We are incredibly grateful to our dedicated Campaign Board and network of Regional Ambassadors who share our passion and commitment to realising the vision for Cambridge Children’s Hospital. They are working closely with our Children’s Hospital campaign team to recognise our ambition of £100 million in philanthropic support.
Our Campaign Board:
Dame Mary Archer DBE
Dame Mary Archer started her career as a physical chemist and taught Chemistry at both Oxford and Cambridge. She was previously Chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a Founding Director of Cambridge University Health Partners.
In 2012, she was appointed DBE for services to the NHS. Dame Mary is Chair of the Centre for Personalised Medicine, Oxford, Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and President of the National Energy Foundation, the UK Solar Energy Society, the Guild of Church Musicians, Cambridge Global Health Partnerships and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.
Majid Jafar is CEO of Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East’s oldest private oil and gas company and Vice-Chairman of the Crescent Group of companies which includes interests in port management, logistics, venture capital, private equity and real estate.
As well as advocating for responsible energy and sustainable development, Majid supports initiatives in the field of education and tackling youth unemployment, including as a founding patron of the Prince’s Trust International. He sits on various non-profit boards including the the Panel of Senior Advisers of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School, where he is also Co-Chair of the Discovery Council, and the Global Precision Medicine Council of the World Economic Forum.
He is also Co-Founder of the Loulou Foundation, a private non-profit UK foundation dedicated to advancing research into the understanding and development of therapeutics for CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder, a rare neurogenetic condition which affects his eldest daughter.
Majid Jafar graduated from Cambridge University (Churchill College) with Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Engineering (Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics) and also holds an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an Executive Certificate in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Helen Pemberton is married to Richard and has three teenage children. She jumped at the chance to be part of the Children’s Hospital Campaign Board, as a way to say thank you to Addenbrooke’s for patching up her children over the years.
Helen enjoys taking on residential building projects and has completed several over the years, including her current home. She is also an enthusiastic amateur gardener.
Helen sits on The Marlay Group committee, the patrons group of the Fitzwilliam Museum. The annual subscriptions and activities of the group raise enough to support vital projects within the Museum that would otherwise struggle to secure external funding. Helen has also hosted (ongoing) and organised Cambridgeshire Pony Club camp for 5 years.
Helen says it is a huge privilege to think that with the help of her ambassadors, they will be able to leave a legacy that will help generations of children across Cambridgeshire, the East of England, nationally and globally.
Andrew is CEO of Pembroke VCT and is responsible for executing the firm’s strategy, leading the investment team, deal origination and supporting portfolio companies. Pembroke is a venture capital trust focusing on growth stage companies in the design, education, food & beverage, wellness, digital services and media sectors. Andrew sits on the board of most of Pembroke’s investments.
Before joining Pembroke, Andrew ran a number of businesses working across a breadth of sectors from hospitality to manufacturing and telecoms. Andrew is also a non-executive director of Fine and Rare Wines Ltd.
Andrew is Chairman of The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust, Benesco Charity Limited, Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST) and Beit Halochem UK.