Leuka Board 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  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.