Our patrons and trustees
Patron – Dr Hilary Jones
We are delighted to announce that Breakfast TV’s health editor, Dr Hilary Jones, has become a Patron for the charity. Having supported the charity in the media, and having met chief executive Ali Stunt on a number of occasions, Dr Hilary Jones highly values the work of the charity.
Hilary aims to support Pancreatic Cancer Action’s work with our pancreatic cancer medical educational tools and help raise awareness of the disease among the public. Hilary recently was the voice over for our new symptoms video released on World Cancer Day to help spread awareness of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer.
He said: “I am passionate about supporting Pancreatic Cancer Action with their vital work as I believe this disease to have one of the most lethal diagnoses of all common cancers.
“It’s got a worse outlook than lung, bowel and breast cancer, and more awareness and education is desperately needed. The charity do a lot of work with GPs and in my own personal experience, educating primary care sector is one of the most important factors in improving early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.”
Patron – Nick Hewer
Popular TV personality and businessman Nick Hewer is Pancreatic Cancer Actions became a patron in 2015.
Nick first met Ali Stunt, chief executive and founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, when he was the guest speaker at a House of Commons event held by the charity in November 2012. Nick was then re-introduced to Ali this year by his friend Larry Rees who sadly faces a terminal diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Mr Hewer said: “I am very pleased to become patron of Pancreatic Cancer Action. After meeting Ali, I was hugely impressed by the charity’s approach and ambition. I’m aware first hand, through the loss of a family member and a number of close friends, of the devastating impact of a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, and I know that so much more needs to be done to improve survival rates for patients. The charity is determined to achieve this by focussing on early diagnosis and making the public and medical community more aware of the symptoms and risks.”
Patron – Hugh Grant
The BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning actor has a deeply personal experience of pancreatic cancer as his mother Fynvola became seriously ill and sadly died from the grim disease in 2001. Hugh Grant has starred in many well known and successful box office hits including Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary and About A Boy. He is currently involved in the new 3D animated movie The Pirates!: Band of Misfits.
Ali Stunt, CEO of Pancreatic Cancer Action explains, “We are so delighted that Hugh Grant has agreed to lend his support to our charity and become our patron. Hugh is an internationally recognised film star but also someone who has experienced the tragedy of the illness. He totally supports our aim which is to make more people aware of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer enabling early diagnosis in time for surgery, currently the only cure.”
Hugh Grant comments, “I am very pleased to become patron of Pancreatic Cancer Action. The charity is determined to improve the statistics of this deadly disease by focussing on early diagnosis and by making more people, including medical professionals, aware of the symptoms and risks of pancreatic cancer. I totally support Ali and her team’s efforts.”
Patron – Joanna David
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.