Kidney Research Northwest

Trustees of KRNW

The Charity is governed by the Board of Trustees. The Trustees delegate the day to day responsibility for the running of the charity.

The Trustees have appointed an Advisory Scientific Sub-Committee to consider and examine applications for funding, and an Investment Sub-Committee to oversee the management of the investment portfolio.

Appointment of Trustees is governed by the constitution of the charity. The Trustees have the power to appoint new members to fill vacancies arising through resignation or death of existing members. Potential Trustees are often from medical staff within the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and other hospitals within the North West Region, former renal patients and from the local business community, in order to ensure all round guidance and expertise with the running of the charity. As a result the members are familiar with the objectives of the Association.

Dr A Crowe

Chairman (Clinical)

Dr Alex Crowe is a Trustee of Kidney Research Northwest and also holds the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees. By profession he is Deputy Director, Incentive Schemes and Academic Partnerships, NHS Resolution Consultant Nephrologist, Liverpool University Teaching Hospitals

As well as being the Chairman for KRNW, Dr Crowe is also the Chairman of Renal Services meetings at Arrowe Park Hospital, Clinical lead for Kidney Care Network for Merseyside and Cheshire, STEC nephrology representative at Arrowe Park Hospital, RCP Tutor at Arrowe Park Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool.

Dr Crowe holds an MBBS (University of London), MRCP (RCP London), FRCP (RCP London) and MD (University of Liverpool).

He has been a Trustee of KRNW for many years, and has been in the role of Chairman since 2013.


Mr Philip Griffiths
Mr Philip Griffiths

Company Secretary

Philip was appointed as Honorary Treasurer and as Trustee in 1998 and becoming Company Secretary in 2012. Philip has responsibility for all aspects of the charity’s finances, has assisted with staff recruitment and changes to the constitution, and is also a member of the Investment Sub-committee.

Philip is a partner in Mitchell Charlesworth, Chartered Accountants and spends a good deal of his professional time working with charities and other not-for-profit organisations on accounting, tax and governance matters. He holds the Diploma in Charity Accounting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


Professor Graham Kemp - Chairman Scientific Sub-Committee

Graham Kemp MA DM DSc (Oxf) FRCPath FHEA FRSB CSci

After qualifying in medicine at Oxford in 1980, Professor Kemp trained in pathology before taking academic positions at Sheffield, Oxford and Liverpool, where he has been since 1996. At the University of Liverpool he is Head of the Department of Musculoskeletal and Ageing Science in the Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences, and Director of the Liverpool Magnetic Resonance Imaging Centre. He is Chair of one of the three University Research Ethics Committees, and is a member of the Management Board of the Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) MRC Doctoral Training Partnership. He holds an honorary NHS consultant post in Chemical Pathology at the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he also represents the University of Liverpool on the Council of Governors. His main research expertise is in magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging methods. He has more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, and has supervised 25 doctoral research students.


Dr A Sharma

Dr Asheesh Sharma became a Trustee of Kidney Research Northwest in 2022.

Ash is a Consultant Nephrologist at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has undertaken a range of local leadership roles including Nephrology Speciality Research lead for the NW Coast region from 2012-18, Associate Medical Director for Clinical Effectiveness from 2018-20, and has been Clinical Lead for Nephrology since 2019. He has recently been appointed as CKD lead and Nephrology representative for Cheshire and Mersey ICS.

He holds a first class degree in Physiological Sciences from Oxford University, BMBCh (Oxford, 1999), PhD (Liverpool, 2009) and FRCP (London).


Mr A Hammad

Mr Abdul Hammad is a Consultant Transplant Surgeon at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Mr Hammad is a long standing Trustee of KRNW with over 20 years serving on the board. He is also a member of our Scientific Sub-Committee where his expertise is invaluable to assessing the applications made to us for research funding.



Research Partners
Liverpool University The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital
Supported by
Mitchell Charlesworth