Mrs Mitchell said: “The role of Head of Cancer Support Services for CLAN is a key development as the organisation looks to the future of cancer support services and builds upon its existing services.

“CLAN’s community network offers a tremendous level of support in local communities and we are already exploring a number of new opportunities to further enhance and develop our support services throughout north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.”

Welcoming the appointment is Dr Colette Backwell, Chief Executive of CLAN, who said: “I am delighted to welcome Iona to her new role within CLAN and look forward to working with her in the development of CLAN’s vital cancer support services.

“Iona has been with us since 2013, developing an in-depth knowledge of the organisation and our clients which is hugely important as we shape our service provision for the future. This knowledge and experience is invaluable as we look to enhance our wide range of support services in the communities we serve.”

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness.

For more information about CLAN Cancer Support, please call 01224 647000 or visit them online at