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Hilary Sears Msc, MBA, BSc

Chair of Trustees

Appointed: 26 June 2017

Hilary is Deputy Chairman, International Advisory Board, Cranfield School of Management, former Chair of the MS Society; Kids and the Association of MBAs and former board member of the International Women’s Forum and the Institute of Directors.

John Beck


John is, at present, a Co Director of the International Fixed Income Board of Franklin Templeton Investment Management Ltd. For the last six years John has also been a Trustee of the Company’s UK Pension Scheme. Prior to this he was with the Saudi International Bank.

John has a Masters in PPE from Exeter College, Oxford. He lives in South East London with his wife – who is a Consultant Chest Physician – and their three children.

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Timothy is Chair of the Harkness Fellows Association and of the International Tree Foundation. He is a Commissioner of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, a Trustee of Field Lane Charity, a Board member of the Audience Agency and a Trustee of the British Architectural Trust Board.

In his previous career he was Chair of the National Lottery Commission, Chair of the Horniman Museum, a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a Board member of the Water Council, and of the International Institute for Environment and Development. He occupied the Chief Executive posts at the National Lottery Charities Board (now the Big Lottery Fund), the Royal Borough of Kingston, and the Nature Conservancy Council, after a career in academic life and subsequently in HM Treasury and the Department of Environment.

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George is a partner at specialist investment advisory firm MASECO Private Wealth, having spent over two decades in finance and investment working with institutions and wealthy individuals globally. He has previously worked at a number of firms including the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Barclays Wealth, AllianceBernstein, and Credit Suisse. He has had extensive board-level experience with charitable organisations.

George is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), is a member of the Society for Trust and Estate Professionals (STEP), and a graduate of Brown University.

Paul Newman

Paul has been working in the health and social care sector since 2007 and joined Greensleeves Homes Trust, and innovative and charitable adult social care provider, as Chief Executive in June 2013. Immediately prior to this he was Chief Executive of a UK benevolent fund responsible for grant-giving and charitable welfare services and for five years he was an executive director of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Paul has held Board-level positions at a number of organisations, including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Cultural Co-operation, and arts and education charity. He holds an MBA and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

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Elizabeth is Director of Research and joined Diabetes UK in April 2016.

Elizabeth is responsible for ensuring Diabetes UK is driving forward understanding, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes, through investing in the best research minds and projects. Before joining Diabetes UK, Elizabeth was the first Director of Research for Breast Cancer Now, formed from the merger of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign in April 2015.

Prior to the merger, she was the Director of Research, Policy and Information at Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Previous roles include Director of Operations at Cancer Research UK, Dean of the Graduate Research School at Teesside University and Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biology at York University. Elizabeth completed her PhD at Queen Mary, University of London and Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School in 2014.

Elizabeth is a Trustee of the national volunteering charity, TimeBank.

Chris Stooke Chris Stooke

Chris is a Non Executive Director of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is one of two board members nominated by the Foundation Trust and appointed as a charity trustee from April 1st 2016.

Chris graduated in economics from Durham University and started his accountancy career at PWC; he was made partner in 1990 and was responsible for the audit of a number of blue chip companies in the UK and Europe, mainly in the financial services sector. From 2003 to 2009 he was Chief Financial Officer of Catlin Group, the FTSE 350 insurer. He is now a Non-Executive Director at three companies and one charity, in addition to King's.

He has lived in South London almost all his life and is now based in Dulwich, married with four children.

Professor Julia Wendon Julia Wendon

Julia is an Intensive Care Consultant and Executive Medical Director of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She is one of two board members nominated by the Foundation Trust and appointed as a Charity Trustee from April 1st 2016. She has earned a worldwide reputation for the care of critically ill patients, particularly those with liver disease.

Julia joined King’s in 1989, became a Consultant in 1992, and more recently served as Clinical Director for Critical Care. She has played a key role in developing King’s liver service, including the expansion of the liver intensive care unit from eight to its current 19 beds. She has published over 150 papers on acute liver failure, and between 2008 and 2013 was the Foundation Trust’s research and development lead.