Find out about the Board of Trustees at CLIC Sargent:

Peter Hollins
Jane Burt
Will Carter
Graham Clarke
Keith Exford CBE
Ian Gibson
Dominic Grainger
Dr Julia Chisholm
Stephen George
Peter Houghton 
Jason Loo 
Rachel Hollis
Harry Howard
Anna Hancock 

Peter Hollins - Chair

Peter Hollins was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees in September 2014.

Joining the chemical company ICI in 1973, he undertook a series of increasingly senior roles in marketing and then general management.

Following three years in the Netherlands where he was General Manager of ICI Resins BV, he was in 1992, appointed Chief Operating Officer of European Vinyls Corporation, Brussels a joint venture between ICI and Enichem of Italy.

He played a key role in the flotation of the company in 1994, returning in 1998 to the UK as Chief Executive Officer of British Energy where he remained until 2001.

From 2001 onwards he held various chairmanships and non-executive directorships but in 2003 decided to return to a full-time role as Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation from which he retired in March 2013.

In April 2016 he was appointed Chair of Southampton University NHS Foundation Trust.

Jane Burt

Jane Burt brings to CLIC Sargent considerable strategic and operational business experience, principally in the field of human resources. She is HR Vice President at BP and was previously HR director for Santander/Abbey. Prior to that she has was head of personnel at the London International Financial Futures & Options Exchange (LIFFE).

Jane has significant trustee experience at the charities bss and Mental Health Media and she was a volunteer at Samaritans for a number of years.

In addition to CLIC Sargent, Jane is on the Business & Management Committee of MIND and an advisor to the Remuneration Committee at Samaritans.

Will Carter

Will Carter is an experienced managing director/ CEO who has worked principally in the food business at organisations including Premier Foods and United Biscuits, where he has gained extensive experience in brand building and strategic marketing.

Will has experience as a trustee, having been treasurer and then chair of a charity in support of the Royal Berkshire Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit and wishes to participate more in the not for profit sector.

Graham Clarke - Treasurer

Graham Clarke is a qualified chartered accountant and has a wealth of experience in the healthcare sector.

Much of his work has been diagnostic, relating to the treatment and management of cancer, including managing the world’s first MRI clinical trials, CT scanning systems, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Graham has worked for GE Healthcare, GSK and SmithKline Beecham as well as being a partner at PA Consulting and a principal consultant at Deloitte. 

He is currently CEO and board director of an immunology biotechnology organisation based in Cambridge.

Keith Exford CBE

Keith Exford is group chief executive of the Affinity Sutton Group, one of the largest providers and developers of affordable housing in England. He is also a non-executive director of The Housing Finance Corporation and Affordable Housing Finance Ltd. Keith is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Outside of housing Keith has held non-executive roles in a number of charities and other bodies including Croydon’s NHS Primary Care Trust and Preset, an organisation which helps young people achieve their potential through work and training.

He has experience of cancer care and CLIC Sargent’s services as the parent of a child who has twice been treated for leukaemia.

Ian Gibson

Ian Gibson is a non-legal  member of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and a self-employed business adviser to both charitable and private clients.

He was vice chair of NHS Highland and a board member for eight years, and has been a board member of the Care Commission in Scotland and the Independent Chair of Highland Council Adult Protection Committee.

Prior to that he was director for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and latterly also deputy CEO, during his nine years with Macmillan Cancer Relief.

He has past experience as a trustee and, as a former Scottish parliamentary candidate, has extensive political knowledge and contacts.

Dominic Grainger

Dominic Grainger is Chief Executive Officer of Group M Europe, Middle East and Africa, the world’s leading media investment management operation and part of WPP.

Dominic started his career at Price Waterhouse and has spent the last 16 years in international roles in the media communications sector.

He brings with him extensive commercial and general management experience as well as knowledge of the marketing communications sector.

Dr Julia Chisholm

Dr Julia Chisholm was appointed as trustee in September 2014.

She was appointed consultant paediatric oncologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1999. In 2010 she moved on to a new consultant role at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, with particular responsibility for developing the new Teenage and Young Adult service. 

She is a member of the Clinical Oversight Group of RM Partners and  a member of the national Clinical Reference Group for Children and Young People’s Cancer.

Dr Chisholm specialises in the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma in children and young adults. Alongside her regular clinical work her research interests include supportive care of children with cancer and improving treatments for patients with soft tissue sarcomas, particularly through the introduction of novel therapies in clinical trials.

