Meriel started her working life in local newspapers and public relations. It was a chance meeting with FORCE founders Dr Chris Rowland and Bernard Simons that led to her employment with the Charity in 1990. From its early days as a research focussed Charity, FORCE has been shaped by the changing needs of people affected by cancer. Over the last two decades Meriel’s role has also evolved from PR and Fundraising Manager to Support Centre Manager and latterly Chief Executive. Meriel is passionate about the Charity and believes it is a local treasure – created and funded by local people for local people. In an increasingly global and sometimes faceless world, FORCE is reassuringly all about people and offering help and support – face to face. Beyond work Meriel is kept fully occupied by family life! She is married to Simon and they have a son, Harry, and two Labradors called Fudge and Tess. Meriel loves all aspects of outdoor life especially walking on Dartmoor.