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 Drake studied at the University of Leeds and received a BSc (Hons) in biochemistry. Upon completing his education, he began working at the BIBRA food toxicology research institute, was Commissioning Editor at Elsevier and Senior Editor at Academic Press. In the following years, he has held many highly respected positions throughout varying fields.
In 1987 James joined Current Drugs Ltd, where he developed the Current Opinion journals for pharmaceutical patents by extracting information from patent libraries and publishing these on a monthly basis in a range of medical areas, including neurology.
He continued to develop new ranges of peer-reviewed journals that evaluates scientific research at Ashley Publications Ltd and Expert Reviews Ltd. In 2003, James founded and became Chairman of Future Medicine Ltd and Future Science Ltd, which encompass some of the most respected journals in medicine (including Nanomedicine, Regenerative Medicine, Pharmacogenomics, Bioanalysis and Epigenomics) and has pioneered the development of closed networks and digital platforms.
In 2014, James established The Drake Foundation, a not-for-profit company tackling the problem of concussion in sport head-on.
Peter Hughes, CEO (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.
Velicia Bachtiar, CSO (Chief Scientific Officer)
Velicia Bachtiar is the Chief Scientific Officer at The Drake Foundation to further develop and implement initiatives to advance research and knowledge on sports-related concussion.
Velicia obtained a first class BSc (Hons) in Psychology from University College London before completing an MSc in Neuroscience and DPhil (PhD) in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. During her doctorate, Velicia used neuroimaging techniques to investigate how the brain changes with non-invasive brain stimulation.
Hannah Wilson, Product Manager (Concussion Database); Managing Editor (Concussion Journal)
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.