Dr Annice Mukherjee is a leading UK hormone specialist, speaker and author with 3 decades of experience in hospital medicine. Her specialism in hormones from the early days has always focussed on optimising quality of life in relation to hormone problems. Annice’s work has focussed on women’s health and she has an international profile in the field of menopause.
Annice currently works full time as a Consultant Endocrinologist in the private sector and was an NHS Consultant at Salford Royal Hospital Trust until 2019, having worked in the NHS for 27 years.
Annice has held an elected national position on the Society for Endocrinology national programme committee and the Society’s clinical committee. She contributes to the Society’s patient website “You and Your Hormones”. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and member of the British Menopause Society and British Thyroid Association. Annice featured in the channel 4 menopause documentary “Sex, mind and the menopause” in 2022 with Davina McCall and has featured in menopause stories in the media including BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 live and broadsheet newspapers.
Annice is the author of “The Complete Guide to the Menopause” which was published by Penguin Random House in January 2021.
Prof Tony Howell is interested, with Gareth Evans, in the prediction of breast cancer risk and the pharmacological prevention of breast cancer. With Michelle Harvie he is interested in lifestyle preventive measures. With MBC scientists, he is interested in the underlying biology of breast cancer risk and prevention and the development of new preventive agents.
Anthony Howell is Professor of Medical Oncology and, leads the Prevent Breast Cancer Research Programme at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. He is the former Director of the Breast Cancer Now Research Unit, and the Manchester Breast Centre. He trained at Charing Cross Hospital, London and, after a period with the Medical Research Council, moved to Birmingham and then took a post to lead Breast Medical Oncology at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester. Formerly he was Chairman of the UK Breast Trials Organisation (UKCCCR), the British Breast Group and the ATAC trial and, up until the end of 2007, was the Research & Development Director of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Research Director of the Greater Manchester & Cheshire Cancer Research Network. His interests are the endocrine therapy and biology of the breast and breast cancer with a particular interest in prevention. He has published over 750 papers mainly in these areas.
Charles is a Partner at Sheppards Chartered Accountants in Altrincham. His skills as a Chartered Accountant are in advising clients in accounts, taxation, and a wide range of business matters. Charles draws on his experience in these areas in his role as Honorary Treasurer of Prevent Breast Cancer.
Charles’s involvement with Prevent Breast Cancer began in the late 1990’s following the death of his wife from the disease.
Christine Lee-Jones is the former Head Mistress of Manchester High School for Girls and the areas of expertise she brings to Prevent Breast Cancer are organisational leadership, the management of change, strategic planning and fundraising. She has been a trustee of Prevent Breast Cancer since 2012 and as a trustee of two other charities she also brings to the board her experience of trust governance.
Christine was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 following routine screening and is passionate about the work of the charity in funding research to prevent this disease.
Diana Harris, mother of two lovely daughters, Maddie and Olivia, is passionate about making a difference, which is why she got involved with Prevent Breast Cancer. Diana has over 25 years Marketing and Innovation experience with well-known UK, European and Global businesses, helping their brands to grow.
Now running her own consultancy “aha innovation”, Diana wants to put her skills to good use in her role as a Prevent Breast Cancer Trustee. Appointed in April 2014, Diana aims to help the team grow the charity in terms of awareness, recognition and funds. A keen cyclist, Diana has just bought a lovely new bike in Prevent Breast Cancer colours for her own fund raising efforts with her friends and family.
A founding Patron of Prevent Breast Cancer, Diane played a key role in raising awareness of the charity. In 2004 she raised over £76,000 for Prevent Breast Cancer by appearing on ITV’s “I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here!
Diane is one of Britain’s most successful 800m runners. She won a Gold Medal in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, and followed this up with a further Silver and Bronze Medal. She has also competed in 4 Olympic Games, 1988 in Seoul, 1992 in Barcelona, 1996 in Atlanta and 2000 in Sydney. Diane is both the former British and Commonwealth Record Holder.
Since retiring from athletics she has dedicated herself to a number of great causes, currently Lay Adviser to the Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group and was previously the Chief Ambassador for the National Charity – Street Games.In 2010 Diane established the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF) a registered charity. It champions undiscovered talent and brings high quality athletics coaching and mentoring opportunities to both able-bodied and disabled young people, particularly those living in some of the poorest areas across the UK.
Eamonn has a long association with the charity sector in various roles including Chair of Trustees, CEO, and Director of Strategy. He was appointed Trustee of Prevent Breast Cancer in February 2022 and remains a trustee of a number of charities.
