ICPV Trustees meet face-to-face at least twice a year for formal meetings, at other times business is dealt with by email.


If you have any questions please contact the Chair – Adrienne Morgan
or Secretary - Mairead MacKenzie

Maggie Wilcox

Maggie was a Health Visitor but for the last 10 years before early retirement, she worked as a CNS in Palliative Care – mostly as Nurse Director of a community team providing 24hr cover but also as hospital based Macmillan Nurse.
Maggie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 and treated with surgery and radiotherapy. This was followed by a mastectomy a year later due to post-radiotherapy problems and ten years of endocrine therapy. No further treatment and, so far, so good.

As a lay member of the NCRI Breast Clinical Study Group, Maggie’s involvement became more specific to cancer research and the ethical use of data and tissue Maggie was involved in the development of Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank (Breast Cancer Now). Current member of the BBMRI-ERIC and the European Initiative on Breast Cancer (Biobanking And Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure - European Research Infrastructure Consortium).


Maggie’s interests include spending time with family and friends, going to her local David Lloyd Club and travelling. Maggie volunteers at a local arts centre and a member of the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and a wine-tasting group. 

Adrienne Morgan 

Adrienne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and secondary breast cancer in 2010.
Adrienne is a PhD medical research scientist and worked for 20 years in academia and industry. After breast cancer she worked in the cancer charity sector, spending three years as the staff scientist at Children with Leukaemia, and then a year as the secretariat for Cancer52 – an umbrella organisation that represents the less common cancers.
She worked as a patient advocate with Breakthrough and Breast Cancer Campaign following her diagnosis and now with the new merged charity Breast Cancer Now. She has been involved with Breast Cancer Now's Cell and Tissue Bank since its inception and is a valued member of the Barts Cell Research Team. She is a lay member of several Clinical Trial Management and Working Groups and a familiar independent patient voice in Q and A sessions at cancer research conferences.

Mairead MacKenzie

Mairead was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. She had chemotherapy, followed by a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, radiotherapy and endocrine therapy. Since her treatment Mairead has developed mild lymphoedema which is now under control and capsular contraction in her reconstruction which has resulted in the need for further surgery. This has prompted Mairead to feel strongly about the issues and potential problems patients face with the long term effects of cancer treatment.

Mairead has been a member of ICPV since 2009 and currently sits on a number of trial management groups. She is a member of the Breast Cancer Campaign Now Tissue Bank Access Committee, steering group for the UK Therapeutic Cancer Prevention Network, sits on the Early Disease Subgroup of the Breast Clinical Studies Group, ICR CTSU PPI Group and the ICR BRC Breast Group.

Mairead is now retired and enjoys gardening, needlework, reading, walking and travelling.


Chris Finch 

Chris is a carer to his wife, who has advanced breast cancer. By training he is a chartered accountant, and for many years worked as finance director for charities, including, for nearly twenty years, the Biochemical Society.

Pat Fairbrother

Following a diagnosis of breast cancer several years ago Pat became involved in patient advocacy. Working in healthcare, which included a contract as patient involvement facilitator, gave her a unique insight into the need for patients to be involved at the heart of planning services. Pat developed an interest in research after working at a regional and national level with breast cancer charities, and local cancer services. She joined ICPV as a virtual member whilst living in New Zealand where she carried on with voluntary work with national cancer organisations. Since coming back to the UK Pat has become involved in several research projects through ICPV alongside voluntary work in cancer services regionally and nationally. Pat believes research needs the patients' unique perspective and is absolutely essential in order to make the research work.

Elspeth Banks

Before she retired in 2011 Elspeth was headteacher of Strathaven Academy in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Following a diagnosis of malignant melanoma in 1996 Elspeth had recurrences in 2002 and 2004. During this period she had extensive surgery and participated in an EORTC clinical trial from 2002-2004. 
She was a founder member of the West of Scotland Melanoma Support Group in 2003. With the group she has lobbied on various issues linked to malignant melanoma such as unmanned tanning salons and access by under 16s, public awareness and health education. 
In 2011 she was invited to join research groups at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and since then has been an active consumer member of the Clinical Trials Executive Committee, the In-house Trials Advisory Board and as the independent member of the Umbrella Trials Steering Group. In October 2013 she joined the NCRI Psychosocial Oncology & Survivorship Clinical Studies Group, its Lifestyle and Behaviour subgroup and the NIHR Consumer Forum.
Elspeth is increasingly involved as a co-applicant and/or a member of steering groups/trial management groups/PPI Advisory Groups in respect of a number of clinical trials and intervention studies across the broad range of tumour types and responds to many requests for guidance and advice in reviewing protocols, funding applications and patient information.
She is active in organizing and encouraging patient and public involvement in research activities.
As a member of ICPV, Elspeth is delighted to have benefited from participation in its Summer School, the excellent VOICE course offered in conjunction with Barts Cancer Institute and the many rewards of membership of this hardworking patient advocate community.

