We are delighted to welcome Salena Begley onto the Board of Pseudomyxoma Survivor. Salena’s “day job” involves working for a large successful charity and she brings with her a wealth of experience in both fundraising and allocating grants. She lives in Glasgow, her home city and, sadly, Salena lost her only sibling, Colin, to PMP in November 2003.
Colin was just 33 years old and had only been diagnosed that July, despite having had symptoms for a considerable time and is the inspiration behind her being part of our community.
She has two gorgeous sons and enjoys time with them, being outdoors, especially on the beach running, the gym, socialising, listening to music. An avid runner and fundraiser, Salena has hosted charity nights and abseiled from Old Trafford (despite a fear of heights).
A qualified Social Worker, she has worked in the Disability field since being employed as a support worker with disabled adults whilst training and undertaking her Honours Degree and Social Work Diploma. For many years, she has worked with families of disabled children and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Autism. Having previously undertaken assessments on behalf of the charity Family Fund, she took up the post as Scotland and NE England Development Manager with Family Fund in May 2010. Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.
Her passion is working with and on behalf of families and in 2011, she was approached to become Chair of the For Scotland’s Disabled Children Coalition and undertook this role for approximately two years. This provided a great opportunity to learn new skills and work collaboratively for the purpose of achieving a common goal. Salena has recently become Family Fund’s Partnership Development Manager for Scotland, a more strategic role.
We are delighted to have her on board as our fifth Trustee – that’s five lady trustees now so watch out boys, we’re coming to get you next!