Chris Askew was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he studied Classics. From here, and following a short stint in the Royal Navy, he worked as a shipbroker in international dry cargo freight in the City before moving into the charitable sector, following a number of years as a senior volunteer for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Following six years at Action for Children in a number of fundraising roles, he moved on to Director of Fundraising roles at the homeless charity, Crisis, and at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He joined Breakthrough in 2006 as Director of Fundraising and was appointed Chief Executive in 2010.
Chris chairs the Breast Cancer Working Group and sits on the Cancer Outcomes Strategy Implementation Advisory Group and the NHS National Stakeholder Forum. He also represents Breakthrough on the Richmond Group of health charities. He has previously served as a Trustee of the Revolving Doors Agency.
Chris says: "With 1,000 women still dying from breast cancer every month, it is clear that there is still a huge amount of work to do. Through Breakthrough’s innovative work in prevention, treatments and early diagnosis, my aim is to lead our charity and, with the help of people affected by the disease, we will be able to create a world freed from breast cancer."