Tom Haswell

Tom’s background was in engineering and he worked overseas for many years. In 1993 at an employment medical in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia he was told he had lung cancer. He returned home to Glasgow, underwent further tests only to be told there was no treatment which would have any effect on his lung cancer and given a very short life expectancy. He took part in an early phase chemotherapy clinical trial followed by radiotherapy which had positive effects. This led him to believe that his experiences could help other patients and researchers and clinicians and for many years he has been involved in numerous organisations, groups and committees. Some of his consumer/patient involvements include the NCRI CTRad, Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis Advisory Group ( SPED ), Consumer Forum, and Lung CSG. CRUKCTU ( Glasgow ), ECMC, PHE Lung Site Specific CRG, and involvement with NICE as a “ patient expert “ at Technology Appraisals. He is very much involved in cancer research and is co applicant, collaborator, advisor on several clinical trials and sits on TMGs, including the UKLung Matrix Trial and TSCs. Tom was also a member of CRUK’s NAEDI Funding Committee and Early Diagnosis Funding Application Revue Committee and is a member and trustee of the charity Independent Cancer Patients’ Voice. He has also attended and been a panellist at the Precision Medicine Forum Conference and has been appointed as consumer member on NCRI’s Cellular Molecular Pathology Initiative. He has also been appointed onto the British Thoracic Oncology Group, ( BTOG ) Steering Committee.


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VOICE 2020 - Science for Patient Advocates - cancelled

Due to COVID-10 we have had to postpone the course for 2020. Click here for more information.

FAST-Forward Trial Results

A one-week course of radiotherapy in fewer but larger daily doses was found to be as safe and effective as standard three-week therapy for women following surgery for early stage breast cancer. Trial results now published. Two ICPV members provided the PPI for this key trial. Full details can be found on the ICR Website.

ICPV Brighton Summer School Aug 2019

ICPV was once again hosted by SHORE-C at the University of Sussex. Click here for more info.

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2018

ICPV member Pat Fairbrother attended this event on an Alamo Foundation Scholarship. Click here to read her review.

Gap Analysis in Breast Surgery Published

The 2013 Breast Cancer Campaign gap analysis established breast cancer research priorities without a specific focus on surgical research or the role of surgeons on breast cancer research. This Review aims to identify opportunities and priorities for research in breast surgery to complement the 2013 gap analysis. Click here for more information

ICPV Review 2018
We have at last published a new edition of our review. This was achieved by a grant from Novartis. Click here for more information. 

Award for ICPV Member

Many congratulations to ICPV member Margaret Grayson. On 21 April 2018 she received the Iris Colvin Lifetime Achievement Award for Health, presented by the Women’s Forum of Northern Ireland. This is very well deserved for her tireless work in furthering cancer research especially in Northern Ireland.

Warwick Clinical Trials Course
12 members of ICPV attended a residential Clinical Trials Course at the University of Warwick from 17th to 19th April 2018. The course was run by Professor Janet Dunn and covered the different types of studies undertaken; consent; trial design; statistics and bringing a drug to market. One of the highlights of the course was a visit to the West Midlands Surgical Training Centre where delegates had the privilege of seeing real body parts and having basic anatomy explained to them by the team. The delegates would like to thank Professor Janet Dunn for her outstanding enthusiasm and for her generous hospitality.

Open letter calling on Government to prioritise interests of cancer patients in Brexit negotiations

ICPV have come together with 18 other cancer charities to put our names to an open letter to Government. We want Government to prioritise seeking continued alignment with the EU drug licensing process and Clinical Trials Regulation after Brexit. It is hoped this letter will be published in the national press in the near future.
See below to read.

Open Letter to Government
ACMC EMA letter_FINAL v2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [363.5 KB]

2017 Summer School

The 2017 ICPV Summer School was held over two days in June at Stirling University. The theme of the event was Cancer Survivorship and Living Well Cancer. Click below for details of the course. More details.

VOICE 2016

A snapsot video of the the 2016 course is now available on YouTube VOICE2016

eCancer Videos

At the BACR/ECMC conference in July Maggie Wilcox and Mairead Mackenzie were persuaded to speak to the camera. Maggie gave a background to ICPV and our aims and objectives. While Mairead focused on her specific interests and activities. To view follow the links below.

Maggie Wilcox

Mairead MacKenzie

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