Who's who

Action Medical Research has some very distinguished supporters who voluntarily give their business acumen, scientific prowess and public profile to help the charity achieve its aims.

Patron and Presidents


HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GBE


Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie GCB LVO OBE DL

Vice Presidents

Patrick Brenan OBE FCA

Stephen May

The Duchess of Northumberland

Richard Price

The Earl of Snowdon GCVO RDI FSIAD

The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne

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The trustees are responsible for the policies and strategies of Action Medical Research and give their medical, financial and business skills and expertise on a voluntary basis. The council of trustees meets four times a year and is supported by a number of advisory committees.


Phil Hodkinson

Phil was elected Chair in July 2014. He has been a trustee and member of the charity’s Investment and Audit Committee since January 2012, and brings a wealth of financial experience within commercial and charitable sectors.

Honorary Treasurer

Charles Jackson

Charles Jackson joined the council in October 2006, and is the Chair of the Investment and Audit Committee.


Esther Alderson

Trained as a doctor at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington and worked, mostly in paediatrics, in a number of London hospitals before having children. Since then she has been involved in voluntary fundraising for a number of children's charities. Esther became a trustee in May 2012.

Luke Bordewich

Luke Bordewich became a trustee and member of the Investment and Audit Committee in January 2015. He is an executive director at investment bank J.P. Morgan Cazenove, where he has worked for 20 years. He is also a keen volunteer fundraiser.

Professor Sarah Bray BA MPhil PhD

Professor in Developmental Biology at Cambridge University and is chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel. Sarah joined the council in January 2012.

Professor Mark Gardiner

Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Action Medical Research 2002-2005 and Professor of Paediatrics, University College London, 1991 to 2010. Professor Gardiner became a trustee in February 2009.

Professor Andrew J T George MA PhD DSc

Professor George was Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) January 2008 - January 2012. Until September 2013 he was Professor of Molecular Immunology at Imperial College London and Director of the Graduate School and the School of Professional Development. In August 2014 Professor George took up a new position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education and International) at Brunel University. Professor George is also Chair of the UK's National Research Ethics Advisors' Panel. He has been a trustee since January 2008.

Caroline Hume-Kendall

Caroline Hume-Kendall joined the trustees in July 2013. She worked in financial PR before setting up a specialist photography company, which she now runs. Caroline has been involved in many fundraising projects and is a keen sportswoman.

Rachel Molho

Rachel Molho joined the Council in January 2015. She worked for 10 years as a fundraiser and strategist at the NSPCC and Christian Aid before having children. She is currently a volunteer for the Refugee Council.

Nick Peters

Nick Peters joined the trustees in September 2013 and is also a member of the charity’s Investment and Audit Committee. With an accountancy background, Nick currently works for Fidelity Worldwide Investments as a Portfolio Manager. He has participated in a number of sporting events in the past, including Action’s Race the Sun in 2012.

Val Remington-Hobbs

A long standing supporter of Action Medical Research Val Remington-Hobbs joined the council in January 2010. She brings a wealth of experience as a volunteer fundraiser and as County Chair, Suffolk, and Chair of Stowmarket Committee.

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Scientific Advisory Panel


Professor Sarah Bray BA MPhil PhD

Professor of Developmental Biology, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge


Professor David Edwards MA MBBS DSc MRCR FRCP FRCPCH FMedSci

Head of Department, Perinatal Imaging and Health, King’s College London

Professor Judith Goodship MD FRCP

Professor of Medical Genetics, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University

Professor Mark Johnson PhD MRCP MRCOG

Professor of Obstetrics, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Imperial College London

Professor Fenella Kirkham FRCPCH

Professor of Paediatric Neurology, Institute of Child Health, Neuroscience Unit, University College London

Professor Nigel Klein BSc MBBS MRCP PhD FRCPCH

Professor and Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London, and the Institute of Child Health, University College London.

Professor Thomas MacDonald PhD FRCPath FMedSci

Professor of Immunology, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Gordon Smith MD PhD DSc FRCOG FMedSci

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Honorary Consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cambridge

Dr Julie Stebbins DPhil CSci SRCS

Clinical Scientist and Operational Lead, Oxford Gait Laboratory, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Professor Dieter Wolke PhD Dipl-Psych C.Psychol. AFBPsS

Professor of Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences, Department of Psychology, The University of Warwick

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Management Team

Chief Executive: Julie Buckler

Director of Research: Dr Tracy Swinfield

Director of Finance, IT and Operations/ Company Secretary: Martin Richardson

Director of Fundraising: Jenny Edwards

Director of Communications: Sarah Moss

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