He has been a governor at The Manchester Metropolitan University, Sale Grammar School and St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Sale.
Eamonn was formerly the managing editor of The Manchester Evening News and associated regional publications and websites. He is also an established broadcaster, having worked in television and radio for around forty years. During his time in television, he was head of regional programmes for ITV Granada, executive producer of This Morning and was honoured with the Royal Television Society’s Best Regional Presenter award. He continues to present programmes on BBC Radio Manchester.
He received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree by The University of Bolton in 2015, for ‘outstanding services to charity and broadcasting’.
Eamonn was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 2014 and Her Majesty The Queen appointed him High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, 2020/21.
Professor Gareth Evans is a chair of medical genetics and cancer epidemiology at the University of Manchester, with a particular interest in biomarkers of risk of developing breast cancer.
In 2019, the results of research led by Professor Gareth Evans and funded by Prevent Breast Cancer, were published in the American Journal of Human Genetics proving that SNPs are a valid predictor of the risk of developing the disease. We are now in a position where we can fairly accurately predict an individual woman’s risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. This has been one of Prevent Breast Cancer’s most important achievements over the last decade. Professor Evans has begun trials in Greater Manchester, which will see breast screening tailored to individual risk for the first time on the NHS, a new approach that could revolutionise breast screening across the UK. Read more about Gene Fragments an Accurate Predictor of Breast Cancer Risk.
In 2015, Prof Gareth Evans coined the term the ‘Angelina Effect’ which highlighted how the Hollywood actress’ decision to undergo a double mastectomy to remove her breasts, and later her ovaries, had driven a surge in women coming forward for genetic testing. His paper funded by Prevent Breast Cancer on the “The Angelina Effect”had the highest data analysis score for any paper ever published by the journal.
One of the best known television faces in the North West. For 15 years Gordon presented NORTH WEST TONIGHT and won 5 Royal Television Society awards for best regional presenter and the programme picked up 6 RTS awards for best regional news programme. Gordon also won the coveted BBC Ruby Award for best regional presenter in the UK.
Gordon made his name nationally by hosting ITV’s popular quiz programme THE KRYPTON FACTOR which ran at peak-time for 18 years pulling in audiences of up to 18 million people. He wrote all the scripts for the programme and devised many of the tough challenges for the contestants.He is a journalist by trade and began his career as a newspaper reporter with the Belfast Telegraph in his home city. For ten years he provided live commentary for the ITV network on the Labour, Conservative and TUC party conferences. He also produced and presented Granada Television’s regional news and political programmes for 15 years.
Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Mr James Harvey, is a reconstructive breast surgeon in the Nightingale Centre. He specialises in research into surgical outcomes from breast surgery and in the development and assessment of new devices in breast surgery. His research background makes him an ideal person to be a member of the Prevent Breast Cancer Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) as well as being a fundraiser himself for the charity. Mr Harvey helps inform the board which research projects should be funded by the charity.
Jane joined Prevent Breast Cancer’s Board of Trustees in 2022. As an academic in the field of Social Sciences, and the Director of a UK registered and international research charity, Jane brings experience of charity management, research support, and the UK’s research environment, to support Prevent Breast Cancer.
Jane is also a BRCA1 gene carrier, so is keen to contribute to the work of Prevent breast Cancer. Preventative research and opportunities for BRCA1 carriers have been crucial for Jane’s extended family, which why she is so passionate about the work of the charity.
We were honoured to welcome Karen James onto our Board of Trustees in February 2022.
Karen had breast cancer in 2018 and now joins our board to support the charity with her wealth of knowledge. Having been head of all things sales, marketing and client service at a leading indie production company, an ad agency account director and client side Marketing Director, Karen has a full 360 degree view of everything. Karen believes that the best results come from a cohesive business development, PR, marketing and social media effort.
Some of Karen’s successes from 2021 include 8 out of 10 pitch wins, improving SEO from 28th to 1st and directly accountable for £ 2 M of new business across England and Scotland.
Consultant Radiologist and Project Lead for the National Breast Imaging Academy. Mary became Clinical Director of breast services at the University Hospital of South Manchester in 2000 and was a project lead for the Nightingale Centre which opened in 2007. She was Director of the Greater Manchester Breast Screening Service from 2000 to 2015, and for some years a Divisional Medical Director at Wythenshawe Hospital.
She has an unrivalled experience of breast imaging most recently in digital mammography and now mammographic tomosynthesis.
