Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the proper administration of the Charity.
They ensure that our assets and resources are used only for the purposes of the Charity and that the Charity is run in accordance with its constitution, charity law and all other applicable laws and regulations.
We are very fortunate to have a Board of Trustees with a broad range of skills including healthcare, law and business.
Dr Peter Warry (chair)
Peter Warry has been chairman or Chief Executive of four PLCs and numerous private companies, has chaired two national Research Councils, been involved in university governance and research, worked as a special adviser at No 10, chaired two government reviews, and is an honorary fellow or professor at three universities. Originally graduating from Oxford in Engineering and Economics, his doctorate is actually in Archaeology. He is currently chairman of the Royal Mint. Peter lives in Cheltenham, just ten minutes’ walk from Cobalt.
Mr John Parker
Mr John Henry Parker served as Chief Executive of the Stroud and Swindon Building Society for 13 years until December 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Parker worked as a Business Economist for Morgan Grenfell, Chief Internal Auditor for the Chelsea Building Society and in successive financial roles for Burmah Oil plc. He was a Director of English Partnerships and Finance Director to the Company of the Proprietors of Stroudwater Navigation. He was a committee member of the Building Societies Association Council for 6 years and Chairman in 2004. He was later chairman of the Department of Work and Pensions Investment Committee for four years
He has been a Director at The Housing Finance Corp. Ltd. since 2010 and serves as its Senior Independent Director. He serves as a Director, Chairman of Audit Committee and Member of Credit Committee of Affordable Housing Finance Plc. He has been a director of Newbury Building Society since 2007, and a Vice Chairman for the past six years. He is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Financial Services.
Prof Mark Callaway Bm, MRCP, FRCR
Prof Callaway is Consultant radiologist with a major interest Gastrointestinal Disease in particular diseases effecting the liver and pancreas. He has developed a research programme in conjunction with the University of the West of England where he holds a visiting chair. He publishes regularly in peer review journals.
He undertook training in Manchester and Bristol and is currently practicing as a Consultant Radiologist, at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. His special clinical interests are Interventional radiology, he is responsible for the introduction of several new techniques into the South west, Computed tomography (CT); Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); Ultrasound; Liver disease. He is currently a member of Council of the Royal College of Radiologists.
Dr Susan Owen
Dr Owen is Executive Chair of Phoenix MRC Limited comprised of Phoenix Market Research & Consultancy, a full service market research provider and Phoenix Rising, a CX & brand consultancy for innovation, insight, customer journey and brand development. Previously a Partner at Consumer Profile Ltd and an Account Director for Nielsen Consumer Research.
Dr Owen was a founding member of the Age UK Policy Panel, Board member of Age UK Gloucestershire from 2004-2012 and Chair there from 2005-2009. Dr Owen is currently Chair of Watermoor House RCH, an independent charity that provides residential care to the highest professional standards for frail older people in a friendly, homely atmosphere.
Professor Ann Barrett
Professor Ann Barrett OBE is Emeritus Professor of Oncology in the University of East Anglia and formerly Deputy Dean of the School of Medicine and lead clinician for oncology at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust. She was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to medicine. She is also a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Professor Barrett has served on government commissions and groups including the National Radiotherapy Advisory Group, which contributed to the Cancer Reform Strategy. She was Registrar and then Vice President of the Royal College of Radiologists, President of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology and a member of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology. She is the author of more than 150 papers and five textbooks, including Practical Radiotherapy Planning, Cancer in Children, and the Oxford Desktop Reference in Oncology.
Mr Robert Derry-Evans
Mr Derry-Evans was a partner in City of London law firm CMS Cameron McKenna for over 20 years and was the firm’s Managing Partner from 1994 to 2001. He ran the CMS alliance of European law firms from Brussels and latterly Frankfurt from 2002 to 2008. Robert is now Chairman of the Bath Building Society and a Director and shareholder of OmniaLegal Limited, a Bath based incorporated solicitors practice. He is also a trustee of the Bath Philharmonia orchestra.
Neil Holbrook has been Chief Executive of Cotswold Archaeology, a Cirencester based charity, for over 25 years. During that time the charity has grown from very small beginnings to a current staff complement of around 200 professionals based in four offices. This experience provides Neil with a broad understanding of charity governance and the issues associated with growth and regional diversification. Neil has written many academic papers and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading and Chairman of the Roman Research Trust, a grant-giving charity that supports research projects. He has also led collaborative research projects with a number of UK universities. Neil has lived in Cheltenham for over 20 years.