BHF Chair joins the Institute's Board

The Chair of Trustees at the British Heart Foundation, Philip Yea, has joined the Board of The Francis Crick Institute as an independent director and trustee.

The Francis Crick Institute, due to open in 2015, is a charity founded by the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and UCL (University College London). It will be a world-class medical research centre with a strong national role — training scientists and developing ideas for public good.

Sir David Cooksey, the chair of The Francis Crick Institute said: "Philip's experience as Chair of Trustees at the British Heart Foundation coupled with his career as a top flight business leader will be a wonderful asset for the new institute. Philip's experience and wisdom will help to create an institute that will make a substantial difference to the health of countless people."

Philip Yea added: "I'm delighted to join the Board of this exceptional charity. The Francis Crick Institute will be a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation. It has the potential to bring together scientists, doctors, nurses and others to understand better the causes of health and disease and improve the lives of people across the world."


Philip Yea was Chief Executive of the private equity group 3i from 2004 until January 2009. Before then, he was a partner in the private equity business of Investcorp, focusing on the performance of portfolio investments.

He is a former Finance Director of Diageo plc where he played a key part in the creation of the global drinks group through the merger of Guinness and GrandMet in 1997.

He is a non-Executive Director at Vodafone which he joined in September 2005. He has previously held non-executive roles at HBOS and Manchester United.

Philip holds a number of advisory roles including to Prince Andrew, The Duke of York in his capacity as Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, as well as to PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK and Bridges Ventures.

Philip is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University.

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