Our trustees have extensive experience in the health and not-for-profit sector, and jointly supervise the activities of The Trinity Challenge.
Our Convenor DAME SALLY DAVIES
Dame Sally Davies is the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Trinity Challenge. Before this, she was Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and Chief Medical Adviser to the UK government from March 2011 to September 2019, having held the post on an interim basis since June 2010.
Dame Sally was the Co-Convenor of the UN Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). She has spoken on AMR at numerous global events, including the World Health Assembly side events, the G8 science ministers’ meeting (2015), the Global Health Security Initiative (2015), and the UN General Assembly side event (2016). For three years, she was the Chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR. Dame Sally was a member of the World Health Organisation Executive Board 2014 to 2016 and has led delegations to a range of WHO summits and forums since 2004.
Steve Davis was recently an Executive Strategy Advisor with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and prior to that served as the Interim Director for the Foundation’s China Country Office. Steve is a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as co-chair of the World Health Organization’s Digital Health Technical Advisory Group and as a Distinguished Fellow at the World Economic Forum. He is a member of numerous boards and advisory committees including The Trinity Challenge and CHOOSE 180. He is the former president & CEO of PATH, a leading global health innovation organization; former Director of Social Innovation at McKinsey & Company, a global consultancy; former CEO of Corbis, a digital media pioneer; and former attorney at the law firm now known as K&LGates. He holds degrees from Princeton University, University of Washington and Columbia Law School, and also studied at Beijing University. He speaks and writes regularly about the intersection of innovation, technology and social impact, and has extensive experience working with China. He is the author of the book Undercurrents: Channeling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism (Wiley, October 2020). He lives with his family in Seattle, Washington.
Sally is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and went on to pursue a career as a Finance Director, primarily in the advertising and marketing services sector. From 2008 to 2019 she was Chief Financial Officer for the EMEA region for J Walter Thompson, one of WPP’s major networks. In this role she served on several boards around Europe and was responsible for all financial, legal and HR matters.
Sally is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. She is also a Trustee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists where she sits on the Finance and Management Committee. Sally lives with her family in London.
Dr David Secher is an independent consultant in the areas of research commercialisation, intellectual property and technology transfer, in the UK and internationally. Assignments include work in Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Japan, South America, Africa, and Europe. He is based in Cambridge University, where he is a Life Fellow of Gonville & Caius College. He has served as an interim Bursar of Trinity and Corpus Christi Colleges. He is a director (and chair of the Audit Committee) of Crossword Cybersecurity plc and a Governor of Coventry University. Previous roles include Senior Bursar, Gonville & Caius College; CEO of the N8 Research Partnership; and Director of Research Services, Cambridge University. In 2002, together with Lita Nelsen of MIT, he founded Praxis (now PraxisAuril), the leading UK knowledge exchange organisation. He served as chairman or as a director until 2014 and is now Patron. For his contributions to “creating environments that favour enterprise, specialising in the practical aspects of commercialising the results of academic research”, he was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2007.