Meet the team
Sir Ken was elected Chancellor of the University of Glasgow in 2006. He is a graduate who was appointed to the Cancer Research Chair of Oncology in 1974 and became Professor and Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education in 1984. He was awarded an honorary DSc in 1996.
Sir Ken graduated from the University BSc, MB ChB, PhD and MD and lectured in Surgery before his appointment to the Cancer Research Chair in 1974. In 1989 he was appointed Chief Medical Officer at the Scottish Office Home and Health Department. He was Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health in London from 1989 to 1991 and worked in the Department of Education and Science and its successors from 1991 until his appointment as Vice-Chancellor and Warden at the University of Durham in 1998. He was awarded a KCB in 1996.
Stuart Patrick is Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce committed to increasing trading opportunities for Chamber members and delivering a strong business influence on the growth of the Glasgow city region.
Dr Susie Mitchell
Dr Susie Mitchell came to Glasgow in 1996 to undertake a PhD in cancer research at the University of Glasgow’s Beatson Institute for Cancer Research where she was awarded the John Paul Award for research excellence. She would then become an R&D manager within the NHS, a public policy practitioner for local and national government, and Accessibility and Inclusion lead for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Susie was recognised by Equate Scotland as a Leading Woman of Scotland for her contributions to STEM and Scotland’s advancement. Susie is a member of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival Board. Outside work, she is a session musician and a presenter and contributor for the BBC.
Dr Laura Bell
Dr Laura Bell was a former senior manager at one of the UK’s largest medical research charities, Cancer Research UK. She held a number of roles in the organisation, leading and developing teams in communications, marketing and engagement activities focused on public health, science and research – for both public and professional audiences. She received her PhD in cancer research from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow in 2006.
Events and Operations Exec
Previously Helen was co-director of Agile City CIC & TAKTAL. Based in north Glasgow her work included the building acquisition and development of Civic House and The Glue Factory, the design and delivery of architecture summer school Test Unit and the management of the events, lettings and communications for The Whisky Bond. More recently Helen was event producer for the 3-day animation festival MOVE Summit.
Helen’s core work programmes include managing VentureFest – a yearlong festival of discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship – which aims to connect people and programmes to create more visionary, global businesses that embrace the possibilities of tomorrow. Helen is also working on the delivery of the Art of Possible event series and the CAN DO Innovation Summit, a headline event for VentureFest Scotland.