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Professor Ian Jacobs

Non-executive director

Ian Jacobs

Ian was appointed to the Board of Directors for a three-year term commencing on 5 April 2022. Ian is a surgeon, academic and university leader and previously worked as president and vice chancellor of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, where he led an ambitious strategy to establish UNSW as one of the top 50 universities in the world. Prior to this Ian was dean of medicine and vice president of the University of Manchester (2011-2015) and dean of medicine at University College London (2004-2011).

Ian qualified in medicine at the University of Cambridge and the University of London and trained as an obstetrician and gynaecologist, before specialising as a women’s cancer surgeon at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and University College London Hospital. For the last 35 years Ian has led a research team working on screening for ovarian cancer which included the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening.

In 1985, Ian founded the Eve Appeal charity, which funds research and raises awareness into gynaecological cancers, and in 2005 the Uganda Women’s Health Initiative.