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.
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.
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.
Director of Strategy
Ed Whiting works with teams across Wellcome to align our activity with our mission and to ensure Wellcome’s impact is greater than the sum of its parts.