Nigel Lewis-Baker MBE

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

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
Dr Tim Crook

Consultant Medical Oncologist

Dr Crook maintains an active program of basic and translational cancer research with collaborators in multiple research centres. Current areas of active interest include: Genetics and epigenetics of metastasis in breast cancer and melanoma; Mechanisms of drug resistance in cancer; Cancer Biomarkers; Novel systemic therapies for metastatic breast cancer and melanoma; Novel therapies for brain tumours and brain metastases.

Dr Crook has authored over 120 primary research papers in cancer biology, epigenetics, genetics and developmental therapeutics. These include published manuscripts in Nature, Nature Genetics, Cell, Cancer Cell, Molecular Cell, Lancet, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Oncogene, Nature Clinical Practice Oncology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, EMBO Journal and the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Professor Hardev Pandha

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.

Anne Powell-Evans

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.

Kim Ronaldson

Kim Ronaldson is returning to Topic of Cancer as a trustee for the second time.

He has been under the excellent guidance and care of Professor Hardev Pandha now for just over 5 years.</p.

Kim is looking forward to working with the patrons, trustees, ambassadors and friends of Topic of Cancer in raising more funds and awareness for the ground breaking work untaken by Prof Pandha and his team.

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

Sir Paul Beresford MP | Michael Buerk | Jason Buttery | Fiona Castle OBE | Michael Elwyn | Yvonne Hall | Martin O'Donnell | Anne Powell-Evans | Glyn Powell-Evans | Colin Roy | Alison Steadman OBE
Janet Baker | Dr Tim Crook | Nigel Lewis-Baker MBE (Chair) | Alan Loryman (Treasurer) | Prof. Hardev Pandha | Anne Powell-Evans | Kim Ronaldson