Trustees

Why do we have trustees?

Trustees are the people who form the governing body of a charity. They are the people who are ultimately responsible for directing the business of the charity. Their work is voluntary, and they receive no payment.

Pascale Alvanitakis-Guely

Managing Director of Shelley Capital Advisors Ltd, Pascale has 24 years’ experience in the City of London as a management consultant, investment banker and investment adviser, focused on financial institutions, hedge funds and private equity firms. Pascale is a member of the Prince’s Trust Women’s Leadership Group and the Senior Advisory Council of “100 Women in Hedge Funds”. Pascale has been treated for breast cancer.

Dr Veronique Bouchet

With 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, Veronique is the founder director of Novudel Associates, a life sciences consulting and coaching company. Prior to this she was director of corporate strategy and head of venture capital relations at AstraZeneca PLC. Her other non-executive directorships include the International Biotechnology Trust plc and the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst.

Professor Robert Coleman

Rob is Professor of Medical Oncology and Honorary Consultant in the Academic Unit of Clinical Oncology at Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield. Director of the Sheffield Cancer Research Centre, for over 20 years he has been instrumental in developing clinical cancer research in the city and surrounding clinical network. He also works as a part-time Medical Director for PRIME Oncology.

Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE

Liz is probably the UK’s best-known female water-skier, having become British Champion 7 times. After retiring, Liz set up LHG, and continues to develop her highly successful music-after-sport model, which has contributed to the bottom line of many of the UK’s iconic sporting venues.

Professor Suzanne Eccles

Sue is Professor of Experimental Cancer Therapeutics in the CRUK Cancer Therapeutics Unit at The Institute of Cancer Research, Surrey; and leads the Tumour Biology and Metastasis Group. She served as Honorary Secretary of the British Association of Cancer Research and on the Executive Committee of the European Association of Cancer Research. She co-founded the Metastasis Research Society (President 1998-2000) and its journal ‘Clinical and Experimental Metastasis’ (currently European Editor).

Chris Finch - Treasurer

A chartered accountant, Chris was Group Head of Finance at the Biochemical Society, a scientific charitable learned society, for 20 years. He is trustee of two other charities: Independent Cancer Patients’ Voice and The Anaphylaxis Campaign, a charity for those with severe allergies. Chris’s wife, Adrienne Morgan, a scientist, has secondary breast cancer.

Hunada Nouss

Hunada is Chief Financial Officer for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), an independent philanthropic organisation providing funding for programmes designed to improve the lives of children facing poverty, under-nutrition, and the effects of climate change. Prior to this, she worked for 6 years in Whitehall, most recently as CFO for the Department for Work and Pensions. Hunada has been treated for breast cancer.

Laura Simons

Laura is an independent consultant in strategic communications, specialising in the not-for-profit sector. Clients range from Diabetes UK and the National Autistic Society, to the Bar Standards Board and Association of Residential Managing Agents. Previously, she held communications and campaigning roles in a range of consumer-focused organisations, including the Citizens Advice Bureau service, Which? and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Laura has been treated for breast cancer.

Isla Smith – Chair

Isla’s background is in law. Having qualified as a lawyer in South Africa and England, she became a Commercial Tax Partner with international law firm Norton Rose, where she was also a member of the management board and Global Head of Tax. She left in 2004 to establish a portfolio of non-executive directorships in the commercial and charity sectors.

Professor Alastair Thompson ALCM BSc (Hons) MBChB MD FRCSEd (Gen)

Alastair chairs the Breast Cancer Campaign Breast Tissue Bank Board for the UK and Eire and the 10,000-patient UK National Audit of Screen Detected DCIS. Until recently Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Dundee, he is now Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, specializing in breast cancer. He continues to provide leadership in clinical translational research with colleagues in Europe and is establishing clinical trials and laboratory collaborations in the US.

Shoba Vazirani

Shoba is editorial director/co-founder of publishing company Splendid Books. She began her career in journalism, helping to launch Sky Television and working for five years at The Sun newspaper, before juggling life as a hands-on mother to three children with freelance journalism, marketing and publicity.

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