The Clare Foundation’s Founder and Chairman - Mike Clare, Steps down

The Clare Foundation’s Founder and Chairman - Mike Clare, Steps down

After 6 years as Founder and Chairman of The Clare Foundation Mike Clare will make way, stepping down as Chairman but remaining on the Board as Trustee and Founder – effective immediately this Autumn.

Mike Clare says ‘Having been Chairman for the past seven years (from the very concept of the charity) I feel it is time to make-way for a new Chairman(s). The Clare Foundation has matured considerably and we are delighted that The Clare Charity Centre is now fully occupied. My decision to step down as Chairman is based around my business, family, personal and other commitments which are intense and in addition I don’t think it is healthy for the Founder and main benefactor to stay on as Chairman for too long. I am therefore delighted that the Board have confirmed Mike Elliott (our former CEO) and John Jeans will become Co-Chairmen … having served well as Trustees for many years. With our CEO, Martin Gallagher, now firmly in place we are moving from strength to strength and fulfilling many of our original aims for the Third Sector in Buckinghamshire. I will, of course, remain a supportive Founder and Trustee and work closely with my Board Colleagues to ensure we deliver our strategic vision.’

John Jeans commented that “knowing Mike for many years and having worked with him and our fellow Trustees to establish The Clare Foundation, I am proud to be able to serve and lead in the community to which I have lived in for many years – working with Mike (Elliott) and Martin (Gallagher – CEO) will be a new challenge and one I look forward to developing.”

Mike Elliot added “I was the Founding CEO, became a Trustee and now I am Co-Chairman with my fellow Trustee John Jeans. I am delighted and honoured to accept this role and continue to foster and serve our community across Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley. I look forward to working closely with fellow Trustees and our CEO to create a positive impact across the sector”


John Jeans

John is Chairman of the Council of Cardiff University and Imanova (an imaging research partnership between three London Universities and the MRC). He also chairs the Board of UK Biocentre Ltd, is a non-executive Director of Renishaw plc and a Board member of the University and College Employers Association.

As an advisor to public sector organizations, he was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2014 as a Life Science Champion for the medical technology sector. John leads Innovate UK’s Stratified Medicine advisory Board and the KTN’s Health Board. He is also Chair of the Strategic Advisory Panel for the Singapore Government’s Diagnostics Hub. He has served on many Government bodies including Co-Chairmanship of a Ministerial Committee on Medical Technologies, was an inaugural member of the Science Advisory Council for Wales and a founder Trustee of the Francis Crick Institute. John was previously the Deputy Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council, a member of its Audit and Risk Committee and Chaired the Trustee Board of MRC Technology.

In an industrial career spanning 35 years he held senior international leadership positions in global companies including Smith & Nephew, Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson and Amersham plc (now GE Healthcare). John headed the commercial function of GE’s Life Science business and was the Chairman of its UK Healthcare Company. His domain experience ranges from medical devices and therapeutic pharmaceuticals to in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostics; encompassing research, product development, manufacturing and commercialization.

John is engaged with local and national charities including the Abbeyfield Beaconsfield Society, Thames Valley Enterprise, Young Enterprise, and the Clare Foundation.

Mike Elliott

Mike has more than 30 years experience in the commercial sector working internationally for large UK and US companies specialising in business process management, property and facilities management, systems and IT.

Mike, who was previously the Chief Executive of the Clare Foundation, has become heavily involved in local charities since his retirement in 2012. In addition to his Trusteeship at the Clare Foundation, he is a Trustee of Coeliac UK, Chairman of the Beaconsfield Society, and is actively involved with social lending and development at Buckinghamshire Community Foundation. Mike is involved in a variety of charity projects, most recently with the UK Council on Deafness.

Mike's passion for rugby continues as a committee member for the Chilterns region of Wooden Spoon.

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