Who we are
We are a leading cancer prevention charity. We fund global research into the links between diet, weight, physical activity and cancer. Our work empowers people to take action to lead healthier, happier, cancer-free lives
Since 1990, World Cancer Research Fund has invested £103 million into cancer prevention and survival research. And it’s all thanks to our amazing supporters!
Around 40 per cent of cancers in the UK could prevented – equating to nearly 144,000 cases every year. Eating a healthy diet, being more active each day and maintaining a healthy weight are, after not smoking, the most important ways you can reduce your cancer risk.
- The cornerstone of our research programme is the Continuous Update Project. It’s the world’s largest source of scientific research on cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity.
- We translate the results of our research into accurate, accessible, easy-to-understand information.
- By funding research and delivering health information programmes, we empower people to make lifestyle choices that can prevent cancer.
How we operate
World Cancer Research Fund UK is registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales (Registration Charity No. 1000739). Around 90 per cent of our funding comes from the UK public with the remainder from business, trusts and foundations.
WCRF UK is registered with the Fundraising Regulator and fully adheres to the Fundraising Code of Practice, which means that we are committed to fundraising practices that are open, fair, honest and legal.
World Cancer Research Fund UK's executives are:
Marilyn Gentry, President
Marilyn is one of the founders of the World Cancer Research Fund network, which is responsible for helping transform public opinion to recognise that some cancers are preventable and not simply a matter of genetics or bad luck. She has dedicated more than 30 years to cancer prevention, by promoting authoritative global research and health information. Marilyn continues to provide strategic direction and leadership for the World Cancer Research Fund network and is the President of WCRF UK.
Rachael Hutson Gormley, Chief Executive Officer
Rachael became CEO of WCRF UK in 2019. She has worked for the WCRF Network over 13 years, having most recently held the position of Director of Operations for WCRF International. Previously Rachael worked as the Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund and as a retail executive in a former career. She attended Emory University in the USA and the University of York in the UK. Rachael is now leading WCRF UK and is passionate about ensuring that our work truly does empower people to take action to lead healthier, happier, cancer-free lives. She is also a part of the executive team in the London office and works closely with other network executives to guide the network vision and work.
Gerard Cousins, Director of Fundraising
Gerard joined the WCRF UK family in 2017. He has worked in the commercial sector and for the past 15 years he has been employed in the not for profit / third sector where he thrives on working for organisation that help those in need. He has lead fundraising and retail teams for a number of charities and enjoys the thrill and chase of the challenging fundraising world.
Jane Heath, Director of Communications and Health Information
Jane is an experienced communications, marketing, and brand professional, working initially in the private sector and subsequently in the non-profit sector. She joined World Cancer Research Fund International in June 2016 as Director of Communications and Marketing. Jane has previously worked for charities including the National Autistic Society, Breast Cancer Care and Marie Curie, leading strategies to support fundraising, research and health information activities, managing comprehensive charity rebrands and running major multi-channel campaigns.
World Cancer Research Fund UK's trustees are:
- Alison Sinclair (chair)
- Jeffred Bunn
- Professor Ashley Cooper
- Antionette Hunter
- Peter McCarty
- Susan Pepper
- Roderick Power
World Cancer Research Fund UK is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund network of cancer charities based in Europe, the Americas and Asia, dedicated to the prevention of cancer through diet, weight and physical activity. Operating within a network means we can share resources and information more effectively.