Staff & Board Members

Staff

Dr Rob Orford OBE

Dr Rob Orford OBE

CEO

Rob joined us as CEO in April 2024. Former Chief Scientific Advisor for Wales, he led the Welsh Government scientific and technical response to Covid-19. He was recently recognised in the New Year Honours list 2024, receiving an OBE for services to health sciences and evidence in health policy.

Prof Jared Torkington

Prof Jared Torkington

Clinical Director

Prof. Jared Torkington provides clinical leadership to our portfolio of grant investments and projects. He is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and the current President of The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

Wendy Evans

Wendy Evans

Operations Director

Wendy is responsible for the oversight of our portfolio of investments, our communications strategy & supports the CEO with activity across the organisation.

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Funding & Delivery Manager

Katie is responsible for the operational delivery and funding of our projects across Wales.

Rachel Cox

Rachel Cox

Office & Finance Administrator

Rachel supports the Moondance Cancer Initiative team and ensures the smooth running of the office.

Hayley Davies

Hayley Davies

Office & Finance Administrator

Hayley supports the Moondance Cancer Initiative team and ensures the smooth running of the office.

Board Members

Geoff Graham

Geoff Graham

Chair

Geoff is an orthopaedic surgeon and former Medical Director for Nuffield Health.

Diane Briere de l’Isle–Engelhardt OBE

Diane Briere de l’Isle–Engelhardt OBE

Founder and Board Member

Diane is founder and chairperson of The Moondance Foundation, our parent organisation
Henry Engelhardt CBE

Henry Engelhardt CBE

Board Member

Henry Engelhardt is a founder and CEO emeritus of Admiral Group plc. He is an angel investor and advisor to multiple organisations
Prof. Tom Crosby OBE

Prof. Tom Crosby OBE

Board Member

Tom is Clinical Director at Velindre Cancer Centre, and Wales Cancer Network’s Medical Director
Lis Neil

Lis Neil

Board Member

Lis is Director of Strategy at Ramsay Health Care UK. She has CEO and COO level experience in both the public and private sectors of UK healthcare, including leading dedicated cancer treatment centres
Rebecca Watkins

Rebecca Watkins

Company Secretary

Rebecca is Director for the Moondance Foundation and has third sector and civil service experience.

Dr David Gillen

Dr David Gillen

Board Member


David is Chief Medical Officer at Norgine with extensive experience of the biotechnology industry.

Prof. Kamila Hawthorne MBE

Prof. Kamila Hawthorne MBE

Board Member

Kamila is a Welsh medical academic, a General Practitioner and is currently the chair of Royal College of General Practitioners.

Moondance Pioneers

Moondance Pioneers are the talented and committed people leading projects we have the privilege to fund. Find out more about them.

Moondance Clinical Advisory Group

A diverse range of clinicians at different stages of professional life, all with expertise in cancer, that share our belief that better is possible.