The people behind the projects
We’re working with experts from Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London to drive the Barts 900 projects forward

Dame Alwen Williams DBE

Dame Alwen has been a manager in the NHS for over forty years. In her role as Barts Health NHS Trust Chief Executive, she is responsible for running the Royal London, Mile End, Newham, Whipps Cross and St Bartholomew’s hospitals, as well as administering the Nightingale  Covid emergency centre at the height of the pandemic. Dame Alwen 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 Charles Knight is a consultant cardiologist and led the development of the Barts Heart Centre. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians’ Cardiology Speciality Advisory Committee and of the British Cardiovascular Society’s Training Committee, and is also an honorary Professor at the William Harvey Research Institute at Queen Mary University of London. Professor Knight led the NHS Nightingale Hospital from March 2020 and in recognition of this crucial contribution to the pandemic he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in July 2020 and an OBE in October 2020, which also recognised his importance in cardiology.
Barts 900 - Professor Charles Knight
Chief Executive, St Bartholomew’s Hospital​

Breast Cancer Centre

Professor Tom Powles

Professor Tom Powles is Professor of Genitourinary Oncology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the lead for solid tumour research. He leads a variety of clinical trials, with the majority of these being translational clinical studies that investigate novel targeted and immune therapies. His primary research interest is drug development in urology cancer and the research he has led has resulted in the approval of four new cancer therapies. He has written over 300 research papers and leads the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) treatment guidelines for bladder and kidney cancer, has been awarded both national and international funding, and has presented plenary data at major global meetings. 
Barts 900 - Professor Tom Powles
Director of Barts Cancer Centre​

Professor Peter Schmid

Professor Peter 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 on novel targeted therapeutics to improve the treatment of both early and late-stage breast cancer and he is renowned internationally for his work in cancer immunotherapy. Professor Schmid’s work has been published in many journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Lancet Oncology, JAMA Oncology, Nature Communications and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He is Chair of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) breast cancer faculty, 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 and enjoys a busy clinical practice on the St Bartholomew’s Hospital site. She was a post graduate surgical trainee at Barts and was delighted to return as a consultant surgeon in 2016. Miss Johnson takes a very personalised approach to each patient’s treatment plan and advocates patient focussed, joint decision making during consultations.  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 has recently been appointed Vice Principal for Health at Queen Mary University of London. He works on Barts Life Sciences - a partnership between Queen Mary and Barts Health NHS Trust to develop 1 million square feet for Life Sciences in Whitechapel. He directs the NIHR Barts Biomedical Research Centre where he has discovered over 1300 gene regions influencing blood pressure and undertaken major trials which changed hypertension treatment. 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, which provides equitable access to genomics for patients with rare and cancer for 56 million people in England.
Professor Sir Mark Caulfield
Vice Principal for Health at Queen Mary University of London

Professor Rupert Pearse

Rupert 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 of various causes.
Barts 900 - Portrait of Professor Rupert Pearse @Barts Charity x Nick Turpin
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. Prior to his role as head of the Barts Life Sciences programme, Sven was Director of the Barts Health Whitechapel Development Programme and the Deputy Director of Strategy at Barts Health. He has held a number of senior roles in the NHS, including 12 years at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Sven Bunn
Barts Life Sciences Programme Director at Barts Health and Queen Mary University of London

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