Patron, Presidents and Trustees

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Patron, Presidents and Trustees


HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG KT OM GCVO GBE ONZ QSO AK GCL CC CMM


Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie GCB LVO OBE DL

Vice Presidents

Stephen May

The Duchess of Northumberland

Richard Price


The trustees are responsible for the policies and strategies of Action Medical Research and give their medical, financial and business skills and expertise on a voluntary basis. The council of trustees meets four times a year and is supported by a number of advisory committees.


Phil Hodkinson

Phil was elected Chair in July 2014. He has been a trustee and member of the charity’s Investment and Audit Committee since January 2012, and brings a wealth of financial experience within commercial and charitable sectors.

Honorary Treasurer

Luke Bordewich

Luke Bordewich became a trustee in January 2015 and is the Chair of the Investment and Audit Committee. He is a Managing Director at Numis Securities, leading UK corporate adviser and stockbroker. He is also a keen volunteer fundraiser.


Esther Alderson

Trained as a doctor at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington and worked, mostly in paediatrics, in a number of London hospitals before having children. Since then she has been involved in voluntary fundraising for a number of children's charities. Esther became a trustee in May 2012.

Professor Sarah Bray BA MPhil PhD

Professor in Developmental Biology at Cambridge University, Sarah joined the council in January 2012.

Professor David Edwards

David is Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine at Kings College London and became a trustee in January 2016.

Kathy Harvey

Kathy joined as a trustee April 2018. She has an extensive background in HR, corporate governance, strategy formulation and change management, and currently runs a consulting practice providing executive education and coaching for major corporate clients.

Professor David Rowitch MD PhD ScD

David is Professor and Head of Paediatrics at University of Cambridge and is chair of our Scientific Advisory Panel. He became a trustee in October 2018.

Val Remington-Hobbs

A long standing supporter of Action Medical Research Val Remington-Hobbs joined the council in January 2010. She brings a wealth of experience as a volunteer fundraiser and as County Chair, Suffolk, and Chair of Stowmarket Committee.

Richard Stoneham-Buck

Richard joined the board in April 2019 and brings with him a wealth of experience in planning, logistics and large-scale business transformation projects, gained across leading automotive companies in both the UK and Germany. He is currently working as Head of Operations and Planning for Google’s Consumer Electronic Division.

Richard Wild 

Joined as a trustee in November 2017, and chairs the Risk Management Committee.  With a background in financial services, Richard has held a number of leadership roles in risk management and compliance. He is currently Head of Financial Crime and Surveillance for JP Morgan in Europe, Middle East and Africa.