Trustees and senior staff

Our trustees and senior staff are dedicated to leading the fight against lung disease across the UK.

President - Professor Sir Michael Marmot

MichaelMarmotProfessor Sir Michael Marmot is founder of the Institute of Health Equity, and has over 35 years’ research experience focussed on how people’s social circumstances affect their health.

His work as Principal Investigator on the Whitehall Studies of British civil servants, which linked disease with an individual’s control over their life, fundamentally changed the public health focus of preventing ill health from lifestyle behaviours to social causes.

Sir Michael also chaired the World Health Organisation’s ‘Commission on Social Determinants in Health’, and the landmark English review of health inequalities (the ‘Marmot Review’). A former President of the British Medical Association and previous winner of both the Balzan Prize for Epidemiology and William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, Professor Marmot was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2000 for services to epidemiology.

Our trustees

Chair of the board of trustees – Peter Dolphin

Peter DolphinPeter has enjoyed a 40-year career in advertising and marketing. He joined an international advertising agency in 1971 before leaving after five years - with his bosses' blessing - to start an independent, specialist recruitment advertising company with two colleagues.

That business, Moxon, Dolphin & Kerby, grew over the next 20 years to become one of the leading agencies in the UK.

In 1996, they sold the business to American advertising group TMP and Peter was kept on as CEO. Over the next five years he led the way in acquiring similar businesses across Europe, extending TMP’s network into 13 countries with 750 staff.

In 2001, Peter took responsibility for developing, from scratch, the internet brand throughout Europe. He helped turn Monster into the continent’s leading online recruitment business. By 2006, sales turnover had reached US$500 million and the company employed more than 1,500 staff.

Peter decided to retire from full-time work on his 60th birthday. He has spent the last two years working with the British Lung Foundation, alongside developing his own small businesses and relaxing at his house in the south of France.

Vice Chair – Professor Stephen Spiro

Stephen SpiroStephen is a professor of respiratory medicine. He was Head of Department at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) until retiring from the NHS in December 2008. He is now an honorary consultant physician at UCLH and the Royal Brompton Hospital, London.

Stephen started his consultant career with a joint appointment at the Brompton and UCLH in 1977. He moved full-time to UCLH in 1993 to become Clinical Director of Medicine and then Medical Director.

He has a long-standing interest in lung cancer. Stephen helped form the London Lung Cancer Group, which has run clinical trials for more than 30 years. He also received a large Cancer Research UK grant to look at improving screening in people with a high risk of lung cancer.

Stephen has also done a lot of research into respiratory physiology and sleep disordered breathing. He is now working on improving undergraduate teaching at UCLH, continuing research, seeing private patients and working for the BLF.

His outside interests include tennis, fly fishing and hoping Arsenal will do better. He and his wife enjoy classical music, theatre and opera as well as supporting the arts. They have three sons and three grandchildren.

Ralph Bernard CBE

Ralph BernardRalph Bernard’s media career began more than 30 years ago in newspaper journalism, before he moved into commercial radio. He was responsible for the UK’s first commercial radio merger, which ultimately created GWR Group, the country’s largest radio group until 2008.

In 1991, Ralph had the original idea to launch Classic FM, Britain’s most successful commercial radio station. Ralph led the GWR Group for more than 25 years, stepping down as Chief Executive in 2008. He received a CBE for services to broadcasting in the 2002 Jubilee Honours.

He is also Chairman of the Central School of Ballet and Chairman of Classic FM.

Ralph is married with four daughters. He regularly runs marathons and is a keen five-a-side footballer. In quieter moments he collects copies of Wisden, the cricketing yearbook.

Lord Borwick of Hawkshead

Lord Borwick of HawksheadJamie is a Parliamentarian and entrepreneur with interests in property development and investment. He is Managing Director of Love Lane Investments and Chairman of Federated Trust Corporation Ltd.

Previously, he has been CEO of Manganese Bronze Holdings, which is best known for manufacturing London taxis.

His work with charities extends beyond his trusteeship of the British Lung Foundation. He also serves on the board of trustees of The Ewing Foundation, a charity that promotes inclusive education for deaf children, and the Edwin Borwick Charitable Trust, which funds research into the causes of congenital heart problems.

He is also a director of the corporate trustees of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity. He became Lord Borwick of Hawkshead in 2007, and in 2013 became a member of the House of Lords.

Jamie is married to Victoria, a London Assembly member and Deputy Mayor of London. They have four children.

Richard Chappell

Richard ChappellRichard graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Retail Marketing from Manchester Metropolitan University and started his career in food retailing, eventually becoming Regional Director with Lidl and overseeing the opening of their UK operation and their first 65 stores.

He joined the Carlisle Group in January 1998 within the staffing business before being appointed as Managing Director of Recruit in February 2001.  Over the next three years he gained responsibility for further brands within the Industrial, Office, IT and Education staffing sectors.

In September 2004 Richard took over as Managing Director of Carlisle Security which, at the time was part of Carlisle Facilities Services Ltd.

