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Patrons and trustees

Our Patrons

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin:

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Breast Cancer Now Chief Executive since July 2011, Delyth Morgan previously enjoyed a varied voluntary sector career, which included ten years as Breakthrough Breast Cancer Chief Executive. Occupying a number of Government ministerial posts from 2007, she now sits as an independent peer in the House of Lords.


Delyth says, "I have seen first hand how devastating a diagnosis can be and I am convinced there must be more that can be done to improve survival and quality of life for people with pancreatic cancer. I am particularly interested in Pancreatic Cancer UK's Study for Survival, which aims to answer some of the challenging questions posed by the disease."

Our Trustees

Sarah Roberts: (Chair)

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"After a varied career within the healthcare and charity sectors, I have now retired to the countryside! Like many involved with Pancreatic Cancer UK I feel strongly there is so much more we need to do to fight this terrible disease. I hope that my work experiences and knowledge will contribute to the overall team effort that we all passionately support - striving for long and good lives for all diagnosed with pancreatic cancer."


Lynne Walker: (Deputy Chair)

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"I recently celebrated my five-year pancreatic cancer survival anniversary and was delighted to accept the invitation to join the Board of Trustees. I want to use my personal experience and professional expertise to further the work of improving the patient experience, to increase early diagnosis and improve the appalling survival rates for pancreatic cancer.


"This is a very exciting time to contribute to the work of Pancreatic Cancer UK as it raises the profile of this terrible disease and funds great research utilising money raised by so many fantastic supporters. I was honoured to give evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on pancreatic cancer. I initially trained as a teacher before serving as a school inspector and as a senior manager in a university. Until I retired last year I ran my own consultancy company specialising in change management, strategic development planning and team development programmes both in the UK and overseas."

Simon Collins:

Simon Collins 150Simon is a chartered accountant and Chairman and Senior Partner elect of KPMG. "My father died from pancreatic cancer in 1972, when I was 12. I was horrified to learn recently that the mortality rate from this terrible disease has hardly improved during the 40 years since his death. I am passionate about changing that - I can't do anything of medical relevance, but I feel I can contribute financial and commercial experience and personal energy to helping Pancreatic Cancer UK make a real difference."

David Probert:

David Probert 150David is Director of Strategic Development UCLH NHS Foundation Trust. "The opportunity to be involved, in some small way, in supporting the work of Pancreatic Cancer UK is a great honour. It was a position that appealed to me for a number of reasons, including my desire to see pancreatic cancer much more greatly supported on a national scale."


Claire Hickson:

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Claire Hickson runs Trio Policy Ltd, a policy and public affairs agency. "I knew very little about pancreatic cancer until my father was diagnosed in 2009. I was shocked by the survival rates and by the fact that they had not changed for decades. When my father died from the disease, I wanted to help in the battle to improve survival rates. I got in touch with Pancreatic Cancer UK and after a while they asked me to become a trustee.


"I hope to be able to contribute my knowledge of politics and campaigning to push for change."

Simon Gibbins: (Treasurer)

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"In the last five years, I have lost a close colleague of mine to pancreatic cancer and two good friends have lost their fathers to the same dreadful disease. In each case, they lasted much less than a year after diagnosis. Through Pancreatic Cancer UK and its wonderful fundraisers, I know we can give much needed support and advice to patients and families faced with the unknown, and strive to improve the speed of diagnosis and long term survival rates, both of which remain shockingly poor.

"It's a privilege to be associated with such a dedicated, focused and caring team."

Carole Challen: 

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"I am privileged to be a survivor of pancreatic cancer and honoured to now be a Trustee as well. I have been involved with Pancreatic Cancer UK for a number of years and hope sharing the experience of living with and beyond cancer as well as my professional knowledge and experience of the NHS will contribute to the team effort of improving diagnosis and survival.


"I believe that by raising the profile of pancreatic cancer, campaigning for improvements in treatment and investment in research we will bring about hope for the future.

Peter O'Hare:

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Peter is a research scientist, working firstly at the National Institute for Medical Research, London,  then at Johns Hopkins, USA, and then at the Marie Curie Research Institute, where he was Director of Research until 2010. He us now at Imperial College, London. "I am delighted to be associated with Pancreatic Cancer UK and help make a contribution to its aims.


"There are major hurdles to be overcome in tackling pancreatic cancer, but this is a charity which, through its services and research activities, combines support for today with hope for tomorrow".