Our trustees give their time voluntarily to provide strategic direction for Breast Cancer Now. They receive no payment for their vital work.

Lynne Berry OBE – Chair

Lynne Berry

Lynne Berry is a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, City University and a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. She is also Chair of Sustrans, Deputy Chair of Cumberland Lodge and a trustee of UnLtd. 

She has sat on many government and not for profit Boards and has had several Chief Executive posts including at RVS, the General Social Care Council, the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Family Welfare Association and the Charity Commission.

Professor Trevor Powles

Professor Trevor Powles

Professor Trevor Powles is Emeritus Professor of Breast Oncology at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, and Consultant Breast Oncologist and Medical Director at The Cancer Centre in Wimbledon, London, chairing the Cancer Centre LLP. Until 2003 he was Head of Breast Cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He was also Divisional Medical Director of Common Cancers and previously Chairman of the Clinical Research Committee at the Royal Marsden.

He has been visiting Professor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, University of Calgary, Canada, and MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas. Trevor holds medical specialist accreditations in endocrinology and medical oncology and a PhD in molecular pathology of breast cancer. His clinical and research work has focused on the prevention, risk assessment, diagnosis and early treatment of breast cancer. He has published and lectured widely on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

He has won awards including the Komen Brinker award for outstanding contribution to breast cancer research and the All Party Parliamentary Group award for his lifetime contribution to breast cancer care. In 2002 he was made a CBE in recognition of his services to breast cancer patients. Trevor is a Patron of Breast Cancer Care and has been a Trustee of Breakthrough since May 2010. In October 2013, Trevor was awarded the Pride of Britain Award for his exceptional contributions to breast cancer research and treatment.

Professor Adrian Harris

Professor Adrian Harris

Adrian L Harris is Cancer Research UK's Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Oxford and directs the Cancer Research UK Molecular Oncology Laboratories at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM).

He is a Consultant Medical Oncologist and a Professorial Fellow of St Hugh’s College Oxford. He is Chairman of the Cancer Research UK Oxford Cancer Centre Development Committee and joint lead of the Cancer theme of the Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre in Oxford. He is Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Cancer and on the Editorial Board of Cancer Cell. 

He is a Senior investigator in the National Institute of Health Research and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was a ‘Highly Cited Researcher 2014’, ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication (between 2002 and 2012).

Laura Simons

Laura Simons

Laura is an experienced non-executive director and strategic communications consultant, specialising in the not-for-profit sector. Previously, she held communications and campaigning roles in a range of health and consumer-focused organisations, including the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Which? and the Citizens Advice service.

Laura was treated for DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ – a type of non-invasive breast cancer) in 2005 and underwent simultaneous reconstructive surgery.


Pascale Alvanitakis-Guely

Pascale Alvanitakis-Guely

Pascale is CEO of Shelley Capital, a financial advisory firm she founded in 2009. A French national, Pascale has worked in London throughout her 24-year career; first as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen and then as an investment banker at UBS, DLJ and Lehman Brothers, where she was most recently Managing Director with responsibility for Hedge Funds and Private Equity clients.

Pascale was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and for 10 months juggled work, cancer treatment and two children under the age of six. Towards the end of her treatment, her employer Lehman Brothers collapsed in the midst of the financial crisis. These events prompted some career and lifestyle changes and she started her own business the following year. Pascale was a trustee of Breast Cancer Campaign from 2012 and is fascinated by groundbreaking research work in areas that resonate deeply with her personal experience.

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson

Sue Johnson spent most of her working career in the commercial and broadcasting industry (she was Marketing Director of Granada). Before retiring she worked as a part-time consultant with  clients including AGB Media and Wimbledon AELTC. Prior to her consultancy work, Susan was Director of International Relations for London 2012, facilitating the ongoing relationship between the International Olympic Committee and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. When London was a candidate city for the 2012 Games, she contributed to London’s vote-winning strategy.

Sue had personal experiences of breast cancer whilst in her thirties and again three years ago.

She was appointed a Trustee of Breakthrough Breast Cancer in November 2007. In the late nineties she was a non-executive director of the Royal Marsden Hospital, after which she was a charity trustee of the Imperial Health Care Trust. Sue lives in Chiswick with her husband Hugh and has a son and two stepdaughters.

Susan says: “Simply put, a Trusteeship is about being part of a collaborative team who pool their skills for a cause they care about passionately in an effort to make a difference."

Susan Gallone

Sue Gallone

Sue has over 30 years experience in the public sector, mainly as a financial specialist. After a career in central government she was Director of Finance and Resources, a role shared between two health regulators: the Human Tissue Authority and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Sue sits on the conduct committees of two professional accountancy bodies and is herself a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Sue became a Trustee of Breast Cancer Now in 2016, a cause she supports fully.

Previously she has been a trustee of a theatre (a charity), a school governor and she enjoys supporting her local community as a volunteer. Sue lives in Clacton-on-sea with her husband and has three step-children.

Ann Pickering

Ann Pickering

Ann Pickering joined O2UK in 2004 and was appointed to the UK Board as HR Director in 2008. Prior to this Ann worked for Marks and Spencer, Fidelity and Xansa (now Steria) and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development.

Since joining the company, O2 has achieved a Top 20 place three times in the ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Employers in the UK’ and 8th in the UK Best Places to Work. Ann was also recently recognized as one of the top 10 most Influential HR Directors in the UK.

Ann is a Trustee of Step Up to Serve a charity established in 2013 to make social action part of life for 10-20 year olds by the year 2020. She is Chair of the Advisory Board of Sheffield University Management School where she is also Visiting Professor of HRM and Employability.

Ann was appointed a Trustee of Breast Cancer Now in September 2017. The charity is very close to her heart as she lost both her mother and sister to the disease.

Chris Copeland

Chris CopelandChris is currently the Chief Marketing and Strategy officer for Mitie. He has held senior executive positions across marketing, innovation and strategy functions and across advisory (Bain & Co), FMCG (Diageo) and Healthcare (Bupa) industries. Prior to Mitie, Chris lead Global Strategy and Innovation for Bupa.

Chris was appointed a Trustee of Breast Cancer Now in September 2017 and combines broad experience in building high growth organisations with a deep passion to make a profound difference in people’s lives.