Trustees

Nigel Lewis-Baker MBE
Trustee/Chairman

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.

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.

Janet Baker
Trustee
Julia Britten
Trustee
Julie Eves
Trustee
Rosemary Gorman
Trustee
Jonathan Horsnell
Trustee
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.

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

Patrons:
Sir Paul Beresford MP | Jason Buttery | Fiona Castle OBE | Michael Elwyn | Yvonne Hall | Martin O'Donnell | Anne Powell-Evans | Glyn Powell-Evans | Colin Roy | Alison Steadman OBE
Trustees
Janet Baker | Julia Britten | Julie Eves | Rosemary Gorman | Jonathan Horsnell | Nigel Lewis-Baker MBE (Chair) | Alan Loryman (Treasurer) | Prof. Hardev Pandha