Dr Chisholm is a member of the paediatric Drug Development team at the Royal Marsden Hospital and part of the European Innovative Therapies for Children with Cancer clinical network. 

She is a board member of the European paediatric Soft Tissue Sarcoma Group.

Stephen George

Stephen George is a Fundraising & Leadership Coach and consultant. He was most recently Executive Director at Action on Hearing Loss and Director of Fundraising at Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre’s in the UK.

From 2006 to 2010 was Development Director for Legacy Fundraising at the NSPCC. He joined the NSPCC in 1998 as Director of Community Appeals where he was responsible for Local volunteer and community fundraising, schools, and national events across the UK. In 1999 when the Full Stop appeal was launched Stephen managed the appeal in the regions, which raised £55 million.

Before joining the NSPCC, he was Head of Regional Fundraising at Unicef for three years and prior to that spent 12 years in a range of fundraising and management roles at Scope. He was previously chairman of Remember a Charity, a consortium of over 145 charities promoting gifts in wills. He is now Vice Chairman of the Institute of Fundraising

Peter Houghton

Peter Houghton has over 35 years experience working within the public and voluntary sector in London. He is a registered social worker with extensive senior management experience in the delivery of children and adult services both at an operational and strategic level.  

Prior to taking early retirement he was the Assistant Director of Children’s Social Care for an inner-London local authority. He now works as a freelance consultant specialising in audit work, case reviews and investigations.  

He is currently the Chair of the Westminster Diocese Safeguarding Commission and is a non-executive Director with responsibility for overseeing safeguarding at Board level for a number of third sector organisations. 

Jason Loo

Jason Loo is a young person with lived experience of cancer. Prior to his appointment as a trustee, Jason was an active member of CLIC Sargent's Young People's Reference Group (YPRG) and the Children and Young People's Advisory Group (CYPAG).

Since his cancer diagnosis, Jason has been a passionate advocate of better care for young people with cancer and has been working on raising awareness among the general public. He has spoken at numerous events and conferences, such as the Eyeforpharma Barcelona conference, where he urged attendees and medical professionals to be mindful of the unique emotional and psychological needs of young people with cancer which are often very different to adults.

Jason is a graduate from University of Warwick and is currently a trainee at KPMG, a professional services firm. He is working towards the Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification and has passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 exams.

Rachel Hollis FRCN

Rachel is Lead Nurse for Children’s Cancer and Matron for Haematology and Oncology in the Leeds Children’s Hospital at the Leeds Hospitals NHS Trust. She has spent almost 30 years working in paediatric oncology and haematology in the acute sector.

Whilst all Rachel’s clinical experience has been gained in Leeds, she has always played an active role in the development of children’s cancer nursing, and children’s cancer services, at the national level. 

Rachel is a past Chair of the Paediatric Oncology Nurses Forum of the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom (RCN), and now represents the RCN on the national Clinical Reference Group for Children and Teenage Cancer. 

Rachel is a member of the nursing group within the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP). She is a former Chair of the SIOP Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) Nursing Working Group. In that capacity she has advocated for and worked with nurses from low and middle income countries in looking to define base-line standards of care for nurse training and education.

Harry Howard

Harry is a young person with lived experience of cancer. He was successfully treated for a brain tumour five years ago, and has since been focussed on completing his education. Before becoming a trustee, Harry was a part of the Children and Young People’s Advisory Group (CYPAG), and later the Young Person’s Reference Group (YPRG). 

Ever since the start of his involvement with CLIC Sargent, in 2012, Harry has been actively involved in feeding into the top level of decision making through participation with other young people and staff at numerous events and workshops. His highlights include attending a reception at the House of Lords in 2015, which was part of the launch of CLIC Sargent’s three-year ‘Better Care for Young Cancer Patients’ campaign. It was attended by several MPs and Lords, including Green MP Caroline Lucas. 

Harry is a soon-to-be graduate in History and Politics from the University of Sussex, and is looking to embark on a career as a journalist; an ambition sparked by a passion for writing and his experience of student journalism. 

Anna Hancock

Anna Hancock is a chartered accountant and has held a number of senior finance roles at Morrisons and Tesco. Prior to moving into more commercial roles within retail, she gained audit and corporate finance experience at Deloitte and Andersen. She is chair of governors at a local primary school.

As the parent of a child recently treated for cancer, Anna has direct experience of the critical role CLIC Sargent plays in supporting children and young people both during and after treatment.