RAFT brings together many different people, from a range of backgrounds with a huge wealth of experience and skills – but whether they are scientists, fundraisers, trustees or advisors, they all have one thing in common – they want to improve the quality of life of people who have suffered physical trauma through birth defects, disease or accidents.
Our highly motivated and committed team includes an Executive team who work with the Trustees to provide the direction for the charity; scientists who manage a stream of five research programmes and a small fundraising and administrative team.
They bring very different skills to RAFT, but the one thing they all have in common is their passion to make a difference to the lives of people who have suffered physical trauma.
RAFT is incredibly lucky to be supported by 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 scientists and business people who help raise awareness and funds, while others are people who have or will benefit from our research programmes and are therefore personally connected to the cause.
We are governed by a Board of Trustees who are passionate about our work. While the day-to-day running is undertaken by the Executive Team, the Trustees work closely with her to determine the vision, mission and strategic direction of RAFT.
Our Trustees come from a diverse background, but what they all bring with them are the professional skills, knowledge and expertise to take RAFT forward. Together the Executive Team, they ensure the right decisions are made to enable RAFT to focus its research where it will make the most difference.
Scientific Advisory Committee
The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) comprises of independent, expert, clinical, industrial and academic scientists. They meet regularly to scrutinise RAFT’s research programmes and provide independent expert advice to the Board of Trustees.
The SAC reviews the progress of RAFT’s research, future plans and scientific strategy. Its main purpose is to ensure that the research undertaken is achieving the strategic aims of the charity.
In addition to the SAC, every five years, an independent panel carries out a detailed strategic review of the quality and direction of our research. The next strategic review will take place in 2017.