The Cancer Relief Centre is part of the Gibraltar Society for Cancer Relief (GSCR), a charity registered under the Friendly Societies ordinance as charity number 38.
The Society is currently made up of six trustees and one secretary, who each bring their own experience and expertise to the running of the society. The trustee board meet once a month to discuss on-going operational needs, concerns and future plans. There is an annual general meeting, usually held at the beginning of summer. Dates are advertised in local media so society members can attend. We currently have 180 members and subscription is open to all. Click here to download a subscription form.
Martin Lennane – Treasurer
Martin became Treasurer of the Gibraltar Society for Cancer Relief in 1995 and was subsequently elected as a trustee of the Society. He is a retired bank manager and a Justice of the Peace. Martin has a keen interest in Gibraltar history and spends much of his time now with his new grandchild.
Geoff Harding – Accountant / Auditor
Born in London and having qualified in Engineering and Accountancy, Geoff worked in UK, Africa and the Middle East before relocating to Gibraltar in 1981. He is in business as a Management Accountant and also acts as a Non Executive Director of several companies in Gibraltar. Geoff brings his many years of experience in management and accountancy to the Board of Trustees.
Mark Isola – Legal advisor
Born in Dublin, Mark was called to the Bar of England and Wales and then to the Bar of Gibraltar in 1985. He became a partner in the firm of Messrs Triay &Triay in 1996 before joining Messrs Isolas in 2009 and was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Counsels in 2012. Mark enjoys military and ancient history, rugby and all kinds of outdoor activities.
Mark joined the Trustees in 2011 and acts a legal advisor to the charity.
Chris Pitaluga – Trustee
Chris has spent all his professional life, since 1984, in Private Wealth services and corporate structuring. He joined PwC / Abacus in 1995 after a career in private banking and became a partner of PwC in 2001. He is now CEO of Abacus but still makes time for a growing family, being involved in local community activities, a passion for running and the habitual disappointment of being a supporter of Arsenal football club.
Chris is a trustee of a number of locally based charitable trust funds and was appointed a trustee of Cancer Relief in 2013. In his role as a trustee he supports the activities of the charity in the local community and, in common with other trustees, ensures the financial stability and probity of the charity.
Marisa Desoiza – Chairperson
Marisa trained as a nurse in the 70′s and first became involved with the charity in the early 80′s as a volunteer driver when she took a career break to raise her family. In 1993, Marisa was employed as the Lady Williams Centre Manager for a period of 11 years. During this time, she recognised the very positive impact of palliative care on the quality of life of people with advanced cancer and became increasingly interested in developing this service in Gibraltar. As a result of this the Hospice at Home nursing service and a cancer support group were started. As part of her commitment to health care locally, Marisa began a Master’s degree in Health Care Management which she completed in 2004.
Since Marisa left the Lady Williams Centre to take up employment elsewhere, she remained on the charity’s committee on a voluntary basis. When Mrs Lillian Pitaluga, who was the Chairperson and Founder Member retired, Marisa was invited to take the Chair, a position she holds to date.