Meet our Board
At The Eve Appeal we have a passionate and committed Board of Trustees who want to make a real difference to the women and their family and friends affected by gynaecological cancer.
Find out below, why each member of the Board of Trustees joined The Eve Appeal.
Angus MacLennan - Chair of Trustees
Angus is the Chair of Trustees, and has forged a career in banking which has spanned over 30 years largely outside the UK in the international arena, and including spells as Member of the Danske Bank ExCo and as co-CEO of Fortis Group Merchant Bank.
“I know that together we are going to really take this charity forward in the next few years working with The Eve Appeal team, because we are on the cusp of really exciting times. The next three years are going to be transformational for the charity in terms of the research we are funding and the outcomes of that research.”
Sally Bailey - Joint Vice-Chair
After 25 years working in fashion retail, latterly as CEO of White Stuff, Sally now sits on a number of boards, mainly in the retail and communications sectors.
“I lost my mother to ovarian cancer 25 years ago. I became involved with The Eve Appeal through working with various contacts on the Board and it was at this stage I was approached to become a Trustee. I’m passionate about the need both to learn more about the causes of gynaecological cancers, and to improve outcomes for women with these cancers.”
Melanie Richards - Joint Vice-Chair
Melanie is the Vice Chairman at KPMG – a network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services.
“I am very proud to support the vital work of the Eve Appeal. Having seen a friend diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer, it has made me acutely aware of the impact this and other gynaecological cancers have on women and their families. Happily she survived but there are many who are not so lucky and for whom diagnosis comes too late. The Eve Appeal funds ground-breaking research which I am confident will improve the chances and lives of women throughout the world.”
Anne Watts CBE - Trustee
Anne is a leading figure in diversity, recruitment and workplace development issues working across the private, public and voluntary sectors. She has held executive roles relating to workforce and diversity in Business in the Community, NatWest bank as well as at HSBC Bank.
“I have been involved with The Eve Appeal for quite a while now – and it was such a significant step forwards when we heard the UKCTOCS results, because after all, this is where it all started.”
Emma Gervasio - Trustee
Emma is a consultant at Accenture Digital, specialising in digital marketing, strategy, and Customer Relationship Management. Emma has most recently focused on major financial services clients, but also has industry experience of energy, telecoms, technology and arts/Non-Governmental Organisations / non-profit sectors.
“I have a personal connection with the cause after my Mum died of ovarian cancer. I got very familiar with the issues of the disease and wanted to support a charity, and come across The Eve Appeal. I began by fundraising for the charity and since then I have continued to be involved both fundraising and becoming a Trustee.”
Judy Bloomer – Trustee
Judy is a former teacher and psychotherapist who has been involved with a range of charity committees and Trustee roles.
“I had a personal connection with the cause as my Grandmother and a close friend had sadly died of ovarian cancer. Due to family issues, I became much more passionate and became involved in the charity’s clay shoot – when I was mistakenly diagnosed with ovarian cancer too. I was then delighted when I jointed The Eve Appeal as a Trustee.”
Jenny Leonard – Trustee
Jenny is a solicitor by profession, working at the Metropolitan Police Service as Assistant Director of the Directorate of Legal Services – but she became involved with The Eve Appeal for personal reasons.
“In 2003, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which was quite traumatic for me as I was only in my 30’s at the time. However, I was fortunate that it was diagnosed at an early stage – 1C. I became interested in a range of ovarian cancer charities through research about the condition and wanted to do something more charitable – and that’s why I am now a Trustee for the charity.”
Adeola Olaitan - Trustee
Adeola Olaitan is a consultant gynaecological oncologist at University College London Hospital (UCLH). She specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of gynaecological cancers including ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, endometrial cancer and cervical cancer.
She has an interest in public education and prevention and early diagnosis of cancer and engages with lay media to promote public understanding. Additionally, Adeola is a member of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society, where she currently serves on the council, and also holds membership of the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and the International Gynaecological Cancer Society.
Ian Drew - Trustee
Ian is a Global Business Leader with over 25 years of experience of global leadership in the technology industry. He also has extensive experience within marketing, business development, strategy, investment, mergers & acquisitions and sales experience in large FTSE and NASDAQ Companies.
In addition, Ian has founded a number of start-ups in the security and open-source industries.
Sidonie Kingsmill - Trustee
Sidonie is a Brand and Marketing expert with 20 years’ experience having held many senior roles at companies such as Procter & Gamble, Nestle Purina Petcare, Metro Newspaper and most recently Tesco.
In her role as Group Brands Director at Tesco, Sidonie completely overhauled Tesco’s approach to Private Label (called Own Brands), resulting in a turnaround of all Own Brands to growth in first two years, the creation of eight new brands in the following two years, and the redevelopment of all the existing brands over seven years. In total, delivering approximately £100m additional sales.