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Trustees, Patrons & Presidents

Information about our valued Presidents, Patrons and Trustees.

Presidents & Patrons

James Whale MBE <small></small><br><small>Lifetime President</small>

James Whale MBE 
Lifetime President

James has presented programmes on UK radio and TV for several decades and hosts shows on the national radio station talkRADIO and talkTV.  James was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2000 and his experience of tackling the condition spurred him on to become one of the founder members of the charity in 2006. He stepped down as Chairman and Trustee in January 2019. James was married to Melinda from 1970 until her untimely passing in early 2018, he has two sons, James and Peter. Jame remarried in October 2021 to Nadine Lamont and was made an MBE for services to broadcasting and charity in The King’s New Years Honour list in 2024.

Lord Dominic Addington <small></small><br><small>Patron</small>

Lord Dominic Addington 

Dominic was the youngest serving peer in the House of Lords aged 22 after taking his father’s title. He became active after graduating from the University of Aberdeen, becoming Liberal Democrat sports spokesman in 1993, and has also been disability spokesman since 1994. He is the President of the British Dyslexic Association and the vice-president of the UK Sports Association.

Earl Howe <small></small><br><small>Vice President</small>

Earl Howe 
Vice President

Frederick Richard Penn Curzon, 7th Earl Howe, PC is Deputy Leader of the House of Lords.

Tim O’Brien <small>MA DM FRCS (Urol)</small><br><small>Honorary Vice-President</small>

Tim O’Brien MA DM FRCS (Urol)
Honorary Vice-President

Tim is a consultant urologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust. He trained in general and vascular surgery before specialising in urology in 1992. He has special interests in all aspects of urology cancer, including screening. He also has clinical interests in urinary tract infection and sexual dysfunction. He is actively involved in urological cancer research and previously worked with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in Oxford.


Professor Maxine Tran MBBS BSc (hons) PhD FRCS (urol)
Kidney Cancer UK Trustee
Professor of Urology, University College London

Miss Maxine Tran has been interested in kidney cancer ever since her first post as a junior doctor in a urology department over two decades ago. She has a special interest in rare inherited kidney cancer syndromes and was awarded a competitive MRC clinical training fellowship for her PhD research at Imperial College London (2003-6). She was then appointed as clinical lecturer in urology at Cambridge University Hospital, and started at the Royal Free Hospital as Academic lead for the Specialist Centre for Kidney Cancer and Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon in 2015. She was promoted to her current position as Professor in Urology in 2022.

Maxine’s research team is dedicated to improving the knowledge of the biology underlying kidney cancer. This will ultimately translate to earlier diagnoses, better management and wider treatment options for patients.

She has been awarded grants from the National Institute for Health and Care Research, CRUK, MRC, Academy of Medical Sciences, Addenbrookes’ Charitable Trust, Kidney Cancer UK, Facing up 2 Kidney cancer, The Royal Free Hospital Charity and St Peter’s Trust.

Mr Grenville Oades 
Trustee of Kidney Cancer UK
Consultant Urological Surgeon, Gren Oades Trustee

Currently based at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, Gren brings a wealth of experience of NHS Scotland along with his knowledge of the Scottish kidney cancer landscape to our Board of Trustees.

Starting as an undergraduate in Edinburgh, Gren trained in general surgery in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne before completing an MD the University of London. He returned to Scotland in 2002 where he completed his urological training.

He has an interest in renal cancer and minimally invasive surgical treatments, is a member of the NCRI (National Cancer Research Institute) Renal Cancer Surgical subgroup and is involved with several national and international medical trials. Gren has previously chaired the West of Scotland Managed Clinical Network for Urological Cancers and, with three colleagues, provided tertiary referral services for the West of Scotland.

