Our Trustees

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Dr John Gordon Sc.D

Chair of the Board of Trustees

A Glasgow graduate, John Gordon took PhD and ScD degrees from Cambridge and was an academic there (and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College) before becoming Head of Vascular Biology at the MRC Clinical Research Centre, then Director of Research at British Biotech. In 1996, he established Quercus Management and has since been adviser to, or director of, biotech organisations in Europe and the US. John was a founder Director of the Biotech Growth Trust.  He chaired the MRC Links with Industry Panel and CRI Cardiovascular Committee, and the translational research companies Manchester Innovation and Oxfordshire BiotechNet. He served on the government’s Foresight Health Panel, various committees for universities and learned societies, and Expert Commissions for INSERM and TNO.

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Jeremy Tigue

Chair of the  Philanthropy Development Board

Jeremy Tigue worked in the City for more than thirty years and was the fund manager of F&C Investment Trust until 2014. He is now the Chairman of Syncona and a director of four other investment companies. Jeremy has a Modern History degree from Oxford University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

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Steve Bates

Steve Bates is a director GuardCap Asset Management Ltd, an asset management company. He has had a long career as a portfolio manager originally with Flemings, then with JP Morgan and since 2003 with the predecessor business of GuardCap. He sits on a number of Boards as Chairman or non-executive director, including Biotech Growth Trust plc, a London listed investment trust specialising in the biotechnology industry. Steve has a law degree from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Professor Rod Flower

FRS FBPhS FMedSci

After reading physiology at the University of Sheffield Rod Flower began a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in London and was awarded his PhD in 1974.  Rod then worked at the Wellcome Foundation for 12 years, leaving in 1985 to take up the Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Bath.

In 1989, Rod moved to Barts and the London Charterhouse Square where, together with Sir John Vane and others, he set up the William Harvey Research Institute. He remained there directing his department of Biochemical Pharmacology until his retirement in 2015. Rod was a Principal Fellow of the Wellcome Trust from 1994-2007 and was elected to fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences (1999) and the Royal Society (2003).  He is now an Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology.

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Peter Marshall

Peter Marshall studied Chemistry at Edinburgh before spending four years in the brewing industry. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working for Thomson McLintock. In 1983, he joined BP and acted in several financial management roles before leading a team implementing financial IT systems in Europe. He spent the second half of his working life as Director of Finance for a Further Education College, responsible for all non-curriculum activities. Since retiring in 2010, Peter has served as treasurer and as a volunteer for a number of local charities.

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Gary McRae

Gary McRae is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with Ernst & Young, and brings a wealth of experience from the private sector to Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust (HHFT). He previously worked as the Director of Corporate Development and Legal at Laird PLC and most recently was Finance Director of NSC, a privately-owned business based in Camberley providing training, simulation, and consultancy products.  He has held senior executive positions at British Aerospace PLC, the Dowty Group PLC.

Gary currently holds NED positions at SAS International and HHFT where he is Chair of the Audit Committee, Chair of the Finance Committee, and a member of various other committees in both organisations.  Gary has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen, where he was also a guest lecturer in Corporate Finance, and an MBA from the University of Bath.

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Professor Steve Thornton


Professor Steve Thornton is the Vice Principal (Health) at Queen Mary University of London, and is a consultant obstetrician at Barts and the London.

Steve qualified from Southampton University in 1983 and undertook his clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Newcastle upon Tyne. His work has particularly focussed on preventing and treating preterm labour given its major implications for the life and health of baby. He obtained membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists as well as his MD in Newcastle then moved to an MRC Clinical Scientist post in Cambridge.  Steve became the inaugural Dean at the University of Exeter Medical School in 2012 and he was appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean at the University of Exeter Medical School in 2015. Steve continues to undertake leading roles at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Medical Schools Council, where he has recently been elected to the Executive team.

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WHRF Ambassador in the USA

Professor Stephen DeCherney MD, MPH

Stephen DeCherney is Professor of Medicine in the Kenan-Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina (UNC). Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, Stephen worked at Quintiles Transnational Corporation. Stephen is also a Director of Health Decisions, Inc. and a Senior Advisor to Anagenesis Capital Partners, Inc. He also serves as Chair of the University of Delaware Research Foundation. He is a Trustee of the Christiana Care Health System, Delaware.

Stephen graduated from Columbia College, Columbia University in New York City where he received a BA in Biology and was awarded the Columbia College Alumni Achievement Award granted to the “Senior Adjudged Most Outstanding in Qualities of Mind, Character, and Service to the College”. He received his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, and earned an MPH, Healthcare Management, from Columbia University School of Public Health.  Stephen is author or co-author of over 100 publications.

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