Trustees, Scientific Panel, and Patrons

Our Trustees

Our charitable activity is overseen by our Board of Trustees, who exercise executive responsibility for the governance of the Charity and supervise its management.

The Chairman and Chief Executive also task the Board with decision-making on strategic management issues as appropriate. Our Board of Trustees are:

Leuka Trustee Chris Corbin

Chairman: Chris Corbin OBE 

Chris is our Chairman of Trustees and Chairman of 'Who's Cooking Dinner?' A Director of Corbin & King, he was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to the Hospitality Industry and his work with Leuka.  Chris is also a leukaemia survivor – he was diagnosed with CML in 1990 and underwent a bone marrow transplant in 1994. A trustee since 2009, Chris became Chairman in 2014, after the death of Professor Goldman.

Leuka Trustee  Oliver Spark

Treasurer: Oliver Spark

Oliver suffered with ALL in 2015 and received a stem cell transplant in December 2015. He originally qualified as a chartered accountant with PriceWaterhouse in London and has been involved with various retail businesses.

Leuka Trustee  David Lewis David J Lewis – BSc, FRICS

David is former Chairman of the Jewish Blind Society 1979-1990 and of Jewish Care 1991-92, of which he was Senior Vice President, 1993-2016. From 1992-1999 he was President of the European Council of Jewish Communities. He is a Trustee of the Birmingham Museums Trust and of Leuka. He is an honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. The personal connection with Leuka derives from their daughter Catherine.

Leuka Trustee  Edward Gordon-Smith

Professor Edward Gordon-Smith – FRCPath, FRCP, FRCP(E), FMedSci

Edward is Emeritus Professor of Haematology at St George’s Hospital, University of London. He was instrumental in setting up the bone marrow transplantation unit at the Hammersmith Hospital in the 1970s before moving to St George’s where he set up a department devoted to bone marrow failure syndromes. He was a founder trustee of the Aplastic Anaemia Trust, where he was Chairman of Trustees from 2006 -2017

Leuka Trustee John Macey

John Macey – MSc, BA (Hons), MCIPD

John is the Director of Human Resources at the Francis Crick Institute. John has 20 years' experience in HR. He began his career in fast-paced acute healthcare organisations, mainly within the NHS, and held roles at all levels. Most recently John was an HR Director with Cancer Research UK and has also held non-executive Director roles with smaller charities. 

Leuka Trustee  David Linch

Professor David Linch – FRCP, FRCPath, FMedSci

David is Professor of Haematology and Head of the Department of Haematology at University College London (UCL). He qualified in Medicine from Cambridge University and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1975, before entering Haematology. His research has been in the field of myelopoiesis and myeloid leukaemias and the development of high dose therapy strategies in leukaemia and lymphomas.

trustee holding graphicRacheline Garston

Racheline was a trustee of the Christie Hospital in Manchester for twelve years and its largest individual fund raiser. She also previously chaired the East Cheshire NSPCC.

David Krap - Leuka TrusteeDavid Krap

David’s son was diagnosed with AML before he passed away.  David has significant experience in advising companies on a host of strategic and financing matters.  He is also a Trustee of Urban Development Music Foundation.  


Ray Kelly Leuka TrusteeRay Kelly

After a successful career in advertising and media, most latterly as CEO of Aegis Europe and a PLC board director, Ray has held several non-executive and consultancy roles at London Weekend Television, Just Media and Starcom. He spent eight years as Prostate Cancer UK trustee and Vice Chair and recently completed a Film History MA. Ray is an enthusiastic (if erratic) golfer, who loves walking, cycling and yoga - balanced by his love of good food and wine. And Chelsea FC.

James Fairclough - Leuka TrusteeJames Fairclough

James is CEO of AA Cars, having spent most of his career in marketing and commercial roles at leading consumer companies including P&G, Virgin Media and Sky. James is also an advisor and Non Executive Director to digital start-up companies. His passion for Leuka stems from seeing a close family having their life saved as a direct result of cancer research. 

Our Independent Scientific Panel

Our Independent Scientific Panel provides expert advice to the Board of Trustees and our senior management, in relation to the granting of Leuka charitable funds for the purposes of medical and scientific research.

Independent Scientific Panel Members 2018:

  • Prof. Nick Cross (Chair), University of Southampton
  • Prof. Francesco Dazzi (Vice Chair), King's College London
  • Prof. Dominique Bonnet, Francis Crick Institute London
  • Prof. Jackie Boultwood, University of Oxford
  • Prof. Richard Clark, University of Liverpool
  • Dr. Steve Devine MDCIBMTR, Minneapolis, USA
  • Prof. Tariq Enver, University College London
  • Prof. Maria Figueroa, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, USA
  • Prof. John Gribben, Queen Mary University of London
  • Prof. Olaf Heidenreich, Newcastle University
  • Prof. Robert Hills, Cardiff University
  • Prof. Anastasios Karadimitris, Imperial College London
  • Prof. Nicolaus Kröger, University Medical Center, Hamburg, Germany
  • Prof. David MarinMD Anderson, Houston, USA
  • Prof. Mary Francis McMullin, Queen's University Belfast
  • Prof. Ken Mills, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Prof. Emma Morris, University College Hospital London
  • Prof. Uwe Platzbecker, Technical University Dresden, Germany
  • Prof. Katy Rezvani, MD Anderson, Houston, USA
  • Prof. Simon Rule, University of Plymouth
  • Dr. Bipin Savani MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA
  • Dr. Bronwen Shaw MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

Learn more about our Scientific Panel here.

Our Patrons

At Leuka we are very proud of the support we receive from our excellent patrons, Dougray Scott and Peter Gordon:

Leuka Patron Dougray Scott

Dougray Scott: Actor and Leuka Mini Masters Host

“I met the late Professor Goldman over 10 years ago and I adored him. We became friends and I came to understand the importance of John and his charity and the work they do in leukaemia research. It was so sad when he died. It made me even more determined to raise as much money as I could for Leuka and I’ll continue to do that for as long as I can.

Leukaemia research is important because it can contribute to finding a cure for other cancers. Leuka does an incredible job and it’s something I’m very proud to be involved in.”

Leuka Patron Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon: Chef and Who’s Cooking Dinner? Founder

“In 1998 I was approached by Leuka to see if I’d donate two of my cookbooks to the charity; as it happened, I’d been a bone marrow donor to my youngest sister Tracey in 1995 – she is still alive and well and has since become quite a good and creative cook, which she attributes to my marrow.

Since the transplant I’d been mulling over the idea of a unique fund-raising dinner in my head – I wanted to create something unique, so we came up with Who’s Cooking Dinner? On the evening of the event the names of the guests are drawn from a hat by the chefs – it’s only then that anyone knows who’s cooking their dinner and therefore what menu they’ll be eating. So far we’ve raised over £5 million for Leuka.”