Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now employs a team of dedicated, professional staff to run and support all of our services on a day-to-day basis but the ultimate legal and financial responsibility lies with the Board of Trustees.
Jill Thompson, Chair
Jill Thompson was appointed Trustee and Treasurer of Breast Cancer Care in 2016.
Jill left full-time work as an investment manager in 2005, since when she has volunteered for a range of different charities and organisations, including fundraising for a local hospice.
Jill is a Chartered Accountant with experience of auditing and financial services.
I am now many months on from active treatment yet still use the Breast Cancer Care website as a valuable source of information, and doubt that I will ever stop using it. It was a godsend during the days of treatment and recovery.
Professor Trevor Powles, Vice-Chair
Professor Trevor Powles is Emeritus Professor of Breast Oncology at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, and Consultant Breast Oncologist and Medical Director at The Cancer Centre in Wimbledon, London, chairing the Cancer Centre LLP. Until 2003 he was Head of Breast Cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He was also Divisional Medical Director of Common Cancers and previously Chairman of the Clinical Research Committee at the Royal Marsden.
He has been visiting Professor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, University of Calgary, Canada, and MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas. Trevor holds medical specialist accreditations in endocrinology and medical oncology and a PhD in molecular pathology of breast cancer. His clinical and research work has focused on the prevention, risk assessment, diagnosis and early treatment of breast cancer. He has published and lectured widely on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
He has won awards including the Komen Brinker award for outstanding contribution to breast cancer research and the All Party Parliamentary Group award for his lifetime contribution to breast cancer care. In 2002 he was made a CBE in recognition of his services to breast cancer patients. Trevor is a Patron of Breast Cancer Care and has been a Trustee of Breakthrough since May 2010. In October 2013, Trevor was awarded the Pride of Britain Award for his exceptional contributions to breast cancer research and treatment.
Professor Adrian Harris
Adrian L Harris is Cancer Research UK's Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Oxford and directs the Cancer Research UK Molecular Oncology Laboratories at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM).
He is a Consultant Medical Oncologist and a Professorial Fellow of St Hugh’s College Oxford. He is Chairman of the Cancer Research UK Oxford Cancer Centre Development Committee and joint lead of the Cancer theme of the Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre in Oxford. He is Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Cancer and on the Editorial Board of Cancer Cell.
He is a Senior investigator in the National Institute of Health Research and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was a ‘Highly Cited Researcher 2014’, ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication (between 2002 and 2012).
Andrew is a seasoned retailer and currently Chief Commercial Officer for Wilko Stores Limited, having previously been Chief Merchandising Officer and Senior Vice President at Asda Walmart. The bulk of his career was honed at Marks & Spencer PLC, although he has enjoyed spells working overseas in South Africa.
Andrew is married to Val, has two grown-up daughters and lives in Cambridgeshire. In his spare time, he helps Val refurbish their Victorian home, watches cricket and rugby, and collects mid-twentieth century furniture. He has a passion for classic cars and enjoys listening to live Jazz at Ronnie Scott’s as often as possible.
Andrew became a Trustee of Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now in 2019 having experienced first-hand the amazing work undertaken by the charity following his involvement in the Tickled Pink fundraising whilst at Asda.
Ann Pickering joined O2UK in 2004 and was appointed to the UK Board as HR Director in 2008. Prior to this Ann worked for Marks and Spencer, Fidelity and Xansa (now Steria) and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development.
Since joining the company, O2 has achieved a Top 20 place three times in the ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Employers in the UK’ and 8th in the UK Best Places to Work. Ann was also recently recognized as one of the top 10 most Influential HR Directors in the UK.
Ann is a Trustee of Step Up to Serve a charity established in 2013 to make social action part of life for 10-20 year olds by the year 2020. She is Chair of the Advisory Board of Sheffield University Management School where she is also Visiting Professor of HRM and Employability.
Ann was appointed a Trustee of Breast Cancer Now in September 2017. The charity is very close to her heart as she lost both her mother and sister to the disease.
Barbara Brown was appointed as a Trustee in March 2018. Based in Glasgow, she has volunteered and been involved in a variety of fundraising events (including The Show Scotland) for many years. She is also a member of the Board’s HR and Remuneration Committee.
