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 the elderly and the publication of the useful results thereof; and
  • the provision of accommodation and care for the elderly.

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

A Lancastrian currently living in exile in Surrey, 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 volunteer 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 a number of national bodies and government departments negotiating on funding policy for high cost subjects and devised and administered a number 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, a Trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust, and in her spare time, can usually be found in the vicinity of a boat.








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Sarah Allport, Grants and Research Director

As the Trust’s Director of Grants and Research, Sarah is responsible for managing its funding programmes and special initiatives, working closely with the Community Grants and Research 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.







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Shirley Jones, Administration and Governance Officer

Shirley joined the Trust in 2014 and is responsible for the day to day smooth running of the office and finances plus serving as secretary to the Board and its committees.  Prior to this, she worked as a PA, mostly within the charity sector and in particular, in the area of deafness and hearing loss.  She also spent 9 years working in Belgium for one of the NATO organisations.  Shirley grew up in the beautiful county of Dorset but doesn’t get back nearly enough.



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Jenna Horsfield, Grants Officer

Jenna is a member of the grants team and supports the Grants and Research Director in the administration and management of the applications the Trust receives and the grants the Trust funds. She is a first point of contact for from both applicants and award-holders and looks after a portfolio of applications before they are formally approved as grants, coordinates peer review and assists with grant reporting.  She is also the key contact for the Early Career Researchers’ Network.  Jenna previously worked as a Grants Administrator for a motor sport charity and prior to joining the charity sector, worked at Deloitte LLP and at the Home Office. Jenna has often been described as a ‘culture vulture’ and likes to takes advantage of all that London theatre has to offer. She hails from a seaside village in Cornwall and likes to go back from time to time when she gets homesick for the coast.



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Ethny Childs, Grants Officer

Ethny is is a member of the grants team and supports the Grants and Research Director in the administration and management of the applications the Trust receives and the grants the Trust funds. She is a first point of contact for queries from both applicants and award-holders and looks after a portfolio of applications before they are formally approved as grants, coordinates peer review and assists with grant reporting and impact evaluation. Ethny previously studied at Imperial College London where she received a Bsc (Hons) in Biology with Management. Before she moved to London she lived in a small hamlet in North Devon in easy reach of the beautiful south west coast.








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Professor Jim McEwen (Chair)

  Jim is currently Professor Emeritus in Public Health at the University of Glasgow.  Educated at Dollar Academy and then the University of St Andrews, where he obtained a medical degree.  After training programmes in hospital, general practice and public health, he was appointed lecturer in the Department of Social and Occupational Medicine at the University of Dundee.  Subsequent posts included a senior lectureship at the University of Nottingham and Chief Medical Officer at the Health Education Council.   Following posts of Professor of Community Medicine at King’s College London and Director of Public Health at Camberwell Health Authority, Jim was then appointed to the Henry Mechan Chair of Public Health at the University of Glasgow in 1989 where he became the President of the Faculty of Public Health in 1998, a post he held until 2001. He held the posts of Chair of the UK Register for Public Health from 2003-2009 and Chair of Health Protection Advisory Group Scotland from 2005-2012.  He has published widely on public health, screening, prevention, health services research and health promotion and undertaken international work with the World Health Organisation, British Council and various universities.  He has been chair of the Board of Governors at Dollar Academy since 2014.  

Mr Mike Bellamy

Mike grew up in London and graduated from London University.  After teaching in a coed Grammar School for three years he joined the NHS and worked in it for 36 years in London, 18 of which were as a CEO.  He has since been on three NHS Boards as non executives, as well as being a Governor on two University Boards.   He has also been a Trustee of various health charities.  He has had a longstanding interest in research and innovation as well as in education and training.  He is Deputy Chairman of the local branch of the U3A and so is very interested in improving the wellbeing of older people. He is also a school governor as well as being a Mental Health Act manager.


