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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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