John B McGrath

Director, ITV plc 2003-2008. Chairman of The Boots Company 2000-03. He was Group Chief Executive of Diageo plc until his retirement in December 2000.

I met Cicely in 2000, and after just an hour chatting with her, I committed to help carry on her amazing work into the future.

Dame Colette Bowe

Colette Bowe is currently chairman of the Banking Standards Review Council and also of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, a board member of the UK Statistics Authority, a non executive board member at the Department for Transport, and a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation and of the Tablet Trust. She was, until March 2014, chairman of Ofcom and also of Electra Private Equity plc.

An economist by profession, she is also a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford.

Dr Kathleen Foley

Dr Foley is Attending Neurologist in the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre (MSKCC) in New York City and Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Clinical Pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Sir Richard Giordano

Sir Richard was  non-executive Deputy Chairman of Rio Tinto, chairman of BG Group plc, a non-executive Director of the US based Georgia-Pacific Corporation and is a trustee of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Mrs Kate Kirk

Kate Kirk is a writer and communications consultant whose client list includes the Asian Development Bank, business school INSEAD, think tank RAND Europe, the World Bank, and WHO. She currently focuses on management and entrepreneurship, and is co-author of The Cambridge Phenomenon: 50 Years of Innovation and Enterprise. A niece of Dame Cicely, Kate volunteered at St Christopher’s Hospice in her youth. She is also a trustee of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity in Cambridge and volunteers for the hospice in a variety of roles.

Lady Riddell

Sarah Riddell was for eleven years non-executive director (and latterly vice chairman) of the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust. She has been a lay member of local and regional research ethics committees and of an expert advisory committee on clinical trials for the Commission of Medicine. She currently serves as trustee on the John Ellerman Foundation, the Sir James Knott Trust and the Pilgrim Trust.

Sir Hugh Taylor

Sir Hugh was appointed as Chairman of Guy’s and St Thomas’ in February 2011.  His most recent appointment before joining the Trust was as Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, from which he retired in July 2010.  He is also on the Board of Macmillan Cancer Support, the Nuffield Trust and the Royal College of Physicians.

International Scientific Expert Panel

Professor Eduardo Bruera

Professor and FT McGraw Chair in the Treatment of Cancer, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre.  Chair, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre, USA. Past President, International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care.

Professor Harvey Chochinov

Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care, University of Manitoba. Director, Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit. Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care

Professor Ilora Finlay

Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine. Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Holme Tower, Marie Curie Centre, Penarth. Honorary Professorial Associate, University of Melbourne. Honorary International Adviser to Hong Kong Association for Palliative Medicine. Honorary Professor, University of Ulyanovsk. Johanna Bijtel Visiting Professorship, University of Groningen.

Professor Joan Teno

Professor of Medicine

University of Washington

Division of Gerontology and Geriatrics

Cambia Palliative Care Center for Excellence

Professor Per Sjogren

Adjunct Professor in Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy at the Pharmaceutical Faculty of University of Copenhagen.  Consultant at Section of Acute Pain Management and Palliative Medicine.  Professor in palliative medicine, Department of Oncology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen.

Scientific Director

Professor Irene Higginson

Professor of Palliative Care and Policy, King’s College London.  NIHR Senior Investigator.  Director of Research & Innovation, and Assistant Medical Director, King’s College Hospital.

Life President

Christopher Saunders

Christopher Saunders is an investor in and adviser to early stage, knowledge-based companies. His business career included 5 years with McKinsey, and chairing engineering companies. Brother of the late Dame Cicely Saunders, he formerly sat on the Council of St Christopher’s Hospice.


Sir David Walker

Sir David Walker is a former trustee of Cicely Saunders International.  He became Patron in 2015.



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