Our trustees and patrons

We are governed by a board of Trustees composed of 13 members.

Our Trustees

Professor Jonathan Waxman - President

Jonathan Waxman

President Jonathan, a Professor of Oncology at Imperial College London, is the founder of Prostate Cancer UK. As a clinician he has helped develop new cancer treatments that are now part of standard practice. Jonathan has written around 400 scientific research papers and chapters, 11 books on cancer, a law book, a novel and two collections of short stories. Jonathan directs a laboratory research group comprising 20 scientists and has raised funds for the building of the Hammersmith Cancer Centre. He helped establish an All Party Parliamentary Group to improve cancer treatment and rationalise cancer research throughout the UK. He has developed and led successful media campaigns to rationalise cancer treatment and change government health policy.

William Russell - Chairman

William Russell

William worked in the city for 19 years , leaving Merrill Lynch in 2006. William is Chairman and Co Founder of Knightsbridge School, he is a Director of Knightsbridge School International, Congham Hall Hotel and Red Savannah Travel. William became an Alderman of the City of London in 2013 , and he is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers. William is married to Hilary and has four children - three boys and a girl.

Ray Kelly - Vice Chair

Ray has enjoyed a long career in the media industry, retiring as Chief Executive of Aegis's European network and from the PLC board in 2002.  Since then Ray has taken on non-executive roles in a number of major media companies, notably at London Weekend Television, Just Media, and at Starcom. He is currently engaged in investing in media based start-ups, taking an active interest in their development. Ray recently combined his interest in history and film by completing an MA in History of Film. He is an enthusiastic (if erratic) golfer, fanatical Chelsea supporter, and a fully paid up member of the lycra wearing community of cyclists.

Hugh Richardson - Treasurer

After training as an accountant with PwC and a spell with the International Accounting Standards Board, Hugh spent 20 years in investment banking and general management with S.G. Warburg before becoming a bursar at an Oxford college and a director of finance at a leading school. He has been a trustee of several charities including VSO and the Olympic rowing lake at Dorney, and remains closely involved in a range of voluntary activities.

Dr Christopher Adams

Chris Adams

Christopher, who was a Research Scientist at University, has extensive business experience having been a Director, Managing Director and Chief Executive of several companies, ranging from a FTSE 100 business to a start-up. He has worked in a number of different business sectors including commodity trading, sugar refining, road transport and engineering, residential and commercial property development, leisure, toys and general wholesaling. He was chairman of the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation and Prostate Action. Christopher was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003 and continues to be treated.

Mark Britnell

Mark Britnell

Mark was Director General in the NHS and Department of Health prior to joining KPMG. He played a leading part in Lord Darzi's Next Stage Review, and sat on the NHS Management Board for three years. Mark joined St Mary's Hospital in London after being a fast track graduate of the NHS Management Training Scheme and the Civil Service. He signed the second largest hospital PFI contract in the history of the NHS and helped establish the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine which supports injured personnel. Mark has a personal interest in prostate cancer and is especially keen to provide access to prostate cancer services for disadvantaged communities.

Bob Humphreys

Bob Humphreys

Bob trained and worked as a civil engineer in the UK and Saudi Arabia before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1983. Bob worked mainly within the Assurance practice, providing audit and advisory services to a variety of multi-national clients before becoming Director of Finance for Central and Eastern Europe in 1993 and later a partner in 1998. From 2002 Bob began to develop a portfolio of clients in the charity sector and in 2005 was appointed the head of the UK firm's Charity Group. Bob is currently Director of Finance and Information Systems at Oxfam GB and is married with two teenage daughters.

Professor Roger Kirby

Roger Kirby

Roger is one of the UK's best known and most experienced prostate surgeons. Throughout his career he has championed advances in the diagnosis, management and treatment of prostate diseases, including robot-assisted radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. He has also maintained a strong interest in men's health and patient safety, introducing several initiatives in these fields. Roger has written nearly 70 books and published more than 340 scientific papers. He was chairman of the charity Prostate UK for 13 years and is Secretary of The Urology Foundation. Roger has personally raised over £3 million for these charities through marathon running, mountain climbing, trekking and cycling challenges.

David Pretty CBE

David Pretty CBE

David worked for 40 years in the housing sector throughout Britain, as well as in North America and the Far East. This included 27 years at Barratt Developments plc - 17 years of which were on the Main Board and four years as Group CEO - before retiring in 2006. David was named UK Regeneration Champion of the Year in 2006 and remains active in the housing and property sector, with a special interest in the provision of homes for first time buyers and social housing. He is a Trustee of The Prince's Regeneration Trust and is a member of the advisory board at the NHBC Foundation. He was made a CBE for services to house building in 2007. David is married with two daughters and eight grandchildren.

Laurance Racke

Laurance Racke

Laurance became a trustee of the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation in 2003, which later became Prostate Action. Laurance has lost close friends to prostate cancer as well as having others who have been diagnosed and successfully treated. Laurance is committed to supporting the work started by Sir Clive Bourne and to seeing the merged charity continue to grow.

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith worked in the City for some 40 years . He was a Partner of Cazenove & Co for 19 years and subsequently a Managing Director - Corporate Finance of JPMorgan Cazenove until his retirement in 2008.  Christopher is a non-executive director of Law Debenture Corporation plc and of CG Asset Management Limited. He is Chairman of the Trustees of King's Medical Research Trust and a Trustee of Allchurches Trust which owns the Ecclesiastical Insurance Office.

Sharon Thorne

Sharon Fraser

Sharon sits on Deloitte's UK Executive Team and as Managing Partner Regional Markets is responsible for their business outside of London. She has more than 25 years of experience auditing and advising clients across a broad range of sectors, from media and newspaper publishing to manufacturing and engineering with a particular focus on retail and consumer business. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the CBI. She has two Goldendoodles, is a keen Manchester Utd fan and loves skiing. Persuading over 65 men and women to join her team in each of the past two years, Sharon has raised more than £50,000 through Movember.

Our Patrons and Vice Presidents

Lady Bourne - Vice President

Lady Bourne

Lady Joy Bourne assisted in setting up the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation in 1991 and in running the biennial Forums with her late husband Sir Clive.

Sir Clive Bourne contracted prostate cancer in 1991 at the age of 49, and decided to investigate every aspect and avenue of the condition available to the layman. It came as a shock for him to learn that there was no organised research on either a national or international level, and convinced that only systematic research could provide solutions, he started the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation (known then as the Prostate Cancer Charitable Trust).

Sir Clive continued to be a driving force in the prostate cancer research field until his death in 2007. Lady Bourne worked alongside Sir Clive, and continued to offer her support first to Prostate Action, and now to Prostate Cancer UK. She is Chairman of the Annual Dinner Committee, and is committed to carrying on the legacy of her late husband in working to combat the disease. 

Anthony Kilmister OBE - Vice President

Anthony Kilmister OBE

Anthony Kilmister founded Prostate UK in 1994 (then Prostate Research Campaign UK) when he became aware of the lack of research and information available to the public on prostate disease. So he set about creating a charity which focused on improving research into the three prostate diseases and producing patient’s information literature. He became Joint Life President of Prostate Action in 2010 following the merger of Prostate UK and PCRF.

Anthony is President of the Anglican Association and Vice-President of thePrayer Book Society. He was invested with the OBE in 2005.

Dame Mary Archer

The Rt Hon Tony Blair

The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

Mr Mike Gooley CBE

Lord Lloyd-Webber

The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH