Introducing our new Chair of the Board



TUF is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Garthwaite MBBS PhD FRCS(Urol) as the new Chair of the Board.

What is your background?

“Until 2018 I was a working as a Consultant Urological Surgeon specialising in functional, reconstructive and neurourology. Following on from my PhD in Molecular Biology I retained a career long specialist interest in the treatment of benign conditions of the lower urinary tract, including incontinence and urinary tract infection.

After a personal encounter with cancer, I had to make the difficult decision to relinquish my clinical career. However, there is always a silver lining to every situation. I now have the time to be able to devote my energy and expertise to working on behalf of urology healthcare professionals, patients and their families, through my new role with The Urology Foundation. In a way this allows me to give something back in return for the invaluable support I received from The Urology Foundation throughout my career.”

Why is the work of The Urology Foundation so important?

“The Urology Foundation is uniquely positioned as the only charity concerned with advancing care across the entire spectrum of urological disease. We work to support both the patient and the healthcare professionals delivering their care, thereby aiming to improve outcomes, end suffering and save lives.

From the perspective of both a medical professional and a patient, I firmly believe that high quality research, cutting-edge clinical skills and clear communication are fundamental to the delivery of successful healthcare. The Urology Foundation already has an outstanding track record in supporting high quality urological research, skills training and patient education, but we are ambitious to do more. It’s therefore an immense privilege to help guide The Urology Foundation in its ongoing quest to reach further and achieve even more.”