Board of trustees
Dr Mary Phillips
Mary Phillips read Physiology at UCL and undertook her doctoral studies in Physiology at Oxford University, where she continued as an academic teacher and researcher until joining the Wellcome Trust in 1989. At the Trust she managed a number of funding Panels, including latterly the International Biomedical Programme. In addition, from 1994 until 2004 she was a Fellow and pre-clinical tutor at Merton College Oxford. In 2004 she joined UCL as Director of Research Planning for Biomedicine and in 2007 she became UCL's first Director of Research Planning. From 2009 to 2011 she was also seconded (on a part-time basis) to the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) to establish and lead their Global Chronic Disease Programme. Mary retired in October 2011 but from retirement till June 2015 she consulted part-time as Senior Academic Adviser, for a small US-based company, Academic Analytics, which provides universities with metrics to assess research excellence. Mary was also a Trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust, which enables scientists, mostly women, to return to research after a career break, from 2011 till April 2016.
Mary is married to Professor Graham Richards, retired as Chairman of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. Mary has two daughters and a son and six grand-children as well as two step sons and four step grand-children.
Her main hobby is art - watercolour, life drawing and her particular enthusiasm, print-making.