Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens has been a patient advocate for 25 years, surviving two cancers and a heart emergency, plus several co-morbidities and late effects. As a patient he has participated in four interventional studies and nine others. As an Advocate he has helped design over 30 more.

Richard Chairs the UK Cancer Research Advocates Forum (formerly the NCRI Consumer Forum) and is the former Chair of BBMRI-ERIC’s Stakeholder Forum. He works with patient groups and advocates, academics and industry, and policy-makers, funders and regulators.  

Richard helped found the AllTrials campaign and useMYdata movement, and he is the founding co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Research Involvement and Engagement. His professional life has included careers in education, journalism and local government.