Following the creation of the Impellam Group PLC as a result of the merger of the Carlisle Group with the Corporate Services Group in May 2008, Richard become the Chief Executive Officer of Carlisle Support Services.

Richard oversaw the rebranding, reorganisation and expansion of the business.  As CEO of the group Richard managed the creation of the Carlisle CCTV and Carlisle Managed Services brands, as well as the development of Carlisle Europa, the first Carlisle business specifically created to operate in mainland Europe.

Richard’s early experience in retail has left him with strong views about the importance of the customer and the need to become and stay engaged with customers.  He has written several articles for the trade press espousing the cause of greater customer focus in Carlisle’s markets which have a history of commodity buying.

Professor Duncan Empey

Prof Duncan EmpeyDuncan is Emeritus Professor in the School of Postgraduate Medicine at the University of Hertfordshire. He is a consultant respiratory physician and was Director of the London Chest Hospital Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre for 16 years. He was also Medical Director of Barts and The London NHS Trust from 1994 until 2001.

From 2002 until 2005, Duncan was Associate Director of the performance development team, part of the national clinical governance support team at the NHS Modernisation Agency, and Honorary Professor in the Centre for Health Planning and Management at Keele University. From 2005 to 2009, he was Foundation Professor and Dean of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School.

He has been Editor of the British Journal of Diseases of the Chest and was formerly Secretary General of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology.

Duncan has published more than 50 papers on respiratory and medical management topics and was co-author of Lung Function for the Clinician. He has been Group Medical Director of BMI Healthcare since 2008.

David Gill

david gillDavid has a vast business experience; he currently runs his own publishing consultancy and, in a distinguished career spanning 35 years, he has held a number of senior management positions including at The Economist newspaper.

He began to work with the British Lung Foundation (BLF) eight years ago after he experienced some serious lung problems.

In 2012, David joined  the BLF’s board of trustees and became chair of the communications sub-committee.

Richard Pettit

Richard Pettit

Richard's career as a solicitor began in Baker Street in his family firm and then spanned thirty years as a partner of Clifford Chance LLP, based in the City. In 1981 he founded and for the ensuing seven years managed the firm's office in Singapore. He is now a consultant with Thorp Alberga, an offshore law firm.

Outside the practise of law, he was a non-executive director at a subsidiary of Mizuho Corporate Bank for over four years; and he spent five years as an original trustee of Sparrow Schools Foundation, a Dulwich based charity which funds schooling for disadvantaged children living in Johannesburg townships.

Richard is a member of The Honourable Artillery Company. He plays golf and real tennis and cycles regularly.

Richard Pinckard

Richard Pinckard

Richard obtained a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, where he has been a partner since 1996 working with many of its major international clients across a wide range of industries.

Richard is also a Governor of Alleyn’s School and a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel, the UK’s financial reporting regulator.  He is married with a son and daughter and tries to play golf in his spare time.

Professor Stephen Holgate

Professor Stephen HolgateStephen Holgate is Medical Research Council Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology at the School of Medicine, Southampton, UK.

After completing his medical training in London he spent two years at Harvard Medical School to acquire skills in allergic disease mechanisms.

On returning to Southampton in 1980, he set up a research group focused on the mechanisms of asthma.

He is a past president of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and British Thoracic Society.

He is chair of the MRC Population and Systems Medicine Board and Member of MRC Strategy Board and chair of Panel A (covering Medicine, Health and Life Sciences) of the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014 (to assess research and impact in all UK Universities over the previous 5 years).

He is chair of the UK Government Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances and member of the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants.

Professor Warren Lenney

Professor Warren LenneyWarren Lenney is professor of respiratory child health at Keele University and consultant respiratory paediatrician at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke on Trent. He is chair of the national Paediatric Formulary Committee which is responsible for the development of the BNFC and was director of the West Midlands Medicines for Children Research Network from 2006 to 2014. He was research and development director for the UHNS NHS Trust from 2002-2009 and over the same time period was the editor-in chief of Paediatric Respiratory Reviews, the only worldwide review journal for paediatric chest diseases.

He is the author of over 200 medical articles and editorials and has research interests in asthma therapy, breath analysis, cystic fibrosis and respiratory infections. He works closely with the BTS the BPRS and the British Lung Foundation and lectures widely in the UK and abroad.


Chair, scientific committee - Professor Stephen Holgate,

Chair, communications subcommittee - David Gill

Chief Executive - Dr Penny Woods

Director of Operations and Innovation - Steven Wibberley

Director of Fundraising and Communications - Clare Cox

Director of Finance and Corporate Services - Alex Fowles

Director of Research - Dr Noel Snell 

Head of Research - Ian Jarrold

Head of Patient Services - Mike McKevitt

Head of Wales - Chris Mulholland

Head of Scotland and Northern Ireland - James Cant

Honorary Medical Advisers
Professor Mark Britton
Dr John Moore-Gillon
Dr Keith Prowse
Chris Fehrenbach (Honorary Nurse Adviser)