Executive Leadership Team
Our day-to-day activities are managed by a leadership team made up of senior managers from across the organisation.
Sir Jeremy Farrar OBE FMedSci FRS is the Director of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation which supports science to solve urgent health challenges.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Chris Bird is Wellcome's senior legal adviser, and is responsible for managing all the legal needs of Wellcome and its subsidiaries.
Karen joined Wellcome in autumn 2015. Her responsibilities include ensuring the best possible operating position for Wellcome in relation to financial planning, reporting and cost management.
Director of Research Funding
Alyson Fox joined Wellcome in November 2010. She has responsibility for the management and governance of our grant funding and review processes.
Alongside her role as a Open Research Specialist, Aki is one of Wellcome's Employee Directors. In this role Aki works to ensure that ELT benefits from the broadest range of perspectives, experiences and skills from teams across Wellcome.
Director of Corporate Affairs
Mark Henderson leads all aspects of our communications and public engagement, with a particular focus on building and sustaining trust, influence and Wellcome's reputation so that our work contributes more to health and society.
Alongside her role as Associate General Counsel, Commercial, Sabien is one of Wellcome's Employee Directors. As Employee Director Sabien contributes to all the conversations and decisions made by ELT, helping to achieve our mission of supporting science to solve the urgent health challenges facing everyone.
Director, Research Programmes
Cheryl Moore is Director of Research Programmes at Wellcome, leading a broad interlinked portfolio that focuses on discovery research and three urgent health challenges: mental health, infectious disease and climate and health. She is a strategic leader who is passionate about the role of science in improving human health.
Director of People
Kathy Poole joined Wellcome in August 2018 and leads the People Department.
Chief Operating Officer
In 2019, Paul joined the Wellcome Trust as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for finance, research funding, digital and technology, legal matters, Wellcome’s extensive international operations, and the Wellcome Collection.
Chief Information Officer
James Thomas joined Wellcome in April 2016. He is responsible for leadership of our technology and digital services.