The People Behind Pancreatic Cancer Action
Our Founder and Chief Executive
Having been involved in setting up the very first Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Week in 2009, Ali Stunt, a rare five year + survivor of this disease, decided it was time to step up the levels of awareness for pancreatic cancer and so founded Pancreatic Cancer Action to do just that. She is passionate about improving early diagnosis for pancreatic cancer so that others can have the same outcome she has had. Simply, she wants more people diagnosed in time for surgery – currently the only potential for a cure
Along with Ali and the dedicated Board of Trustees, Pancreatic Cancer Action has the support of many leading clinicians and researchers in the pancreatic cancer arena along with others whose lives have been touched by pancreatic cancer in some way.
Acclaimed British and Hollywood actor, Hugh Grant became our Patron in September 2011.
British actress, Joanna David became our patron in December 2012.
Joanna is one of the UK’s most cherished actresses and has been a familiar face on our TV screens as well as in the theatre and in film for many years. Numerous television credits include ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Rebecca’, ‘The Forsyte Saga’, ‘Inspector Morse’, ‘Midsomer Murders’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’, ‘Dalziel and Pascoe’, , ‘A Touch of Frost’ plus many more.
Joanna’s film credits include ‘One Plus One’, ‘The Soul Keeper’, ‘Secret Friends’, ‘Rogue Trader’ and ‘One of those Days’. Joanna is also a highly experienced broadcaster for BBC Radio and has also recorded many novels for audio cassette/CD.
Joanna is married to actor Edward Fox and her son Freddie Fox and daughter Emilia Fox are also well-known actors.
Our Chair of Trustees
Brian Stevenson is a recently retired Corporate Banker who has spent his career in the UK, USA and the Far East looking after the needs of some of the UK’s largest corporates and financial institutions. He has been a Chief Operating Officer, a Chief Executive and a Chairman of various banking businesses over the past 10 years.
Having recently suffered the loss of a close work colleague to Pancreatic Cancer, Brian is motivated to try and help to raise awareness and funding in order to improve the survival rate of patients. In addition to his role at Pancreatic Cancer Action, Brian is a non-executive Director of The Agricultural Bank of China (UK) Ltd and an advisor to WorldPay Ltd.
He is married to Jeanette, has two boys and lives in Haslemere, Surrey. As a keen cyclist, Brian is also helping to raise funds through a Group known as ‘The Corporate Dynamos’.
Phil Stunt – founding Trustee
Phil Stunt is the Senior Vice President Operations and Technology for First Data’s international businesses, and long suffering husband of our CEO and Founder, Ali Stunt.
Phil is responsible for overseeing First Data’s technology and operations across Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as the Asian geographies. He is tasked with transforming the delivery of First Data’s solutions for electronic payments.
Prior to joining First Data in December 2009, Phil spent five years working for Computer Associates, where he was responsible for running the internal infrastructure outside of North America.
Phil is a Non Executive Director of Molten Consulting, a transformational change consultancy specialising in the energy sector.
Earlier in his career, he was an Associate Partner at Accenture, focusing on transformational IT and supply chain initiatives within the communications and high-tech sector. Phil began his career with Royal Dutch Shell, working in a variety of downstream oil engineering, trading and operations roles in places including Australia, Saudi Arabia, Germany and the UK.
Phil attended the Loughborough University of Technology (UK) earning BSc in physics and electronic engineering.
Mr Neville Menezes – founding Trustee and Consultant HPB surgeon
Mr Neville Menezes is a Consultant Pancreatico-biliary Surgeon and is one of the founder members and Trustees of Pancreatic Cancer Action. He is one of the medical advisors on the panel of doctors for ‘ Pancreatic Cancer Action’. He is appointed as the Consultant HPB Surgeon for the Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire Cancer network holding Consultant posts at The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Guildford and Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Chertsey Surrey.
His specialist surgical training was in the West of Scotland & The South Thames Deanery. He completed his FRCS from The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and thereafter pursued research & specialist training followed by an Intercollegiate FRCS (Gen. Surg.) in 2002.
