Action Radiotherapy is supported and run by some of the most experienced UK and international radiotherapy specialists as well as a few select Patrons.

Tim Farron

Tim Farron MP, was leader of the Liberal Democrats between July 2015 and July 2017 and is currently the Member of Parliament for Westmoreland and Lonsdale, having been elected in his constituency since 2005. Tim has campaigned extensively for a radiotherapy unit in Westmorland General Hospital to become a reality following his success of supporting the development of its chemotherapy unit. He recently arranged a radiotherapy reception in parliament, where he met experts from across Britain to shine a light on radiotherapy and the benefits that it can bring to patients and in improving cancer outcomes. Click here to read more about this event. Subsequently, the Access to Radiotherapy Bill 2017 – 19 was established to make provision to improve access to radiotherapy treatment in England; to define access in terms of the time that patients are required to travel to places providing treatment; and to specify 45 minutes as the maximum time patients are to travel. Tim has worked closely with Action Radiotherapy and supports our dedication to improving radiotherapy treatment by supporting both patients and professionals.

Lord Wade of Chorlton

lord-wade-of-chorltonLord Wade, Baron Wade of Chorlton, was a member of the House of Lords after being created a life peer in 1990. In 2007, he became an honorary graduand of the University of Chester where he was presented for admission to the degree of Doctor of Letters, honours causa. In the Lords, he served as a Member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, and later as Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Report ‘Chips for Everything’. He has maintained an interest in radiotherapy and the Radiotherapy Research Centre at the Christie Hospital is named in his honour: The Wade Centre for Radiotherapy Research.

Bryan Robson OBE

bryan-robsonBrian Robson, OBE, was an English football manager and a former player. He represented England on 90 occasions between 1980 and 1991, making him, at the time, the fifth most capped England player. On 1 July 2011, Robson was appointed “Global Ambassador” of Manchester United. On 16 March 2011, it was revealed that Robson had been diagnosed with throat cancer and treated with surgery and radiotherapy.

“I am delighted to support the vital work of Action Radiotherapy.  Radiotherapy helped to save my life when I was diagnosed with throat cancer and it is so important that everyone who needs it has access to the best treatment available. Action Radiotherapy has its foundations in the science and research community so it understands perfectly the issues surrounding improvements to radiotherapy.”

Lord Thomas of Macclesfield


Lord Thomas of Macclesfield was a member of the House of Lords Monetary Policy & European Affairs Select Committees. He was also specialist Chairman of Opportunity 2000, promoting the role of women in the workplace. He also was a member of the Regional Policy Forum, President of the Society for Co-operative Studies, Honorary President of the North West Co-operative and Mutual Council and Life President of the North West Business Leadership Team.

He was Chairman of the East Manchester Partnership (1990 – 1996) and founding Chair of the Northwest Partnership. In his role as a champion of regional affairs Lord Thomas also helped to establish and lead a range of organisations including the Northwest Business Leadership Team, Sustainability Northwest and the National Centre for Business and Sustainability Northwest. He was the first chair of the Northwest Regional Development Agency where he reinforced the importance of sustainable development in the Agency-led Regional Economic Strategy.

He was awarded the CBE in 1997 and was also raised to the peerage as Baron Thomas of Macclesfield, of Prestbury in the County of Cheshire.

Lord Thomas assisted the Action Radiotherapy charity since its inception and continues to provide invaluable advice and support.