"My first career was in nursing, and I was a ward sister in a secure Mental Health Unit in Glasgow, my home city. Following a move “down South” initially to Sheffield, I have been working in the voluntary sector since 1990. Many of those years were spent developing a fundraising career, and I spent 15 years with a major cancer charity, latterly as Director of Fundraising.
"I joined Kidney Research UK as CEO in September 2012 and enjoy the challenges of working in a charity that needs to increase it’s influence and significantly increase income to enable us to do more research. I have been so impressed with the renal community, clinical staff, researchers, patients, our staff at the charity, the many professionals involved in renal care, and the families who care for patients, as we all work to improve the prospects for kidney patients.
"When I am not at work I dabble a bit with my garden, although it is way too big for a non-gardener. I have recently taken up dancing to try to notch up a few more hours of exercise each week, and I have developed an interest recently in classic cars, not sure where that came from. I am mum to Andrew, David, Laurence and Eve who keep me constantly in touch with the latest music, trends and technology! Or they try to."
Executive director: finance and commercial
"I have been working in finance for many years where I started working in the public sector in Birmingham and have since been building my experience in different sectors and roles across various parts of the country which includes logistics, education and charities. My immediate background is bringing finance, ICT and other shared services into central business support functions with a focus on maximising resources to be used for charitable purposes. Kidney Research UK is doing some amazing work and I am really excited to be part of the journey and vision.
When not in front of a spreadsheet, I spend a lot of time encouraging things to grow in my garden with an emphasis of ingredients that can go on pizza. I also have a love for martial arts and animals, sharing my home, not just with my wife and daughter but a sedate greyhound and an even more sedate python."
Dr Aisling McMahon
Executive director: research, innovation and policy
"I am the Executive director of research, innovation and policy at Kidney Research UK. After undertaking a PhD focusing on uraemic cardiomyopathy in the Department of Nephrology, Queen Mary College, University of London, I took up a cardiovascular research fellowship at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney. There I set up the infrastructure for the isolation and study of single cardiac myocytes and developed a number of models of cardiovascular disease. From there I was appointed as senior research scientist/senior research fellow at the ANZAC Research Institute, University of Sydney. My research experience spans a number of areas including diabetes, hypertension, ageing and nutrition, as well as renal.
"I returned to the UK in 2014 for family reasons, and after a year in the Cardiovascular Sciences Department at Leicester University, moved into the charity sector. I have a strong interest in research ethics and in ensuring that research outputs are translated into patient benefit as rapidly and efficiently as possible."
Executive director: income generation and communications
"I started my career working for a creative agency and had the opportunity to work with a number of high-profile brands and charities, including Tesco, Reed and Maserati. I then moved ‘client side’ and have been working in the charity sector for over 13 years. I have worked with and for a wide range of charities including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, The RSPB and Alzheimer’s Research UK before joining Kidney Research UK in 2018.
I am very excited about the next phase that Kidney Research UK is entering and believe there is a real opportunity to educate and raise awareness of the seriousness of kidney disease. I am focused on building the kidney community by galvanising support and significantly increasing our income to accelerate research discoveries and make research count for those affected by kidney disease.
I spend the majority of my spare time with my family and two children – Jake and Rosie. We love to travel and try new experiences and food! I am also a keen swimmer, including the occasional open water swim."