About Us

RUTH’S STORY

Early 2018, Ruth Strauss, wife of Sir Andrew Strauss the former England cricket captain, was diagnosed with an incurable lung cancer that affects non-smokers.  Ruth died on December 29th 2018; she was 46 years old and mother to two children, then aged 10 and 13.

In her memory, Sir Andrew has launched The Ruth Strauss Foundation to:
  • Provide emotional support for families to prepare for the death of a parent from cancer
  • Raise awareness of the need for more research & collaboration in the fight against non-smoking lung cancers.
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“The idea of setting up the foundation came up with Ruth in the last few months of her life. Ruth desperately wanted to help those affected by this terrible disease and she had a very strong sense of charity – in the broadest sense – of helping others less fortunate than ourselves”.

Sir Andrew StraussRSF Founder & Ruth’s Husband

Support

We believe that every family facing the death of a parent from cancer, should be offered professional emotional support to help prepare for their children’s futures.

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Research

Non-smoking lung cancers are on the rise, with a higher number of incidences amongst women. We are raising awareness of the importance of its research.

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Donations

Your valuable donations will go towards vital support for families to help prepare for the death of a parent from cancer and raise much needed awareness of non-smoking lung cancers & the importance of its research.

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TRUSTEES & ADVISORY GROUPS

Meet the people responsible for the direction and management of the Foundation, as well as the important people from each Advisory Group that help to support families living with a terminal diagnosis.

Sir Andrew Strauss OBE

Founder

Sir Andrew was married to Ruth on 18 October 2003 and without her unending support over the next nine years he would not have been able to play in 100 test matches and 127 one day Internationals for England. Without Ruth by his side it would also not have been possible for Sir Andrew to captain England to home and away Ashes wins, or guide them to becoming the No.1 ranked Test side in the World.

Sir Andrew retired from cricket in August 2012, which allowed him to spend more time with Ruth and their two wonderful boys, Sam and Luca.

In September 2015, after a brief period commentating for Sky, the cricket world came calling to Sir Andrew again, this time in an administrative role as the ECB’s Director of England Cricket. He held this role for three and a half years before standing down from his position to spend time with Ruth, and to support her after her diagnosis of ALK positive non-small lung cancer in December 2017.

Sir Andrew cared for Ruth until her death in December 2018 and is currently taking care of his boys. He is the founder of the Ruth Strauss Foundation.

Terry Grote OBE

Chairman

Terry enjoyed a long and distinguished career within the media industry, which culminated in him holding the position of managing director of the Independent and Independent On Sunday for more than a decade prior to his retirement in 2008. He then entered the higher education sector as non-executive director and trustee of UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admission Service. During the seven years Terry spent with UCAS he also chaired its highly successful commercial company UCAS Media. He was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to the publishing industry. Terry is a keen Arsenal supporter, but we hope you don’t hold that against him.

Reason for being involved

“It is a great honour to chair an organisation that is dedicated to such a remarkable woman. Ruth was truly a special person who was taken from us all far too soon.”

Dr Sandra Strauss

Trustee

Sandra is a senior clinical lecturer and consultant medical oncologist based at University College London Hospital, with a research appointment at University College London. She specialises in the treatment of patients with rare cancers called sarcomas, which affect people of all ages from young children to adults.

Sandra is involved in clinical and scientific research. In 2009 she won a career development award from Sarcoma Alliance For Research Through Collaboration (SARC) to identify new targets for treatment for sarcoma and led a number of national and international clinical trials that aim to improve outcome for patients with these rare cancers. Sandra is a translational research partner within a european collaboration for patients with Ewing sarcoma and in 2017 was appointed clinical lead for sarcoma and rare cancers for the Public Health England (PHE) National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS). She is also a member of the Sarcoma UK Research Advisory Committee and frequently reviews grant applications for charities.

Reason for being involved

“As Ruth’s sister-in-law I saw at close hand the devastating effects of her diagnosis. Ruth was truly remarkable for her frank and honest approach to dealing with her illness, her ability to make the most of each day she had and her selflessness in preparing those close to her for a future without her. As an oncologist, I understand the unmet need in providing support for young patients with incurable cancer, and the value in working together to accelerate research.

