Executive Leadership Team

Our day-to-day activities are managed by a leadership team made up of senior managers from across the organisation. 

Portrait of Jeremy Farrar

Director of the Wellcome Trust

Jeremy Farrar

Before joining Wellcome in October 2013, Jeremy Farrar was Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Viet Nam for 18 years. His research interests were infectious diseases and global health, with a focus on emerging infections. He has published almost 600 articles, mentored many dozens of students and fellows, and served as Chair on several advisory boards for governments and global organisations.

He was named 12th in the Fortune list of 50 World’s Greatest Leaders in 2015 and was awarded the Memorial Medal and Ho Chi Minh City Medal from the Government of Viet Nam. In 2018 he was awarded the President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian of the Year Award. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences UK, the National Academies USA, the European Molecular Biology Organisation and a Fellow of The Royal Society. Jeremy was knighted in the Queen’s 2019 New Year Honours for services to global health.

Jeremy is married with three children. He loves all sport and walking in the Alps.

Chris Bird, Wellcome's head of legal

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Chris Bird

Chris Bird is Wellcome's senior legal adviser, and is responsible for managing all the legal needs of Wellcome and its subsidiaries.

During his time here, Chris has been involved in and led some of our highest profile projects and policy interests.

Before joining Wellcome in 2000, Chris was an Associate Solicitor with Osborne Clarke LLP. 

Katie Anastasi-Frankovics, Wellcome's Director of Innovations

Director of Innovations

Katie Anastasi-Frankovics

Katie Anastasi-Frankovics joined Wellcome in 2011. She has responsibility for Wellcome’s Innovations team, who seek to support researchers and organisations transform great ideas and discoveries into interventions to treat, prevent and diagnose disease. 

During her time with Wellcome, Katie has focused on translational funding, charitable law and access to medicines. She has also, more recently, enjoyed a role in Innovations with responsibility for strategic planning and assessing the performance and impact of Innovations-supported research.  

Before joining Wellcome, Katie trained at city law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.

Karen Chadwick, acting chief financial officer at Wellcome

Finance Director

Karen Chadwick

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. This includes maintaining our financial controls, ensuring finance systems are robust and driving the quality of our financial and tax reporting.

Before joining Wellcome, Karen was Global Controller for Lonza Biologics, a contract manufacturing business. She qualified as an accountant with PwC and worked for many years at Bristol-Myers Squibb in a variety of finance and commercial roles. 

Portrait of Wellcome Executive Board member Simon Chaplin

Director of Culture & Society

Simon Chaplin

Simon Chaplin joined Wellcome in February 2010. Before taking up his current role in November 2014, he was head of the Wellcome Library, where he led a highly successful digitisation programme and an exciting redesign of the library's public spaces.

Simon originally studied zoology, before an interest in the history of science and medicine led him to join the Science Museum, where he worked on the Wellcome medical collections and managed the PRISM Grant Fund for preservation of industrial and scientific material.

Before joining Wellcome, Simon was Director of Museums and Special Collections at the Royal College of Surgeons, where he led the curatorial team responsible for the redevelopment of the Hunterian Museum.

His academic research interests include the history of anatomy and medical museums.

Alyson Fox

Director of Grants

Alyson Fox

Alyson Fox joined Wellcome in November 2010. She has responsibility for the management and governance of our grant funding and review processes.

Before Wellcome, she pursued a research career, at University College London and Imperial College, and then in the pharma industry. Alyson spent 13 years working in drug discovery at Novartis, ultimately leading a therapeutic area responsible for a portfolio of projects from target discovery and preclinical development to clinical trials.

She has experience in neuroscience, respiratory and gastrointestinal research areas.

Mark Henderson, Head of Communications

Director of Communications

Mark Henderson

Mark Henderson leads all aspects of our communications, with a particular focus on building and sustaining Wellcome's reputation and influence so that our work contributes more to health and society. His team's responsibilities include brand, media relations, digital products, content, campaigns, design and understanding our audiences. 

Mark joined Wellcome in 2012. Before that, he had a 15-year career in journalism at The Times of London, where he was Science Editor and won several awards for his reporting.

He has written two books: 'The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters', which explores the relationship between science and politics, and '50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to Know'. He is an avid skier.

Chonnettia Jones

Director of Insight and Analysis

Chonnettia Jones

Chonnettia Jones joined Wellcome in 2012. She has responsibility for assessing the performance and impact of our funded research and activities. Before taking up this role in January 2016, she headed the science integration team, which managed the coordination, monitoring and assessment of major science funding initiatives. 

