Our Trustees

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Our trustees ensure funds given for charitable purposes are properly used in the way intended by the donors. They also develop strategies for investing and spending charity funds that are in line with the priorities of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and local health organisations.

Chair - David Crundwell

David Crundwell is the SVP, Global Head of Corporate Affairs for Thomson Reuters. He began his career in stockbroking, specialising in the oil and mining sector, before leaving to concentrate on journalism – rising to assignment editor at Reuters. Moving into corporate affairs he worked for ten years with General Motors, followed by spells at organisations including Allen & Overy and ITN – building experience across the full range of marketing communications functions. A spell in private equity working on international media deals led to an interest in returning to corporate life, joining Thomson Reuters in 2011. David is also vice-chairman of the UK government's expert advisory group on HIV/AIDs and a member of the Joint Royal Colleges training board specialist committee on GUM.

Deputy Chair - Professor Hilary Thomas

Professor Hilary Thomas trained in clinical oncology at Hammersmith Hospital and has a PhD in the biology of breast cancer. In 1994 she became a senior lecturer in Clinical Oncology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School two years before it became Imperial College. In 1998 she was appointed Professor of Oncology at the University of Surrey and in 2004 became Medical Director of the Royal Surrey County Hospital. She was an elected member of the General Medical Council from 1998 – 2003, and has been a trustee of Breakthrough Breast Cancer since 2007. After treatment for breast cancer in 2006, her efforts have focused on improving patient care and experience. Professor Thomas left the NHS in 2007 to take up the post of Group Medical Director at Care UK and then joined KPMG's health advisory practice in 2009 where she is a partner.

Trustee – Robert Creighton

Robert started his career in education, though has been chief executive of both Great Ormond Street Hospital and Ealing PCT. Most recently at NHS London he has been responsible for the delivery across London of the transfer of the NHS’s public health functions to local government, Public Health England and the NHS Commissioning Board.

Trustee - Valerie Jolliffe

Valerie Jolliffe runs her own venture capital company, specialising in early stage healthcare technologies and is a non-executive director of a number of spin out companies. Prior to that, she spent 10 years in corporate finance in the City and has an engineering degree.

Trustee - Dr Mary O'Mahony

Dr Mary O’Mahony trained in general medicine and public health, finishing at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Since then she has worked at local, regional and national levels in the control and prevention of communicable diseases. Her experience includes working on policy development at the Department of Health as well as its implementation, most recently as Director of Local and Regional Services in the Health Protection Agency. She has a long-standing interest in the voluntary sector and training.

Trustee - Michelle Dixon

Michelle has over 25 years of experience as a professional communicator in the health and wider public sector. Before joining the Trust in 2014, she was director of communications at the British Medical Association. She has also held the posts of Interim Director of Communications at the Cabinet Office, Director of Communications at The King’s Fund, Head of Public Affairs at the Royal College of Nursing and Director of Communications and Fundraising for homelessness charity Crisis.

Trustee - Dr Julian Redhead

Dr Julian Redhead has been a consultant in Emergency Medicine since 2000, previously training at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. Originally appointed to Ealing Hospital, he moved to Imperial in 2004. For Imperial, he has held various management positions, including Chief of Service for Emergency Medicine, Clinical Programme Group Director of Medicine, Divisional Director for Investigative Sciences and Clinical Support, Associate Medical Director, Deputy Medical Director and finally Medical Director from 2016. He is a member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Senate and Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Senate. He is a member of the Clinical Senate for London. He has worked in the voluntary sector as secretary for a London-based pre-hospital care charity, BASICS - British Association of Immediate Care, and a trustee at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Trustee - Caroline Lien

Caroline started her career at McKinsey and Company where she developed broad consulting experience across the private and public sectors. She then moved to Comic Relief where she led the Red Nose Day and Sport Relief fundraising campaigns, before taking over as Operations Director and subsequently Strategy Director. With an MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology, she works with organisations on a broad range of organisational development, engagement and change programmes. She also has significant experience as a volunteer, including several years as a Samaritans volunteer, befriending and caring roles in a number of charities, and two significant NED roles, with Westminster Carers Service and the National Childbirth Trust.

Trustee - Nick Ross

Nick is a television and radio presenter whose career has spanned several decades. During his distinguished broadcast career he hosted the BBC’s flagship show, Crimewatch, for 23 years, World at One and The World Tonight.

He has an extensive history of volunteering and campaign work and is the patron of several healthcare charities, including SANELine, of which he is president. He has many years of experience in healthcare and medical ethics and is a non-executive director of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Chief Executive - Ian Lush

Ian has been the charity's chief executive since December 2014. He brings a wealth of experience with him, working most recently as the chief executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) where he had been since 2003. His career has seen him play the viola with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavik and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, before a successful eight years working as Marketing Director for the Barbican Centre. Ian then became Managing Director for the London Mozart Players in 1995 before joining the AHF.



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