We are delighted to announce that our Founder & CEO, Ali Stunt has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA).

The RSA has been in existence since 1754 and granted a Royal Charter in 1847.

Examples of current fellows, who come from diverse backgrounds and professions, include Tim Berners-Lee, Judi Dench, Alex James, Benson Taylor, and Gareth Malone. Previous Fellows have included Stephen Hawking, Marie Curie, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin and Karl Marx.

This is a prestigious award granted to individuals that the Royal Society of Arts judges to have made outstanding achievements to social progress and development. In the official language of the Fellowship Charter, the award recognises the contributions of exceptional individuals from across the world who have made significant contributions relating to the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. Fellowship is only awarded to those who can demonstrate that they have made significant contributions to social change and support the mission of the RSA.

As a 12-year pancreatic cancer survivor who founded Pancreatic Cancer Action in 2010 from the back bedroom in her home, Ali has built up a nationwide charity whose activities to improve early diagnosis of a disease. Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer and the work of the charity has won several awards.

Ali is also recognised for her work in pancreatic cancer on a global scale as Founding Board Member and President of Pancreatic Cancer Europe. She was also involved in the creation of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition and was Chair of the World Pancreatic Cancer Day Committee for four years’ running.

Ali is not only a key opinion leader for pancreatic cancer but is passionate about affecting real change for patients now and in the future. These are just some of the qualities that the RSA has based their awarding Ali with the Fellowship upon.

In response to the award, Ali said; “I am delighted and truly honoured to have been elected a Fellow of the RSA. I am passionate about improving outcomes for patients through improving early diagnosis of this terrible disease. 

I am excited about being part of a network of likeminded Fellows and working with them to bring new ideas and concepts, not only to my work, but also to help other Fellows bring about the social changes needed in the world today.”