World Cancer Research Fund International is the world’s leading authority in the field of cancer prevention research related to diet, weight and physical activity.

We have achieved this success through the high-quality work produced by the people we work with, both externally and within the organisation.

If you have a question about our work or that of our network of cancer charities, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Marilyn Gentry, President, World Cancer Research Fund network

Marilyn is one of the founders of the World Cancer Research Fund network, which is responsible for helping transform public opinion that some cancers are preventable and not simply a matter of genetics or bad luck. She has dedicated more than 30 years to cancer prevention, by promoting authoritative global research and health information. Marilyn continues to provide strategic direction and leadership for the World Cancer Research Fund network.


Dr Kate Allen, Executive Director, Science & Public Affairs

Kate is responsible for the science and policy programmes at World Cancer Research Fund International. She was part of the executive team overseeing the development of the WCRF/AICR second expert report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective and the companion policy report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention.

Previously Kate worked at The Institute of Cancer Research in London and Sutton (England), where she set up an Interactive Education Unit. Prior to that she worked at Medi Cine International, a medical education agency. Kate has a PhD in neuroscience, which she carried out at the Institute of Neurology (London) and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


Dr Rachel Thompson, Head of Research Interpretation

Rachel manages the Continuous Update Project and is a Registered Nutritionist. She obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds and a PhD on nutritional epidemiology (on how smoking effects people’s diets) from the University of Southampton. She spent a total of 17 years involved in teaching and research at Southampton University and has published a number of research papers.


Dr Panagiota Mitrou, Director of Research Funding & Science External Relations

Dr Mitrou has an MSc in Genetic Manipulation & Molecular Biology from the University of Sussex and a PhD in Genetic Epidemiology from Cambridge University. She teaches on the Nutritional Epidemiology Course at Imperial College London.


Professor Martin Wiseman, Medical & Scientific Adviser

Martin is currently Visiting Professor in Human Nutrition at Southampton University and former Head of Nutrition at the Department of Health in England. He is one of the country’s leading experts on the links between food, nutrition, body weight, physical activity and cancer.


Louise Meincke, Head of Policy & Public Affairs

Louise is a public affairs specialist and human rights advocate with over ten years’ experience of working on global public policy. Prior to joining World Cancer Research Fund International she worked at the Consortium for Street Children, driving forward high-impact advocacy strategies through strategic partnerships with the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has also worked at Amnesty International, the Houses of Parliament and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Louise holds a Masters degree in Human Rights from Sussex University and is an elected Fellow of the RSA.



World Cancer Research Fund Network of Cancer Prevention Charities