Our Trustees

Our trustees are all volunteers and form the governing body of our charity. We are privileged to have attracted three medical trustees who bring a wealth of expertise and are committed to supporting our cause. In order to ensure that the needs of those living with advanced breast cancer are at the forefront of all we do, our constitution dictates that there must always be at least three trustees diagnosed with advanced breast cancer on our board.

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    Professor Charles Coombes

    Professor Charles Coombes

    Charles is Professor of Medical Oncology at Imperial College London and since October 2010 has been Director of The Imperial CRUK Cancer Centre. He is an outstanding scientist and he and his team are leading the world with their research into new treatments for breast cancer. He is engaged in developing novel methods for prediction of response to endocrine therapy, carrying out research aimed at understanding resistance to endocrine therapy and development of novel anti-cancer drugs.

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  • Dr Peter Amoroso Dr Peter AmorosoView
    Dr Peter Amoroso

    Dr Peter Amoroso

    Peter is a Consultant Anaesthetist who also specialises in pain management. He was Consultant Anaesthetist and Wellness expert at Barts for 12 years (Training Programme Director, Deputy Regional Advisor) before leaving & setting up The Prostate Centre in Wimpole Street London. He now leads the anaesthetic team and is a founder member of the Acute Pain Service at the London Clinic where he set up a unique emergency on call team and sits on the Medical Advisory Committee. He is a CQC specialist advisor and an appraiser / council member for the Independent Doctors Federation. He brings a wealth of charity experience, having sat on the steering committee for Prostate Cancer UK and its former subsidiaries for many years.

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  • Dr Luca Magnani Dr Luca MagnaniView
    Dr Luca Magnani

    Dr Luca Magnani

    Luca is a research fellow at Imperial College London. He runs a lab that is undertaking groundbreaking research into the causes of resistance to endocrine therapies and the epigenetic basis of breast cancer. His lab is interested in understanding the extent of interactions existing between genetic and epigenetic alterations. The final goal is to exploit epigenetic mapping to identify druggable targets, biomarkers and develop novel compounds to block cancer cells from adapting to drugs.

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  • Julie Phillips Julie PhillipsView
    Julie Phillips

    Julie Phillips

    9 July 1958 – 26 September 2015

    Julie was a commercially focused sales and marketing director who had a number of high level roles within the holiday and leisure industry. She was sales and marketing director of Oasis Villages and Warner Holidays before leaving in 2004 to set up her own consultancy. She had considerable start up experience and was responsible for the transformation of Forest Holidays into a leading provider of self-catering holiday lodge sites and undertook the successful launch and roll out of the Malaysian budget hotel brand, Tune Hotels, into the UK market.

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  • David Phillips David PhillipsView
    David Phillips

    David Phillips

    David Phillips retired after a long career encompassing various roles in finance and management within the pharmaceutical industry. He brings a wealth of experience to his role as trustee responsible for finance through his experience of dealing with the MHRA, HMRC and other government bodies. All financial aspects of Second Hope will be rigorously controlled by David and he will also ensure that Second Hope complies with all financial regulations laid down by the Charity Commission and other government agencies.

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  • Karen Yorke Karen YorkeView
    Karen Yorke

    Karen Yorke

    24 December 1958 - 26 October 2016

    Karen is a lawyer who has recently taken early retirement. Having trained in a high street practice, Karen then spent 13 years at a large city firm dealing with commercial property before moving to the Land Registry where she specialised in disputes and complex complaints. Her final years were spent in the counter fraud unit where she acted as a liaison between the Land Registry, the police, government agencies, external lawyers and counter fraud agencies.

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  • Sue Stocksley Sue StocksleyView
    Sue Stocksley

    Sue Stocksley

    4 January 1955 – 12 December 2015

    Sue had a nursing background and was a Practice Nurse for many years before specialising in Diabetes. Alongside her nursing role she was an NVQ assessor for healthcare support workers and also an EXTEND teacher running seated exercise classes for less able-bodied and older people. Sue always involved herself in the wider issues around the NHS and was the elected clinical governance nurse representative for her local Primary Care Trust and practice nurse member of her local vaccine/immunisation committee. Sue took ill health retirement in 2011 when she was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer.

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  • Margaret Davies Margaret DaviesView
    Margaret Davies

    Margaret Davies

    Margaret works at Edge Hill university as an enrolment/programme administrator and gained a degree in business and management while working full time and bringing up her son. She was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in the liver in June 2013. Margaret is a reviewer for the Macmillan cancer charity, using her knowledge and own experience of cancer to review their publications before going to print.

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  • Ele Yorke Ele YorkeView
    Ele Yorke

    Ele Yorke

    Ele is currently studying for an MSc in Health Psychology at the University College London, having completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Bristol in 2015. She hopes to go on to study a PhD, with the aim of becoming a qualified Health Psychologist. She is a keen runner, and has used this as a way to fundraise for various charities through a number of races. She is the daughter of Karen Yorke, a former trustee of Second Hope.

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  • Melanie Kennedy Melanie KennedyView
    Melanie Kennedy

    Melanie Kennedy

    Hi I am Melanie I developed breast cancer at 34 while pregnant with my youngest son but unfortunately it was detected quite late and is now advanced. I am 39 mum of two boys and when Julie Phillips started Second Hope I knew I needed to be involved. Julie and all the other amazing ladies I have met through ABC have been an enormous support and inspiration to me; I truly believe the landscape of cancer is changing and I want to do whatever I can to help bring those changes about.

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