Chris has over 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech sector. He is Chief Executive of ADC Therapeutics, a drug discovery company pioneering DNA targeted anti-cancer therapies. Chris was previously the founder and Chief Executive of Spirogen Ltd, non-executive Chairman of Sciona, Inc. and a founder of Paras Ltd. and worked as a consultant in the healthcare industry for ten years. He is a director of Finsbury Technology Trust and Xenva Ltd. Chris is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Sainsbury Management Fellow (MBA, IMD 1989).
Tuula’s background is in Corporate Finance and International Economics and her career began in international banking. After a period at the treasury of Valmet Corporation in Finland managing the money market portfolio and her MBA at IMD in Switzerland, she worked as Group Finance Director of Valmet Automation and Regional Finance Manager for ICI. She was a co-founder of Paras Limited, an international boutique management consultancy, and worked in particular in the area of environmental technologies and environmental management in the process industries. She joined Xenva Limited, a management services company, in 1998 as a principal providing financial management, treasury and corporate finance expertise for client companies, mainly in the biotechnology sector.
Matthew graduated in Law and worked for multinational computer companies prior to establishing his own software business. He has founded and managed technology and biotech companies in Australia, the US and the UK. Since 2005 he has focused on growing philanthropy and for for seven years was the chair of UK Community Foundations, the national body that links the 56 Community Foundations. In 2012 he prepared a report for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the future of Digital Giving in the Arts and served as a National Council Member of the Arts Council from 2013 – 17. He is currently a trustee of the Watts Gallery, Philanthropy Impact, The Philanthropy Workshop, and the Beacon Awards and has initiated a new project, the Philanthropy Collaborative, to encourage the wealthy to give more of their private assets for the public good. He was a founding director of Localgiving.com and a member of the Philanthropy Review Board . In 2014 he was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Helen graduated from Durham University in 1979. After a number of years in business development in the software industry she co founded a software company taking primary responsibility for human resources. In 2006 she was awarded a PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent. In 2009 she researched and wrote the report Hidden Surrey. She served as High Sheriff of Surrey for 2013 – 2014 and is Chair of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, a member of the Watts Gallery’s Limnerslease Appeal Committee and of the University of Surrey’s Advancement Committee. In 2015 Helen was appointed an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Years Honours List.