About Us

The Drake Foundation is a not for profit organisation committed to improving evidence-based measures for the understanding of concussion injuries in sport, based on scientific research and insight. We are passionate about sport and our team is dedicated to improving participant safety, so that contact sports can be enjoyed freely. Through research programs, collaborations, and facilitating scientific investigations, we ensure that progress continues towards a better understanding of sports-related concussion, and that safety is improved for years to come.


James Drake, Chairman and Founder

James launched The Drake Foundation in 2014 as a not-for-profit organisation committed to improving evidence-based measures for the understanding of concussion injuries in sport, based on scientific research.

In addition to The Drake Foundation, James is the Founder and Chairman of the Future Science Group publishing group, focusing on breakthrough medical, biotechnological and scientific research.

The latest project developed by James is the ChrisXandDrake Science Award; which aims to promote science in primary schools, and to reward and recognise teachers for doing so. The ChrisXandDrake Science Award will work alongside the presenters of BBC’s Operation Ouch and Horizon, Dr Chris van Tulleken and Dr Xand van Tulleken. Children will be taken through the entire process of scientific investigation – from hypothesis building through data collection to write-up, presentation and publication.

To discover more about James and his philanthropy programme, please visit www.jamesdrake.com.

Peter Hughes, Chief Executive Officer

Peter Hughes graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Bristol and subsequently qualified as a solicitor. On qualifying he became a partner of Corbould Rigby & Co., which merged with Underwood & Co. in 1998. He was managing partner of Underwood and Co. for 15 years until April 2014 combining the role with a busy case load for his clients.

Peter is a business lawyer who advises business clients from many different fields in relation to a wide range of commercial and corporate matters including business affairs, purchases and sales of companies and businesses, commercial leases and contracts. He has worked as an adviser to James Drake on many projects. Outside the office, Peter has a keen interest in any sport involving a ball, as well as in driving his classic Bristol car to distant places.

Hannah Wilson, Programme Manager

Hannah completed a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Durham University (UK) before joining Future Science Group in 2012, working as a Commissioning Editor across a range of biomedical titles and launching The Drake Foundation’s journal Concussion in 2015. Having played in both hockey and football leagues at University, sport participation and safety is very important to Hannah.