Rachel Patton

Trustee

Rachel has been leading teams at the cutting-edge of consumer fashion in some of the UK’s most high-profile and successful high-street brands for over 25 years. The companies she has worked with include Marks and Spencer, Next, the Arcadia Group and New Look.

Rachel is currently the Executive Director of a Design and Manufacturing Business, where she continues to work in partnership with globally-celebrated brands and household names from the high street. Here she designs, develops and delivers ranges that will bring a competitive edge to the world of fast fashion. During Rachel’s career she has been mentored by some of the fashion industry’s greats and through this she has developed a passion for supporting young talent in the sector. This has resulted in her now mentoring a number of fashion’s rising stars whilst they take their first difficult steps into the world of retail. Alongside this Rachel has supported numerous local and national charities, running marathons, amongst other things, to help with fundraising.

Rachel and her family are close friend of Ruth, Sir Andrew and their two boys, Sam and Luca. She lives with her husband and two children in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Reason for being involved

“It is a privilege to be one of the trustees of the Ruth Strauss Foundation. My aim is to ensure that Ruth’s wishes for the charity are carried out in the way she would have wanted and my focus is to deliver on the Foundation’s vision, which is to support on research that find ways to prevent this cancer and supports the families of those who are affected by it.”

Denise Fraser

Trustee and Secretary

Denise was brought up in Marylebone, where she attended local primary and secondary schools. She left school at 17 to embark on a working life in accounting, primarily in the music and publishing industries. After bringing up her two children, Alex and Bethan, Denise returned to work in 2008 and is now involved in administration, procurement and logistics. For her sins, she is married to Angus, a fellow trustee and former Middlesex and England cricketer. Denise has supported Anthony Nolan for a number of years.

Reason for being involved

“I met Ruth the first summer she came over to the UK from Australia to spend time with Andrew. She arrived at a girls night out virtually from the airport, keen to meet us all, with an energy that was infectious. We became firm friends and have been ever since, sharing trips away, cooking lessons and golf lessons amongst other things. I was honoured when Andrew invited me to be involved in the Foundation. Ruth was a compassionate woman who was always there for you when you needed help. Everything was a bit more fun when she was involved, so it is exciting to be creating a legacy in Ruth’s name. I will always try to ensure the Foundation has an essence of Ruth, meaning it will show love, care, compassion and a little bit of sassiness.”

Phil Glyn-Smith

Trustee and Treasurer

Phil is a fellow chartered accountant who has run his own accountancy practise in Leicestershire for over 10 years. After qualifying with one of the big four firms he moved to a niche tax practise before running his own accountancy company. Phil’s clients include individuals as well as limited companies. He provides accounting and tax services that covers a wide variety of areas ranging from entrepreneurs, the self-employed, retired individuals and a number of professional sports men and women. He has also worked in a number of local charities acting as independent examiner of their financial statements. Phil has been a trustee on a number of charities and his financial background helps to keep the numbers in order!

Reason for being involved

“I have known Andrew and Ruth for many years and one of my abiding memories of Ruth was at a gathering they organised at the end of Andrew’s benefit year for those who had been involved and their families. Despite a large gathering Ruth had a lengthy chat with my children and took them on a quick tour of the house – they were amazed with the massage chair – and helped when our youngest got trapped in the loo. “She always made time for others and encouraged them to get involved. Even though many years have passed since that gathering the kids still remember it and when the devastating news broke that Ruth had passed away just after Christmas 2018 they were quick to recall her and the time they met her.

Mike Altendorf

Trustee

As the founder and CEO of digital consultancy and systems integrator Conchango, Mike was one of the early pioneers of the digital era. After selling his business to a major American technology company Mike put his energies into helping other businesses attempting to emulate his success and has become a successful entrepreneur, investor and advisor. Conchango itself spawned many successful companies, created and built by ex-Conchango employees who have taken his ethos of empowerment, innovation and experimentation into their own careers.

Supporting other business ventures continues to be a passion of Mike’s and he is now putting the same level of drive and commitment into a number of charities that are close to his heart. He is a trustee of Anthony Nolan, a charity committed to improving and saving the lives of people with blood cancer, and has been at the heart of their awareness building and fund raising efforts over the last two years. Mike is a huge cricket fan and has been closely involved in the game at a county level. He is especially proud and honoured to be in involved in the Ruth Strauss Foundation.

Reason for being involved

“My wife, Amanda, and I got to know Andrew and Ruth through Middlesex County Cricket Club and charity work associated with it, and they quickly become great friends of ours. She was a remarkable woman who put a huge amount of time and energy into supporting her family and helping everyone she connected with.

Angus Fraser MBE

Trustee

Angus is a former professional cricketer who represented Middlesex and England between 1984 and 2002. In 46 Tests and 42 One Day Internationals he took over 210 wickets for England. During his 19 season career with Middlesex Angus helped the club win seven trophies. He captained the club between 2000 and 2002, and, in his own words, played a leading role in Sir Andrew becoming the leader he is.

Angus retired from cricket in 2002 to take up the position of cricket correspondent at The Independent. During the seven years he spent with The Independent he was a regular contributor to Test Match Special and pundit with Sky. In 2009 Angus returned to Middlesex as managing director of cricket, a position he currently holds. Between 2014 and 2018 he served as an England selector and would also like to take huge credit for England winning the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Reason for being involved

“Ruth was a gorgeous woman in every way, someone who made a lasting impression on everyone she met. She always showed compassion to people less fortunate than herself, and dignity and bravery at the end of her life. It is a huge honour to be invited to serve on a Foundation set up in Ruth’s memory, something that will hopefully help and support families unfortunate enough to go through the same suffering as Ruth, Andrew and their families have.”

Karina Murtagh

CEO

TBC

Alex Cullen

Head of Fundraising

Alex has worked in fundraising for 12 years, for charities including Help for Heroes, Chance to Shine and the Royal British Legion, after starting out in the world of alumni development at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge. She has worked on major events and campaigns and across fundraising disciplines throughout her career and enjoys all aspects of connecting people with causes they feel passionate about supporting.

Alex joined the Ruth Strauss Foundation in April 2020, motivated by the opportunity to transform the outlook for families affected by personal tragedy, by creating an enduring source of funding to enable the charity to provide help when it is most needed. Alex grew up in Cambridge, with Test Match Special on the radio, loves cricket and the countryside, is a passionate foodie and she now lives in South London with her family.

Sarah Murphy

Events Manager

TBC

Ines Thiru

Head of MarComms & Digital

TBC

Jane Stanford

Executive Assistant to Karina Murtagh

Denise was brought up in Marylebone, where she attended local primary and secondary schools. She left school at 17 to embark on a working life in accounting, primarily in the music and publishing industries. After bringing up her two children, Alex and Bethan, Denise returned to work in 2008 and is now involved in administration, procurement and logistics. For her sins, she is married to Angus, a fellow trustee and former Middlesex and England cricketer. Denise has supported Anthony Nolan for a number of years.

Reason for being involved

“I met Ruth the first summer she came over to the UK from Australia to spend time with Andrew. She arrived at a girls night out virtually from the airport, keen to meet us all, with an energy that was infectious. We became firm friends and have been ever since, sharing trips away, cooking lessons and golf lessons amongst other things. I was honoured when Andrew invited me to be involved in the Foundation. Ruth was a compassionate woman who was always there for you when you needed help. Everything was a bit more fun when she was involved, so it is exciting to be creating a legacy in Ruth’s name. I will always try to ensure the Foundation has an essence of Ruth, meaning it will show love, care, compassion and a little bit of sassiness.”

Dr. Martin Forster

Chair

Dr Forster is an Associate Professor at University College London (UCL) and Consultant Medical Oncologist at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He specialises in Thoracic and Head and Neck Cancers and has a particular interest in drug development, running a broad portfolio of studies from first-in-human to registration Phase III trials. He runs a research-based practice, being Principal Investigator or Chief Investigator for over 50 early and late-phase clinical trials since his appointment to UCL in 2009. During his Oncology training he completed a PhD in biomarker development at the Institute of Cancer Research and he collaborates broadly with national and international groups involved in translational research. He has published on topics ranging from cancer biology to translational oncology and clinical studies. He is Joint Lead for the Clinical Trials Theme of the Cancer Research UK Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence and co-Lead for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) Lung Health Informatics Collaborative programme. He is a past member of the NIHR Lung Clinical Studies Group and the North Thames Clinical Research Network Thoracic Cancer Speciality Lead. In addition, he is the UCH Clinical Lead for Chemotherapy Services and co-lead for the UCLH Cancer Collaboration Chemotherapy Expert Reference Group.