Professor Deborah Dunn-Walters

dunhill-medical-trust-181116-52After a PhD in Molecular Toxicology at the University of Surrey, Deborah did her first post-doctoral position with Professor Roger King at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund before moving to the University College London’s Pathology department to study B cell lymphomas.  There she became fascinated with the mechanisms of antibody diversity and affinity maturation in man, and found ways of studying immunoglobulin sequences in order to track B cells through an immune response and between different tissues.  As a newly-independent Principal Investigator at King’s College London, Deborah built on her experience with immunoglobulin genes, and her contacts with computationally-aware collaborators, to investigate the footprints of somatic hypermutation.  This work was critical in our present understanding of the mechanism of hypermutation, and was used in her first studies to investigate how the humoral immune response changed with a person’s age.  Deborah became a member of the British Society for Research on Ageing at this time and has devoted her research to the study of immune senescence ever since.  She is now Professor of Immunology and head of section at the University of Surrey with over 90 research publications in the area of B cell immunology and a number of interdisciplinary collaborations in mathematics and bioinformatics.  She reviews for various journals and grant awarding bodies and is on the Bioscience for Health Strategy panel of the BBSRC.

Mrs Kay Glendinning MBE

Kay, the great niece of Herbert Dunhill, has been the beating heart of the Dunhill Medical Trust for more than 30 years. It is her commitment and support that have ensured the success of numerous creative endeavors 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 and now as a Trustee.  She also serves as a Governor, Director, Trustee, Chairman and non-Executive Director of a wide range of other trusts, hospitals and research institutes – including serving 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 and has served as an Honorary Fellow of both UMDS Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital and the RMPS Hammersmith Hospital.

Ms Claire Keatinge

dunhill-medical-trust-181116-40With a career which has spanned the public and voluntary sectors in England and Northern Ireland, with a focus on community development, health and active ageing, Claire has most recently completed a term of office as the first Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland. Providing advice to Government on legislation and policy affecting today’s and tomorrows older people, Claire was an independent champion for the rights and interests of older people.  As a Director at Age Concern NI (now Age NI) Claire pioneered the delivery of a range of health promotion, community development and physical activity programmes that actively involved community organisations and older people in their design and delivery. As the first Director of the Association of Chief Officers in Northern Ireland Claire provided peer support services to chief executives of a wide range of voluntary organisations and her work in Law Centre Northern Ireland focused on training and support on social welfare law for independent advice agencies. With Belfast Women’s Training Service Claire delivered personal development programmes for women. In London, Claire worked for the Greater London Council, and the London Strategic Policy Unit on policy development and community grants management.  Holder of a Master’s degree in Policy Studies from Bristol University, in 2016 Claire was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by the University of Ulster for services to the community.

Professor Tom Kirkwood CBE

Tom Kirkwood is Professor Emeritus at Newcastle University, where he directed the Institute for Ageing and Health since 2004. During his directorship the Institute grew to become the largest on ageing in the UK and one of the foremost of its kind in the world. Of particular significance has been his work on the scientific basis of ageing, examining why and how we age and the underlying causes of age-related disability and disease, including the impact of social and behavioral factors. He led a major population-based investigation (the Newcastle 85+ Study) which examined in unprecedented detail the spectrum of health and associated biological, functional and psychosocial measures in a cohort of very old people. He has advised the UK government and international organizations on aspects of population ageing. He has published many scientific papers and won several international prizes for his research. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and has also worked with bodies in the business, professional and voluntary sector. He served previously on the Grants and Research Committee of the Dunhill Medical Trust, as well as on various national and international grant-awarding panels. He has contributed extensively to shaping the public debate on ageing, through his 2001 BBC Reith Lectures and frequent contributions to television, radio, and print media. His books include the award-winning ‘Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Ageing’, ‘Chance, Development and Ageing’ (with Caleb Finch), ‘The End of Age’ based on his Reith Lectures, and ‘An Age of Wonders: the Story of the Newcastle 85+ Study’ (with Gordon Morris). 