Before Wellcome, Chonnettia studied developmental neurobiology as a Ruth L. Kirschstein research fellow at Emory University. She went on to lecture at American universities before managing a collaborative scientific research programme at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 

Chonnettia is an active mentor, and has acquired a new interest in history and architecture since moving to London to complement her love of travel.

Kathy Poole, Wellcome's Director of People

Director of People

Kathy Poole

Kathy Poole joined Wellcome in August 2018 and leads the People Department. Working in collaboration with leaders, teams and individuals across the business, she is focused on creating the conditions for our people that will ensure our ideas thrive and deliver against our global ambitions. As part of making sure that the best and most far-reaching ideas are developed and implemented, Kathy is committed to bringing about true diversity and inclusion within Wellcome and beyond our borders where we have influence.

After graduating from Imperial College with a Master's in Organisational Design, Kathy has spent her career within HR in a variety of different organisations including British Airways and Channel 4.

Outside Wellcome, Kathy is a member of the Board of Governors for the Institute of Employment Studies.

Paul Schreier, Wellcome's Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Paul Schreier

Paul Schreier joined Wellcome in September 2019. He is responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of Wellcome’s operations, with a particular focus on finance, grants, digital and technology.

Before joining Wellcome, Paul led Hakluyt & Company, prior to which his experience includes roles as: DVC and COO of Macquarie University in Australia; deputy secretary with responsibility for economic policy and strategy in the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; a partner with McKinsey & Co; and an officer in the Royal Navy, including a period in Command.

His personal interests include history and historical biography, rugby, cricket and rowing. Paul is a trustee of the National Army Museum in London.

James Thomas, Wellcome's chief technology officer

Chief Technology Officer

James Thomas

James Thomas joined Wellcome in April 2016. He is responsible for leadership of our technology and digital services. 

Before Wellcome, James had an extensive career in the private and public sectors, delivering transformational change through technology and data.

His career began in the oil and water industries, with BP and Veolia. He moved to global technology provider Oracle to develop and lead technology consulting services for clients, including banking, defence and manufacturing. 

He then moved into healthcare, with technology leadership roles in the NHS. This included eight years as a Director of UCL Hospitals, establishing UCL Partners, London NHS Procurement Partnership and the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre. Following this, James became an Associate Partner at Atos Consulting, including working with Genomics England to review its Informatics and bioinformatics capabilities.

Mike Turner, Interim Director of Science

Director of Science

Mike Turner

Date of appointment: 22 January 2019

Mike Turner is currently Interim Director of Science. He joined Wellcome in 2014 as Head of Infection and Immunobiology, and in January 2019 took on the role of Interim Director of Science. He is responsible for leading the Science Division and managing a broad portfolio of research. 

Before joining Wellcome, Mike was at the University of Glasgow where he held Beit, Royal Society and Leverhulme Fellowships. Latterly, he became Professor of Parasitology. At various points he was Head of Division, Assistant Director of Faculty and Deputy Dean of the Graduate School. 

His research interests focused on cell biology, genetics, genomics and population biology of trypanosome parasites that cause African sleeping sickness in humans and Nagana in livestock. He has also worked on the genomics of malaria parasites and the immuno-epidemiology of schistosomes.

Ed Whiting

Director of Strategy

Ed Whiting

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. This includes working with Wellcome’s senior teams to set and communicate our short, medium and long-term priorities, and put resources and plans in place to deliver them.

As part of his role, Ed is also the Executive Leadership Team sponsor of Wellcome’s policy function, strategic partnerships and mental health priority area. 

Before joining Wellcome in September 2016, Ed worked in a number of Whitehall social and financial policy departments, including HM Treasury’s financial stability team during the 2008-09 financial crisis. He was most recently at 10 Downing Street as Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, leading on public services.

Executive team sub-groups

These sub-groups have full delegated authority, except for certain key governance areas.

Operational sub-group:

  • Kathy Poole (Chair)
  • Sheri Adigun (Commercial Finance Manager)
  • Chris Bird
  • Alyson Fox
  • Nina Frentrop (Grants Information and Systems Manager)
  • James Thomas.

Funding and Direct Activities sub-group:

  • Chonnettia Jones (Chair)
  • Steve Caddick
  • Simon Chaplin
  • Alyson Fox
  • Imran Khan (Head of Public Engagement)
  • Clare Ryan (Head of Media Relations)
  • Jim Smith
  • Ed Whiting.

Science Review sub-group:

  • Jim Smith (Chair)
  • Alyson Fox
  • Kathy Poole
  • Ed Whiting.

Other Executive team members join the sub-groups when necessary.