Mr Richard Anderson (Chair)
Richard has over 30 years' experience in healthcare and life science communications. Before co-founding his current business, Sciad Communications, Richard was Chair of Burson-Marsteller's healthcare practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa. This followed five years as Managing Director at Chime Communications and Bell Pottinger. Prior to that, Richard led De Facto Communications, Europe's leading life science communications agency.
Ms Lorraine Lander (Treasurer)
Lorraine is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the private healthcare sector. After leaving practice, she joined BMI Healthcare and then worked at HCA Healthcare for 10 years in both hospital and central finance roles. From 2007, Lorraine was the founding CFO of CancerPartnersUK, a specialist radiotherapy provider which opened the first dedicated private centres outside London delivering the latest radiotherapy techniques. The company was backed by Apposite Capital and sold to GenesisCare in 2015. Lorraine currently holds other Non-Executive roles within the healthcare sector.
Mrs Nita Ares
Nita is an experienced specialist healthcare communications professional with a passion for enhancing awareness and understanding of life-threatening health conditions among the public, patients and healthcare professionals to make a real difference and improve lives. She has over 20 years' experience gained in both the private and public sectors, having held senior positions in the NHS and a world renowned research institution as well as a number of leading public relations consultancies. As a member of various management boards and senior management teams across both global and UK agencies Nita was responsible for delivering impactful growth and award winning public relations and education campaigns. Nita currently provides freelance communications consultancy to a number of healthcare businesses and agencies.
Dr Kate Brown
Kate is Director of Learn English at Home, an ambitious local charity supporting vulnerable ethnic minority adults in Kingston and Richmond. She has worked in third sector leadership since 2010, before that teaching in secondary schools in the UK and abroad.
Mr Ben Butler
Ben is a communications professional with 20 years experience leading digital innovation and change projects. The constant in his career is the belief that technological innovation, built on consumer insights and data, married with impactful communications have the potential to dramatically improve health outcomes. After a decade leading the Drinkaware Trust's Digital, Communications and Marketing functions, Ben is now Executive Director for External Affairs at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, passionately driving forward the College's mission to improve the health of women and girls around the globe.
Mr Stephen Fenwick
Stephen qualified in medicine from Nottingham University in 1995, subsequently training in hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgery. For his Doctorate he studied the role of COX-2 in the development of colorectal cancer liver metastases. In 2008 he was appointed Consultant Hepatobiliary Surgeon at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. He is the Clinical Lead of the Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, the Director of the Mersey and Cheshire Hepatobiliary Cancer Specialist Multi-disciplinary Team, and the Clinical Director of cancer services within his hospital. He is also associate Clinical Director for cancer within the North West Coast Strategic Clinical Network.
Mr Joe Higgins
A computer scientist by education and accountant by qualification, Joe Higgins has spent most of his career in finance and financial services. He held a number of senior roles with Bank of Scotland, HBOS, Lloyds Banking Group and latterly as CEO and largest shareholder and CEO of Certus. He has extensive experience of managing through turbulent times and implementing strategic changes gained in periods as Head of Mortgages for HBOS during the 2007-08 financial crisis and Chief Executive of Bank of Scotland (Ireland) through the closure of this business.
Joe led the negotiations on behalf of Certus to secure the contract to manage the run-down of BoSI's £26bn loan book. The contract was one of the largest ever awarded by Lloyds Banking Group and involved the transfer of over 800 staff. Following the successful completion of the contract, Joe has accepted a number of non-executive roles. Joe is a Certified Bank Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Ms Alison Hill
Alison trained in general nursing at Guy’s Hospital in London, then in oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital. She completed a master’s degree in Heath Studies which also included a Health Visiting qualification. She has worked in a number of acute centres both in and outside London, as well as primary care and hospice. Alison is currently the Director of Cancer and Palliative Care Nursing at Barts Health NHS Trust in East London.
Her particular areas of interest include cancer patient experience, the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist and hospital palliative care.
Mr Mauro Mattiuzzo
Mauro is a retired partner with international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. He became actively involved with bowel cancer following his wife's diagnosis some 20 years ago, since when he been an active fundraiser for the charity, most recently completing the Ride London 100 in 2015 and 2016.
Dr Alastair McKinlay
Dr. Alastair McKinlay was brought up and educated in Edinburgh and graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1982. His postgraduate training was in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Aberdeen where he was appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist from 1992 until he retired in 2022.
Alastair was a general gastroenterologist and bowel cancer screening endoscopist, with specialist interests in nutrition, and in particular eating disorders. He still carries out bowel cancer screening on a part time basis.
He was Secretary and President of the Scottish Society of Gastroenterology and Co-chair of the Scottish Government’s National Nutritional Care Advisory Board. Alastair was appointed President-elect of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) in 2018, becoming President and Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2020 to 2022. During that time, he led the BSG through the COVID-19 pandemic and oversaw its advice on continuing services during the lockdowns.
Mr Duncan Rudkin
Duncan originally practiced as a commercial solicitor before moving to work in health regulation. He held a number of senior roles, including chief executive, in the UK's dental regulator, the General Dental Council. He has also led the General Pharmaceutical Council as its chief executive since its creation. During his career in health regulation, for a number of years Duncan chaired the steering group of the chief executives of the UK health professional regulatory bodies. He has previously served as a founding trustee of the College of General Dentistry, and as a trustee board member at St Catherine's Hospice.
Dr Diana Tait
Diana is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist based at the Royal Marsden Hospital since 1988. She has a specialist interest in Upper Gastrointestinal, Colorectal, Hepatobiliary, Anal and Breast cancers. Her main research interests focus around using new radiotherapy technologies to improve treatment delivery, reduce side effects and improve patient outcomes. She has a special interest in the late consequences of treatment and survivorship issues. She is presently Chair of the National Radiotherapy Awareness Programme (RAP), a cross-sector group seeking to raise public awareness of radiotherapy and its benefits to patients. Diana has an extensive research portfolio and is currently Principle Investigator on two clinical trials, one a rectal cancer study which involves intensive follow-up for patients who may be able to avoid surgery by adopting a "Watch and Wait" policy. The other is a rectal cancer study investigating the best time to perform surgery following pre-operative chemo-radiation.
Mr Owen Watson
Owen is a Chartered Accountant and currently Head of Customer and Retail Finance for a national operator in the tourism and leisure industry. He has over a decade of post-qualified experience including with Barclays Bank, Severn Trent Water and Goodyear Tires. He currently serves as Senior Independent Director of a disability sports charity and has done so since 2018, including chairing the Governance, Audit and Renumeration Committees.
Ms Angie Wiles
Angie Wiles is a highly experienced senior business leader and healthcare communications professional, business mentor and Executive Coach who enjoys the challenge of helping clients find and communicate their point of 'difference'. Angie worked for three of the UK's leading PR consultancies before establishing industry-leading communications and PR business, Virgo Health, building it into one of the most successful UK healthcare consultancies and growing it to a global stage. She is now the proud Founder and CEO of The Difference Collective, a unique communications and content 'non-agency' for the health sector. Here, a diverse range of talented, senior-level experts work together to offer our clients expertise in healthcare sector communications, content and consultancy.