A message from our CEO

Early in 2021, we waved goodbye, a huge thank you, and good luck to Jane Smith who retired as our CEO for the past seventeen years at the end of last year, and said hello and welcome to our new Chief Executive, Joanne Byrne. Having previously been Interim CEO of Metabolic Support UK, Joanne has a wealth of knowledge, compassion and understanding for conditions and health challenges of many types. She is especially passionate about supporting those experiencing conditions that may not always get the acknowledgement and awareness they deserve. 

We asked Joanne to share some thoughts after her first few weeks in the post. We'll be speaking with Joanne in more depth soon to find out a little more about her, and what her vision and hopes for the future of ABC are. 

CEO, Joanne Byrne

“It is an honour to be writing to you, as the new Chief Executive of Anorexia and Bulimia Care. I am sure you all agree that ABC is a very special charity, and I would like to thank Jane Smith for her incredible dedication over the last seventeen years. 

As we all navigate another year of restrictions and uncertainty, the demand for our services is increasing. Together with our small, but highly experienced team, I am committed to continuing the crucial work of the charity, ensuring that anyone living with, or caring for someone with, an eating disorder feels supported and empowered to believe that recovery is possible. 

My vision is for ABC to be a strong and sustainable charity delivering the very best support services, education and training, and championing advances in the care of eating disorders in the UK. I will share updates in the near future, and there will be opportunities for your own experiences to help shape our future plans.”