David Hoare



David Hoare is a business man with 30 years of experience -10 years as a Chief Executive and 15 years as a Chairman of a wide range of companies including V Ships, Target Express, Virgin Express, Paragon Group, Laura Ashley, Investors in Education Ltd and Cope Allman. He is currently Chairman of the DX Group; a founding Director of Duncton PLC and Talisman Management Ltd and a Trustee of AET, the largest Academy Group in the UK.

David joined the Board of Trustees of Teenage Cancer Trust in 2009 after having worked with the management team for a number of years. He became Chairman in July 2010, succeeding Dr Adrian Whiteson OBE, and Myrna Whiteson MBE who were honoured by the Board as Life Presidents of the Charity.

Susie Foottit Dip, PFS


Vice-Chair of Teenage Cancer Trust

Susie is a Director of Helm Godfrey Partners, a leading wealth management firm based in the City of London. She is passionate about advising businesses, individuals and their families on all aspects of wealth management.

Susie works closely with her clients by getting to understand their aims, ambitions and needs and exploring solutions for the many financial issues they may have. Her starting point is that financial advice should not be boring and she tries to make what is sometimes perceived as a ‘dry’ subject a bit more enjoyable and fun.

Susie has been a trustee for almost ten years. She's completed several treks to raise funds for the charity, including The High Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Mount Cotopaxi in Ecuador. Her last 'adventure' was a horse-trek in Patagonia, Argentina.

Dr John Matlin


Founder member and trustee

A founder member of Teenage Cancer Trust, John was a solicitor in private practice, retiring as senior partner of his City of London firm in 1996. John remained a consultant until 2000 when he changed careers. For the past decade, he has followed an academic route, teaching American Politics and Modern American History at the University of Birmingham where he earned his doctorate. He has now moved away from academic writing, having just written his first novel.

Ronnie Harris



Ronnie is currently Senior Partner in a West End firm of Chartered Accountants, Harris & Trotter, specialising in the entertainment and media field.

He has been involved in the charity sector for over 15 years and is currently a Trustee of a charity that is well known in the field of helping children and families with learning disabilities. He's also a trustee of the Jewish Museum and Norwood. Ronnie is also involved in a number of other communal activities and has completed five marathons, trekked around the world and tried to climb a number of mountains, with mixed success, all in aid of the charity.

Alan Patten



Alan Patten is a solicitor. For 35 years he was a Partner at Harbottle & Lewis, a media and entertainment firm. He is now a Consultant to the firm and a Director of a number of property investment companies.

Alan joined the Board of Trustees of Teenage Cancer Trust in February 2005.

Richard Rosenberg



Richard is a Chartered Accountant and Senior Partner of SRLV, Chartered Accountants. Richard qualified in 1980, became a Fellow of the ICAEW in 1990 and was one of the founding partners of SRLV in 1988.

The firm now comprises 13 partners and over 130 staff. Richard has a highly personal approach to client care and is one of the leading advisors to the UK entertainment sector. Richard advises a large variety of other businesses including property and international companies and is Non Executive Chairman of an AIM listed company. Richard is married to Meryl and they have two sons.

Richard is well on his way to fulfilling his ambition of cycling on and across every continent to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust and other charities.

Andrew Hughes



Andrew Hughes is Managing Consultant of Meant Ltd, a company that works within the public, third and academic sectors to bring about change through strategic planning, organisational and personal development, user involvement and capital schemes.

Formerly Chief Officer at Birmingham Children's Hospital, Andrew worked with Teenage Cancer Trust to agree the Development Agreement for the recently-opened Unit. Subsequently he has worked with the Trust to support thinking on its new Strategy and at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. In 2008 he 'ran' the Great North Run for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Andrew is a Clinical Tutor at Warwick Medical School (University of Warwick) and, amongst other affiliations, is a Fellow of both the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM).

Paul Spanswick



Paul Spanswick is a Senior Managing Director of Nomura Holdings Inc., a global investment bank. Paul has responsibility for a broad range of executive functions and plays a central coordinating role across all corporate functions to meet the needs of the Group. Before joining the firm, Paul spent 13 years in a variety of finance, risk management and treasury roles at UBS and Citigroup.

Paul has a degree in Accounting and Finance and has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants since 1985. He is also on the Board of Directors of The Nomura Charitable Trust and London First, an influential business membership organisation.

Paul led on Nomura’s award winning partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust, a two year fundraising campaign which raised £1m for the charity. Paul participated in multiple events throughout the two years, including The Nomura Three Peaks Challenge.

Simon Davies



Simon Davies, our former CEO, has carried the Teenage Cancer Trust baton to the USA to become Executive Director of Teen Cancer America which aims to replicate our model of care over there. He was CEO of Teenage Cancer Trust for 13 years helping to build and develop the organization to the world leader that it is now. Formerly Chief Executive of Southside Partnership, a learning disability charity, he has a strong track record in social care management.

Contact us

To speak to any of Teenage Cancer Trust's Trustees please contact:

Wendy Ramm

Tel: 020 7612 0370

Life presidents

Read about why Teenage Cancer Trust exists, how it was founded, and our Life presidents Dr Adrian Whiteson OBE, and Myrna Whiteson MBE...


Diane Lewis

It is with regret that we announce Diane Lewis’s resignation as a Trustee.

Diane became a Trustee in 2003 and brought to the Board her first-hand experience of the charity. Her eldest daughter, Margaux, was diagnosed with cancer aged 18. Initially treated on an adult ward in a Bristol Hospital, Margaux was subsequently moved to our unit in the Middlesex Hospital where Diane witnessed the overpowering value of what we do.

Diane's been enormously generous with her time and energy for over the 10 years she has been involved with Teenage Cancer Trust.

On behalf of all of the Trustees, staff and young people we support, we’d like to thank Diane for her remarkable contribution to Teenage Cancer Trust.