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Our governance team sets the strategy, direction and policies of the Trust. The Trustees take overall responsibility for the charity, taking advice from the Clinical Advisory Community on medical matters. The Trustees convene smaller sub-committees to work in more detail on areas such as Press & PR, and Communications.


The board of Trustees is made up of people with a wide range of skills and experience. Many of  our Trustees have personal experience of liver disease; others have worked in related fields and/or have skills essential to the running of a health charity with our mission. Other members have skills in finance and new media. We are currently looking to appoint a Trustee with specific responsibility for fundraising.

President, Patrons and Vice Presidents

The President, Patrons and Vice Presidents are senior people who take an interest in the direction and influence of the charity. These stakeholders advocate on our behalf and help influence where appropriate.

President:  Professor The Hon Oliver James Fmed Sci

Professor Oliver James is Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was formerly Head of the University’s School of Clinical Medical Sciences and for almost thirty years a Consultant Physician in Newcastle. His research interests have been in liver disease and ageing, having written over 300 research papers. He is a former Senior Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians and President of the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL). He is also Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel of ERAB (an independent European biomedical research charity into alcohol, funded by the brewers of Europe).


Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, Clive Brooke, is a Labour Party member of the House of Lords. Lord Brooke is a Trade Unionist, having held senior positions at the Inland Revenue Staff Federation for 30 years, then becoming Joint General Secretary of the Public Services Tax and Commerce Union. He was a Member of the General Council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) between 1989 and 1996 and between 1993 and 1996 of the TUC Executive Committee. Lord Brooke is a Member of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), the successor to the civil service union he led and an active Member of the House of Lords. His political interests include employment, transport and drug and alcohol issues and he sits on the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Alcohol Harm, Hepatitis and Adult & Childhood Obesity.

Alexis Gauthier
Michelin-starred French chef Alexis gained his first at star Roussillon in London for his unique and rather un-French emphasis on the freshest vegetables and salads. Alexis launched Gauthier Soho in 2009 ( Having served the finest food and wines to his guests for many years, Alexis was shocked in 2011 to be given a diagnosis of fatty liver disease. Alexis was advised that the only way to reverse the damage was to reduce his intake of calories. For a French chef this was a challenge, but Alexis started counting calories and never looked back. He shares his story here and we are delighted to have him as a Patron of British Liver Trust.

Walter Trout
USA esteemed blues musician, Walter, received a liver transplant after nearly facing death in 2014. He now feels like a new man and has immense gratitude for his supporters, his donor and the medical community who gave him a second chance at life. Recognizing that liver disease is a ‘silent killer’ and many people are unaware of it until it is too late, he became a Patron of the Trust because he wants to help us raise awareness, much needed funding and encourage everyone to ensure that their loved ones know their wishes regarding becoming a donor.  Walter supported the Trust in his UK tour in 2015 and shares his story here.

Vice Presidents

Professor Michael Arthur
Professor Elwyn Elias
Professor Howard Thomas
Mr David Butler

Clinical Advisory Community

The Clinical Advisory Community consists of Hepatologists, GPs, Liver Nurses and other health professionals with expertise in the field of liver disease. The Clinical Advisory Community helps and advises the charity, reviewing publications and supporting our patient information services, as well members playing a key role in our Love Your Liver campaign and community liver health clinics.


Professor Michael Deighan
Professor Michael Deighan is the British Liver Trust’s Ambassador in Scotland. Michael advises boards in the public and private sectors on their governance agendas and the manner in which Chairs, Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors perform their duties. In 1990 he was made a Fellow of the World Health Organisation in the field of Quality Assurance. In 1994 he became Professor in Health Policy in a joint role at Manchester and Anglia Polytechnic Universities. Michael is Associate Adviser (development and training services) to the British Council and in 1999 was made the first UK Honorary Professor of Health Governance in the Department of International Health Studies at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh.