Our Trustee Board

Here at Leukaemia Care we have a small but dedicated trustee board. Find out more about each member here…

Chris Matthews-Maxwell

Chairman Chris has been a Trustee of Leukaemia Care since 1999 and Chairman since 2015. Having held the Office of Chair on two previous occasions and becoming Deputy Chair during intervening periods. Company Director and Chartered Secretary with wide business interests in the North of England. Chris has extensive board, senior management experience in private, public and charitable sectors. Having held a number of senior public appointments at both national and regional levels in a variety of fields. In addition, Chris is Chairman of More Time (UK) Ltd., a Social Enterprise Company, and Vice Chair of Humankind (previously DISC). Humankind is a large charity which focuses on the promotion of inclusivity and the provision of help and assistance for disadvantaged and socially excluded members of society. This covers a wide range of services, the largest of which relates to drug and alcohol recovery and rehabilitation. Chris’ involvement with Leukaemia Care began as a direct result of the death of a close family member from acute myeloid leukaemia.

Albert Podesta

Vice Chair Albert is married with three adult children and four grandchildren and lives in Leeds. He is a lifelong supporter of Leeds Rhinos and enjoys hill walking, running and gardening. Previously a Chairman of Leukaemia Care, Albert is a Chartered Accountant and spent 25 years in practice in the West Midlands. He had a broad client portfolio including many family companies and Third Sector organisations. On retirement in 2010, he returned to his native Yorkshire. In addition to being a Trustee of Leukaemia Care he is a Governor of Shipley FE College, in historic Saltaire.

Wendy Davies

Treasurer Wendy is a Chartered Accountant and is a partner in CK Chartered Accountants, which is based in Dudley. She has worked for CK since leaving University in 1987. In addition to her client-facing role she is head of Technical Compliance and Audit and Assurance. She also acts as auditor and advisor to a number of not-for-profit organisations. As a long term cancer survivor, she was keen to use her knowledge of the not-for-profit sector to support a charity which focuses on supporting cancer patients. She also is a Trustee of Get Ahead, another independent cancer charity based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Wendy is married with two grown-up children and lives in Worcestershire. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, exercising, socialising with friends and shopping.

Kris Griffin

Kris has delivered results for a number of sectors including education, third sector, military, Premier League football and many TV licences including Doctor Who, The Prisoner and Thunderbirds. He is equally efficient working internationally, with government departments or to a local audience. Kris is a published writer, video blogger, school Governor, charity trustee, experienced patient advocate (with a familiarity of parliamentary lobbying) and a dedicated marketing and social media practitioner. He has worked with US newsrooms that include CNN, Fox News and CBC, and received a commendation from US security agencies for his research work following 9/11. Recently, Kris supported two of the Trojan Horse schools in Birmingham for two years and was part of the team who brought both schools out of special measures and into an Ofsted Good category. As well as working at director level on the senior leadership team at Ormiston Forge Academy, a secondary school in Sandwell, Kris supports other schools in all forms of marketing and communication needs.

Dr Emmanouil Nikolousis

Dr Emmanouil Nikolousis is a consultant haematologist working in the Birmingham area. As well as being a member of our trustee board, Manos also assists Leukaemia Care with other projects such as being the medical reviewer for our patient booklets.

Libby Wilson

Libby Wilson is married with one son still at school. She was born in Worcester and studied for her degree at Worcester University. She worked in the City for two of the “big four” accounting firms as a business manager, and transferred to Auckland for five years with one of them. After returning to the UK she joined a large UK law firm as their business manager. Having left the city to start her family, in 2006 she set up her own nursery childcare business and owns two nursery settings in the South East, where she now lives. She continues to be active in education and is currently a Chair of Governors for a village primary school in Buckinghamshire. Her interest in Leukaemia Care came about after she was diagnosed with CML in 2017. She enjoys travelling, walking, yoga and cooking.

Kate Stallard

Kates interest in Leukaemia Care arose following her diagnosis with Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia in 2016. Following a relapse whilst undergoing chemotherapy Kate received further extensive treatment in the form of Arsenic, intrathecal chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a stem cell transplant. She wants to use her experiences to help support others in similar situations and campaigns to raise awareness of blood cancers and the impact that has not only physically but emotionally. Kate is a keen gardener, who loves socialising with friends, travelling the world and walking her two dogs on the Malvern Hills where she lives.

Dr Barbara Compitus

Barbara is a GP working in South Wales. She has had a portfolio career for most of her time as a GP, undertaking varied roles alongside her clinical work, such as - clinical commissioning, medical politics and clinical guideline development. She lost a close family member to leukaemia and wants to work with Leukaemia Care to promote awareness and encourage early diagnosis. Barbara joined us as a trustee in 2018.

Matt Fowler

Matt is a nurse consultant for haematology and oncology in Birmingham. He has worked in haematology since the late 1990s and has a particular interest in patient information and supporting nurse development. Matt also works part time in a GP surgery and is studying for his PhD. Matt lost a close family member to AML and is keen to work with Leukaemia Care to look at patient information as well as nurse education. Matt joined us a trustee in 2018