Who's who | Action Medical Research

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 GCVO GBE ONZ QSO AK GCL CC CMM


Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie GCB LVO OBE DL

Vice Presidents

Stephen May

The Duchess of Northumberland

Richard Price

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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

Luke Bordewich

Luke Bordewich became a trustee in January 2015 and is the Chair of the Investment and Audit Committee. He is a Managing Director at Numis Securities, leading UK corporate adviser and stockbroker. He is also a keen volunteer fundraiser.


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.

Professor Sarah Bray BA MPhil PhD FMedSci

Professor in Developmental Biology at Cambridge University, Sarah joined the council in January 2012.

Professor David Edwards MA MBBS DSc MRCR FRCP FRCPCH FMedSci

David is Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine at Kings College London and became a trustee in January 2016.

Professor David Rowitch MD PhD ScD

David is Professor and Head of Paediatrics at University of Cambridge and is chair of our Scientific Advisory Panel. He became a trustee in October 2018.

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.

Richard Wild

Joined as a trustee in November 2017, and chairs the Risk Management Committee.  With a background in financial services, Richard has held a number of leadership roles in risk management and compliance. He is currently Head of Financial Crime and Surveillance for JP Morgan in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Kathy Harvey

Kathy joined as a trustee April 2018. She has an extensive background in HR, corporate governance, strategy formulation and change management, and currently runs a consulting practice providing executive education and coaching for major corporate clients.

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Scientific Advisory Panel


Professor David Rowitch MD PhD ScD

Professor and Head of Paediatrics, Department of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge


Professor Graeme Black OBE  DPhil, FRCOphth

Professor of Genetics and Ophthalmology, Genomic Medicine, St Marys Hospital, University of Manchester

Dr Claire Booth MBBs MSc PhD MRCPCH

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Gene Therapy, Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Immunology, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, London

Professor Clare Bryant BSc PhD BVetMed

Professor of Innate Immunity, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge

Professor Inderjeet Dokal MBChB, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH, FRCPath, FMedSci ​

Chair of Child Health, Honorary Consultant in Haematology, Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Alicia El Haj FREng FRSB FEAMBES

Interdisciplinary Chair in Cell Engineering, Healthcare Technology Institute, Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Birmingham

Professor Jonathan Grigg BSc MBBS MD FRCPCH

Professor of Paediatirc Respiratory Medicine, Department of Child Health, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Catherine Hawrylowicz  PhD

Professor of Immune Regulation in Allergic Diseases, Department of Respiratory Medicine and Allergy, Guy's Hospital,  King’s College London

Professor Mark Johnson PhD MRCP MRCOG

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

Professor Sam Johnson PhD CPsychol AFBPsS

Reader in Developmental Psychology, Department of Health Sciences, Centre for Medicine, University of Leicester

Professor Fenella Kirkham MB BChir MD FRCPCH

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

Professor Scott Nelson PhD MRCOG

Muirhead Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow

Dr Adam Shortland BSc PhD MIPEM CSci​

Consultant Clinical Scientist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, London and Senior Lecturer, King's College London 

Professor Shiranee Sriskandan FRCP PhD

Professor and Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Section of Infectious Diseases & Immunity, Imperial College London

Professor Michael Taggart BSc PhD 

Chair of Reproductive Sciences, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, International Centre for Life

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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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