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The Charity is registered with the Charity Commission and Companies House as a company limited by guarantee and we are governed according to our Memorandum and Articles of Association.


The Board of Trustees

The overall responsibility for the work of the Charity lies with the Board of Trustees. The Board sets the strategy, agrees objectives and approves plans to deliver the Charity’s aims. They monitor and evaluate the progress of the Charity to ensure we achieve what we have set out to do. Trustees hold bi-monthly meetings and receive monthly reports from the CEO.


The Board currently comprises of 13 Members. Trustees serve for a maximum of 10 years.


Sir Christopher Pitchers, Chairman of the Trustees, was a High Court Judge until his retirement in 2008. He became involved with the charity after the death of his wife from bowel cancer in 2006.


Hilary Barrett has worked in marketing, communications and business development for retailers and consumer product businesses in both the private and charity sectors. Having lost her father to bowel cancer in 2011, she’s determined to put all her experience and skills into the charity and help it raise awareness and grow successfully.


Peter Beverley brings 15 years of consulting experience, at McKinsey & Company and Eden McCallum. In between, he built early stage technology and service businesses. He now has a strategy consultancy, specializing in business growth, and is an Executive Education faculty tutor at London Business School. He has served as a trustee of Caldecott Foundation since 2004.


Kate Brown is Director of Learn English at Home, an ambitious local charity supporting vulnerable ethnic minority adults in Kingston and Richmond. She has worked in third sector leadership for the past five years, before that teaching in secondary schools in the UK and abroad.


David Buckle is a communications professional with a background in government, parliament and stakeholder engagement. He currently works as Head of External Relations at the Medical Protection Society and has previously held roles at the General Medical Council, NHS Confederation, British Lung Foundation and in Parliament.


John Collard has worked in the property world both in Central and Greater London since the 1970’s and for the last 14 years has been a Director of Robert Holmes & Co – an independent Company of Chartered Surveyors specializing in residential and commercial estate agency based in Wimbledon Village.


Patrick Figgis is a senior Partner at PwC where he has gained over 30 years’ experience of advising Boards and executive teams on strategic, operational and governance issues. He is the global leader of PwC’s Health practice, has served on other charity boards, and brings a wealth of relevant experience to the charity. He lost his mother to bowel cancer recently, so has a deep understanding of the need to help patients, their families and carers survive and thrive.


Paul Jansen has created, managed and grown several social enterprises and charities, predominantly in healthcare. He brings a strong strategic focus and business-like approach to the table. He joined the charity after his sister-in-law died from bowel cancer at the age of 35. Two of his friends are currently battling the disease.


Adam Leach brings nearly 30 years’ experience at senior level in the international development and UK charity sector, leading and supporting a diverse range of organisations working to tackle vital needs. He was drawn to the charity because of personal experience and the crucial importance of practical information that empowers people and helps to save lives.


Mauro Mattiuzzo is a partner with international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. He became aware of Beating Bowel Cancer when his wife was diagnosed with bowel cancer some 20 years ago, since when he been an active fundraiser for the charity, most recently completing the Ride London 100 in 2015 and 2016.


Deborah Mechaneck, Chair of the Finance Committee, is an MBA with over 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical, medical aesthetic, medical devices and health related not-for-profit sectors. She has worked for companies such as Glaxo Wellcome, Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Deborah’s career has included management and executive roles in sales and marketing, finance, strategic planning, customer relationship management, PR, public and government affairs and communications. She worked for nearly 5 years in a part-time role for the charity Changing Faces, is on the board of Dreams Come True and has recently become a non-executive director for Healthwatch Surrey.


Angie Wiles is a highly experienced senior business leader and healthcare communications professional who worked for three of the UK’s leading PR consultancies before establishing industry-leading communications and PR business, Virgo Health.  In 12 years, the business designed and delivered stand-out health-related awareness and educational campaigns that made a tangible difference, winning over 50 major industry and individual awards for both campaigns, culture and consultancy. Angie now mentors a range of organisations and individuals on how to identify and communicate their ‘purpose’ or point of difference.


Lesley Woolnough has 16 years senior level healthcare experience in the charity and industry sectors and is a key opinion leader in the field of patient and public engagement and continence care. For 8 years, she was the CEO of The Bladder & Bowel Foundation, and a major driving force in improving healthcare outcomes for people suffering from bladder and bowel conditions. She has an extensive network of clinical and policy key decision makers and has served on many committees and working groups including NICE, Dept. of Health and The Royal College of Physicians.