Trustees

Kim Ronaldson
Trustee and Chair

Kim Ronaldson worked in the financial markets for 32 years. He was born in London and has lived in New York, Australia and Singapore. He was diagnosed with metastatic renal cancer in May 2013. He retired from the money market a year after he was diagnosed.

He qualified as a first aid instructor in September 2009, so after the money market he started his own company, 1st Aid Development Limited.

He started to support Topic of Cancer in October 2014, he was ambassador for a short while and then a trustee. He took over as Chair on the 1st September 2019.

Kim is still on treatment, and research is very close to his heart. He looks forward to raising awareness and funds for the research labs, and can often be seen at ToC Voices, ToCTogether or ToCFit.

Anne Powell-Evans
Trustee and Vice-Chair

Anne Powell-Evans has worked extensively with Children and Families in her career. She is very involved with local events in her home area and would describe herself as a “Grass Roots” person. She enjoys putting on fundraising events in her home and garden.

Nigel Lewis-Baker MBE
Co-Founder and Honorary Life President

In 2009 Nigel Lewis-Baker co-founded, with John Blackburn, Topic of Cancer as a local support group inviting other patients and their families to meet and share their cancer experiences.

In 2013 it became a registered charity raising funds and awareness for the immunotherapy research being carried out in Guildford, Surrey under Professor Hardev Pandha.

Nigel undertakes talks and fundraising events and has taken part in three clinical trials for research. He also gives talks and media interviews to raise awareness, occasional campaigns in parliament and has appealed for new treatments from NICE. He was invited to speak with the United Nations in New York and with the All Party Parliamentary Group in Westminster.

Nigel's fundraising for charity has included walking from John O’Groats to Land’s End, appearing in a frock and wig, and performing a skydive.

In 2014 he was honoured with an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours for his work with cancer patients.

Sarah Bishop
Trustee

Sarah grew up in Cornwall but has lived in the area for nearly 20 years. She studied French at London University (Goldsmiths College) and has worked in various sales and account management roles over the years and in a variety of industries – most recently in the B2B Office Solutions industry. She started working for VantagePoint magazine in February 2019, and is committed to help local businesses raise their visibility and discoverability through the magazine.

Sarah has always been involved in all sports – mainly hockey – but now leaves that to her 2 teenage children and has retired from the playing side. Sarah likes to keep active and is a very keen participator and spectator of all sports - especially running and cycling and is a regular parkrun runner.

Sarah actively supports local charities through running any distance up to 10k and has taken part in many local events over the last 25 years. “If by running and keeping active I can support local charities then this is a really positive thing. I hope to be able to bring enthusiasm and energy to my role at Topic of Cancer and continue to further support the brilliant work that is being done.”

Sarah has also set up a golf society through the Connect Surrey networking group and organises very informal and relaxed days throughout the year, where proceeds go to support Topic of Cancer. She will continue these events in 2020 and through her work at VantagePoint magazine will actively look to support Topic of Cancer. “It’s so difficult for the many local charities to gain better visibility in the community and I am delighted to have been asked to help support Topic of Cancer with their work.”

Tony Chant
Trustee

Tony has spent most of his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry, firstly in sales and marketing for a leading US pharmaceutical company before joining the world of advertising with one of the leading independent UK healthcare advertising agencies at that time.

This led to Tony starting up his own healthcare advertising agency in the UK during 2003, which grew to into a pan-european healthcare agency network known as the Eurocom Healthcare Communications Network where, as President he oversaw the development of healthcare marketing campaigns for international pharmaceutical companies in a number of therapeutic categories including oncology.

In need of a break from pharmaceuticals and due to his love of travel, Tony bought in to holiday travel franchise company in 2016 which started as a ‘hobby’ and has since become his passion, combining realising amazing holidays for clients as well the opportunity to travel the world for pleasure rather than business.

Tony and his family have lived in Surrey for nearly 30 years and enjoy the community of the small Surrey villages and participating in local events.

Alan Loryman
Trustee/Treasurer

Alan left school in 1974 and started his first full-time job on his 18th birthday, as a clerical officer in the former Greater London Council. He worked in different finance sections during his time there, primarily housing finance and audit, before joining The London Borough of Tower Hamlets in March 1985, as an executive officer in audit. Alan moved around the authority into more senior finance roles, finishing as an assistant business manager within the Community Services Directorate, where he supported managers working within libraries, arts, recreation, parks and open spaces and community languages. Alan took early retirement in December 2013 after working for a little over 39 years.

In his spare time Alan is a member of the Dorking Camera Club and volunteer at the Oxfam Bookshop in Dorking on one afternoon per week.

Alan and his wife both enjoy the theatre, cinema and enjoying the local countryside, especially now that they have a young puppy to entertain, and travelling.

Since 2011, Alan has been trustee and treasurer for the Dorking and District Preservation Society and was involved in monitoring the costs of rebuilding Dorking Museum.

Professor Hardev Pandha
Trustee

Hardev Pandha is a clinician scientist and medical oncologist who graduated in medicine at the University of Birmingham. He trained in internal medicine and subsequently in medical oncology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith Hospital, London. He completed his PhD (Imperial College) in the Imperial Cancer Research Fund labs at the Hammersmith. He was a visiting fellow at Stanford University prior to completing his medical oncology training at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. He was a senior lecturer in tumour immunology and medical oncology at St Georges, University of London in 2000 before being appointed Prof of Urological Oncology at the University of Surrey in 2006.

Abbie Sell
Trustee

Abbie Sell has the honour of recently joining Topic of Cancer as a trustee. Beginning her career in London in the property sector, she progressed from a junior negotiator to Head of Department within four years and found herself opening new offices in and around London, working with a high-profile clientele and investment landlords. Shortly after meeting her now husband, they set up Sell Electrical Limited, based in Bookham, Surrey, where the company recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Abbie is known for her laughter, energy, and vivacious engagement, all of which comes through in her passion for customer service where she strives to always exceed client expectations, reflected in the accolades from clients and the awards the company has won. She strongly believes in the maxim “treat others how you would wish to be treated”, and this is the ethos extolled by the whole team at Sell Electrical. Abbie’s accomplishments have enabled her decision to ‘give back’, and she feels very honoured to be helping such a wonderful charity focus on the research and development for a cure for cancer.

Abbie has two young children and enjoys running, supporting the local children’s netball club and raising money for charities. She also helps and supports others to grow their own businesses and ensure the structure supports this with enthusiasm, on a voluntary basis. Fun-loving and bubbly in personality, Abbie loves taking on new challenges and meeting new people, and is very excited to be helping drive the charity forward and bring the wealth of experience from the corporate world to her new role.

Topic of Cancer is a registered charity in England and Wales, registered no. 1151079.

Patrons:
Sir Paul Beresford MP | Michael Buerk | Michael Elwyn | Yvonne Hall | Martin O'Donnell | Glyn Powell-Evans | Colin Roy | Alison Steadman OBE
Trustees
Kim Ronaldson (Chair) | Anne Powell-Evans (Vice-Chair) | Nigel Lewis-Baker MBE (Honorary Life President) | Sarah Bishop | Tony Chant | Alan Loryman (Treasurer) | Prof. Hardev Pandha | Abbie Sell