Trustees

The Trustees are collectively responsible for the competent management of the Charity in accordance with its objectives, which are set out in the Trust Deed; they meet twice a year to monitor the organisation’s strategy and activities. In addition, the Charity's daily activities are carried out under the supervision of two Trustees - Professor Humphrey Hodgson and Professor Clare Selden.

Our Patron is Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM, FRS.

Click on the profile tags below to find out more about each member on the Managment Board.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:The Charity, 'The Liver Group'(1024533) has now been closed in order to reopen as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) called 'The Liver Group Charity'(1166985). This is the only material change and is a result of compliance with Charity Commission guidance.

Trustees and Patron

David Holbrook

Chairman and Trustee

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Prof. Clare Selden

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Prof. Sir Roger Penrose

Patron

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Trustees and Patron

David Holbrook

Chairman and Trustee

Prof. Clare Selden

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David Holbrook

Where did you study/what is your academic background?

I qualified in medicine from St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School (now part of King’s) in 1983. I also have a degree in English from Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

What do you do when you aren't busy with the Liver Group?

I am currently working at Cambridge University as part of a team within the University creating and investing in academic spin out companies.

How did you come to be a part of the Liver Group>

I have been involved as a Trustee since 2016.

What do you enjoy about working with the Liver Group?

Working with exceptional clinicians and researchers in the field of liver medicine.

What do you do outside of work

I enjoy a wide range of scientific, cultural and artistic interests

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Professor Clare Selden

Professor Selden is an experienced researcher in the field of hepatology and one of the lead researchers on the Bio-Artificial Liver project. After completing her PhD at the University of London she held a number of research posts; principally with the Gastroenterology Unit of the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, but also with the Experimental Medicine Unit at the Wellcome Medical Research Institute in New Zealand. Currently she holds the post of Reader in the Department of Medicine within the Royal Free Campus of the University College Medical School.

She states that she 'chose a career in medical research after graduating because I wanted to work on an application that might eventually reach the clinic. That was many moons ago. I think we may now be close to that possibility. The Liver Group Charity was started to help us raise enough money to carry out the research for developing a liver machine to treat patients with liver disease as much as kidney dialysis does for patients with kidney disease today. With the generosity of our donors we have come a long way since its inception in 1993, and I am very grateful to the kindness of our donors, and also to the several members of our scientific team who have contributed to the work we have done over the years and my current colleagues'.

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Professor Sir Roger Penrose

Sir Roger Penrose is an English mathematical physicist, philosopher and Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, as well as Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College. Roger Penrose was born in 1931 in Colchester, Essex. Though he was originally more attracted to medicine than mathematics, he became internationally renowned for his scientific work in mathematical physics, in particular his contributions to general relativity and cosmology.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1972 and a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1998. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their contribution to our understanding of the universe.

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David Holbrook

Where did you study/what is your academic background?

I qualified in medicine from St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School (now part of King’s) in 1983. I also have a degree in English from Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

What do you do when you aren't busy with the Liver Group?

I am currently working at Cambridge University as part of a team within the University creating and investing in academic spin out companies.

How did you come to be a part of the Liver Group>

I have been involved as a Trustee since 2016.

What do you enjoy about working with the Liver Group?

Working with exceptional clinicians and researchers in the field of liver medicine.

What do you do outside of work

I enjoy a wide range of scientific, cultural and artistic interests

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Professor Clare Selden

Professor Selden is an experienced researcher in the field of hepatology and one of the lead researchers on the Bio-Artificial Liver project. After completing her PhD at the University of London she held a number of research posts; principally with the Gastroenterology Unit of the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, but also with the Experimental Medicine Unit at the Wellcome Medical Research Institute in New Zealand. Currently she holds the post of Reader in the Department of Medicine within the Royal Free Campus of the University College Medical School.

She states that she 'chose a career in medical research after graduating because I wanted to work on an application that might eventually reach the clinic. That was many moons ago. I think we may now be close to that possibility. The Liver Group Charity was started to help us raise enough money to carry out the research for developing a liver machine to treat patients with liver disease as much as kidney dialysis does for patients with kidney disease today. With the generosity of our donors we have come a long way since its inception in 1993, and I am very grateful to the kindness of our donors, and also to the several members of our scientific team who have contributed to the work we have done over the years and my current colleagues'.

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Prof. Sir Roger Penrose

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Sue Eggleton

Trustee

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Professor Sir Roger Penrose

Sir Roger Penrose is an English mathematical physicist, philosopher and Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, as well as Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College. Roger Penrose was born in 1931 in Colchester, Essex. Though he was originally more attracted to medicine than mathematics, he became internationally renowned for his scientific work in mathematical physics, in particular his contributions to general relativity and cosmology.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1972 and a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1998. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their contribution to our understanding of the universe.

