RAFT is incredibly lucky to have a fantastic group of patrons who support our work and help us to promote our research to a wider audience. Some of our patrons are prominent people who help raise awareness of our work, while others are people who have or will benefit from our research programmes and are therefore personally connected to our cause.
Meet the Patrons
HRH The Duchess of Kent
Mr John Apthorp CBE,OBE
Dame Mary Archer
In 2012, Dame Mary was appointed DBE for services to the NHS.
Dame Mary became a Patron in June 2013.
Cherie Blair CBE, QC
He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery and a number of book chapters. His last 3 published articles in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are the 2nd, 4th and 9th most read articles of all time in plastic surgery.
Mr Branford has presented his work at 40 national and International meetings and is a scientific peer reviewer for 14 plastic surgery and related scientific journals, including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS). He is associate editor for PRS Global Open and is on the steering committee for the iBRA National Multicentre Prospective Study for Breast Reconstruction; the largest prospective study in breast reconstruction to date.
Mr Branford was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Plastic Surgery FRCS(Plast) in 2014 and has undertaken Fellowships in extremity reconstruction, breast reconstruction and head and neck cancer microsurgical reconstruction at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and also as in breast reconstruction at The Royal Marsden.
He currently works at the Royal Marsden in London as a Plastic Surgeon specialising in breast surgery. He will be a clinical supervisor for RAFT’s breast surgery projects.
Jon-Allan Butterworth MBE
Jon-Allan’s sporting achievements were recognised in the in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List- he was awarded an MBE for his services to cycling.
Ron Dobson, CBE, QFSM
This life-changing experience was to become a major influence on his culinary style, and he went on to earn an international reputation as the ‘godfather’ of fusion cuisine. Peter lives in Hackney, London, and has restaurants in both Auckland and London.
Lt Col Steven Jeffery, BSc MB ChB FRCS (Plast)
Steven Jeffery is a Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon in the British Army, working at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
He is Professor of Wound Study at Birmingham City University and is Director of the NIHR WoundTec Healthcare Technology Cooperative.
He became a patron for RAFT in May 2010.
Bob Jenkins has been a long-time supporter of RAFT, running a total of 20 marathons to raise funds for our research. His 20th was the 2017 Virgin London Marathon, which he ran a matter of months after turning 80- an incredible achievement.
Bob was introduced to RAFT in 1993 after learning that RAFT had marathon spaces available, but he soon became passionate about what we do. Bob’s hard work and support that has resulted in over £45,000 being raised over the years since his first marathon for RAFT.
Clover recognised the difficulty many woman were having when trying to find quality swimwear after mastectomy or breast reconstruction, and created a brand which supports the recovery of body confidence. Clover has provided invaluable support to RAFT’s Life After Breast Cancer campaign and became a patron of RAFT in January 2017.
Ms Ellie Lindsay OBE
In the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Ellie Lindsay was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to nursing.
Ms Sandra McClumpha
Sandra became interested in RAFT after learning of the influential research it had carried out on skin cancer.
Dame Siân Phillips DBE
Dame Siân Phillips DBE is an award winning actress, born in Wales. After graduating the from University of Wales she won a scholarship to RADA where she was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal. Siân has starred in hundreds of plays, television programmes and films most notably for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre of Wales. Television series include I Claudius, Tinker Tailer, Soldier Spy, and How Green Was My Valley. Awards and nominations include BAFTA, Olivier, National Television Award, TONY and Drama Desk.
Siân is a Fellow of RSA, a trustee and board member of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund and Vice President of the London Welsh Centre.
He became a patron in September 2012 after hearing about our research into burns.
As well as permanent makeup, Hina treats patients with skin blemishes, vitiligo, scars and alopecia, and works with post-surgery and cancer patients using scar camouflage techniques. Due to Hina’s impressive qualifications and own experiences, patients travel from all over the world to seek her expertise and empathy. She has even written her own book and prestigiously worked with the UK Government on their Parliamentary Review on Private Healthcare. Hina regularly changes lives, helping patients regain their confidence and become more positive.
She became a patron in February 2012.
The Rt Hon Lord Tebbit CH
He became a patron in 1988.