Professor Peter Lansley MBE

Throughout his career Peter has been engaged with improving the performance of national and international organisations, especially in the construction and engineering industries. In 1997 he became involved with raising the profile of the needs of older and disabled people, to ensure that they benefitted from a fair share of what British science can offer. This led to advising research councils, charities and professional bodies on the development of relevant national research programmes. He chaired the EPSRC EQUAL initiative, directed the EQUAL Research Network, the SPARC Programme and research agenda-building activities, for example, on Mobile Health Care, and he co-directed KT-EQUAL. He has given oral and written evidence to parliamentary enquiries on, amongst others, research into ageing, the health of the working population, and the organisation of care services in later life. He has served on many national and international committees, notably as a board member of the Conseil International du Batiment and, until recently, as international representative on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Aging, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In addition to an MBE, for his contribution to stimulating ageing research, Peter has received awards for his  innovations, championing inclusive design and promoting the role of the occupational therapist. He has published widely on organisational behaviour, human performance, the management of change, the organisation of ageing research, housing re-design and assistive technology, in which he has a particular interest. He holds degrees in Mathematics, Statistics and Construction Management Innovation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and an Honorary Fellow of the College of Occupational Therapists. In 2011 Peter “retired” from the University of Reading, where he had held several senior positions. He retains a close involvement with ageing research and with the construction industry. 

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 Alison Petch OBE

Originally trained in planning and in social work, Alison has spent most of her career involved with research and policy.  For two thirds of her career she focused on doing research; for the last third on research implementation.  Her research activity centred on the balance of care and support across community and institutional settings and on partnership working across health, housing and social care.  From 1985 to 1993 she worked at the Social Work Research Centre at Stirling University, funded by the ESRC and Scottish Government to evaluate social work effectiveness. In 1993 she moved to Glasgow University as Director of the Nuffield Centre for Community Care Studies. In 2005, the opportunity to put in place her belief that the findings of research need to get used tempted her south to establish Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA).  Part of the Dartington Trust, RiPfA was a partnership agency funded by local authorities to embed evidence-informed practice at the heart of adult social care across England.  In 2009 she took the opportunity to return to Scotland as Director of IRISS (Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services), a third sector organisation primarily funded by Scottish Government.  The role of IRISS was to support the social services workforce in Scotland to deliver positive outcomes for people.  Close work with partners, particularly front-line practitioners, enabled IRISS to develop considerable expertise in ensuring effective mechanisms for knowledge transfer and in delivering user-focused outcomes.  She retired from paid employment in 2015, but maintains her commitment to co-design and co-production through involvement with organisations working to improve the quality of life for individuals.

Mr John Ransford CBE

dunhill-medical-trust-181116-35John trained as a social worker and started his career as a Probation Officer in London. Then for twenty five years he worked in local government in Yorkshire, becoming successively Director of Social Services and Chief Executive, first in Kirklees Metropolitan Borough ‎and then at North Yorkshire County Council. He held several senior roles in ADASS (now The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) and was Honorary Secretary from 1992 to 1996. He was awarded the CBE for services to social work in 1997. From 1998 to 2011 he worked at the Local Government Association (LGA) supporting councils in England and Wales and representing them in Whitehall and Westminster. During this period he led on health and social policy, public protection services and pay, conditions and pensions for local government staff. He was the lead national employer’s officer dealing with the Fire Service dispute from 2002 to 2005. More widely, he was responsible for consultation and negotiations with local government and health bodies in regional, national and European forums. He became Chief Executive of the LGA in 2009 until his retirement in December 2011. A Trustee of the Dunhill Medical Trust since 2013 and Chairman of its Investment Committee since 2014, John is active in national and local lobbying for improved and sustainable health and social care. He is a Director of HC-One Ltd, a major national provider of residential care for older people, and a non-executive Director of Care Management Group providing high quality services for people with learning disabilities. He is also Chairman of the management company of the Spurriergate Centre, a charitable enterprise in the centre of York, the city where he lives.

Mr Keith Shepherd

Keith is a qualified accountant who has specialised for over 25 years in managing and advising on the investment of major institutional portfolios. He has worked in the public, private and charitable sectors, responsible for the investments of various pension funds and endowments. This has involved helping to develop and implement investment strategies and management arrangements appropriate to meet the requirements for a very diverse range of stakeholders. Keith started his career in local government, culminating as Head of Investment and Treasury at the City of Edinburgh Council. From there he went to be the Head of Public Equities at the UK’s largest endowment, the Wellcome Trust. After 5 years he moved to the Railways Pension Scheme, eventually becoming Chief Investment Officer of its investment operation, RPMI Railpen. His most recent role was at the BP Pension Scheme, where he was the Investment Strategy Executive for the Trustee. He now runs his own advisory business. 


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