Cancer Research UK, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, is governed by a Council of Trustees, the Charity’s board of directors.
Council’s role is to set the Charity’s strategic direction, monitor the delivery of the Charity’s objects, uphold its values and governance and guide, advise and support the Chief Executive, who leads the Senior Management Team towards achieving the Charity’s vision and purpose.
The Council of Trustees is led by the Chair, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.
Our Trustees' Register of Interests is available upon request from the Company Secretary. Please see the link on the right to download our Articles of Association.
Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz FRS MA PhD FRCP FMedSci (Chair)
He was knighted in 2001 for his pioneering work in vaccines.
Carolyn Bradley MA (Cantab) (Deputy Chair)
Appointed 2015. Carolyn has extensive marketing and commercial experience from her executive career with Tesco, where her roles included Group Brand Director, UK Marketing Director, and Chief Operating Officer for Tesco.com. She is now a non-executive Director of Marston’s plc, SSP Group pls, B&M Value Retail S.A.,Majid Al Futtaim Retail LLC and The Mentoring Foundation. In addition she is a member of the Advisory Board for the Cambridge Judge Business School. Carolyn graduated from Cambridge University before joining Tesco, where she led many innovations such as the Clubcard loyalty scheme, the ‘Every Little Helps’ service campaign and the grocery home delivery business. Carolyn has also been a Trustee for the DrinkAware Trust.
Catherine Brown LLB (Hons)
Appointed 2015. Catherine has broad experience in strategy and organisational change, having previously been Group Strategy Director of Lloyds Banking Group, Executive Director HR of the Bank of England, and Chief Operating Officer of Apax Partners. Catherine is a non-executive board member of the Cabinet Office and a trustee of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. She sits on the board of FNZ (UK), a private equity backed financial services technology company, and is Chair of Additive Flow Ltd, a manufacturer of low cost 3D printers utilising recycled plastic. She is a trustee of Blue Cross and also has charity projects across the Himalayan region. She spent her early career as a banker before joining McKinsey and subsequently ran her own management consultancy for five years before moving into private equity at Apax Partners.
Appointed 2016. Peter is Chair of Cancer Research Technology Ltd, the commercialisation arm of Cancer Research UK and Immatics Biotechnologies, a company developing new cancer immunotherapy treatments. He is a director of UDG Healthcare plc. He was Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Antibody Technology plc from 2002 until its acquisition by AstraZeneca in July 2006.
Dr Adrian Crellin CBE MA FRCR FRCP
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to Radiotherapy.
Tracy De Groose LLB
Appointed 2018. Tracy is Executive Chair of Newsworks and of The Ozone Project, Chair of Beached Ltd., advisor and investor. At Newsworks, the marketing arm of the national newsbrands, she is tasked with championing Britain's vibrant news media to readers and advertisers across the nation. Prior to this, Tracy was CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network, where she managed the UK & Ireland P&L of 20 media, creative, digital and data agency businesses with over 4,000 people across London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin. Under her leadership the Group doubled in size between May 2014 and September 2017. A champion of WACL and a trailblazer for diversity and inclusion, Tracy believes in paving the way for others to follow and regularly prioritises time to mentor, support and guide emerging talent. In 2016 she was named one of London's most influential people in the Evening Standard's Progress 1000 list and hailed as a ‘Woman to Watch Europe’ by Advertising Age.
Professor Dame Amanda Fisher DBE FRS FMedSci
Appointed 2017. Professor Fisher is Director of the Medical Research Council London Institute of Medical Sciences (MRC LMS) and jointly runs the MRC LMS's Lymphocyte Development Group. She is also Head of the Institute of Clinical Sciences at Imperial College London’s Hammersmith Campus. She obtained her PhD from the University of Birmingham and studied retrovirus biology at the National Institutes of Health, USA, where she helped isolate and characterise the first molecular clones of HIV. In 1993 she established a research team at the newly formed Clinical Sciences Centre in London (now LMS). Her research group study fundamental aspects of cell commitment including nuclear organisation, gene regulation and chromatin structure. She was awarded the EMBO Gold medal in 2002 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.
In the New Year’s Honours 2017 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for “services to medical research and the public understanding of science”.
Professor Stephen T Holgate CBE FMedSci
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Appointed 2014. David is a chartered accountant and has been a non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair of three listed companies since 2007, prior to which he was a Partner at Ernst & Young where he served as the lead audit Partner for numerous FTSE 100 companies and was a member of the firm’s governing council for many years. He is Deputy Chair of Governors at The University of the Arts London and was Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Review Panel from 2008 to 2012.
Andrew Palmer FCA (Treasurer)
Professor Sir Bruce Ponder FRCP FMedSci FRS
Appointed 2015. Bruce Ponder is Emeritus Professor of Oncology at Cambridge and a Senior Group Leader in the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. He was formerly Li Ka Shing Professor of Oncology, Founding Director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and of the Cambridge Cancer Centre, and co-Director of both the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre and of the Strangeways Research Laboratories for Genetic Epidemiology. Bruce Ponder trained in internal medicine in London, and then did his PhD at ICRF (now the Francis Crick Institute). He trained in Medical Oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University. His clinical and research career was in the genetics of susceptibility to cancer. Over the past 20 years he has led the development of a new laboratory and clinical centre for cancer research in Cambridge. Milestones have been the establishment of the Strangeways Laboratories for Genetic Epidemiology in 1997, the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre in 2001, the CRUK Cambridge Institute in 2007, and the designation of Cambridge as a CRUK Major Cancer Centre in 2015.
He was knighted in 2008 for ‘services to medicine’.
Professor Sir Mike Richards CBE MD FRCP FRCR (Hon) FRCPath (Hon) FRCSEd (Hon)
Appointed 2017. Sir Mike Richards was appointed the First Chief Inspector of Hospitals for England at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in July 2013. He retired in July 2017. He was Director for Reducing Premature Mortality at NHS England (2012-13) and National Cancer Director at the Department of Health (1999-2013). Prior to these appointments he was a consultant and reader in Medical Oncology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust (1986-1995) and Professor of Palliative Medicine (1995-1999).
He was appointed CBE in 2001 and Knight Batchelor in 2010 for ‘services to medicine’.
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