Peter Rigby FMedSci FRS


Joined the Board on 1 January 2014, to succeed Professor William Cushley as Chair and Member of the Charity.

Originally trained as a molecular biologist in Cambridge, UK and Stanford, California, Peter Rigby has since worked in London at Imperial College, the MRC National Institute for Medical Research and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).  His research has focused on the regulation of gene expression during embryogenesis, in particular during skeletal muscle development.  Peter was the Chief Executive of the ICR from 1999 until 2011, during which time he led the Institute to become one of the UK’s leading academic research centres.  He remains as Professor Emeritus of Developmental Biology.

Peter has served on the Wellcome Trust’s Board of Governors since January 2008 and recently relinquished the role of Deputy Chair, which he had held since October 2010.  He also serves as a Member of the Council of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation.