Trustees

Our board has overall responsibility for the Ruth Strauss Foundation’s direction and management.

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, MA (Oxon) MBBS FRCP PhD

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.

“The Ruth Strauss Foundation offers a unique opportunity to increase support for patients such as Ruth, to raise awareness and to make a major impact on research into these rare forms of lung cancer. I am honoured to offer my medical experience and oncology expertise to the Foundation.”

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 BA (Hons), FCA

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.

“When Andrew rang me and mentioned the possibility of forming the Foundation I had no hesitation in saying ‘Yes’ when he asked whether I would like to be involved. It is an honour to be involved and to do what I can, however small, to raise funds for research into rare forms of lung cancer and to provide support for the families of those affected, in Ruth’s memory.”

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.”

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.

Ruth was empathetic, straight talking and completely unfazed by celebrity, and she is sorely missed by a huge number of people for her warmth, energy and commitment. I am extremely proud and honoured to be involved in the Ruth Strauss Foundation.”