His Pancreatico-biliary experience and research related to minimally invasive techniques for intractable pancreatic pain was acquired at the Lister Department of Surgery at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary working with Professor CW Imrie and his Hepatobiliary experience was acquired at King’s College Hospital in London. His Laparoscopic Training was at the Minimal Access Therapeutic Training Unit (MATTU) in Guildford.
He strongly believes that any improvement in pancreatic cancer survival will be related to and as a direct consequence of early diagnosis which is also the primary aim of our charity ‘Pancreatic Cancer Action’.
He is a great advocate of on-site cytology during ERCP & EUS diagnostic techniques and offers it to all his patients diagnosed with pancreatic and biliary cancers.
Nicola Mumford – Trustee
Nicola Mumford is a Non-Executive Director at Harbour Litigation Funding the UK’s largest funder of commercial litigation and international arbitration, a Director at Wragge, Lawrence Graham & Co where she supports the board on its gender diversity program. Before taking on gender diversity Nicola’s expertise was as a litigation lawyer dealing with international and high profile cases. The influential Chambers UK directory noted her ‘… completely uncompromising approach to client care.’ Nicola was the first woman chair of the International Bar Association’s Litigation Committee and formerly Wragge & Co’s London Managing Partner.
Outside her interests in the law, Nicola is the Principal of jewellery house Edith and Kiveen www.edithandkiveen.co.uk which she set up having identified a gap in the market for affordable bespoke jewellery following years of experience as a consumer and providing advice to her colleagues on the perfect gift!
Nicola’s connection with Pancreatic Cancer Action is as a result of her Father being one of the very few and very lucky survivors of the disease having been diagnosed in 2000 and still going strong!
Alex Fulton – Trustee
Alex Fulton is Head of Communications for National Services at the NSPCC. She is responsible for raising awareness of the NSPCC’s wide range of universal services to children, adults and professionals including ChildLine Services, the main NSPCC helpline, child protection information services and its training and consultancy safeguarding programmes for professionals and organisations. These services form a vital, authoritative and integral part of the child protection system. She reports to Alison Jeremy, Director Communications and Peter Watt, Director of National Services.
She joined the NSPCC after 10 years at the BBC in a range of public service, commercial and international roles. She was most recently Head of Communications for TV Sales, Content and Production at BBC Worldwide. Previous roles included Senior Communications Manager for BBC Worldwide Americas in New York and Digital Communications Manager, with responsibility for launching the global BBC iPlayer and BBC.com. She began her BBC career in 2002 after four years at independent PR agency Richmond Towers.
Our Board of Trustees:
- Brian Stevenson – Chair of Trustees
- Alex Fulton
- Helen Matthews – Secretary
- Nicola Mumford
- Neville Menezes – Consultant Pancreatic Surgeon
- Phil Stunt
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- Mr Ross Carter – Glasgow Royal Infirmary (surgical)
- Dr. Seb Cummins – Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford (clinical oncology)
- Mr Giuseppe Kito Fusai, University College London Medical School, Royal Free Hospital London(surgical)
- Mr Hemant Kocher – Barts and the London Hospital (surgical)
- Mr Neville Menezes – Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford (surgical)
- Professor Gary Middleton – Birmingham University (medical oncology)
- Mary Phillips – Royal Surrey County Hospital (Hepato-pancreatico-biliary Specialist Dietitian)
- Dr. Sheela Rao – The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (medical oncology)
- Dr. Kevin Shotliff – Chelsea & Westminster Hospital & Brompton Hospital. Royal Marsden Hospital (endocrinology)
We would like to thank all the UK Associates at Lockton, the world’s largest privately owned, independent insurance brokerage firm for voting in Pancreatic Cancer Action as their Charity of the Year for 2013.
We are delighted that Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate HR has chosen Pancreatic Cancer Action to be their joint charity of the year 2012/13
The team at Molten Technologies lost a dear colleague to pancreatic cancer in early 2011 and PCA is now Molten’s charity partner.
We are very grateful to Brown Rudnick for their legal services, which they are generously providing to us on a pro bono basis.
Our thanks to Greenlight Digital who have given us their digital marketing expertise and helped revamp the navigation element of our website on a pro bono basis.
Photos of Ali have been very generously supplied by Peter Searight at The Remarkable Studio, Lynchmere, Haslemere. Contact Peter on 01428 725067 or click on the image to go through to their website.