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Cancer Research UK Appoints Two New Trustees

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by Cancer Research UK | News

31 October 2019

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Professor Moira Whyte and Professor Nic Jones
Professor Moira Whyte and Professor Nic Jones

Cancer Research UK today announced the appointment of two new Trustees who will join the Charity’s Governing Council in January 2020.

“I am delighted to welcome Nic and Moira to our Governing Council. They have extensive expertise in biomedical research and clinical leadership which will be invaluable to Cancer Research UK in furthering our mission of beating cancer sooner” – Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Chair of Cancer Research UK 

Professor Nic Jones is Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC), a partnership between Cancer Research UK, the Christie NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Manchester. He was Director of the MCRC for 12 years from its inception in 2006 and oversaw its development into one of the foremost comprehensive cancer centres in Europe. In addition, from 2011-2016, he was Cancer Research UK’s Chief Scientist.  He was previously Director of the CRUK Manchester Institute and led a research team investigating specific signalling pathways implicated in cancer development and growth.

Professor Moira Whyte is Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the Sir John Crofton Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. She was formerly Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC)/University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research and Head of Edinburgh Medical School.  She is a member of the MRC Strategy Board and Chair of the MRC Training and Careers Group and is also Chair of Sub-panel 1 (Clinical Medicine) for the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF)2021. Her research interests are in basic mechanisms of innate immunity in the context of chronic lung diseases.

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Chair of Cancer Research UK, said: “I am delighted to welcome Nic and Moira to our Governing Council.   They have extensive expertise in biomedical research and clinical leadership which will be invaluable to Cancer Research UK in furthering our mission of beating cancer sooner”.  

All Trustee roles at Cancer Research UK are unremunerated.