Here at Prevent Breast Cancer, we are extremely saddened to have lost our wonderful patron, Morag Siller, to the devastating disease that is breast cancer. Morag was a beautiful woman, inside and out, and you can read more about her life here.
Actress Morag Siller performed in films, in theatre, on TV and radio. Her work has included Mamma Mia and Les Miserables in the West End and she appeared in Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Ladies of Letters, Casualty and Monarch of the Glen.
In 2011 Morag was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Her friend and fellow Patron, Sally Dynevor introduced her to the charity.
Pam is the Director of Consultantcare, a Practice Management service for the maintenance and development of medical specialists at various treatment centres in the North West.
A Trustee of Prevent Breast Cancer since 1996, Pam remains incredibly committed and passionate about the charity. She played a vital role in raising £2 million towards the The Nightingale Centre, by encouraging the local community to fundraise and support our vision of Europe’s first purpose built breast cancer prevention centre.
Professor Rob Clarke is a Professor of Breast Biology and Director of the Manchester Breast Centre, based at the University of Manchester, UK. In 2001, Rob was appointed as a Research Fellow and lecturer in the Division of Cancer Sciences at The University of Manchester and has led the Breast Biology Research Group for over 20 years. His major research achievements include the first use of a proliferation biomarker in neoadjuvant tamoxifen and fulvestrant studies in the early 1990s, the discovery of the importance of paracrine signalling in normal breast epithelium and roles for stem cell signalling pathways in breast cancer therapy resistance and metastasis.
Sacha Howell is a senior lecturer and honorary consultant in medical oncology. He continues to care for women with early and late breast cancer diagnosis at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and research novel approaches to therapy. Sacha runs clinics at The Nightingale Centre at MFT in risk prediction and advises women on breast cancer preventive strategies. His principle research focus is to better understand the mechanism of action of established risk reducing strategies such that we can develop novel approaches and personalise prevention to the individual. Sacha is also running a clinical study looking to enhance risk prediction in young women such that we can identify those who may benefit from early breast screening and breast cancer prevention.
Actress and Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor first heard about Prevent Breast Cancer in 1999 when she attended a fundraising event. Not long after, Sally was officially invited to become a Patron. Over the years, Sally has attended and hosted our annual ball, launched various Prevent Breast Cancer projects and Million Miles events and appeared at the opening of The Nightingale Centre in 2007. In 2009, Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Sandra was delighted to join the Board of Trustees of PBC in 2020.
Having worked in acute healthcare for over 45 years, Sandra has enjoyed a varied career. A former intensive care nurse of many years, she gained a Masters degree in Management and held a number of senior management hospital positions.
Now retired and keen to use her skills and experience in other settings, she is still a Registered Nurse and an active patient champion.
Dr Soujanya Gadde, Consultant Breast Radiologist at The Nightingale Centre, is an expert in breast imaging with a keen interest in education and training. She is currently the lead for the National Breast Imaging Academy fellowship programme. As a woman from the UK Asian community, she has a specific interest in improving breast awareness and early diagnosis among that community.
Sue Astley is Professor in Intelligent Medical Imaging at the University of Manchester where her research interests encompass both risk prediction and early detection of breast cancer. She leads a group developing and evaluating novel machine learning methods for the analysis of breast images, with a particular focus on breast density and risk. She is also interested in the interaction between clinical experts and technology designed to aid image interpretation, aiming to identify the most effective implementation strategies. Her work is team-based and interdisciplinary, depending strongly on links with clinical collaborators.
Dr Trupti Kulkarni is an expert in breast radiology and cancer diagnosis. Along with her medical work, she is heavily invested in teaching and training of medical students, doctors and other health professionals in the field of breast diseases both in the UK and internationally. She is passionate about patient interactions and in particular promoting awareness of breast health within communities both in the UK and globally.
Breast cancer is a devastating disease, which is why we’re committed to freeing the world of it altogether. If you’d like to support the vital work that we do, there are a number of ways you can help, such as donating or fundraising. Together, we will prevent breast cancer for our future generations.
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About Prevent Breast Cancer
Prevent Breast Cancer is the only UK charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer – we’re committed to freeing the world from the disease altogether. Unlike many cancer charities, we’re focused on preventing, rather than curing. Promoting early diagnosis, screening and lifestyle changes, we believe we can stop the problem before it starts. And being situated at the only breast cancer prevention centre in the UK, we’re right at the front-line in the fight against the disease. Join us today and help us create a future free from breast cancer. If you have any questions or concerns, emailus today.