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Sue Eggleton

An accountant by background, Sue has over 20 years of Board level experience as Director of Finance and Deputy CEO in NHS Hospitals and as Director of Resources in smaller start up organisations. In addition Sue is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit committee of one of the largest housing associations in the South of England.

She has been involved in the Liver Group for 3 years and believes that she has 'been lucky enough to join at a time to see the many years of dedicated research beginning to deliver the vision of a bio artificial liver. The benefits this could bring to patients with acute liver disease is immense and I am privileged to be part of the team'.



Where did you study/ what is your academic background?

I have a degree in Economics from Brunel and I became an accountant under the body CIPFA (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy).

What do you do when you aren’t busy with the Liver Group?

I previously worked as a Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of a large acute hospital. I then got involved in start up organisations and the NHS Trust development authority which aimed to turn around financially failing hospitals. I have also just finished a term of 9 years as the non executive director of a housing association.

How did you come to be a part of the Liver Group?

I met Humphrey Hodgson at the Hammermith Hospital and through him and my boss at the time I became a trustee of the charity.

What do you enjoy about working with the Liver Group?

I love the vision it has of what we hope to achieve, I enjoy working with something that aims to make health care better for people as this is the background I come from.

What do you do outside of work?

I like to keep fit particularly by playing golf and I also like going to concerts and the theatre.

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Sue Eggleton

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Kay Glendinning MBE

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Sarah Bates

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Kay Glendinning MBE

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Sarah Bates

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Sue Eggleton

An accountant by background, Sue has over 20 years of Board level experience as Director of Finance and Deputy CEO in NHS Hospitals and as Director of Resources in smaller start up organisations. In addition Sue is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit committee of one of the largest housing associations in the South of England.

She has been involved in the Liver Group for 3 years and believes that she has 'been lucky enough to join at a time to see the many years of dedicated research beginning to deliver the vision of a bio artificial liver. The benefits this could bring to patients with acute liver disease is immense and I am privileged to be part of the team'.



Where did you study/ what is your academic background?

I have a degree in Economics from Brunel and I became an accountant under the body CIPFA (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy).

What do you do when you aren’t busy with the Liver Group?

I previously worked as a Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of a large acute hospital. I then got involved in start up organisations and the NHS Trust development authority which aimed to turn around financially failing hospitals. I have also just finished a term of 9 years as the non executive director of a housing association.

How did you come to be a part of the Liver Group?

I met Humphrey Hodgson at the Hammermith Hospital and through him and my boss at the time I became a trustee of the charity.

What do you enjoy about working with the Liver Group?

I love the vision it has of what we hope to achieve, I enjoy working with something that aims to make health care better for people as this is the background I come from.

What do you do outside of work?

I like to keep fit particularly by playing golf and I also like going to concerts and the theatre.

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Kay Glendinning

Kay Glendinning has been the central player in the Dunhill Medical Trust for more than 30 years, as a Trustee, Administrator and a Director. Her commitment and creative, timely and judicious provision of critical funding particularly at the start-up of new enterprises, has lead to the creation of numerous endeavors in the field of medical research and care for the elderly and disadvantaged, which without her foresight may have remained only a pipedream.

She has served, and still does serve, as a Governor, Director, Trustee, Chairman and non-Executive Director of a wide range of trusts, hospitals and research institutes – including serving as a Member of the Council at King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst, a Non-Executive Director of the Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust, a Director of Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research and a Trustee of Breakthrough (Breast Cancer) Research Charity. She is an Honorary Fellow of University College, Oxford and has served as an Honorary Fellow of both UMDS Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital and the RMPS Hammersmith Hospital.

How did you come to be a part of the Liver Group?

I have been here since the beginning when I met Professor Selden after she applied for a grant from the trust I worked for.

What do you enjoy about working with the Liver Group?

I really want to see it succeed.

What do you do outside of work?

I have fifteen grandchildren who keep me very busy.

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Sarah Bates

Sarah Bates is a Chairman or director of a number of listed companies, a pension fund Trustee and member of pension fund and charitable investment committees. Sarah has a B.A. (Hons) from Cambridge University and an MBA from the London Business School. She was Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive of a UK institutional asset management business. She states that she 'is involved in the Liver Group because of the extraordinary commitment of the team, the excitement of the scientific work they do and the massive impact it could make on patients with acute liver disease'.

