Our Team

Board of Trustees

Rob Bryan

Chair of the Board

 

Rob sits on the board of several major companies working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM, including the Open Data Institute and Medicines Discovery Catapult. As the founder of BPE Innovation (in July 2010), Rob was encouraged by the Royal Society to establish the UK’s first and, still, only dedicated legal service to STEM. Working at the interface between the private sector and Government in the UK’s innovation community, Rob has been involved in the establishment of most of the major publicly funded companies created in recent years to fill the innovation ‘gap’ in the sectors which they serve.

Cathy Yelf

Chief Executive Officer

Macular Society

Cathy is a former BBC journalist who has worked in the sight loss sector for 10 years, the last three as CEO of the Macular Society. She is also a Trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

Executive Team

Wen Hwa Lee, MSc, PhD

Chief Executive Officer &

Chief Scientist

 

Lee is a molecular and structural biologist with a wide international network in drug discovery, including charities, academia, industry and government agencies. Previously at the University of Oxford, Lee is an experienced leader in setting up partnerships and alliances with multiple stakeholders to accelerate discoveries for drug discovery. He designed and implemented several strategies in two of the largest and most successful international public-private partnerships for drug discovery – the Structural Genomics Consortium and the European Lead Factory. Along with his scientific endeavours, Lee also advised high-level government representatives from different countries and charitable institutions on policy and strategy to integrate scientific, societal and economic impact.

Nick Caplin, CB

Chief Executive Officer

Blind Veterans UK

CEO of Blind Veterans UK since 2014, Nick has over 33 years’ experience of command, leadership and management of military and civilian personnel in all three Defence Services.

Sherine Krause

Chief Executive

Fight for Sight

Sherine joins the Action Against AMD board after becoming Fight for Sight's chief executive on 29 April 2019. Sherine was previously Fight for Sight's Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Engagement. She has worked in the charity sector for 25 years and is highly experienced in leading organisational strategy, policy, communications and fundraising. She was previously Director of Fundraising and Communications for charities including Freedom from Torture, Action for Children, Action on Hearing Loss and the MS Society. She is also currently the Chair for the London based homelessness charity Spires.

Mark O'Donnell

Chief Executive Officer

Scottish War Blinded

Mark O’Donnell is CEO of Scottish War Blinded and its sister charity Royal Blind.  He has experience across the public and third sectors including senior positions in other medical research charities.

Sir Colin Brian Blakemore FRS, FMedSci, FRSB, FBPhS

Independent Trustee

 

Sir Colin is a neurobiologist, specialising in vision and the development of the brain, who is Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy in the School of Advanced Study, University of London and Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He was formerly Chief Executive of the British Medical Research Council. According to The Observer, he is"one of the most powerful scientists in the UK".

Benedict Kelly

Chief Operating Officer

 

Benedict has 30 years’ experience in the banking and investment sector, with Rothschild Bank and VenCap International. Benedict is the Chief Operating Officer of Action Against AMD and has been a founder member of the team since March 2016. He is also a consultant for Charity Bank, a savings and loans bank with a mission to use money for social good by lending money only to organisations with charitable purposes.

Jesse Coker

Science and Strategy Associate

After finishing degrees in biochemistry and economics at the University of Oklahoma, Jesse is now a doctoral candidate in the Structural Genomics Consortium at the University of Oxford. With previous experience in pro bono non-profit consulting and pre-clinical drug development, Jesse joined the AAAMD team as a Science and Strategy Associate in August 2019.

Action Against AMD

Registered Charity numbers 1170224 and SC048549