Who we are
We're 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 (WCRF) has invested more than £100m in cancer prevention and survival research. And it’s all thanks to our amazing supporters!
Around 40 per cent of cancers in the UK could be prevented – that's nearly 147,000 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 – such as Eat well during cancer for cancer survivors, and Eat Move Learn for children and families – we empower people to make healthier lifestyle choices.
How we operate
WCRF is registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales (Registration Charity No. 1000739). Around 95 per cent of our funding comes from the UK public, with the remainder from business, trusts and foundations.
Marilyn Gentry, President
Marilyn is the founder of the WCRF 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's dedicated nearly 40 years to cancer prevention, by promoting authoritative global research and health information. Marilyn continues to provide strategic direction and leadership for the WCRF network and is the President of WCRF.
Rachael Hutson Gormley, Chief Executive Officer
Rachael became CEO of WCRF in 2019. She's worked for the WCRF network for over 15 years, having most recently held the position of Executive Director of Network Operations. Rachael now leads WCRF’s presence in the UK and is passionate about ensuring that our work truly does empower people to take action to lead healthier, happier, cancer-free lives. She works closely with the senior management team to drive the overall strategic development, direction and operational management of WCRF as well as other network executives to guide the network vision and work.
WCRF's senior management team
Gwen Chiteme, Director of Human Resources
Gwen joined WCRF in 2011 with over 20 years of human resources experience. She's responsible for leading the development of WCRF’s people, culture and organisational capacity, ensuring that we attract, retain and develop talent that is empowered to significantly contribute to and achieve our organisational objectives.
Gerard Cousins, Director of Fundraising
Gerard joined the WCRF family in 2017. He has worked in the commercial sector and for the past 15 years he's been employed in the not-for-profit/third sector, where he thrives on working for organisations that help those in need. He's led fundraising and retail teams for a number of charities and enjoys the thrill and chase of the challenging fundraising world. He's also responsible for our health information work.
Vickie Gregory, Director of Operations
Vickie has worked for the WCRF network for more than ten years, having started as our IT Manager. She's responsible for ensuring the business elements of the WCRF London office are run smoothly and efficiently, and that the office itself is a safe and happy environment for our staff.
Nigel Shattock, Director of Communications and Engagement
Nigel joined WCRF in 2020. Nigel’s focus is to ensure that our brand, digital, social media, press and marketing communications are as effective as possible in reaching and engaging relevant audiences and stakeholders, thereby raising awareness of cancer prevention and survival. Previously, Nigel held senior management positions at Citizens Advice (Head Office), The Seafarers’ Charity and UK Finance. He's also on the Advisory Board of the campaigning charity, Human Rights at Sea, and is a founding member of the Clore Social Leadership London Chapter.
World Cancer Research Fund's trustees
- Alison Sinclair (chair)
- Jeffrey Bunn
- Prof Ashley Cooper
- Antoinette Hunter
- Susan Pepper
- Roderick Power
WCRF is a member of the WCRF 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.