Business Beats Cancer Yorkshire
The Business Beats Cancer Yorkshire board aims to increase awareness across the region’s business community of Cancer Research UK’s work and to encourage them to work together to support the charity through a range of fundraising activities.
The board is made up of seven Yorkshire business people from a wide range of professional sectors who are determined to help fight one of Yorkshire’s biggest killers by raising funds for life-saving cancer research carried out by Cancer Research UK. The fundraising board is one of a growing network involving business leaders across the UK
Through the pioneering work of our scientists and doctors in the region, we’re determined to make a difference for people with cancer in Yorkshire and beyond.
Many of our researchers in the region are based at the University of Leeds, where their work focuses on a range of cancer types including bowel, blood and skin cancers. They also have expertise in the fields of immunotherapy and radiotherapy.
The Sheffield Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) and the Leeds paediatric ECMC, which are jointly supported by the National Institute for Health Research in England, bring together lab scientists and cancer doctors from local NHS trusts and universities to speed up the flow of ideas and new treatments from the lab to the clinic.
Yorkshire is home to the Leeds Clinical Trials Unit delivering innovative and practice-changing clinical research that impacts the care and outcomes for cancer patients in the UK and across the world. A Senior Research Nurse in Leeds supports the delivery of high-quality clinical trials and studies, getting new treatments into the clinic sooner.
The Business Beats Cancer Yorkshire board are heading into their first few months of fundraising and are already starting their fight to help beat cancer sooner. Find out more about the people behind the fundraising or get in touch above to find out how you can get involved.
Meet The Board
Alexandra Fogal (Chair)
Alex is an Associate Partner at EY leading Private business across the North of England based in Leeds. Alex works with privately owned, entrepreneurial, PE backed and AIM listed clients in the region across all advisory and service lines that EY offer to support private businesses and their owners in unlocking the full potential of their ambitions. Alex has 17 years expereince in Corporate Banking working in the Yorkshire market. As for many people, Cancer Research UK is close to Alex’s heart.
Nikki Foster (Vice Chair)
Nikki Foster (Vice Chair) is Sales & Partnerships Director for Spike, a digital agency based in Leeds. She has had an exciting and varied career including senior positions within the financial services industry and running her own wedding & event planning business. She has lived in Yorkshire since 2004. Cancer Research is very close to her heart having lost her Mum and brother-in-law to Cancer over the past few years.
Emma Thornhill (Treasurer)
Emma is Head of Finance at Paxman, a medical device manufacturer whose pioneering scalp cooling system has helped thousands of people worldwide to
maintain normality, retain their hair and self-confidence during cancer treatment. Based at their UK office in Huddersfield, Emma leads the finance team for the company’s US and UK operations.
Since losing a close colleague to cancer in 2014. Emma has fundraised for several charities and holds Cancer Research very close to her heart.
Lucy Walker (Secretary)
Lucy is an Executive Assistant at EY, supporting five partners and associate partners across different service lines. Lucy is involved in the EY Women’s Network and Smart Futures programme and has experience in planning, designing and executing events.
Harriet Hughes-Payne is a Director of COPA Group an Events, PR and Digital Marketing agency. She has over 25 years experience delivering strategic digital marketing solutions spanning multiple industries and sectors on regional, national and global levels.
Dan Brookes is a Tax Partner at BDO in Leeds where he heads up the Corporate Tax practice and is the People Partner for the office. He has over 22 years experience of providing tax services and leads BDO’s services to large corporate and international clients in Yorkshire and the North East. Cancer Research UK is a charity that Dan is passionate to support.
Garry Howes is a Chartered Surveyor and Investment Director at award winning niche commercial property consultancy GV. With 25 years’ professional experience in the property sector, he specialises in sales, acquisitions, joint ventures and development funding’s on behalf a range of clients including many Institutional Pension Funds and Property Companies. Over the years Garry