Board of Trustees

The Kidney Cancer Support Network (KCSN) is governed by a Board of Trustees. We currently have four trustees who all volunteer their time to ensure the charity meets its objectives and makes sure the charity is doing what it was set up to do.

Below is a profile for each of our trustees detailing their background, skills and the experience they bring to running the charity.

When the KCSN became a registered charity in November 2015, Clive Stone MBE was one of our original trustees, after supporting and being a member of the KCSN voluntary-run group since he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2007. From then until his death in June 2016, Clive worked tirelessly to ensure equal access to treatments for kidney cancer patients.

Following a successful campaign to end the postcode lottery of access to cancer treatments across the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron introduced the Cancer Drugs Fund, a move inspired by the relentless campaigning spearheaded by Clive.

For his work on behalf of cancer patients, Clive was recognised with an MBE presented by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in 2011.

When Clive lost his personal battle with kidney cancer, the community lost an inspirational man who did so much for his fellow patients, despite his own battle with the disease. Clive was such a special man, and the KCSN is very proud of his association with the charity.

You can also read Clive’s full story in our patient story section, and the impact he had on access to treatments for kidney cancer patients, David Cameron and the Cancer Drugs Fund.

If you would like to contact the trustees, please email us.

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Andrew Thomas, Interim Chair

Andy is a Kidney Cancer survivor diagnosed in 2006 aged 44 with a Cystic Clear Cell Carcinoma.  Andy underwent an open radical nephrectomy, luckily the tumour was low grade and low stage with no metastases and since then no further treatment has been needed.

As a consequence of feeling so lucky to have come out in one piece Andy then went on to create the Kidney Cancer Resource to help others wanting to find out more about the condition or needing help understanding some of the complex clinical language used that can often be frightening and confusing for newly diagnosed patients.  As a technologist Andy used his knowledge to build the resource and maintain and add to it on a daily basis.

Andy has also cycled and led 4 cycle rides from London to Paris raising money to promote awareness for Kidney Cancer.

Having spent 25 years as an Investment Banking Technology director Andy made the switch to work for the NHS.  Initially for 4 years as the Chief Information Officer for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and latterly for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as the Director of Informatics and CIO.

Andy has since closed down the Kidney Cancer Resource to help with the fantastic work the Kidney Cancer Support Network is achieving.

Professor Charles Swanton MB PhD BSc FRCP

Professor Charles Swanton is a clinician scientist, focusing his work on understanding the challenges inherent in the management of metastatic cancer and their drug resistant and incurable nature.

Charles completed his PhD in 1998 at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories on the UCL MBPhD programme before completing his medical oncology and CRUK funded post-doctoral clinician scientist training in 2008.

Charles was appointed CRUK senior clinical research fellow and Group Leader of the Translational Cancer Therapeutics laboratory at the London Research Institute and consultant medical oncologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital in 2008. Charles was appointed Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Chair in Personalised Cancer Medicine at the UCL Cancer Institute and Consultant Thoracic Medical Oncologist at UCL Hospitals in 2011.

Charles is the Chief Investigator of the CRUK TRACERx clinical study to decipher lung cancer evolution and is co-director of the CRUK Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence. Charles was appointed Fellow of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences, awarded the Goulstonian lecture and Graham Bull Prize for Clinical Sciences in 2013 and the Journal of Pathology Jass Prize in 2014.

Charles has published over 120 papers, with first or senior author publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Nature Genetics, Cancer Discovery, Cancer Cell, Science and the Lancet Oncology. His work has led to insight into genomic diversity within cancers (intratumour heterogeneity) and molecular mechanisms driving cancer branched evolution.

His multidisciplinary team has discovered that DNA replication stress, cancer genome doubling events and the APOBEC3B cytidine deaminase precipitate cancer diversity, accelerating cancer evolution, providing the substrate for cancer drug resistance and treatment failure.

Charles was awarded the Stand Up 2 Cancer Laura Ziskin translational cancer research award in 2015.

Royal Marsden Hospital

Dr James Larkin MA PhD FRCP

Dr James Larkin is a Consultant Medical Oncologist specialising in the treatment of melanoma and cancers of the kidney.

Dr Larkin took a first in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and undertook clinical training at Oxford University, qualifying in 1996. He underwent general medical training in London and in 2001 won a Medical Research Council Fellowship for a Clinician, carrying out laboratory research at the ICR which led to the award of a PhD. He completed specialist training at The Royal Marsden and was appointed a Consultant in 2008.

His research interests include the individualisation of patient treatment in kidney cancer and melanoma, and the use of novel targeted therapies and immunotherapies to treat these diseases.

He has been UK and Global Chief Investigator for a number of clinical trials in melanoma and kidney cancer, many leading to the approval of new drugs for the treatment of advanced disease.  He has been awarded research grants from bodies including Cancer Research UK, The Wellcome Trust and the European Framework Programme 7. He is a member of the NCRI Melanoma Clinical Studies Group and a past Chair of the NCRI Renal Cancer Clinical Studies Group. He is Vice Chair of the Cancer Research UK Clinical Research Committee and Chair of The Royal Marsden/ICR Committee for Clinical Research.

Debbie Victor

Deborah Victor RGN BSc (Hons) PGCE

Uro-Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Royal Cornwall Hospital

Debbie completed her nurse training as an RGN at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 1990, but moved back to Cornwall the same year. She started urology nursing at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in 1991 and has worked in this speciality ever since. Initially rising up through the ranks on the ward, during which time she completed a Diploma in Urological Nursing. She then became a Clinical Nurse Specialist in urological malignancies in 2004 and completed her BSc(Hons) in Health Studies (Specialist Cancer Nursing) in 2006. Since then she has also completed her PGCE and is a qualified non-medical prescriber.

Debbie has looked after people affected by renal cancer in both surgical and oncology settings, so has significant involvement with patients at all stages of their renal cancer pathway. Her experience in this led to her being the lead nurse on the writing of the online renal cancer course at www.cancernursing.org which was launched in September 2010.

She was a committee member of the British Association of Urology Nurses section of Oncology, helping to organise study days and conferences to improve nurses’ knowledge of urological malignancies. As part of her work Debbie is involved in the teaching of GPs, junior doctors and nurses.

Debbie enjoys all aspects of uro-oncology and works across all urological tumour sites. Teaching, health promotion, renal cancer and managing patients on oral anticancer therapies are particular interests. In her ‘spare’ time she enjoys walking the coastal footpath of Cornwall with her family, and is a keen scout leader.

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