Professor Iain Hutchison – Chief Executive & Founder

IH3Iain has been a Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon St Bartholomew’s, The Royal London Hospital and Homerton Hospitals since 1989. Iain was appointed to a professorship in 2007. He founded the United Kingdom Oral Cancer Research Group. Iain has written for many publications and is in great demand as a lecturer and expert media commentator. He has been nominated for the 2008 Beacon Award for New Initiatives in charity.

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Fran Ridout – Clinical Research Manager

Fran’s background is in psychology but has worked in numerous fields including IT, developing distance learning programmes, clinical trials. She was a member of the PACTS (Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety) from 2001 until 2003. Her publications cover a diverse range of psychotropic substances. She has presented at many conferences both in the UK and overseas.

Samantha Merrett – Executive Officer / Administration & Finance Manager

Sam began working for Saving Faces in 2010. She graduated with a degree in Politics and a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has worked for an international HIV/AIDS organisation and the United Nation’s World Food Programme. She is responsible for the accounts and financial management of the charity. She manages referrals from the diagnostic advice service which fast tracks mouth cancer treatment and also curates the 80 paintings from the Saving Faces Art Project. She is also responsible for donor management and assists the Chief Executive and Board of Trustees with the governance of the charity.

Tuyet Le – Administration & Finance Officer

Tuyet graduated in 2014 with a joint degree in BSc Psychology and Sociology. She joined Saving Faces in 2016 as a Clinical Researcher before transferring to the finance and administrative department in 2017. She is providing executive support to the Chief Executive, the Board of Trustees and the Executive Officer with the management of the charity. She is responsible for donor management, finance administration and overseeing fundraising events. She also writes and design the charity’s annual newsletters and is the main point of contact for all press enquiries.

Hannah John – Charity Administrator & Finance Officer

Hannah graduated in 2016 with a BA degree in Sociology from the University of Wolverhampton. She has previously worked as an intern at a national children’s charity working in both their policy and campaigns team and their practice improvement team.

Sharon Cheung – Clinical Trial Co-ordinator

Sharon started working at Saving Faces in January 2006 after graduating in MSc Psychology. She is the Trial Co-ordinator for the SEND study, which is looking at the long-term effectiveness of Selective Elective Neck Dissection for the treatment of early oral cancers, and also for the GRAD study, which is researching into whether genetic factors can predict dysphagia after head and neck radiotherapy. She has also worked on a variety of research projects including the school intervention studies on reducing binge drinking and smoking.

Imon Pal – Clinical Researcher

Imon graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Masters in Public Health. She is a qualified dentist with experience of working at locations where the prevalence of oral cancer is high. As a part of her dental degree, she has received training to screen oral malignant and premalignant lesions. She has volunteered as an intern at the Sheffield City Council where she has gained practical experience in health data analytics.

Ping San – Clinical Researcher

Ping graduated in 2016 with a BSc degree in Psychology with Counselling and Health Psychology at City, University of London. She also graduated in 2018 with a MSc degree in Health Psychology at King’s College London. She has previously worked in research teams in academia and within the NHS.