The people behind the projects
We worked closely with the leadership team at Barts Health to carefully select these projects, which will have a significant local and global impact. The projects themselves are being driven by world-leading experts in their fields.

Dame Alwen Williams DBE

Dame Alwen has been a manager in the NHS for over forty years and has been recognised as one of the top 50 leaders within the NHS. In 2009, she was made a CBE and in 2021, she was made a Dame for outstanding leadership in her NHS career.
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Group Chief Executive, Barts Health NHS Trust

Professor Charles Knight OBE

Professor Knight is a consultant cardiologist and led the development of the Barts Heart Centre. He led the NHS Nightingale Hospital and in recognition of this crucial contribution to the pandemic he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London and an OBE in 2020, which also recognised his importance in cardiology.
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Chief Executive, St Bartholomew’s Hospital​

Breast Cancer Centre

Professor Tom Powles

Professor Powles is Professor of Genitourinary Oncology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He leads a variety of clinical trials, which has resulted in the approval of four new cancer therapies. He has written over 300 research papers and in recognition of his pioneering research, in 2021 he was named one of the world’s most influential academics.
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Director of Barts Cancer Centre​

Professor Peter Schmid

Professor Schmid is Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine and an Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He is the lead investigator of several international, pivotal breast cancer studies to improve the treatment of both early and late-stage breast cancer. He is renowned internationally for his work in cancer immunotherapy, and his research has influenced international guidelines for breast cancer.
Clinical Director of the Breast Cancer Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Chair in Cancer Medicine at Barts Cancer Institute

Miss Laura Johnson

Miss Johnson is the Network Director for breast surgery at Barts Health. She runs a busy clinical practice on the St Bartholomew’s Hospital site, taking a personalised approach to each patient’s treatment plan and advocating patient-focused, joint decision-making.  She has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of implant related anaplastic large cell lymphoma and is considered a UK expert in this rare disease.   
Miss Laura Johnson
​Consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon at St Bartholomew’s Hospital​, Network Director for Breast surgery and clinical lead.

Clinical Research Facility

Professor Sir Mark Caulfield

Professor Sir Mark Caulfield leads Barts Life Sciences and directs the NIHR Barts Biomedical Research Centre. Between 2013 and 2021 he was Chief Scientist for Genomics England leading the 100,000 Genomes Project, and co-creation of the of a NHS Genomic Medicine Centre. He is amongst the top 1 per cent of the most highly cited researchers worldwide and his clinical pharmacology research has changed national and international guidance for high blood pressure.
Professor Sir Mark Caulfield
Vice Principal for Health at Queen Mary University of London

Professor Rupert Pearse

Professor Pearse leads the Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine Research Group and is an active clinical researcher who leads a number of international multi-centre clinical studies in his field. His main research interest is in improving patient outcomes following major surgery. His clinical duties are based on the busy Adult Critical Care Unit at the Royal London Hospital where he oversees the care of patients with critical illnesses.
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Professor of Intensive Care Medicine and Clinical Director for Research and Development at Barts Health and Queen Mary University of London

Sven Bunn

Sven Bunn is a programme director with substantial experience in strategic and operational management, complex programme management and business development. He has held a number of senior roles in the NHS and prior to his role as head of the Barts Life Sciences programme he was Director of the Barts Health Whitechapel Development Programme and the Deputy Director of Strategy at Barts Health.
Sven Bunn
Barts Life Sciences Programme Director at Barts Health and Queen Mary University of London

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