Prof. Sanjay Popat

Research Advisor

Professor Sanjay Popat is a Consultant Thoracic Medical Oncologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in 1994, completed general medical training at the Royal Brompton, and the Hammersmith Hospital, and medical oncology training at the Royal Marsden Hospital. In 2002 he was awarded a PhD in molecular genetics, and thereafter undertook a post doctoral Clinician Scientist Fellowship, and subsequently a HEFCE Clinical Senior Lectureship.

He has published in the fields of molecular genetics, therapeutic biomarkers, and medical oncology. He has been awarded nationally and internationally competitive prizes for his research, in addition to 4 research fellowships. His research interests include the development of novel drug strategies for the treatment of thoracic cancers through clinical trials, the identification of DNA variants that influence thoracic cancer development and their impact on clinical behaviour, as well as the identification of biomarkers predictive of therapeutic effect.

He is co-director for the NIHR London South Clinical Research Network (CRN) Cancer Division and Chair of Cancer for the West London Genomic Medicine Centre. He Chairs the British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG), and is past Chair of the UK NCRI Lung Cancer Clinical Studies Group (CSG) Advanced Disease Sub-group. He is active in the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Lung Group, the European Thoracic Oncology Platform (ETOP), and the International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group (ITMIG).

Prof. Andrew Nicholson

Research Advisor

Prof Nicholson is an expert in thoracic pathology and conducts research into lung cancers, receiving the Mary J Matthews award for lifetime scientific achievement in lung cancer translational research in 2019.

He is referred hundreds of cases each year for diagnosis from clinicians and other pathologists. He is a past chair of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) Pathology Committee, as well as a member of the IASLC Staging and Prognostic Factors Committee. He is President Elect of the British Division of the International Academy of Pathologists.

Andrew has co-authored over 400 peer-reviewed publications, co-authored Pathology of the Lung (2011), the AFIP Atlas, Tumors of the Lower Respiratory Tract (2019), and was a Volume Editor of the 2015 WHO classification of lung, pleura, thymus and heart tumours.

Dr. Sandra Strauss

Trustee & Research Advisor

Sandra is a senior clinical lecturer and consultant medical oncologist based at University College London Hospital, with a research appointment at University College London. She specialises in the treatment of patients with rare cancers called sarcomas, which affect people of all ages from young children to adults.

Sandra is involved in clinical and scientific research. In 2009 she won a career development award from Sarcoma Alliance For Research Through Collaboration (SARC) to identify new targets for treatment for sarcoma and led a number of national and international clinical trials that aim to improve outcome for patients with these rare cancers. Sandra is a translational research partner within a european collaboration for patients with Ewing sarcoma and in 2017 was appointed clinical lead for sarcoma and rare cancers for the Public Health England (PHE) National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS). She is also a member of the Sarcoma UK Research Advisory Committee and frequently reviews grant applications for charities.

Reason for being involved

“As Ruth’s sister-in-law I saw at close hand the devastating effects of her diagnosis. Ruth was truly remarkable for her frank and honest approach to dealing with her illness, her ability to make the most of each day she had and her selflessness in preparing those close to her for a future without her. As an oncologist, I understand the unmet need in providing support for young patients with incurable cancer, and the value in working together to accelerate research.

Dr. Hilary Plant

Chair

Hilary is an experienced Integrative Psychotherapist and Cancer Nurse. She worked in the NHS for over 40 years where for most of her career she focussed as a clinician, researcher and a manager on supporting people with cancer, their families and the staff who care for them. Her interest in understanding and supporting the family and carers of people with cancer led her to undertake her doctoral work in this field as well as subsequent research on ways to support the carers of people with lung cancer.

