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Our board of trustees

Our Board of Trustees oversees the activity of the charity, helping ensure we follow our stated aims and objectives in both fundraising and awarding research grants.

Mr James Murray (Chairman)

James Murray has been a long-serving Chairman of Worldwide Cancer Research. He is a retired senior partner of Murray Donald Drummond Cook LLP. His other roles in the local community include serving as Deputy Lieutenant for Fife, Honorary Sheriff for Tayside, Central and Fife, Chairman of St Leonard's School and as a trustee on many other charitable trusts. He was formerly the Vice Chairman of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, a member of Fife Health Board and Chairman of Fife Medical and Dental Committees.

Mr James Dee

James Dee is the Commercial Director for Hewlett Packard’s outsourcing business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He grew up in Australia and qualified as a barrister and solicitor having completed degrees in Economics and Law at Adelaide University. He moved to the UK in 1999 to complete at MBA at Cambridge University. James is also a member of our London Campaign Board.

Professor Simon Herrington

Simon Herrington is a consultant pathologist and Professor of Molecular Cancer Pathology at the University of Edinburgh. He is also a member of the Cancer Research UK science funding committee and a past President of the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Pathology and the Journal of Pathology: Clinical Research.

Mr Andrew Orme

Andrew Orme has been helping Worldwide Cancer Research fundraise for over 30 years. He founded and led the marketing agency whose campaigns helped raise enough funds to allow the charity to significantly increase their spending on research. After selling the agency, he then joined the Worldwide Cancer Research board as a trustee in 2008. He serves as a parish Councillor in his local community near Bath and also volunteers with the local wildlife trust.

Professor Michael Steel

Christopher Michael Steel is an Emeritus professor in Medical Science at the University of St Andrews and a former Consultant in Clinical Genetics on the Lothian and Tayside Health Boards. From 1979-93 he served as an Assistant Director at the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh. He is also a past member of UK Gene Therapy Advisory Committee and previously served on the international advisory Board for The Lancet.


Chief Executive

Dr Helen Rippon

Dr Helen Rippon is the Chief Executive of the charity, having previously served as the Head of Research for 4 years and holding research management positions at Prostate Cancer UK and Age UK. She has over 17 years’ experience in the field of cancer research including a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of York and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London.

Honorary Vice-Presidents

The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine
Lord Steel of Aikwood
Mrs Maureen Thomson


The Earl of St. Andrews