Our Board has overall responsibility for Anthony Nolan’s direction and management.
Chair of the Board
Ian is Chair of the Anthony Nolan Board Of Trustees and a member of the charity's Audit and Finance Committee.
Ian is a Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chairman at Safestore Holdings plc and Primary Health Properties plc. He is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the audit committee at Capital and Regional. Ian was previously a senior partner and Vice-Chairman at Deloitte. Ian is also a chartered accountant.
Ian has significant boardroom experience in both profit and non-profit sectors. He was Vice-Chair of Anthony Nolan from March 2015 until 2018, when he became Chair. Ian will be standing down as Chair in July 2021.
Carol has been a Trustee of Anthony Nolan since June 2017 and was appointed Chair in March 2018 of the Charity’s Audit and Finance Committee. She was previously a Deloitte Partner in various management roles retiring as a Vice-Chair of the UK firm in May 2017. Appointed Vice-Chair of the Board on 24th January 2019.
Carol’s area of expertise is corporate governance and financial management. She has spent her career advising commercial businesses and brings this financial acumen to the Charity. In her spare time, Carol enjoys travelling, cooking and dining with friends and family and then visiting the gym.
In 2004, Nicola set up Bramdean Asset Management LLP with Sir Derek Higgs and the business was launched at the beginning of 2005. Bramdean ran a number of alternative investment mandates before selling the bulk of its business to Aberdeen at the end of 2009. In 2011, Nicola became one of the founding partners and Chairman of Rockpool Investments LLP, a private equity business. She remained as Chairman until early 2015.
Nicola read Law at Balliol College, Oxford and she was made an Honorary Fellow of Balliol last year. She has over thirty-five years of experience managing funds and was responsible for leading the development of some of the UK’s best known fund management companies, including Mercury Asset Management (now BlackRock), Morgan Grenfell Asset Management (now Aberdeen) and SG Asset Management, where she built assets under management to £7 billion within three years.
In 2013, Nicola co-founded Money&Co. and remains as its CEO today. Money&Co. allows individuals and family offices looking for a better return on cash to lend to good quality SMEs based in the UK.
As the founder and CEO of digital consultancy and systems integrator Conchango, Mike Altendorf has experience in consulting services, technology and business development. With a degree in Production Engineering & Management, Altendorf worked in business development, sales and solution design before founding Conchango in 1991, which was acquired by EMC Corporation in April 2008. As an entrepreneur, mentor and investor, Altendorf is passionate about the role technology can play in driving business innovation and growth.
In his non-executive and advisory roles, Mike works with companies to advise them on developing value based digital business propositions. Mike has also applied digital thinking to charitable causes, exploring the potential to improve lives, transform communities and leave sustainable legacies.
Lionel has been a Trustee since 1996. After his 18-year-old brother died from leukaemia, he followed Shirley Nolan’s TV appeal for her son Anthony in the 1970s. As a member of ‘Round Table’ – the young persons’ service organisation – he volunteered and helped set up the first database for the charity. Lionel also created the Daisy Ball, our high-profile fundraising event, and gave it a strong marketing and branding identity.
He has extensive management, marketing and charity experiencing, including roles at Mars Confectionery, and as Director General of a UK occupational charity.
He lives in East Yorkshire with his wife, Yvonne, where they ran the family newsagency until retiring at the end of 2020.
He says his role on the Board is to be the voice of the everyday person.
Following an initial career in international construction and commercial property, Martin spent 25 years in business consultancy roles with PwC, Arthur Andersen and, since 2002, as a partner at Deloitte. A Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the RICS, Martin also has an MBA in International Business from City University (CASS) Business School, London.
Martin has advised a diverse range of companies, charities and Government bodies, both in the UK and internationally. He now focuses on helping organisations to consider the implications and opportunities of fast-moving technology and changing workforce expectations on their future operations and workplaces.
Martin became a Trustee of Anthony Nolan in March 2018 and is also a member of the Charity's Audit & Finance Committee.
Dr James Kustow BMBS BMedSci MRCPsych Dip Psychotherapy
James is a London-based Consultant Psychiatrist. In addition to working as a part-time, NHS Liaison Psychiatrist, he has a private practice based at The Nightingale hospital in Central London. James is on the Executive Board of the Royal College Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry and was recently Chair of the Faculty’s New Consultant’s group.
James trained in the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals) and at St Mary’s Hospital. In parallel to his general adult psychiatry training he also trained as an integrative psychotherapist and this continues to inform his practice. He has specialist expertise in Liaison Psychiatry (the interface between mental and physical health), Adult ADHD and working with psychological trauma. He is on the Executive Board of UKAAN (the main professional organisation for Adult ADHD in the UK) and chairs the national training committee.
He studied medicine in Nottingham and it was here after a school friend was diagnosed with leukaemia he went on to establish the student-run group 'Marrow'. Marrow, which is formally affiliated with Anthony Nolan, has since become an integral part of the university establishment, with trained teams of student volunteers in 44 UK universities and about ten other countries. The student groups run regular donor recruitment clinics and fundraising events and initiatives.
