Our patrons and trustees

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin (Patron)

Breast Cancer Now Chief Executive since April 2015, Delyth Morgan previously enjoyed a varied voluntary sector career, which included ten years as Breakthrough Breast Cancer Chief Executive and Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Campaign in 2011. In 2014, Delyth played a pivotal role in the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. 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.”

Lynne Walker (Chair)

“I am honoured to serve the charity as the Chair of the Board and to lead a really talented and committed team of trustees all of whom have close personal experience of this awful disease. In 2015 I was delighted to accept the invitation to join the Board because I wanted to use my personal experience and professional expertise to further the work of improving the patient experience, increase early diagnosis and improve the appalling survival rates for pancreatic cancer that are virtually unchanged in 50 years!

The cause of Pancreatic Cancer UK is particularly dear to my heart as in 2019 I celebrated my ten-year pancreatic cancer survival anniversary. I am delighted to help lead the work of Pancreatic Cancer UK as it raises the profile of this terrible disease, supports patients and carers, campaigns for greater awareness and funds great research utilising money raised by so many fantastic supporters.

I initially trained as a teacher before serving as a school inspector and as a senior manager in a university. Until pancreatic cancer forced my retirement I ran my own consultancy company specialising in change management, strategic planning and team development programmes both in the UK public sector and overseas.”

 

Daniel Benjamin (Treasurer)

Daniel is an experienced executive and non-executive with a track record in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He has had responsibility for Finance, Human Resources, Corporate and Information Governance, Risk Management, Information Technology and Programme Management.

Daniel serves as Treasurer of Pancreatic Cancer UK, Friends of the Lake District and the Wilmslow Guild. His personal interests include art, heritage, history, football, travelling and walking.

 

Claire Cardy (Trustee)

“I originally trained as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, and specialised in oncology and palliative care some twenty five years ago. Since then, I have worked in a wide variety of settings and held a number of senior management roles, both in the NHS and the voluntary sector, including Chief Executive of a hospice charity in Kent. Throughout my career, I have always been strongly motivated to ensure that the best interests of patients and families can be achieved, and to strive towards equity and excellence in care. I am now working as a consultant to the charity sector, focusing particularly on leadership and governance.

“I have a commitment and passion for supporting Pancreatic Cancer UK, due to my personal and professional experience of this disease, and the distress it can cause, particularly due to the short prognosis from diagnosis to death. Both my father-in-law and my aunt died from pancreatic cancer, at young ages. I am determined that we must invest in more research leading to improved outcomes, and feel motivated to be part of delivering the charity’s vision that everyone with pancreatic cancer survives to live long and well.”

Claire Cardy

Stuart Fletcher (Trustee)

Stuart is a Chartered Certified Accountant and was, until April 2016, CEO of Bupa and prior to that spent 26 years with Diageo Plc in finance and general management roles, concluding as President, Diageo International from 2004-2011.

“My father died of pancreatic cancer in 1987, at the age of 60. It was during my time at Bupa that I discovered that pancreatic cancer is incredibly tough to diagnose, research, treat and survive; one of the toughest amongst all forms of cancer. It is also the most poorly funded area of cancer research and support.

“I believe my commercial and leadership skills, combined with my partnering and health sector experience, equip me to make a very real contribution to tackling this situation together and bring about substantive improvements for all affected by this dreadful disease.”

Professor Stephen K. Smith (Co-opted Trustee and Chair of Scientific Advisory Board)

Stephen has established an International Academic and Health Consultancy since returning from Melbourne at the end of 2015 where he held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne and Chair Melbourne Health Academic Centre.

“My mother died of pancreatic cancer and it was devastatingly quick from the point of diagnosis. Even though my work enables me to have every opportunity to “know” the system, I feel strongly there is so much more that could be done to improve patient management from the GP, to nurse, to consultant and finally the cancer specialist centre. As a trustee of Pancreatic Cancer UK I will do everything in my power to make this happen.”

 

Naureen Starling (Trustee)

Naureen is a Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden specialising in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer within the Division of Clinical Studies at the Institute of Cancer Research.

Her research interests in gastrointestinal cancers (oesophageal, gastric, pancreatic, neuroendocrine and colorectal) are focussed on earlier phase clinical trials, novel therapeutics and the delivery of individualised medicine to patients with gastrointestinal cancers.

Naureen says: “As someone who is involved in managing and caring for people with pancreatic cancer, I see first-hand the impact this devastating disease has on patients and their carers. I am therefore delighted to support and share my professional expertise with this amazing charity, as it aims to transform awareness, outcomes and patient experience in pancreatic cancer.”