Between 2012 and 2019, she jointly headed the Macmillan Support and Information Service as University College Hospital London where she led a large team providing both emotional and practical supportive care to people with cancer and their families. The service has a priority to support young families when a parent had a diagnosis of cancer. Here she also provided support to staff including being a Schwartz Round facilitator enabling staff to meet together to talk confidentially about the more difficult and distressing aspects of their work. Hilary recently retired from the NHS and now works as an independent psychotherapist in central London.

Jenni Thomas OBE

Family Support Advisor

Jenni Thomas OBE is widely recognised in the UK as a leading authority in grief support and education in relation to a child’s death and a child being bereaved.

Jenni worked for over 50 years within the NHS, first nursing and later as a counsellor, supporting parents, children and families when they were faced with devastating experiences of loss. She has dedicated her career to improving the way in which vulnerable families are supported in a crisis. Working with and continually listening to grieving parents, Jenni recognised the need for their voices to be heard. She created and put into practice vital training and support for all the professionals who would come into contact with vulnerable families.

Jenni was responsible for establishing the first Paediatric and Maternity Bereavement Counsellor role in the NHS in 1985 in Buckinghamshire, which was endorsed by the Department of Health as good practice. This was the model for similar roles created throughout the country. This was a significant step forward in the support of grieving families desperately in need of help. Jenni was also the pre – bereavement counsellor to the Strauss family before Ruth died and is still a great source of comfort to the family.

Professor Emma Ream

Family Support Advisor

Emma is a Registered Nurse; she qualified in 1990 having undertaken a BSc in Nursing with Economics at St Bartholomew's Hospital in conjunction with City University. She worked in general and oncology nursing before moving into academia at King's College London. She was awarded her MSc in Nursing from King's College London (1995) and later her doctorate (2002) for her work developing and evaluating an intervention for cancer-related fatigue.

Emma held various research and teaching posts at King's College London before being conferred the title Professor of Supportive Cancer Care in 2009 in recognition of her contribution to cancer and palliative care nursing and her outstanding research profile and academic leadership. In 2011 she was awarded a King's College London Supervisory Excellence Award for excellence in postgraduate research supervision.

At King's College London she led the Supportive Cancer Care Research Group and provided strategic leadership in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery for cancer and palliative nursing education and research. She has a research career spanning 25 years and is internationally recognised for her research in cancer care.

Research Interests

Emma's research programme aims to enhance supportive care provided to patients and their carers (family members/friends who share the experience of cancer with patients). It aims to help patients maximise the benefits of treatment whilst enabling patients and their carers to live as well as possible with the effects of the disease and consequences of its treatment. Key themes within her research programme include: determining unmet supportive care needs in people living with and beyond cancer; understanding impact of inequalities on experience and outcomes of cancer care; developing and evaluating complex interventions to facilitate supported self-management of symptoms (in particular fatigue) and enhance people's lives following treatment for cancer; and developing and evaluating interventions to enhance the role and wellbeing of carers. She has considerable experience of developing complex interventions and evaluating their outcomes through mixed method research designs.

Dr. Sandra Strauss

Trustee & Family Support Advisor

Sandra is a senior clinical lecturer and consultant medical oncologist based at University College London Hospital, with a research appointment at University College London. She specialises in the treatment of patients with rare cancers called sarcomas, which affect people of all ages from young children to adults.

Sandra is involved in clinical and scientific research. In 2009 she won a career development award from Sarcoma Alliance For Research Through Collaboration (SARC) to identify new targets for treatment for sarcoma and led a number of national and international clinical trials that aim to improve outcome for patients with these rare cancers. Sandra is a translational research partner within a european collaboration for patients with Ewing sarcoma and in 2017 was appointed clinical lead for sarcoma and rare cancers for the Public Health England (PHE) National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS). She is also a member of the Sarcoma UK Research Advisory Committee and frequently reviews grant applications for charities.

Reason for being involved

“As Ruth’s sister-in-law I saw at close hand the devastating effects of her diagnosis. Ruth was truly remarkable for her frank and honest approach to dealing with her illness, her ability to make the most of each day she had and her selflessness in preparing those close to her for a future without her. As an oncologist, I understand the unmet need in providing support for young patients with incurable cancer, and the value in working together to accelerate research.