Marrow currently provides more than a third of the potential donors to the UK register and raises between £150,000 and £200,000 annually for Anthony Nolan. Approximately 20% of individuals who actually donate are recruited by Marrow. It has twice won the International Federation of Medical Schools Association’s (IFMSA) ‘Best Student-Run Project in the World’ award.
Mark is a control engineer who has worked all over the world designing and commissioning complex control systems for offshore oil, steel making plants and other large-scale industrial projects. He is now the Managing Director of Inspec Solutions, a company he founded in 2000. Inspec Solutions provide large scale control and software systems to the industrial and commercial sectors.
Mark joined the board in January 2019 and brings his personal experience of going through blood cancer and blood disorders having had a bone marrow transplant himself. He also has a deep understanding of technology, data and business from his professional career as well as experience of the NHS at a national commissioning level.
Mark was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anaemia in early 2008, with no bone marrow match worldwide he was forced to follow alternative therapies until 2012 when his disease returned and a transplant was the only option. Fortunately, weeks earlier a young German woman had registered and was a match. In 2013 Mark had two transplants, the second being successful and he is now, after 5 years, back to almost normal health. In 2016 he ran the London Marathon to raise funds for Anthony Nolan and in 2018 ran a half marathon with his donor, Jacqueline in Germany.
Mark also previously sat on the board of the NHSE Clinical Reference Group for Bone Marrow Transplantation for three years, working collaboratively with clinical experts helping develop national service standards, quality standards, commissioning policies and plans for NHS England.
He is a keen reader, runner and tennis player and a very keen fly fisherman.
Sir Peter Robinson
Educated at the University of Cape Town before taking a Law degree at Cambridge University, Sir Peter Robinson started his career as a City reporter for the Daily Mail. A long term partner and Board member of leading law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, where he was Chairman for 18 years, he steered the firm through one of the most successful law firm mergers. Married with three daughters, Sir Peter was seconded to Tescos in Beijing as their China Legal Director before opening and managing the BLP Beijing office in May 2013. He has played a key role in the international development of the firm, including their early expansion into Russia, Europe and South Asia.
Sir Peter chaired London First’s Connectivity Commission, which issued its report in January 2012, focusing on how best to improve London’s transport links with the UK and the rest of the world to support economic growth. From its inception, and until he left for China in 2013, Sir Peter worked for BLP’s pro bono team giving free advice at the Sonali Legal Centre in Shadwell, East London. He was appointed as a Trustee at Anthony Nolan in April 2017.
Ann is an NHS GP and health journalist who has written books on women’s health as well as embarrassing health problems, and broadcasts on global health. She sits on a Department of Health ethics committee that scrutinises research proposals to ensure principles of scientific rigour and equitable access for patients.
Her clinical work is now focussed on working with disadvantaged groups and offering coaching and appraisal to NHS doctors and staff. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been active in primary care work and vaccination.
Ann is married to Sam and they had three children. Their oldest child, Zoe, died of leukaemia at the age of 15, having received a bone marrow transplant. Their remaining two children, Ben and Emma, are now young adults.
Ann has taken part in many organised Anthony Nolan fundraising events with family and friends, including the London Marathon and the Royal Parks Half Marathon.
Ann joined the board in 2014 and sits on the Diversity and Inclusion and Remuneration committees.
Brian Turner CBE, FIH, FCGI
Brian Turner is one of Britain's most celebrated chefs. Having trained at The Savoy Grill, Claridge's and The Beau Rivage Palace Lausanne, he earned a Michelin star at the Capital Hotel in London, then a rare accolade in the UK. Over the years he has worked with various cancer charities, following the death of his mother from cancer and his sister’s recovery from it.
He joined the Board in 2008 after meeting a young woman who he felt could be helped by Anthony Nolan. He is a great ambassador for the charity, bringing a down-to-earth demeanour to proceedings.
Brian is the President of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and works to promote culinary skills education for young people. Book writing, promotional work and restaurant consultancy along with charity work give Brian a full diary. In 2002, he was awarded a CBE for his services to tourism.
Simon is a marketer and expert in the fields of CRM, data science and marketing technology.
With a deep interest in consumer attitudes, behaviour and their commercial implications, he has spent his career working in FTSE 100 brands, in advertising agencies, as well as starting and selling a data consulting business.
Simon is now CEO, Data Driven Futures at Iris, the creative innovation agency, working with some of the world’s best-known brands to increase marketing effectiveness while reaching and delivering the best possible experiences for their audiences.
Simon became a trustee of Anthony Nolan in 2017.
After more than 20 years working for UBS, JP Morgan and Barclays, Olivier set up Zucker & Co as an investment consultancy in 2009 providing private clients, families and charities with independent and unbiased strategic advice. Olivier graduated with a BA in Law from the University of Geneva and a Masters in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Geneva. He is also an Alumnus of the Wharton Business School’s Advanced Management Programme and a trustee of the Phoenix Cinema Trust, which operates the UK’s oldest continuously operating cinema - the Phoenix Cinema - in East Finchley.
Olivier joined the Board and the Audit and Finance Committee at Anthony Nolan in November 2017.
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