Professor Grant Stewart BSc MBChB PhD Edin, MA Cantab, FRCSEd (Urol)
Professor of Surgical Oncology, Mr Grant Stewart of the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

Grant Stewart BSc MBChB PhD Edin, MA Cantab, FRCSEd (Urol) is Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Urological Surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. Grant has a specific interest in optimising management of patients with initially localised renal cancer, an area of great need within the disease. He is particularly interested in the concepts of early detection and screening for kidney cancer as well as peri-surgical systemic therapy to optimise survival. In order to make practice changing developments Professor Stewart has developed a range of interlinked clinical trials and translational research which are all underpinned by clinical excellence in managing renal cancer at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. To deliver on the above goals, Grant coordinates the Cambridge Renal Cancer Collaboration (CamRenCan) a group of over 40 clinicians, translational researchers and basic scientists across the Cambridge Biomedical Campus with a shared interest in renal cancer research. Professor Stewart is also Programme Lead for Urological Malignancies at CRUK

Dr Ekaterini Boleti MD PhD FRCP
Consultant Medical Oncologist

Dr Boleti is a consultant medical oncologist with a special interest in lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies as well renal cell carcinoma. She is also interested in novel therapies such as immunotherapy and new molecular targeted agents.

Dr Natalie Charnley FRCR MRCP
Consultant in Clinical Oncology

Natalie Charnley 2 SQDr. Natalie Charnley obtained her medical degree from the University of Edinburgh medical school where she also obtained a Bsc(Hons) in immunology. She did her oncology training in London and Leeds. Her MD at the University of Manchester Wolfson Molecular imaging centre investigated PET markers of tumour biology and response to anticancer treatment.

Dr. Charnley has been a Consultant Oncologist at Royal Preston Hospital for 11 years. She treats patients with kidney, bladder and prostate cancer. Her research interests include novel imaging to predict response in patients with renal cancer. She is a member of the NCRI renal systemic therapies group and the educational lead for the oncology trainees at Royal Preston hospital.

Geraldine Fox 
Patient Trustee

Geraldine spent 18 years in the private sector before joining the Civil Service in 1998 and developed her skill set over a number of years to include IT support, business and project management, before becoming a Category Manager within the Crown Commercial Service, an executive agency of the Cabinet Office.

In 2014 Geraldine was diagnosed with kidney cancer and, following a nephrectomy, decided to take advantage of a voluntary exit scheme to allow her to care for a family member and, through Kidney Cancer UK, support other patients and carers.

Geraldine is very active in her voluntary work with the charity, being a member our Kidney Cancer UK Accord, leading our Patient Advisory Committees and actively sharing her own kidney cancer experience to help others. Geraldine will have a watching brief over all elements of patient engagement with the Charity

Nicholas Cox 

Nicholas Cox has been a chancery barrister since 1992. As a member of the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel of Counsel he also advises and represents the Government in high value and sensitive disputes and sits as an arbitrator. He has an MA in Law from St Edmund Hall, Oxford and an MBA from Warwick Business School. In his spare time he runs the field archery club in Surrey where he shoots with James Whale MBE.

Dr. Jonathan Perry 
Consultant Radiologist

Dr. Jonathan Perry MB ChB BA(Open)Hons FRCR RN is a Consultant Radiologist at Hospital Unit in Peterborough formerly seconded there from the Ministry of Defence .

Jon has a special interest in interventional radiology, vascular intervention, uroradiology and is experienced in many radiological modalities, including plain film, fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and CT.

Jon’s military career has involved working as a medical officer on board a nuclear submarine and consequently provided him with a detailed knowledge of occupational medicine, together with teaching him the importance of teamwork. He has seen service is Kosovo, Kuwait, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.

Socially, Jon is a keen Lawn Tennis player and follower of England Rugby Team. He is also a member of the parents’ choir of Kings’ College School in Cambridge.

Berkeley Greenwood 
Chair of Trustees

Berkeley GreenwoodBerkeley is a government relations adviser who specialises in healthcare policy. He has a background as a political researcher and was twice a parliamentary candidate. An economist by training, he has a particular interest in healthcare access and cost efficacy issues and the policy debate that underlies these. His previous work in this area includes renal disease.

Chris Thomas FIMI

Chris acts as Financial Advisor to the Board of Trustees. He is a chartered accountant bringing a wealth of experience from the public and private sectors, as well as charity finance. Chris is the finance director of the Retail Motor Industry Federation and its subsidiary companies.

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