Our Board

We are governed by a Board of Trustees, currently composed of eight members, who take overall responsibility for our strategic vision and policy.

 

Frances Jackson, Executive Chair

Frances Jackson

Frances Jackson has been fully committed to the not-for-profit sector for the past 25 years, after early careers in energy policy and later in finance at Citibank following Stanford Business School.

Frances was a member of the Development Board at the National Portrait Gallery for 10 years, chairing the Individual Giving Group, and served on the steering committee of the Ashmolean’s £60m capital campaign. She served as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Grendon and Springhill for many years, and has been involved in various capacities with Action Medical Research and other charities. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of St Andrew’s Healthcare, Northampton.

 

Lord Ramsbotham, President

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David Ramsbotham was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade (later the Royal Green Jackets and now The Rifles) in 1957, after coming down from Cambridge where he read history. He served in Germany, Kenya, Hong Kong, Borneo, Gibraltar and Northern Ireland as well as England, and retired from the Army as a General in 1993.

In 1995 he was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales. From that point until his retirement in 2001, he visited and/or inspected every prison in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and also some in Scotland, Germany, Australia, the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

During this time he was also Director of International Affairs in Defence Systems Ltd, a private security company concentrating on post-conflict reconstruction, including demining, and also chaired the Hillingdon NHS Hospital Trust.

In 2003 David published ‘Prisongate – the shocking state of Britain’s prisons and the need for visionary reform’. In May 2005 he was appointed a crossbench member of the House of Lords, where he majors on penal reform. He became a Trustee of the IFBB in 2001 and our President in 2015.

 

Professor Michael Crawford

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Michael has been the Director of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition since 1990. Having worked in the east end of London on maternal nutrition and health with Newham, the Homerton and Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, he is now at Reproductive Physiology at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Campus of Imperial College, London. His special interest is in the role that lipids and essential fatty acids play in the cellular signalling systems, meaning the key interaction between nutrition affecting membrane lipids and gene expression.

Professor Crawford has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers and three books. Amongst his several honours and prizes, he was elected by his peers to the Hall of Fame at the Royal Society of Medicine in 2010, and in 2015 was awarded the Chevreul Medal for his research on DHA identification as a major determinant of brain growth and the plausible evolution of the human brain. He collaborates in research internationally and is much in demand as a lecturer worldwide.

At the Nuffield Institute of Comparative Medicine (1965-89) Michael equipped and computerised his laboratory to engage in lipid nutrition and showed that deprivation of the essential fatty acids used for the brain’s structure and function resulted in loss of brain cell numbers in the third generation. In 1972 Crawford and Sinclair published the first description of the dependence of the brain on arachidonic and docosahexaenoic acids, and drew attention to the evolutionary implications. Crawford also demonstrated clear evidence of maternal nutrition being a causative factor in premature birth and complications and low birthweight.

 

Roger Drage

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Roger is a Corporate Advisor/IP Lawyer specialising in corporate troubleshooting and negotiation. He qualified as a Solicitor with a city-based practice and subsequently worked in the music industry from 1976-2002  as Director of Business Affairs, then as Commercial Director at EMI Records Ltd.

From 1984-2002 Roger was CEO of Video Performance Ltd representing 800 UK and European Companies in the negotiation and management of their copyright affairs and the collection of royalties. 

From 2007-2011 he was Corporate Advisor to GW International in the USA and Europe, and from 2008 - 2010 Executive Director of Dockon Inc, a US-based technology company. During that time he was also Executive Director and General Counsel of Helperby Therapeutics Limited.

From 2011-2014 Roger was Chairman of the Board of Management of the Oriental Club, and is currently a Non-Executive Director.

 

Hilary Gal

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Hilary is a legally qualified, senior corporate banker and business manager with 30 years of international banking experience gained in London, Paris and New York. She is an ambassador for Opportunity International UK and a member of the Business Advisory Board of Drive Forward Foundation. 

She is also an ambassador and supporter of Age International, and a founding Member of the Festival Circle supporters’ group of Shakespeare Schools Festival, a charity which introduces young people to the challenge of performing Shakespeare plays in a professional theatre context. 

Hilary Gal is a Freeman of the Merchant Taylors Company and of the City of London.

 

Dr Alice Parshall

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Alice is a Consultant Psychiatrist with a special interest in metropolitan and neuro-psychiatry, and until recently was Chief Medical Officer at St Andrew’s Healthcare. She graduated in medicine from St Mary’s Medical School, taking up the opportunity to complete an intercalated BSc in Comparative Anatomy at the University of London and PhD in systematics from the British Museum of Natural History between pre-clinical and clinical medicine.

Alice has 24 years’ experience as a Consultant in Adult Psychiatry based upon strong academic training, completing the registrar and senior registrar rotational programs at the Institute of Psychiatry and the Maudsley. From 2002, she was Clinical Director in two of three boroughs served by West London Mental Health Trust in collaborative working arrangements with Heads of Service.

 

Geoffrey Shields

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With over 30 years of financial experience, primarily providing and borrowing funds for infrastructure projects, since 2003 Geoffrey has been acting as an independent advisor on project finance. He is the representative of a PFI investment Fund on the Board of three operating companies with schools in Greenwich, a leisure centre in Bristol and a hospital in London.

Geoffrey has been a member of the Savile Club for 10 years where he is a member of the General Committee and the Board of Directors. 

 

Professor John Stein

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John read Animal Physiology at New College, Oxford, obtained an MSc in Neural Control of Respiration in the University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford, then took up clinical medicine at St Thomas’s Hospital, London. He then started training in Neurology, continuing in London, Leicester and Oxford. He was appointed tutor in Medicine at Magdalen College Oxford in 1970.

Since then, Professor Stein has been studying the visual control of eye and limb movements in animals, neurological patients and dyslexic children. With Prof Mitch Glickstein (UCLondon), Prof Alan Gibson, (Barrow Neurological Inst. Phoenix) and Prof Chris Miall (Birmingham U.), he has studied the roles of the cerebellum, basal ganglia and brainstem in motor control. 

With neurosurgeon Tipu Aziz, he found that deep brain stimulation can relieve both akinesia and dyskinesia by preventing spontaneous oscillations of a brainstem motor network centred on the globus pallidus and pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN), causing neuropathic pain.

John also studies the role of magnocellular neurones in attentional and eye control in dyslexics, and he has shown that simple visual treatments and omega-3 fish oils can both improve their function and greatly improve attentional and reading progress.