Her positive experience with the team in Scotland led her to seek the opportunity to play a bigger part in the work of the charity at a national level. She is a career banker and invoice financier who was until recently Regional Managing Director for RBS Invoice Finance in Scotland and Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland.
A number of my close friends and family have been impacted by the life changing effects of breast cancer and I have witnessed first-hand what an amazing difference the support of the charity has made to their recovery. I have been particularly impressed by the inclusive culture throughout the organisation and I am proud to be associated with a charity where the vision and values are so compelling.
Chris is currently the Chief Marketing and Strategy officer for Mitie. He has held senior executive positions across marketing, innovation and strategy functions and across advisory (Bain & Co), FMCG (Diageo) and Healthcare (Bupa) industries. Prior to Mitie, Chris lead Global Strategy and Innovation for Bupa.
Chris was appointed a Trustee of Breast Cancer Now in September 2017 and combines broad experience in building high growth organisations with a deep passion to make a profound difference in people’s lives.
Marion Lewis was appointed as a Trustee in 2014, having worked with Breast Cancer Care as a volunteer since 2006.
Marion has had two careers: the first one was as a clinical psychologist, practising as a cognitive behaviour therapist and gaining a PhD for research on anxiety. She then moved into international business development, mainly concerned with business strategy, marketing and communications. Marion also worked for some 20 years on a voluntary basis for the Prince’s Trust, teaching and mentoring young people.
Breast cancer has had a brutal impact on my family, affecting many members including my mother, sister and then me. So I know how important it is to have quality information, care and support through this hard journey. I have enjoyed sharing what I have learned with over 75 ladies through the Someone Like Me service, and then being a founder member and then Chair of our own user involvement group, SURP. Breast Cancer Care is a wonderful organisation, driven by a hugely committed team, and I am very proud to have joined the Board of Trustees.
Mark Astaire was appointed as a Trustee in 2016, having been involved over the years with a number of charities, including Depaul UK – supporting homeless young people.
Mark was attracted to Breast Cancer Care because of the care and support focus of our work. He has an active interest in the arts and education, and among other things is the founder and head of the judging panel for the Astaire Art Prize at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.
Mark is a senior investment banker at Barclays.
I have been impressed by the high levels of commitment and professionalism of the Breast Cancer Care team. I am keen to make a positive contribution to the charity's important work.
Pascale is CEO of Shelley Capital, a financial advisory firm she founded in 2009. A French national, Pascale has worked in London throughout her 24-year career; first as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen and then as an investment banker at UBS, DLJ and Lehman Brothers, where she was most recently Managing Director with responsibility for Hedge Funds and Private Equity clients.
Pascale was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and for 10 months juggled work, cancer treatment and two children under the age of six. Towards the end of her treatment, her employer Lehman Brothers collapsed in the midst of the financial crisis. These events prompted some career and lifestyle changes and she started her own business the following year. Pascale was a trustee of Breast Cancer Campaign from 2012 and is fascinated by groundbreaking research work in areas that resonate deeply with her personal experience.
Sonia Gayle was appointed as a Trustee and member of the Board’s Audit and Assurance Committee in March 2018.
Sonia left her full-time executive role in financial services during 2017 to focus on various mentoring and charitable initiatives (including community volunteer for the British Red Cross). She also successfully completed the FT Non-Executive Director Diploma.
Sonia is a Fellow of the International Compliance Association, a Chartered Banker and a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Since my breast cancer diagnosis in 2004, I have always valued the help and continuing support provided by Breast Cancer Care and share their vision of ‘wanting every person affected by breast cancer to get the best treatment, information and support’ (which I was fortunate enough to receive, and I continue to remain cancer-free.
Sue has over 30 years of experience in the public sector, mainly as a financial specialist. After a career in central government she was Director of Finance and Resources, a role shared between two health regulators: the Human Tissue Authority and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Sue sits on the conduct committees of two professional accountancy bodies and is herself a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Sue became a Trustee of Breast Cancer Now in 2016, a cause she supports fully. Previously she has been a trustee of a theatre (a charity), a school governor and she enjoys supporting her local community as a volunteer. Sue lives in Clacton-on-Sea with her husband and has three step-children.