Eleanor Phillips (Trustee)

Eleanor’s career in Human Resources, includes roles as Chief HR Officer for global, UK listed companies.

Her appointment as Trustee, achieves a long-held ambition to support the Charity, following the loss of her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2013.

“We had no experience of pancreatic cancer as a family, so the prognosis was very difficult to understand and accept. How is it possible that survival rates have barely improved in 50 years?

Also, we had the complexity of finding specialist help in West Wales. Knowledge and resources were limited, and we received invaluable support from the nurses at Pancreatic Cancer UK.

As well as helping the Charity through my own lived experiences, I will bring my background in developing skilled and characterful organisations with a shared passion and purpose.

Those with pancreatic cancer deserve far better odds. I am proud to be part of a team committed to making this happen.”

Greg Mueller (Trustee) 

Greg is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, having lived and worked in Canada, Singapore, China and the UK over the course of his career.  He is currently the Deputy General Counsel of AstraZeneca, based in Cambridge.  During his time at AZ, he also served as a Non-Executive Director for its Bombay and National Stock Exchange listed business in India.  Greg holds a Bachelor of Commerce specialist degree (B.Comm) from the University of Toronto and a law degree (LLB) from Queen’s University in Canada.​

“My father died recently from pancreatic cancer and from the time of his diagnosis, I was struck by the poor prognosis and relative lack of treatment options for most patients as well as the heavy toll the disease takes on family, friends and caregivers.   As a result, I feel very personally connected to the fight against pancreatic cancer.  I believe that with my experience, I make a meaningful contribution and that by working with the team at Pancreatic Cancer UK, we can make a real difference.” ​

Katie Stotter (Trustee) 

Katie is a Strategy Consultant who has spent the last 13 years working with some of the world’s biggest healthcare, entertainment, and telco brands, along with charities, universities and Governments, to make new products and services, embrace change, innovate and get creative.

“I lost my dad to Pancreatic Cancer when he was in his early 50s. Not long after, my granny also died from it. The speed of disease progression, and the impact on our family was enormous.

So many years later, I was shocked to find that survival rates have improved so little. I am determined to use the skills and experience that I have to drive real change and better outcomes, so that fewer families have to face such a challenging period and devastating loss as we did.”

Neil Balmer (Trustee) 

Neil has worked in healthcare strategy, communications and campaigning for 20 years, with charities, the NHS, medical bodies, businesses and in politics. He’s currently working with the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust to develop a South London wide mental health prevention and recovery programme.

Before that he was Director of Strategy and Engagement at MQ, the UK’s leading mental health research charity – having helped to launch and establish the charity, as member of its founding Executive team.

Neil said: “Pancreatic cancer is cause very close to my heart. 26 years ago, my mother died from pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer, aged just 49. I’m honoured and excited to be working with Pancreatic Cancer UK to help drive forward much-needed progress for every person affected by this devastating condition and their families.”

Rima Horton (Trustee)

“My late husband, Alan Rickman died in January 2016. By the time his cancer was discovered, it was inoperable.  So, I am very keen on understanding any developments that might lead to better screening and earlier diagnosis.

Following a degree in Physiology and Biochemistry and a research position, I changed careers and taught economics at two universities in applied microeconomics with particular focus on public sector economics.

A great love is politics and I served as a councillor for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, St Charles ward in North Kensington for twenty years. I have served on a number of public sector Boards and I since 1988 I have been the Chair of Governors for Barlby Primary School, a North Kensington community school.

Another passion is the arts – especially theatre and film.”

Arthur Calderwood (Trustee)

“My wife and I returned to the UK in late 2019 after 23 years in Switzerland to be close to our four children and grandson. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer one year later but thankfully it was operable.

Throughout Whipple surgery, post-op and a six-month course of chemotherapy I was truly grateful for the support I received from Pancreatic Cancer UK. They were a key member of my recovery team and I experienced first-hand their outstanding work which has a huge impact on those struggling to understand their diagnosis and treatment.

I see the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees as a gift which came during a difficult personal time for me. Having spent 30+ years working in Sales, Marketing, Communications and Strategy, at executive level in Europe and globally, I am delighted to be able to use my skills to help the Pancreatic Cancer UK team and the Board to continue their already impressive fight against pancreatic cancer.

Overshadowed by a global pandemic, the case for increased funding to continue critical research and to provide front line patient and carer support services risks being ‘lost’. The challenge I subscribe to is to make sure that never happens as we strive to improve early diagnosis, survival rates and a joined-up patient journey.”