Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity. We work to improve early diagnosis, fund life saving research and provide much needed support to women with ovarian cancer. Meet our trustees.
Emma Kane, Chair
Emma was first appointed as a trustee for Target Ovarian Cancer in March 2015 and is the Chief Executive of Redleaf Communications, Chairman of the Barbican Centre Trust, and a trustee of Nightingale Hammerson. Emma's stepchildren's mother, Heather Ash, died from ovarian cancer at the age of 52 in 2007.
Shona Spence, Honorary Treasurer
Shona is an experienced Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director with over 25 years’ experience working in the financial services sector. She is a non-executive director of a not-for-profit housing association and a member of its audit and risk committee. Most recently, Shona worked at the BNY Mellon Group where she held senior finance and operations roles, was trustee of a BNYM defined benefit pension scheme and deputy chair of its regional Diversity and Inclusion Council. Previously, Shona held senior finance positions at HSBC Asset Management and Mercury Asset Management. Shona is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Immunology from London University.
Joanna Barker MBE
Joanna founded Target Ovarian Cancer in 2008, and has over thirty years’ experience in business and finance. Joanna’s mother and sister died from ovarian cancer in 2005. She is a lay member of the Council of the University of Durham, which awarded her an honorary doctorate (D.Litt) in 2012. In 2014 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Margaret is a consultant at the London City law firm Travers Smith LLP, where she was a partner for 25 years. She is a solicitor specialising in the regulation of the financial services industry and has experience in non-profitmaking, charity and professional services environments. Margaret is also a trustee of Parkinson’s UK. One of her close friends has ovarian cancer and her experiences in relation to diagnosis and treatment have inspired Margaret to want to help Target Ovarian Cancer in its drive for early diagnosis, more research and support for women with ovarian cancer.
Alexandra Cran-McGreehin is a senior civil servant at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. As Board Secretary, she is responsible for ensuring accountability and good governance. She has previously worked in HM Treasury, the Department for Education and as Head of Secretariat for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, the body responsible for independently scrutinising the value for money of UK aid spending. She has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of St Andrews, where she studied physical processes associated with the northern lights. Alexandra's mother, Penelope Cran, died from ovarian cancer in 2014.
Andrew is Head of Investor Relations at Silverfleet Capital, a leading, European private equity firm specialising in mid-market buyouts. Previously, Andrew was an investment banker with Credit Suisse. Andrew holds an MBA from Imperial College London and a BSc (HONS) from The University of Edinburgh, and has been a longstanding supporter and fundraiser for Target Ovarian Cancer since his mother-in-law died from ovarian cancer suddenly in 2010.