Chris Woollams CV

Chris Woollams CV

Chris Woollams: Cancer researcher, Britain’s leading writer on cancer, Editor icon magazine, Founder CANCERactive. Wellness and Holistic Health.

’Are you the Cancer Guru who helped Geoffrey Boycott beat his cancer?’

Thus started an e-mail from a Doctor to Chris in 2007. Chris does not think of himself in these terms. He is a cancer researcher on a mission to bring people the Truth so they can increase their personal odds of survival. 

Every day he receives mailings from cancer centres all over the world and he takes the most relevant and most patient usable and writes news items; later these are added to articles that he writes or updates on the CANCERactive Website. He then puts them out to an extensive social media following, and includes them in his own newsletter to over 50,000 followers.  Twice a year he writes, cajoles others into writing and edits the highly successful icon magaxine which goes into 640 cancer centers, hospitals and health sections of libraries and is loved by cancer patients and nurses alike. He does all this and more without remuneration from CANCERactive; if fact he still makes donations and pays for staff.

’What Chris doesn’t know about cancer, just isn’t worth knowing. I’d love to see him on TV with a panel of oncologists he’d run rings round them. His knowledge and understanding of cancer and his memory of research and facts are second to none’. This is the view of co-founder of CANCERactive, Lindsey Fealey. But many people who know Chris would agree.

"Frankly I get angry when people say there is no research on complementary or alternative therapies. They are just too lazy to look, or they are closed-minded bigots. Either way, they can come between a cancer patient in need and a good solid research study that could increase their personal odds of survival. And that is just plain Quackery. These ’Nay sayers’ are dangerous. They put lives at risk", says Chris.

One of his patients told him a few years ago after he'd helped her go from 'terminal' to 'cured' that she'd worked him out. 'He didn't treat cancer - he 'treated people'. Another said that her oncologist was 'stuck in the illness business, while Chris was 'Clearly in the Wellness business' and that had been most successful for her. Another said that Chris was 'The only real Scientist he'd come across in 8 years of dealing with hospitals such as the Royal Marsden'; while another said that the crucial difference with Chris is "He understands what Holistic Health really means". 

Chris is also in high demand - he has spoken at the NHS Conference, the annual Brain Tumour Conference, The International Children with cancer conference, and in the USA, Australia, the UK, Russia, Germany and Japan (to 28,000 people). He also helps people build programmes to fight cancer in his spare time, for which he charges, although he even makes donations to CANCERactive from that!


Here is his formal CV. If you want to know more about his work, click here. If you want to read an interview with him, click here.

Chris Woollams

After leaving Watford Grammar School, where he was head boy, Chris went to Oxford University and read Biochemistry for 4 years, including a time in cancer research.

He then took a 22 year ’sabbatical’ in the world of advertising, rising to MD of Publicis in London when he was just 31. He became the youngest ever Advertising Chairman of a multi-national communication group at Ted Bates 3 years later. He was promoted first to the European, then the Worldwide board - at the time, Ted Bates was the third largest Ad agency in the world. Whilst creative director of Ted Bates they created the ’Ain’t no Mountain high enough’ campaign for DHL. It ran, worldwide, for 16 years. It's now running again! His name is on a number of creative awards from Corning to HP foods.

In 1986 Saatchi and Saatchi bought Ted Bates and asked Chris to run their company as joint chairman, but instead he set up his own. In 1995, with 9 companies and 74 clients (from Virgin to BMW, WH Smiths to Freemans, the L&G, RAC and Fedex) he put the company onto the stock market and a year later retired claiming he was ’past his sell-by date’. He had helped launch new companies like Norwich Union Healthcare and Mercury One-to-One, even joining their boards.

From 1995 until 2001 he worked as a Management consultant with a diverse group of companies such as Norwich Union, Sony, BAT, Virgin Active Health Clubs and others. In parallel he pursued his personal interest in health, studying nutrition, health and fitness and body energy systems.

In 2001 his daughter Catherine (then 22) was diagnosed with a grade 4 malignant brain tumour (GBM) and given 5- 6 months to live. Chris then devoted his life to try and save hers. In so doing accidentally built a new life for himself! From the very outset, he was on a mission to bring ordinary people the 'Truth about cancer', without the vested interest, propaganda or the medical mythology that abounds in the Western world.

Chris in RussiaChris now speaks all over the world on cancer and cancer prevention. For example, he has spoken in the USA, Australia, Germany, Russia, Israel and Japan (to 28,000 people, no less) in the past 4 years. He has toured extensively throughout the UK, speaking in hospitals and cancer clinics, to cancer care groups, at The National Brain Tumour Conference, at Primary Care 2006, at the National Cancer Prevention Conference (2005), at the NHS Conference and in schools to both children and Mums.

Chris is still involved in the business world and is listed in Debrett’s People of Today and International business’ Who’s Who’.

He plays sport, golf and chess when he has a free moment! Chris lives in Hua Hin, Thailand - CANCERactive is a UK but virtual cancer charity.

He has a wife, Min, and four children, Georgina (31), Stephanie (29), Ben (20) and his last fling, Harry (6) plus a step-daughter, Pias. He is proud of them all. He remains a member of the RAC club in the UK, a member of Royal Mougins Golf and country club in Cannes, France, and Springfield Royal Golf resort, Hua Hin, Thailand. He is also a member of the Confrerie de Tastevin.

He was made a Freeman of the City of London in 2008.

Chris is a philanthropist too - he has donated considerable sums of money to charity plus all the world-wide profit from his highly successful books to date. He sits on other group boards in the Far East and has been involved in the UK steering group on EMFs, and is a patron of several charities seeking to protect children from toxins and EMFs.  

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