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
Dave Chuter
Trustee/ToC Voices

Dave Chuter was diagnosed and treated for Oesophageal cancer in September 2006.

He helped set up and run the Guildford OG cancer patient support group with the Royal Surrey County Hospital Upper GI team. Dave has been a trustee of the OPA since 2017.

Dave served as Chairman from 2012 to 2015 of the SWSH Cancer Partnership Research Group, was a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Upper Gastro-Intestinal Clinical Studies Group from 2013 to 2016, and remains a member of the NCRI Consumer Liaison Group. He is also a member of the CRUK Clinical Expert Research Panel.

A member of the Tenovus choir since 2015, Dave's reason to join ToC is the charity's high profile research funding, patient support, and awareness activity, together with its adoption of the choir as ToC Voices.

Cancer research is important to Dave, but so is patient support through socialising, exercise, and singing together.

Dave is married with two daughters and two grandsons. His hobbies include walking, photography and sea fishing. Dave's ‘day’ job is as a Print Sales Manager.

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.

Julie Eves

In 2013 Julie Eves' father, Mike Stancombe, died from Prostate Cancer after bravely fighting it for nearly 4 years. During that time Mike was very involved in events and fundraising for Professor Pandha and the immunotherapy research team in Guildford, and met Nigel Lewis-Baker through that work. He was very supportive of the fundraising JOGLE and helped organise part of the walk.

In 2015 Julie's mother also died very suddenly and, whilst it was discovered that she had developed secondary lung cancer, the primary cancer was not diagnosed. As a mother of four teenage sons and with cancer also prevalent in Julie's husband's family, she wanted to get involved in a charity that might have an impact on the future of cancer treatment and potential cures so that the future might be brighter for her sons.

A chance meeting with Nigel recently led to Julie being invited to become a Trustee of the Topic of Cancer and she hopes to contribute where she can in helping to promote the awareness of and raising funds for research into immunotherapy treatments for cancer. She has a background in Finance and Management.

Rosemary Gorman

Rosemary spent 35+ years in advertising and publishing. Her last role was as Group Advertisement Director of Mail Newspapers, publishers of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, where she was responsible for commercial revenue. She has worked at several advertising agencies.

Rosemary became a Trustee of Topic of Cancer in January 2016. She is passionate about helping to fund research into cancer treatments having tragically lost her husband to kidney cancer in 2013.

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.

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

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
Janet Baker | Dave Chuter | Dr Tim Crook | Julie Eves | Rosemary Gorman | Nigel Lewis-Baker MBE (Chair) | Alan Loryman (Treasurer) | Prof. Hardev Pandha