Our trustees

  • Caroline Seddon, Chair of of the Board of Trustees, has a background in biomedical research and health science and brings with her a wealth of experience in people management, governance and public health policy.  As well as chairing the Board of Trustees, Caroline is particularly interested in developing Breast Cancer UK's scientific research and advocacy policies to help promote the elimination of specific chemicals that contribute to the aetiology of breast cancer.

  • Mary Davies is our Deputy Chair, and has over 25 years’ experience as an economic adviser in the public sector gaining insight into public policy and how Whitehall works. She has recently spent more than 4 years as a senior team leader volunteer for Pro Bono Economics advising charities on how to measure the impact of their work. Mary knows first-hand the importance of taking preventative action to reduce risks even for those that have experienced the disease and believes passionately that prevention is better than cure
     

  • Kevin Dimmer has nearly 40 years of experience in the electronics and software industry. Breast cancer is a subject particularly close to his heart, having recently lost his wife, Clare, and previously several other family members to cancer. With first hand experience of the trauma of the diagnosis and resulting treatments, he is especially keen to prevent more people suffering unnecessarily from this dreadful disease.

  • Jill Giddins specialises in brand protection, IP and commercial disputes.  She regularly advises charities and organisations in the non-profit sector on these issues.  Prevention of cancer is a subject close to her heart, having experienced family members go through the trauma of cancer diagnosis and the aftermath of treatments. Jill practises in her maiden name, Bainbridge.

  • Geoff Page spent the first half of his career in IBM's UK head office, before devoting 20 years to fundraising and development of income streams in the charitable sector. Whilst working as director of fundraising for a local, adult hospice, he focused his work around long term fundraising and developed a particular interest in legacy and 'in memory' donations. Geoff became a trustee in July 2014 and hopes to help us develop our long term sustainabiity. 

  • Elspeth Mackeggie Gurney is a Chartered Accountant, working in public practice with experience of working with a number of smaller charities, both for audit and advisory purposes.  Elspeth was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and is passionate about contributing to an organisation that works to prevent the disease in the future.

  • Stephanie Reeves, is a former adviser to four Members of Parliament. She has worked on a number of high profile political campaigns, including the 2012 City Mayor's campaign with No.10, and is now a public affairs consultant for a range of organisations. Stephanie joined Breast Cancer UK as a trustee to help raise the profile of the charity in Westminster. - See more at: http://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/about-us/our-trustees/#sthash.vXx8CvY1.dpuf
     

  • Alison Giles has spent 18 years in public health policy and is passionate about the role of prevention. She currently works in a freelance capacity providing insight, analysis and policy research to organisations concerned with developing public health strategy. Prior to this, her roles included Associate Director at the UK Health Forum, a policy think tank devoted to the prevention of avoidable non-communicable disease and a two-year secondment to the Department of Health to lead the cross-Government physical activity strategy. She also ran a social enterprise for 8 years which gave her first hand experience of the governance and legal frameworks concerning small charities. Alison has a PhD in Cancer Research (environmental carcinogenesis) and a Masters in Public Health.

  • Athina Kakavouli, MD, is an anaesthesiologist who worked both in Europe and the US. She has been actively involved in multi-centered, international epidemiological and clinical studies for medical quality control and risk stratification of medical adverse events. Athina joined Beast Cancer UK because the aim to reduce the incidence of breast cancer for future generations is extremely close to her heart.  She wants and hopes to help the team built a strong scientific agenda.

  • Clare Dimmer, co-founder and former Chair of Breast Cancer UK, sadly passed away on Friday 17th January 2014, after a long battle with breast cancer. Clare will be missed by all who knew her but remembered for the huge amount of work she did to try and make the world a safer, healthier place. 

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