The Organisation

Our Leadership


Professor Sir Alex Markham, DSc, FRCP, FRCPath, FMedSci – Chairman

Professor Markham has been Chairman of the Lister Institute for Preventive Medicine since 2011 and is currently serving a second term in that role.

He is one of the pioneers of molecular genetics research in the UK. His work has included the development of DNA Fingerprinting, work which received the Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement in 1990. As CEO of CR-UK He established and chaired the National Cancer Research Institute and the National Cancer Intelligence Unit (which pioneered research on cancer registry data linked with other national datasets). He has led or served on numerous advisory panels including those of the Medical Research Council and the Department of Health.

Professor Markham is currently Director of Research and Professor of Medicine at the Leeds Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences.


Mr Michael French, BSc, FCA – Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee

Mr French has been Treasurer of the Lister institute since 2003 (since his retirement from Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and is currently serving a third term in this position. His main role, working with the other members of the Finance & Investment Committee, is to oversee the Lister Institute’s investments ensuring that they retain their value and generate a return sufficient to fund the annual awards. Thanks to a strong team, assets have more than kept pace with inflation and grown from around £32 million to £40 million over the past ten years, despite turbulent markets. This has enabled us to increase the number of Fellowships funded each year from four to six and to increase the value of the awards from £200k to £250k.


Professor John Iredale, BM (Hons), DM, FRCP (Lond), FRCP (Ed), FMedSci, FRSE – Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board

Professor Iredale took on the role of Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lister Institute in 2018.

He is currently Pro Vice Chancellor Health at the University of Bristol and holds the chair of Experimental Medicine His areas of leadership and responsibility are for the research, teaching and management strategy for the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences across the relevant Faculties at the University of Bristol. He also holds Honorary Consultant contracts with the North Bristol NHS Trust and the University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust. His research interests are focused on tissue scarring and regeneration and he has published extensively on these subjects

Professor Iredale was, in the past, the Regius Chair of Medical Science, Dean of Clinical Medicine and Vice Principal Health Services at the University of Edinburgh where he led the Medical School. He has previously held the Chair of Medicine in Edinburgh (2006-2013), the chair of Medicine at the University of Southampton (2004-2006) and a Personal Chair in Hepatology (2000-2004).

Our Staff

The Lister Institute employs one full-time and two part-time members of staff, supported by our Governing Body and two advisory committees.


Kate Law – Director

Kate is the Director of the Institute and Secretary to the Governing Body. She is operationally responsible to the Governing Body for the day-to-day management of all the Institute’s affairs, and is the formal secretary to all committees.

Kate joined the Institute in 2015 after having retired as Director of Clinical and Population Research at Cancer Research UK.


Naomi King – Administrator

Naomi is the Institute’s Administrator and is the longest serving member of staff, having joined the Institute in 2000. She is the first point of contact on any matter regarding the Institute.

Naomi is responsible for the Summer Studentship Scheme and the Institute’s website.

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Jacky Wilson

Jacky is the Institute’s experienced and hard-working accountant. She deals with day-to-day financial transactions and the preparation of both quarterly management accounts and annual year-end accounts.

The Committees

Responsible for overseeing the research prize application process.

Assisting with all financial matters pertaining to the Institute including the annual budget and research awards.