We are incredibly grateful to our dedicated Campaign Board and network of 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 achieve our philanthropic target of £100 million.
Dame Mary Archer DBE - Co-Chair
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 - Co-Chair
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 has worked with Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust to establish a strong network of over 50 Regional Ambassadors across the East of England to support the Campaign for Cambridge Children’s Hospital.
Helen also sits on The Marlay Group committee, the patrons’ group for the Fitzwilliam Museum, which raises vital funds to support projects within the museum. She enjoys taking on residential building projects and has completed several over the years.
Helen and her husband Richard live just outside Cambridge and have 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 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.
Our Regional Ambassadors
We have ambassadors in every county in the East of England.
The Duchess of Bedford
Lady Jane Innes Ker
Susan Lousada DL
Vinod Tailor MBE DL
Dr Ivelina Banyalieva
Zillur Hussain MBE
David and Ginny Robinson
Sir William and Lady Hilary Russell
Robert and Claire Smith
The Marchioness of Stafford
The Hon Frances Stanley DL
Belinda Sutton DL
Ian Twinley DL
Kate Holland-Hibbert DL
Dr Stephen Fenny
Alice van Cutsem
Guy and Katie Brooks
Alix Darrell Brown
The Hon Selina Hopkins
Lord and Lady Somerleyton
Lady Louise Vaughan