Mary joins the newly-launched charity from sportscotland, where she had been Head of Strategic Planning since January 2011.
Prior to this, Mary held a number of significant posts in the NHS in Scotland, Scottish Government Health Department and the University of Edinburgh. Mary has also held a number of non-executive roles in voluntary, charity and social enterprise organisations.
As the newly-appointed Director for Scotland, Mary will provide executive leadership across the charity’s work and presence in Scotland, addressing issues and affecting change in breast cancer prevention, early detection and diagnosis, and equality of access to treatments.
Mary Allison, Director for Scotland at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“It’s a great privilege to be appointed to lead Breast Cancer Now’s pioneering work in Scotland. Having merged two leading research charities to create the UK’s leading breast cancer charity, we have a unique opportunity to drive and deliver significant change for women affected by the disease in Scotland.
“More than 1,000 women still lose their lives to this dreadful disease in Scotland each year. If we are to see an end to this by 2050, we’ll need the support of everyone across the country and we’ll all need to act now."
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“We are thrilled to welcome Mary as our new Director for Scotland. Her vast cross-sector experience in shaping health policy in Scotland made her the stand-out candidate and she will be a real asset to our leadership team.
“There is real demand for the future development of our work in Scotland to further improve outcomes for women with breast cancer across the country, and we look forward to Mary bringing her expertise, passion and leadership to this exciting challenge.”
Launched in June 2015 with the ambition of stopping women dying from the disease by 2050, Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, created by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.