Governance and management
The Dunhill Medical Trust’s Articles of Association contain its Objects:
- the furtherance of medical knowledge and research and the publication of the useful results thereof;
- the provision of medical care and facilities in such manner as the Trustees shall from time to time in their absolute discretion think fit;
- the research into the care of older people and the publication of the useful results thereof; and
- the provision of accommodation and care for older people.
It is governed by a Board of Trustees, who can each serve up to two four year terms of office and meet four times per year.
Reporting to the Board are three Committees:
- Research Grants Committee
- Community Grants Committee
- Investment Committee
The Trustee committee members are assisted by a number of special advisers who have professional expertise appropriate to the Committee they serve.
Susan Kay, Executive Director
Sue is a strategic planning and governance specialist having spent the first half of her career in private sector finance, strategic marketing and corporate transformation roles. Some pro bono work assisting universities with commercialising their intellectual property led to a sabbatical to undertake a Master’s degree in science policy and innovation. She has since served on the executive board of a number of UK higher education institutions in strategy, finance and planning roles and as a non executive on the Board of a college of further education. She has most recently combined heading up a national academic network of senior scientists and engineers (where she worked with several national bodies and government departments negotiating on funding policy for high cost subjects and devised and administered a range of grant funding streams) with being governance lead for an almshouse trust providing accommodation and community services for older people. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in her spare time can usually be found in the vicinity of a boat.
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Sarah Allport, Head of Communities and Governance
Sarah is responsible for managing its funding programmes and special initiatives, working closely with the Grants Committees to ensure delivery of the Trust’s funding priorities. A highly experienced grants administration professional, Sarah has spent over 10 years working with charities and membership bodies. She has been with the Trust since 2010, having joined from the British Geriatrics Society.
T: 0207 871 5401
Vacancy, Head of Research Policy and Awards
Oliver Soutar, Grants Officer
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Gemma Dasent, Graduate intern
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Professor Alison Petch OBE (Chair)
Mr Mike Bellamy
Professor Bernard Conway
Prof Conway is currently the Vice Dean Research for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. From 2007 to 2014 he was Head of Biomedical Engineering where he continues to pursue his primary research interests in the control and recovery of movement following neurological trauma and disease. A key part of his work is translating advances in neural engineering and neuroprosthetics to users. Prof Conway’s work is currently funded by grants from Scottish Government Health Directorate and he is a co-investigator for the EPSRC funded CDTs in Medical Devices and Healthcare Technologies and Prosthetics and Orthotics. His work has been published in a diverse range of journals, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of his research including The Lancet, Brain, Journal of Physiology, Neuroimage, Journal of Engineering in Medicine and others. He has been actively involved in supporting RCUK funding agencies in various advisory capacities linked to bioengineering, health technologies and ageing and is a member of the scientific awards committees for Medical Research Scotland (where he is also a Trustee). His most notable research work has created insights into rehabilitation strategies that can be applied to people affected by CNS injury or movement disorders and has informed fundamental studies on motor circuits and event coding in the nervous system.
Professor Deborah Dunn-Walters
Professor Tom Kirkwood CBE
Mr James Lorigan
James has worked in the NHS for over 10 years, predominantly in service commissioning but latterly moving into economic regulation. He has extensive experience of working with, and commissioning healthcare services from, the voluntary sector. He holds a BSc in Management Studies from Brunel University, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Public Services Policy and Management from King’s College London.
Professor Stuart Parker
Stuart trained in medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and subsequently worked in the TNO Institute for Experimental Gerontology, Rijswijk, the Netherlands and the University of Leicester. He took up a Chair at the University of Sheffield in the Barnsley General Hospital NHS Trust in March 2000 and returned to Newcastle in July 2013 as the William Leach Professor of Geriatric Medicine. He served a three-year term as NIHR CRN Theme lead for Ageing, Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases, Neurological Disorders and Genetics between (2015-18) and, while now formally retired, continues in part time and occasional clinical practice.
Mr John Ransford CBE
Mr Keith Shepherd
Mrs Kay Glendinning MBE
Kay, the great niece of Herbert Dunhill, has been the beating heart of the Dunhill Medical Trust for more than 50 years. It is her commitment and support that have ensured the success of numerous creative endeavours in the field of medical research and care for older people. Having left school at 17 to work in the family business, she was the first female to work on the shop floor, for which she was paid the princely sum of £2.50 per week. She was invited by her Uncle Alfred Dunhill to help out at his brother’s charity on her return to work from maternity leave and there she stayed, serving as an Administrator, Director, Trustee and now, as Patron. She has served as a Governor, Director, Trustee, Chairman and non-Executive Director of a wide range of other trusts, hospitals and research institutes – including as a Member of the Council at King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst, a Non-Executive Director of the Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust, a Director of Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research and a Trustee of Breakthrough (Breast Cancer) Research Charity. She is an Honorary Fellow of University College, Oxford.
Research Grants Committee
Community Grants Committee
The Dunhill Medical Trust
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