Rachel Patton

Trustee & Family Support Advisor

Rachel has been leading teams at the cutting-edge of consumer fashion in some of the UK’s most high-profile and successful high-street brands for over 25 years. The companies she has worked with include Marks and Spencer, Next, the Arcadia Group and New Look.

Rachel is currently the Executive Director of a Design and Manufacturing Business, where she continues to work in partnership with globally-celebrated brands and household names from the high street. Here she designs, develops and delivers ranges that will bring a competitive edge to the world of fast fashion. During Rachel’s career she has been mentored by some of the fashion industry’s greats and through this she has developed a passion for supporting young talent in the sector. This has resulted in her now mentoring a number of fashion’s rising stars whilst they take their first difficult steps into the world of retail. Alongside this Rachel has supported numerous local and national charities, running marathons, amongst other things, to help with fundraising.

Rachel and her family are close friend of Ruth, Sir Andrew and their two boys, Sam and Luca. She lives with her husband and two children in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Reason for being involved

“It is a privilege to be one of the trustees of the Ruth Strauss Foundation. My aim is to ensure that Ruth’s wishes for the charity are carried out in the way she would have wanted and my focus is to deliver on the Foundation’s vision, which is to support on research that find ways to prevent this cancer and supports the families of those who are affected by it.”

Chris St. George

Chair

Chris is an investor, entrepreneur and business operator with a 20-year track record of building businesses and creating shareholder value. Throughout his business career he has focused on creating the right culture and operational systems for successful growth. Chris is a co-founder and Principal of private investment firm NM Capital.
Chris was previously the co-founder and Chairman of Olive Group, a global security solution provider, which grew to become a market leader before its merger with Constellis Holdings and subsequent sale of Constellis to Apollo in 2016. Previously, Chris was the co-founder and leading shareholder of Third Space, a health & fitness business prior to its sale to Graphite Capital. Passionate about sport and fitness, while initiating the start-up of Third Space, Chris managed fitness projects with professional sports teams including Middlesex CCC, where he first met Andrew in 2000.
Before entering business, Chris was an officer in the British Army, serving with the Coldstream Guards and Parachute Regiment on operations and training roles in the Balkans, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Northern Ireland. Chris attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he received the Sword of Honour in 1992 and received the United Nations Joint Force Commanders Commendation for service in Bosnia in 1994.
Chris was previously an adviser to the Amar Foundation and has been a supporter of military veterans’ charities for many years. He joined Ruth Strauss Foundation in 2020 as Chairman of the Fundraising Advisory Group. “I am honoured to have been invited to support such an important cause. My aim is to maximise the fundraising potential of the charity, while embracing the inspiring vision of the foundation set out by Ruth’.

Jim Hytner

Fundraising Advisor

Jim Hytner – Global Chief Operating Officer, IPG Mediabrands

Following leadership roles at IPG Mediabrands and UM in Europe, plus Initiative around the World, Jim Hytner is now Global Chief Operating Officer of IPG Mediabrands responsible for the EMEA, LATAM, APAC and Canada P&Ls. He also oversees the Global HR function

Before arriving at IPG Mediabrands, Jim had a successful 5-year tenure as Global Marketing Director of Barclays from 2004 to 2009. In this role, Jim was responsible for the UK marketing operation and the direction of the Barclays brand across the world.

Jim has held several roles in television. He worked as ITV Commercial and Marketing Director, responsible for all consumer and customer marketing. Before that, his first senior management position was at Coca-Cola working on its red can marketing and spearheading its push in the UK into music and football sponsorship for the very first time.

Jim is a graduate of the prestigious Wharton Business School, a proud Trustee of Comic Relief, the Chairman of Logan Sports, a member of the Commercial Committee at BAFTA and a 36-year Manchester United season ticket holder. He is blissfully married with 4 children.

Angus Fraser MBE

Trustee & Fundraising Advisor

Angus is a former professional cricketer who represented Middlesex and England between 1984 and 2002. In 46 Tests and 42 One Day Internationals he took over 210 wickets for England. During his 19 season career with Middlesex Angus helped the club win seven trophies. He captained the club between 2000 and 2002, and, in his own words, played a leading role in Sir Andrew becoming the leader he is.

