About Us

Our Management Team

CLAN House sign

CLAN's senior management team is responsible for the day-to-day operational needs of the organisation.

Colette Backwell

Dr Colette Backwell, Chief Executive

Reporting to CLAN’s Board of Directors, Colette is responsible for the development and future sustainability of CLAN. She ensures effective strategies and programmes are in place to support CLAN’s aims and objectives.

Susan Christien

Susan Christie, Head of Finance & Legal

Susan is responsible for CLAN's current and future financial wellbeing. This includes establishing the financial strategy and setting, monitoring and reporting against annual budgets. She is also responsible for producing the annual accounts and oversees the financial systems and procedures to ensure we meet legal and audit requirements. Susan also ensures the company meets its other legal obligations.


Fiona Fernie, Head of Income Generation & Business Development

Fiona is responsible for CLAN's income generation stream, including the development of fundraising activities throughout the CLAN in the Community network. Fiona also oversees CLAN's Planned Giving strategy and network of busy shops stretching from Aberdeen to Orkney and Shetland.

Iona Mitchell

Iona Mitchell, Head of Cancer Support Services

Iona is responsible for leading the Services team including CLAN in the Community, Wellbeing Services and the Children & Families Service. Iona and her team continually work to develop and enhance CLAN's established service offering through its community network, as well as outreach opportunities throughout the communities in which CLAN works.

Join the CLAN newsletter

Sign up to receive our regular newsletter where you will find a mix of news and information from across all areas.

Register Now →