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Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust appoints new Chair of Trustees

The Board of Trustees at Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) has appointed a new Chair to lead the charity’s governance as it embarks on an exciting next chapter of fundraising and support for Cambridge University Hospitals.

Charles Packshaw

Charles Packshaw joined the Board of Trustees on 1 September, bringing with him experience as the Chair of Trustees at Prostate Cancer UK, and Framlingham College, in Suffolk. He will start his new post on 1 November, replacing the current Acting Chair of Trustees, Dr Mike Knapton.

Mr Packshaw said: “It was an honour to join the ACT Board of Trustees, and an even greater honour to be appointed Chair of Trustees. I am passionate about health, so I am delighted to be involved with a charity that makes such an enormous difference to the patients and staff of Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie.”

ACT Chief Executive, Shelly Thake, said: “I am delighted that Charles has agreed to accept the post of Chair, I am sure he will have a massive impact on the already excellent support and guidance provided by our Board of Trustees, and I look forward to working with Charles over the coming weeks, months, and years.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Dr Mike Knapton who stepped in as Acting Chair of Trustees on 1 April, following the departure of our former Chair, Dr Ros Smith. Mike’s leadership over the last six months has been invaluable, and very much appreciated.”

In addition to his past experience as a trustee, Charles holds two non-executive director posts and has more than 30 years’ experience as a banker at HSBC and at Lazard. Married with three children, the new Chair of Trustees is also a keen cyclist, who earlier this year took on the Ride London 100 challenge for the seventh time. His other interests include tennis and football.

Dame Mary Archer appointed as President of Addenbrooke’s charity

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) – the only charity dedicated to supporting innovative patient care at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals – is pleased to announce that Dame Mary Archer DBE has agreed to take up the role of President of the charity.

Dame Mary previously held the role of Vice-President of ACT and is taking over from the late Sir Michael Marshall CBE DL, who served as President for almost twenty years.

Dame Mary has a long-standing relationship with Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, fulfilling the roles of Chair of the hospital from 2002-2012 and Vice-Chair of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust from 2005.

Dame Mary is also president of Cambridge Global Health Partnerships, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust’s international staff volunteering programme, which she founded with senior hospital clinicians in 2006.

In addition, Dame Mary is co-chairing the Campaign Board for Cambridge Children’s Hospital, leading the fundraising campaign to realise a bold vision of integrated mental and physical healthcare for children and young people, with University of Cambridge research embedded within.

Dr Rosalind Smith, Chair of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust said, “The charity trustees and I are thrilled that Dame Mary has accepted the role of President. Dame Mary brings with her a wealth of knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm to guide and support the organisation as it strives to raise much-needed funds to make Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie even better for patients.”

Dame Mary Archer said, “I am honoured to accept the position of President for this important charity. I have seen just how much ACT has benefitted so many patients at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie over the years and indeed, patients and staff during the current coronavirus pandemic. I fully support its vision to ensure that every patient experiences the best possible outcome and the highest quality of care available.”

Dame Mary Archer DBE
Dame Mary Archer DBE started her career as a physical chemist and taught Chemistry at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Dame Mary was chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 2002–2012, and a founder director of Cambridge University Health Partners, 2009–2012. In 2012, she was appointed DBE for services to the NHS.

Dame Mary is chair of the Centre for Personalised Medicine, Oxford and of the Science Museum Group. She is also chancellor of the University of Buckingham, president of the National Energy Foundation, the UK Solar Energy Society and the Guild of Church Musicians. She is a trustee of the Britten Sinfonia, and a non-executive director of Hydrodec Group plc.