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Our board of trustees

Our Board of Trustees oversees the activity of the charity, helping ensure we follow our stated aims and objectives in both fundraising and awarding research grants.

Mr James Murray (Chairman)

James Murray has been a long-serving Chairman of Worldwide Cancer Research. He is a retired senior partner of Murray Donald Drummond Cook LLP. His other roles in the local community include serving as Deputy Lieutenant for Fife, Honorary Sheriff for Tayside, Central and Fife, Chairman of St Leonard's School and as a trustee on many other charitable trusts. He was formerly the Vice Chairman of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, a member of Fife Health Board and Chairman of Fife Medical and Dental Committees.

Mr James Dee

James Dee is the Commercial Director for Hewlett Packard’s outsourcing business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He grew up in Australia and qualified as a barrister and solicitor having completed degrees in Economics and Law at Adelaide University. He moved to the UK in 1999 to complete at MBA at Cambridge University. James is also a member of our London Campaign Board.

Professor Simon Herrington

Simon Herrington is a consultant pathologist and Professor of Molecular Cancer Pathology at the University of Edinburgh. He is also a member of the Cancer Research UK science funding committee and a past President of the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Pathology and the Journal of Pathology: Clinical Research.  

Professor Michael Steel

Christopher Michael Steel is an Emeritus professor in Medical Science at the University of St Andrews and a former Consultant in Clinical Genetics on the Lothian and Tayside Health Boards. From 1979-93 he served as an Assistant Director at the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh. He is also a past member of UK Gene Therapy Advisory Committee and previously served on the international advisory Board for The Lancet.

Roz Cuschieri 

With nearly three decades of experience, Roz has extensive brand building experience gained though working with some of the UK’s biggest food and drink brands. After graduating from Aberdeen University with a Pure Science degree, Roz started her career in the graduate programme at United Biscuits. Her extensive experience since includes positions at Scottish and Newcastle and Warburton’s. Most recently, she served as CEO of the Genius Gluten Free brand for five years; growing the brand to be the leading gluten free player in the UK, overseeing the acquisition of three bakeries and undertaking rapid international expansion. She has held a number of non-executive positions and currently sits on the board of Scottish Golf Ltd, Lightbody Ventures Ltd and is Chairwoman of Emily Crisps Ltd. Roz is married with two children and lives in Edinburgh.

Ian Adam

Ian is a retired Chartered Accountant. After qualifying with a small firm in Dundee he moved to Price Waterhouse Peat in Rio de Janeiro where he spent over two years before returning to the UK. He joined the Bristol office of Price Waterhouse before being invited to move to Edinburgh in 1976 and open an office of the firm in the city.  During his period as a partner and latterly senior partner of the firm north of the border he provided professional services to a wide range of organisations both in the public and private sectors. In 1995 he was invited to join one of his clients, Christian Salvesen plc, as Group Finance Director and he continued in this role until the completion of the successful demerger of the group and the move of the head office to England. Since retiring from Salvesen he has held a number of non-executive positions including being a director and Chairman of the Britannia Building Society. He was also a member of both the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council and its successor body the Further and Higher Education Funding Council. He is an Old Master of The Merchant Company of the City of Edinburgh and a Past Captain of The Royal burgess golfing Society of Edinburgh. Most recently, he retired as Chairman of St Columba’s Hospice and as a member of the governing council of St Leonards School, Fife.

Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke

Kairbaan started her scientific career as a technical assistant, first at The Jodrell Laboratories, Kew Gardens, and then in the Wellcome Trust funded Malaria Research team at Imperial College, London.  These experiences fueled her enthusiasm to embark on a career in research. A Biology undergraduate from the University of Southampton, in 1994, she gained a PhD after studying epithelial cell biology with Professor Fiona Watt at The Imperial Cancer Research Fund. Following Postdoctoral work with Professor Richard Hynes at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, she returned to the UK and was an Imperial Cancer Research Fund tenure-track fellow with Professor Ian Hart, first at St. Thomas’ Hospital and then at The Barts Cancer Institute, Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She was awarded tenure in 2004 and became Professor of Angiogenesis in 2009. In 2012 she was appointed Deputy Director of the Bart’s Cancer Institute. Her research is dedicated to investigating the molecular basis of angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels) and tumour growth.

Chief Executive

Dr Helen Rippon Dr Helen Rippon is the Chief Executive of the charity, having previously served as the Head of Research for four years and holding research management positions at Prostate Cancer UK and Age UK. She has over seventeen years’ experience in the field of cancer research including a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of York and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London.

Honorary Vice-Presidents

The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine
Lord Steel of Aikwood
Mrs Maureen Thomson


The Earl of St. Andrews