John Bruce - ECR Chairman

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John Bruce

John Bruce worked in the banking and finance industry before running his own management consultancy from 1990 - 2015. John is a Global Partner of Xylem Consulting Group which is a UK & North American consultancy and think tank focused on making accountability work in organisations – how they can make a difference in the World.

John is a member of the Association of Chairs, a director of the UK Policy Governance Association and retired in 2015 after 6 years on the board of the International Policy Governance Association (IPGA). He is also a member of the BSI Committee on Governance Standard 13500 and the ISO working group which is developing the international standard for the Governance of Organisations. John is a Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School.

John is also chairman of a small charity focused on buying equipment to enable greater safety and welfare for surgery patients in Southend Hospital.

He became Chairman of Essex Cancer Research in July 2017.

He authored the chapter on ‘Governance in the NHS’ in "A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance" pub Sweet and Maxwell, 5th Edition, 2014

He was chair of governors at South Essex College for 7 years as well as serving as a governor for over 20 years until 2016. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 1994 and became chairman from 2000 until 2011.

Dr Krishnaswamy Madhavan - ECR Trustee

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Dr Krishnaswamy Madhavan

Krishnaswamy Madhavan is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist based at the Southend Cancer Centre. He has around 25 years experience in Oncology with special interest in Head and Neck and Gynaecological Cancer.

He is Principal Investigator for national and European clinical studies. He was Clinical Lead for the Essex Cancer Research Network from its establishment in 2009 to 2013 and has been on the Essex Research Ethics Committee as an expert member.

He has been an advocate for patient and public involvement in every aspect of service and research. A research focused charity for the Essex provides this opportunity for designing a research around the people of the region.

James Cooper - ECR Trustee

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James Cooper

James is a local Essex businessman and fellow founder member of the board of trustees, James involvement with Essex Cancer Research was unfortunately due to the sad passing of his sister Tracey Cooper at the age of 36 who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015.

 James forged a close relationship with a number of Oncologists and cancer specialists including Dr K Madhavan and fellow trustees and medical advisory board members during this time.

James shared a common sense of frustration with other cancer patients & family members within the Essex community at the existing accessibility to research within Essex, so when asked if he would like to become involved in a Essex based cancer research charity that would allow and integrate with the local community he promptly and proudly accepted.

James is deeply committed to Essex cancer research work and, in particular the fundraising to enable the infrastructure and foundations to progress so that the medical advisory board can undertake critical research.

James brings a number of experienced and new business concepts to Essex cancer research in order to fulfil his obligations as a trustee and is naturally and sincerely committed to the future of Essex Cancer Research.

Alan Tuckwood - ECR Trustee

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Alan Tuckwood

Alan has more than 20 years experience within healthcare organisations, supporting the digital transformation and improvement of hospital services by providing clinicians with the technologies they actually need to deliver good patient care and working across organisational boundaries to deliver improvements in healthcare.

Alan retired from his role of Director of Digital Services at Mid and South Essex (MSE) NHS Foundation Trust in March 2020. Prior to this he was Director of IT for Southend University Hospital since 2014.

As digital lead, Alan is now supporting MSE’s diagnostic imaging service to develop a digital roadmap for the Community Diagnostic Centre programme and is actively involved in the wider regional imaging network initiatives.

In parallel to his NHS role Alan is lead violin of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly at London`s South Bank Centre.