Board of Directors
The Gavin Glynn Foundation (CLBG) is a registered company in Ireland with our office based in Kilcoole, Co.Wicklow. CHY number is pending.
As a not-for-profit, charitable status company, The Gavin Glynn Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors none of whom take fees for their work or time.
At present, the board is comprised of:
• Jayne Glynn (Company Secretary)
• John Glynn (Director)
• Damian Gammell (Director)
• Sharon Walsh Gaynor (Marketing Director)
• Jane McDaid, (Marketing Director)
• Frank Giles MD (Medical Director)
John Glynn is Gavin’s father and the founder and Director of The Gavin Glynn Foundation.
John previous background was in Information Security and I.T, and while Gavin was in treatment he spent all his spare time reading medical articles and reaching out to other specialists from all corners of the globe to find the best treatment options for Gavin. John has built up a large network of medical specialists from all over the world. When Gavin passed last October John & Jayne knew that they must continue on and use their expertise and knowledge which they have gained while caring for Gavin to help other children and their families in Ireland and continue Gavin’s legacy.
Francis J. Giles
Deputy Director Francis J. Giles, MB, MD, FRCPI, FRCPath is Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Director of the Northwestern Medicine Developmental Therapeutics Institute.
A cancer specialist with more than two decades of experience, Dr. Giles has led the development of novel drugs, immunotherapies, and other highly targeted approaches, including cancer-directed viruses, monoclonal antibodies, and molecularly directed agents.
Among his many accolades, Dr. Giles was recently elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences. He earned his primary medical degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and a Doctorate in medicine from NUIG in 2003. He is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Royal College of Pathology (United Kingdom). Dr. Giles has particular interests in the mentoring of developmental therapeutics physician-scientists and in international collaborations across the bioscience spectrum. Prior to joining Northwestern, Dr. Giles was Director of the HRB Clinical Research Facility, Galway. He is a Professor of Cancer Therapeutics at both NUIG and Trinity College Dublin. Previously, Dr. Giles served as Deputy Director of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center, San Antonio; Chief of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology; and Director of the Institute for Drug Development. His prior positions include serving as Professor in the Division of Cancer Medicine at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and as a faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He is the founder and Chairman of both the International Oncology Study Group and the Developmental Therapeutics Consortium. He has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed articles on bioscience research in academic journals.
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He has served as principal investigator on numerous national and international First in Human, Phase I, II, and III clinical studies of many novel agents, and holds numerous patents and technology licenses.
Dr. Giles has focused his clinical and research efforts on providing therapy for patients suffering from treatment-resistant or refractory cancer. He has pioneered the use of many agents that are now in regular use as targeted therapies for patients with cancer. Dr. Giles has particular interests in the mentoring of developmental therapeutics physician-scientists and in international collaborations across the bioscience spectrum.
Jane McDaid is the founder of Thinkhouse, the youth communications agency.
With offices in Dublin and London, Thinkhouse helps global brands like Coca-Cola, Unilever, Three and Heineken Ireland connect with youth audiences around the world. With creativity and innovation at the centre of the agency’s DNA, under McDaid’s leadership Thinkhouse has hugely influenced the Irish and UK agency landscape with its fast evolving, innovative, creative and social-centric approach to communications strategies. Think house was listed as one of the World’s Leading Independent Agencies 2015 by global marketing publication, ‘Campaign’.
Jane is married to her husband and business partner David and her Three Children Heather, Fionnán and Limor and lives in Dublin.