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Sarah Bates

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Sarah Bates

Sarah Bates is a Chairman or director of a number of listed companies, a pension fund Trustee and member of pension fund and charitable investment committees. Sarah has a B.A. (Hons) from Cambridge University and an MBA from the London Business School. She was Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive of a UK institutional asset management business. She states that she 'is involved in the Liver Group because of the extraordinary commitment of the team, the excitement of the scientific work they do and the massive impact it could make on patients with acute liver disease'.

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Martin Giles

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Martin Giles

Martin Giles is the Vice President, Corporate Finance at BP p.l.c., responsible for the funding of the BP group. He joined BP in 1989 as a research chemist, following post-doctoral research at Nagoya University under Professor Noyori Ryoji (winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Chemistry). He has held a variety of commercial roles in China, the US, Hong Kong and the UK, serving on a number of company boards. Martin holds a degree and DPhil in organometallic chemistry from the University of Oxford, and also studied corporate finance at the London Business School. He became a trustee of The Liver Group Charity in 2018, excited by the chance to help the team to realise - through practical application of leading science - a truly life-saving option for patients at great risk.

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Placement Students and Volunteers

Elise

Charity Assistant Administrator

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Alfie

Charity Assistant Administrator

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Elise

Charity Assistant Administrator

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Alfie

Charity Assistant Administrator

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Elise Forster-Brown

Where did you study?

I am currently in my industrial placement year at the University of Bath. I study Natural Sciences, Pharmacology major with Biology.

Roles and responsibilities within the Liver Group:

Alongside Alfie I am responsible for the charity administration within The Liver Group, with a special focus on raising funds and awareness for the charity.

How long have you worked here?

My placement started early August 2018 and will last 12 months.

Favourite part of the job?

I enjoy the variety of tasks that come with the job. Applying for grants, organising accounts, thinking of fundraising opportunities as well as taking part in lab projects associated with the Bio Artificial liver.

Does your role overlap with others/who do you work with?

Alfie and I work as a team to carry out our role. We also work alongside the team at The Liver Group: Clare Selden, the research associates and the PhD students.

What are your out of work hobbies and chilling outside of work?

I love to read and it actually makes the journey to work enjoyable. I practice yoga to calm my mind and body. I try to walk as often as possible for the same reason and to connect with nature (and my dog).

Do you have any future plans?

I am confident that I will have a firmer answer on this question by the time I’ve finished my placement year.

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Elise Forster-Brown

Where did you study?

I am currently in my industrial placement year at the University of Bath. I study Natural Sciences, Pharmacology major with Biology.

Roles and responsibilities within the Liver Group:

Alongside Alfie I am responsible for the charity administration within The Liver Group, with a special focus on raising funds and awareness for the charity.

How long have you worked here?

My placement started early August 2018 and will last 12 months.

Favourite part of the job?

I enjoy the variety of tasks that come with the job. Applying for grants, organising accounts, thinking of fundraising opportunities as well as taking part in lab projects associated with the Bio Artificial liver.

Does your role overlap with others/who do you work with?

Alfie and I work as a team to carry out our role. We also work alongside the team at The Liver Group: Clare Selden, the research associates and the PhD students.

What are your out of work hobbies and chilling outside of work?

I love to read and it actually makes the journey to work enjoyable. I practice yoga to calm my mind and body. I try to walk as often as possible for the same reason and to connect with nature (and my dog).

Do you have any future plans?

I am confident that I will have a firmer answer on this question by the time I’ve finished my placement year.

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Alfie Watt

Where did you study?

I'm currently taking my year on placement at the University of Bath where I study biomedical sciences.

Roles and responsibilities within the Liver Group:

I’m responsible for the administrative side of the charity along with Elise.

How long have you worked here?

I've been working here since August 2018!

Favourite part of the job?

I like being able to take part in different aspects involved in running a charity, like keeping the social media pages up to date and coding the website.

Does your role overlap with others/who do you work with?

I work with Elise and we share some of the work between us.

Do you have any future plans?

I hope to go on and do a masters after I finish my undergraduate degree.

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Alfie Watt

Where did you study?

I'm currently taking my year on placement at the University of Bath where I study biomedical sciences.

Roles and responsibilities within the Liver Group:

I’m responsible for the administrative side of the charity along with Elise.

How long have you worked here?

I've been working here since August 2018!

Favourite part of the job?

I like being able to take part in different aspects involved in running a charity, like keeping the social media pages up to date and coding the website.

Does your role overlap with others/who do you work with?

I work with Elise and we share some of the work between us!

Do you have any future plans?

I hope to go on and do a masters after I finish my undergraduate degree.

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