Angus retired from cricket in 2002 to take up the position of cricket correspondent at The Independent. During the seven years he spent with The Independent he was a regular contributor to Test Match Special and pundit with Sky. In 2009 Angus returned to Middlesex as managing director of cricket, a position he currently holds. Between 2014 and 2018 he served as an England selector and would also like to take huge credit for England winning the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Reason for being involved

“Ruth was a gorgeous woman in every way, someone who made a lasting impression on everyone she met. She always showed compassion to people less fortunate than herself, and dignity and bravery at the end of her life. It is a huge honour to be invited to serve on a Foundation set up in Ruth’s memory, something that will hopefully help and support families unfortunate enough to go through the same suffering as Ruth, Andrew and their families have.”

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Vince Niblett

Chair

Vince Niblett is the Managing Partner, Senior Markets Group which is a team of Practice Senior Partners, Vice Chairmen, Industry and Segment Leaders. He was part of the Deloitte Global team, having been Global Managing Director, Audit & Enterprise Risk Services. Vince is also a member of the UK firm’s Board of Directors and its Executive Team. Vince has spent time across the Deloitte member firm network, including Luxembourg, the Middle East and South America, and on secondment to Australia.

Ian Lovett

Finance, Governance, Technical & Data Advisor

Ian Lovett

Following terms as Chairman of Middlesex CCC and as a Director and Deputy Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board ( ECB ) , Ian is currently in the middle of a 3 year term as President of the ECB.

His business career has been in Banking and Finance, with 25 years as CEO and Chairman of Dunbar Bank, Zurich Financial Services, and Chairman of Seven Investment Management.

Ian has wide experience of Charity finance, .He has been Chair of the Openwork Foundation for 23 years during which time they have raised and distributed over £20million through around 1500 Grants to charities supporting disadvantaged young people.
For over 20 years he was also a Trustee of the Zurich Community Trust, which distributes around £5m a year to a range of UK Charities, and is Chair of the England and Wales Cricket Trust

Reason for being involved

"I have known Andrew and Ruth since the early days of his cricket career at Middlesex and was excited that a Foundation was formed in Ruth’s name with such clear objectives of who it proposes to help in her memory.
Ruth’s compassion shone through every time that anyone met her. As one example, I was always particularly impressed by the extent that she was prepared to go out of her way to ensure that the wives and girlfriends of new players were welcomed into the Middlesex and England “families’ which might otherwise have been a very daunting experience for them!

It is a privilege to be involved with such a wonderful Foundation." - Ian Lovett

Phil Glyn-Smith

Trustee & Finance Advisor

Phil is a fellow chartered accountant who has run his own accountancy practise in Leicestershire for over 10 years. After qualifying with one of the big four firms he moved to a niche tax practise before running his own accountancy company. Phil’s clients include individuals as well as limited companies. He provides accounting and tax services that covers a wide variety of areas ranging from entrepreneurs, the self-employed, retired individuals and a number of professional sports men and women. He has also worked in a number of local charities acting as independent examiner of their financial statements. Phil has been a trustee on a number of charities and his financial background helps to keep the numbers in order!

Reason for being involved

“I have known Andrew and Ruth for many years and one of my abiding memories of Ruth was at a gathering they organised at the end of Andrew’s benefit year for those who had been involved and their families. Despite a large gathering Ruth had a lengthy chat with my children and took them on a quick tour of the house – they were amazed with the massage chair – and helped when our youngest got trapped in the loo. “She always made time for others and encouraged them to get involved. Even though many years have passed since that gathering the kids still remember it and when the devastating news broke that Ruth had passed away just after Christmas 2018 they were quick to recall her and the time they met her.

Our Vision

Fighting the lung cancers you don’t hear about. Supporting the suffering you don’t see.

We believe that every family facing the death of a parent from cancer, should be offered professional emotional support to help prepare for their children’s futures.

We are collaborating with doctors and nurses to design a training programme that will help healthcare professionals be more confident in supporting families when they need it most.

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