Meet a few members of our team and find out why they're inspired to work here.
Our values guide everything that we do:
- Empathy – We listen with empathy and treat people with respect. Our work is guided by what people tell us they need.
- Empowerment - We empower people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to take control of their lives.
- Excellence – We inspire and lead action. We always work hard to improve what we do and respond positively to challenges that arise.
Biddy has worked on the BLF Helpline in Liverpool since 2009, after 10 years working in theatre and 7 looking after her children.
"In an average day I can speak to people about benefits, holidays and asbestos. The variety of calls I deal with on the helpline keep my job interesting. Knowing I can help someone with quite complex questions makes me know I’m doing a very worthwhile job."
Ian is our head of research and has worked at the BLF for a decade. He had previously studied biochemistry and worked in the medical research charity sector.
“Tackling lung disease is a huge challenge and there are many areas of unmet need for people who have lung disease, their families, carers and loved ones. Working at the BLF and being part of the effort to make a difference is very rewarding.”
Amir is our finance assistant and first joined as a volunteer in November 2015. In April 2016, he joined us full-time and helps process our finances.
“Working in the finance team lets me see first-hand how the income we receive is being put to fantastic use, whether it’s going into new research or to help people living with a lung condition. Knowing that any money we get goes towards a tremendous cause gives me great satisfaction.”
Irene joined as the head of BLF Scotland in August 2015. She brings with her a wealth of experience from the health service and the not-for-profit sector. She's also the Head of BLF Northern Ireland.
“The work we do in the BLF is vital. Whether it’s campaigning to improve services, working with our Breathe Easy groups or speaking to policymakers, it all comes back to helping people with lung disease. That’s the most important part of my approach.”
Bethany has been with us since 2011 and works with our network of health care professionals, as well as getting people affected by lung disease involved with what we do.
“Respiratory health is a cause very close to my heart, having lost my father to lung cancer, my nan to pneumonia, and having watched my sister struggle with severe asthma. I am truly inspired by the patients and carers I work with. Everyone here is so passionate about the cause – and it makes it a great place to be.”
Joseph Carter is the Head of BLF Wales following other roles in the charity sector and in the National Assembly for Wales.
"Lung conditions affect so many people and yet are so poorly understood and diagnosed. The British Lung Foundation work with professionals, civil servants and politicians in Wales to ensure that people affected by lung conditions and their families get the support they need."