our Trustees

Jill Lucas Trustee

Jill Lucas Trustee and Chair

Jill is a non-executive director for National Savings & Investments (NS&I).  Prior to that, Jill led a technology transformation to Cloud Computing at Unilever.  Before this she served as Chief Information Officer at both Towergate Insurance and Belron International (parent company of Autoglass in the UK). In her early career, she undertook many technology leadership roles at Reuters (now Thomson Reuters), Barclays and Sainsburys.  Jill has volunteered for genetic disorder charities since her nephews were born with Chronic Granulomatous Disorder (CGD) in the late 80s/early 90s and has been a trustee for GDUK since 2012.

Rachel Frankel Trustee

Rachel Frankel Trustee

Rachel has managed communications, consulting, marketing and sales activity for not-for-profit organisations since 1997. She helps develop corporate partnership programmes and is responsible for major fundraising activity for a variety of healthcare associations, Royal Colleges and academic institutions. She also worked for Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers/PwC) as a management consultant, specialising in operations and procedures for companies and charities.  She joined as a trustee of GDUK in 2019.

Saurav Mitra Trsutee

Saurav Mitra Financial Trustee

Saurav is a Director in Barclays Private Bank Audit. He has over 20 years of experience in Finance, Risk and Control. His experience has mainly focussed on Financial Markets with leadership roles at Barclays Audit (covering the Private and Investment Bank), BP Trading and BG (now part of Shell) Trading. He also qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young covering Commodity and Capital Markets trading businesses.

He has over 5 years voluntary Board experience in two organisations: (1) Non-Executive Director of EPIC CiC – a social enterprise spun out of, and providing Youth Services to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; and (2) Advisory Board of CreditEnable – a startup organisation that has created a proprietary credit analytics platform supporting the origination of large volumes of loans for social enterprises in the developing world. 

Saurav is qualified academically in Economics (MPhil, Cambridge University) and professionally in Finance (Business and Finance Professional, Fellow Chartered Accountant of Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales – ICAEW).

One of our Trustees

Crystal Ruff

Dr Crystal Ruff is a biotechnology expert with focus in the intersection of stem cell & regenerative neuroscience, genomics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and translational health research. Most recently, leading Commercial Strategic Initiatives and Innovation in Europe, Middle East and Africa for Illumina, she has 16+ years’ experience in international clinical, preclinical and commercial Biotech and Healthcare management. She is a regular speaker, having created a TEDx Talk with nearly 100K views, and several keynotes on areas such as genomics, perinatal neuroscience, regenerative medicine, artificial intelligence, leadership and motivation. Crystal has a PhD in Neuroscience from University College London and an MBA from the London Business School and she joined the Board of GDUK in 2019.

Cathy O'Leary Trustee

Cathy O’Leary Trustee

Cathy is a Career Strategy Consultant, Executive Leadership Coach, Mentor & Charity Trustee.  She works with private, organisational and business school clients coaching global Executives in the development of their career strategy and professional identity.  Cathy’s career spans 30+ years in a range of HR, Leadership, Change Management, Coaching and Training roles in diverse organisational settings including corporate, public sector, local government and not-for-profit organisations, including London Underground (now TFL), Penna, London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and London Business School.  Cathy has 30+ years experience as a Charity Trustee and joined the Board of GDUK in 2019.