Our Trustees

The UK Stem Cell Foundation is governed by a distinguished and influential Board of Trustees, leaders in business, academia, government and charities, who are all endowed with a ‘can-do’ attitude.

The Board of Trustees provide strategic direction to the Foundation, overseeing activities and progress.

Sir Richard Sykes

UKSCF Chairman.

Sir Richard is Chairman of The Royal Institution of Great Britain and Vice-Chairman at Swiss life sciences company Lonza Group. He is Chairman of the Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC), Non-Executive Chairman of Circassia Holdings Ltd, Non-Executive Chairman of Omnicyte Ltd, Executive Chairman of Toumaz Holdings plc and is an Advisory member of Siemens Holdings plc and the Virgin Group Advisory Board. Former Chairman of NHS London and Rector of Imperial College London, he has over 30 years of experience within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, serving as Chief Executive and Chairman of GlaxoWellcome from 1995 to 2000 and then as Chairman of GlaxoSmithkline until 2002.

Lord Robert Winston

Nick Ross

Professor Trevor M. Jones

Jon Moulton

Jon Moulton

Professor Steve Jones

Caroline Banszky

James Taylor


Our Executive and Administration Team

Lil Shortland

Lil Shortland

Chief Executive Officer.

Lil is our CEO and, having worked for the Foundation for the last 12 years, she has raised in excess of £12.5 million for research projects as well as implementing collaborations with other charitable organisations including the MS Society and Anthony Nolan.

Lil has 20 years' experience within the finance and actuarial sectors and has extensive experience of implementing, managing and delivering operational and financial projects.


Brendon Noble

Professor Brendon Noble FRSB, FRSA, FIKEChief Scientific Officer.

Professor Brendon Noble is a medicines development specialist and biotechnologist with an interest in cell therapy production.

He has been working in the field of stem cell biology since 1989. He developed his work in the Medical Schools of both Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities.

He has co-founded two cell therapy companies and has held University senior leadership positions. He is familiar with the complexities and challenges associated with strategic planning and new cell therapy production for clinical use.


Lee Stoddard

Lee Stoddard
Executive Assistant.

Lee supports the executive team and our Board of Trustees in administrative duties.  She has extensive experience of third sector working and contributes to a broad range of our activities including fund raising.  She should be contacted with any fundraising enquiries.


Our Partners

The Foundation is delighted to collaborate with other charities and bodies to fund promising research projects and clinical trials. These include private donors, charitable trusts and foundations, such as the MS Society and Anthony Nolan Trust, as well as public sector funders such as the Cell Therapy Catapult.

Our Ambassadors

The UK Stem Cell Foundation is extremely excited to have Paralympian, London gold medallist, Josie Pearson MBE, as an Ambassador. Further details are available in our news article.

The foundation is proud to announce that Henry Fraser has agreed to become our newest Ambassador. Henry has supported the foundation for a number of years and continues to raise awareness for our cause. To find out more please visit Henry’s website www.henryfraser.org


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