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Our trustees

  • Mary Davies Chair of the Board of Trustees, has over 25 years’ experience as an economic adviser in the public sector gaining insight into public policy and how Whitehall works. She has recently spent more than 4 years as a senior team leader volunteer for Pro Bono Economics advising charities on how to measure the impact of their work. Mary knows first-hand the importance of taking preventative action to reduce risks even for those that have experienced the disease and believes passionately that prevention is better than cure.

  • Alison Giles, Deputy Chair, has spent 18 years in public health policy and is passionate about the role of prevention. She currently works in a freelance capacity providing insight, analysis and policy research to organisations concerned with developing public health strategy. Prior to this, her roles included Associate Director at the UK Health Forum, a policy think tank devoted to the prevention of avoidable non-communicable disease and a two-year secondment to the Department of Health to lead the cross-Government physical activity strategy. She also ran a social enterprise for 8 years which gave her first hand experience of the governance and legal frameworks concerning small charities. Alison has a PhD in Cancer Research (environmental carcinogenesis) and a Masters in Public Health.

  • Ruth Freeborough has over 27 years’ experience working for Ford Motor Company Ltd where she has held mostly sales and marketing roles.  In her thirties, Ruth trained as a McTimoney Chiropractor – a technique that focusses on an holistic approach to musculoskeletal conditions, treating the whole body at each and every session. It was her chiropractic training that introduced her to the importance of treating the cause rather than the symptoms of disease – and she has since become passionate about a preventative model of health and wellbeing that focusses on the importance of diet and lifestyle as well as minimising exposure to environmental toxins.

    Ruth joined Breast Cancer UK, having lost her own mother to breast cancer when she was 19.

  • Athina Kakavouli, MD, is an anaesthesiologist who worked both in Europe and the US. She has been actively involved in multi-centered, international epidemiological and clinical studies for medical quality control and risk stratification of medical adverse events. Athina joined Beast Cancer UK because the aim to reduce the incidence of breast cancer for future generations is extremely close to her heart.  She wants and hopes to help the team built a strong scientific agenda.

  • Emma Kendall has 23 years legal experience with international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. After 13 years as a partner at the firm, she left in 2016 to set up an executive coaching business, working with senior management in professional service firms, the public sector and private sector organisations to enhance professional performance. With a family history of breast cancer, and having been diagnosed herself in 2016, Emma is passionate about helping to prevent others from suffering from the disease, through a combination of education, advocacy and research.

  • Elspeth Mackeggie Gurney is a Chartered Accountant, working in public practice with experience of working with a number of smaller charities, both for audit and advisory purposes.  Elspeth was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and is passionate about contributing to an organisation that works to prevent the disease in the future.

  • Dr. Lígia Teixeira is Head of Research and Evaluation at Crisis, where she leads on the design and delivery of one of the largest programs of research and evaluation on issues related to housing and homelessness in the UK. She is also leading on a major initiative to set up a new Centre for Homelessness Impact to champion the use of evidence in policy and practice. Lígia joined the charity in March 2008, following stints at the Young Foundation and the Refugee Council. She was awarded a PhD from the Government Department of the London School of Economics in 2007.

    Lígia is a 2016 Clore Fellow, having been awarded the Specialist Fellowship on Housing and Homelessness, funded by the Oak Foundation.

  • Jamie Tolentino-Deludet has spent the last 7 years in digital marketing and innovation and is passionate about promoting the role of prevention especially to millennials. Currently working for Investec Asset Management, she has varied digital marketing experience encompassing web development, SEO, PPC, UX, analytics as well as managing digital campaigns in the Americas, Europe, Australian and Asian regions. She has a digital column in Adobo Magazine and contributes to The Next Web. Previous roles include being an Innovation Strategist at Quirk (now Mirum) after completing a BSc Psychology at University College London (UCL).

    Jamie joined Breast Cancer UK because she believes that millennials underrate prevention and this needs to be reversed to reduce the risk for future generations.

  • Wendy Clark has a background in technology leadership in the private and public sector and is passionate about using technology to make a positive impact on society.  As a carrier of the BRCA2 gene and having had breast cancer at 32 she is committed to improving awareness of preventative action with the aim of Breast Cancer affecting less people in the future.




  • Professor Deirdre Kelly CBE is Professor of Paediatric Hepatology at the University of Birmingham, Consultant Paediatric Hepatologist and Founding Director of the Liver Unit for Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. Professor Kelly set up the Paediatric Liver Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital in 1989 which provides a national and international service for children with liver failure and undergoing liver transplantation, transforming survival and outcome for these children. She runs an active research programme focusing on viral hepatitis in children, molecular genetics of inherited liver disease, quality and outcome of life following liver and/or intestinal transplantation. Professor Kelly is a current member of the General Medical Council and is the author of several textbooks about paediatric liver disease and has published many original articles and chapters on liver disease, liver transplantation and viral hepatitis.

  • Clare Dimmer, co-founder and former Chair of Breast Cancer UK, sadly passed away on Friday 17th January 2014, after a long battle with breast cancer. Clare will be missed by all who knew her but remembered for the huge amount of work she did to try and make the world a safer, healthier place.

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