Our goal is to ensure more people live healthier, longer lives by revolutionising the way charities function

Our Ethos

Independence

We believe medical research funding should be independent of industry and political agenda.

Operating Costs

It is our commitment to ensure that we are the most efficiently run of charities. We believe the typical 30%+ running costs of many charities does not represent good value to donors.  The Friday Foundation commits to keep administration costs to a maximum of 10% from 2020 onwards.

Transparency

Friday Foundation is registered with the Charities Commission. Our commitment to transparency is paramount. We have stringent criteria for research funding which all applicants must fulfil.

Our People

Professor Parveen Kumar CBE

Professor Kumar is Professor of Medicine and Education at Barts and The London Medical School from where she originally qualified. Born in India, she is an internationally respected physician and medical educator.

Professor Kumar trained as a gastroenterologist during which time she carried out her research under the supervision of Sir Anthony Dawson and Dr Michael Clark. She has spent most of her life working in the NHS in the North and East End of London at St Bartholomew’s, the Homerton and the Royal London Hospitals. Her major research interest and publications have been in small bowel disorders, particularly coeliac disease.

Having always been a committed teacher she was the academic sub-dean and later Director of postgraduate medical education for Barts and the London. Prompted by a desire to write a suitably stimulating medical textbook she decided to co-author one which was easy and fun to read; this changed the face of medical publishing. Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine is now in its ninth edition and is read world-wide. She also co-edits a number of other medical books.

Professor Kumar was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) at its inception in 1999 and resigned this post in 2002 when she was appointed as the Chairman of the Medicines Commission UK. She had previously been a member of the Commission since 1993 and has also held the role of Vice-Chairman. She has also served as a Non-Executive Director on an acute hospital Trust board for 3 years (1999-2003). In 2010 she was appointed President of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Professor Kumar has held several offices at the Royal College of Physicians, served on the academic sub-committee of Modernising Medical Careers and was on the London Modernisation board amongst many others. She is a trustee of the charities, Cancer Backup and the Medical College of St Bartholomew's Hospital's Trust.

Professor Kumar was awarded CBE for Services to Medicine in 2000 and was also the first Asian Woman of the Year (Professional) in 1999. She was also a recipient of the British Medical Association's Gold Medal for "services to Medicine and Education".

The Friday Foundation is delighted and privileged to have Professor Kumar as Patron.

Dr Andrew Douglas

Dr Douglas founded the Friday Foundation from a desire to establish a charity that would be meaningful and relevant to everyone and that would seek to challenge the norms in ensuring every pound donated will achieve the most possible.

Dr Douglas qualified from Barts and The London in medicine and the University of Bristol in dentistry and is currently completing his higher training in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Dr Douglas is involved in research looking into the surgical reconstruction of the head and neck region following cancer and trauma. He has recently being involved in the development and application of new techniques in reconstructing the lower jaw. A recent management project has created a treatment pathway for facial trauma that is projected to save a hospital £100,000 per year.

Prior to commencing his medical career, Dr Douglas was a professional musician, most notably becoming Organ Scholar of Gloucester Cathedral at the age of 16 as well as performing on the oboe both within the UK and abroad. He was also a successful oarsman with notable wins at top domestic rowing regattas, a sport he still enjoys, albeit with less frequency as a member of London Rowing Club.

Dr Benedict Rogers

Dr Rogers began his NHS career as a Registered Nurse, working at the Royal London Hospital, after which he undertook medical training and qualified from The University of Leicester Medical School in 2010. He is currently a Higher Specialist Trainee in Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology and during his career to date has worked in hospitals in London, the South West, Dublin and Leicester. 

Dr Rogers is an active contributor to medical education, in particular as part of Royal College of Physician membership exam preparation. This is further added to with regular clinical teaching of undergraduate medical students as part of his higher specialist training.

Dr Rogers became a Trustee of the Friday Foundation project after working as a junior doctor with its founder, Dr Andrew Douglas, and is a passionate believer in its aims and ideals, particularly addressing the often overlooked areas of research such as with mental health.

Neil Welch

Neil Welch began his musical education at an early age through involvement in local church choirs, and later as a choral exhibitioner at Bristol Cathedral. He holds a Masters in Composition from The University of Bristol which was awarded with commendation.

Neil’s compositional output is naturally centred around the voice and choral writing, although he is equally at home in a studio environment. He has composed music for Bristol Cathedral Choir and the Bristol University Singers as well as music for Film and Orchestra. Since moving to Shropshire, Neil has been Musical Director of the Shawbury Miltary Wives Choir. This has lead to many high profile conducting opportunities, most notably at the Grand National in front of a worldwide television audience and on Cliff Richard's recent UK tour.

Neil is an accomplished accompanist and taught A-level Music and Music Technology for many years in Bristol as well as examining at A-Level for Edexcel. More recently he arranged as well as co-wrote Small Change, a Christmas song written for the Friday Foundation.

Neil is a co-founding Trustee of the Friday Foundation believing in its mission and unique relevance to everyone.