World Cancer Research Fund International is a 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 to recognise 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 and 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 publication of the WCRF/AICR Third Expert Report, Diet, nutrition physical activity and cancer: a global perspective.

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 Panagiota Mitrou, Director of Research Funding and Science External Relations

Dr Mitrou has a PhD in molecular epidemiology from the University of Cambridge and has written several papers in the area of diet and cancer. She previously held research positions at the National Cancer Institute in the US and at the University of Cambridge. She has worked at WCRF for over ten years in various senior positions within the science department. In her current role she also works closely with the Policy and Public Affairs team to ensure there is coherence between our science and policy activities.


Prof Martin Wiseman, Medical and Scientific Adviser

Martin is 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.


Kate Oldridge-Turner, Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Kate has a background in human rights law and social policy, having worked in a wide variety of sectors including the food and drink industry, disability organisations, and sport and exercise at both UK and international level. She has a degree in combined social science from Durham University and a Masters in human rights law from SOAS. Prior to joining World Cancer Research Fund International, Kate was Policy Manager at Leonard Cheshire. She previously lived in Rwanda for several years, working as an Advocacy Advisor for a disability organisation and worked at Sport England in policy and public affairs relating to community sport. In her spare time she is the Vice-Chair of the board of trustees for AbleChildAfrica.


Susannah Brown, Head of Research Evidence and Interpretation

Susannah joined WCRF in 2014 after working at the University of Oxford in the Diabetes Trials Unit. She has an MSc in human nutrition with specialisation in public health nutrition from the University of Glasgow. As Head of Research Evidence and Interpretation, she leads the work on our Continuous Update Project (CUP). She was previously captain of the Scotland women’s rugby team.


Dr Anna Diaz Font, Head of Research Funding

Anna obtained a PhD in medical genetics from the University of Barcelona and has previously worked at the Wellcome Trust and Prostate Cancer UK. Her expertise covers a wide range of fields from genetics to cell biology and molecular biology. At WCRF she leads the team that is responsible for our grant programme, which allows us to fund cancer prevention and survival research all over the world.


World Cancer Research Fund network of cancer prevention charities