Who works at the British Lung Foundation?
We're committed to giving people with a lung condition hope, help and a voice.
We're proud to work with some of the most dedicated, hard-working, friendliest people around! Meet a few of our amazing team here, and find out how you can join us in leading the fight against lung disease.
Marie works on the helpline
Marie joined the helpline as an information assistant in September 2015. She previously worked at social services for over 6 years at a local council.
"The feedback I get from callers, like 'thanks for being there', really makes me feel proud of what I do. It makes me realise just how important it is to have an organisation like the BLF to help people when they need us the most."
Ashleigh works in digital and marketing
Ashleigh is a digital and marketing assistant who joined us in October 2017. Previously, she worked as a journalist for a social justice news agency in Cape Town, South Africa.
"When you live with a lung condition, you need access to easy-to-understand information that empowers you to both understand and manage your condition. Developing this health information is really rewarding, as I know I’m having a direct impact on the lives of many people living with lung conditions. The team at the BLF is also truly passionate about the work that they do, which makes it a wonderful place to work."
Steven works in donations
Steve has worked with us since 2016, and as the supporter care executive, he makes sure our supporters are well looked-after, and helps them understand how their donations benefit our work.
“I have the privilege of reading almost all the letters that come in with donations, and it’s so gratifying to hear directly from people about what the BLF means to them and why they want to support us. We wouldn’t be able to do any of our amazing work without the help of our supporters and I try to make sure that every one of them knows that!”
Rebekah works in events
Rebekah has been working with our events team since 2017. She helps organise all kinds of events for our supporters, from charity balls to cake sales and dress up days, as well as managing our community campaigns like the Big Breakfast!
“I love that I get to talk to so many people affected by lung disease, and support their fundraising. The passion they have for helping our research, support services, or campaigning work is so inspirational! It motivates me to give them as much support as I can. Every time I hear about a breakthrough in our research or campaigning work, I feel proud knowing that I’ve been a small part of that.”
Lizzie works in press and communications
Lizzie is a press and campaigns officer, leading on our tobacco and e-cigarette work. She has a background in PR.
"It’s so important to raise the profile of the BLF, and start a conversation around lung health in media. The press team wants to raise awareness of issues faced by those living with a lung condition and get our key messages out there. It’s really rewarding when we get press coverage, and show how the BLF is the leading voice for lung health."
Dawn works in finance
Dawn has been working with us for 2 years, and previously worked for membership organisations like The Chartered Institute of Public Financial Accountants, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal Institute of British Architects.
"I work in the financial team, and see how the donations we receive go towards funding our life-changing research, our many campaigns and projects, and the ways we support those who suffer from lung conditions. Having lost a friend to lung cancer, I'm proud to be part of an organisation where the staff are committed to fighting lung disease."
Cheryl works in research
Cheryl has worked in our research team for just over a year. She studied biology, and over the last 8 years has worked in research management, professional engagement and health information roles in the charity sector.
"Research provides hope for people living with lung conditions of better treatments and one day a cure, and my role enables that great work to happen. As the research networks and partnerships manager, I'm proud to have created and launched the first UK-wide research network in mesothelioma. I also help manage the giving of grants for medical research into any lung condition."
Rhys works in our Wales office
Rhys joined as our policy and public affairs officer in the BLF Wales office in July 2017. He previously worked in university students’ unions.
“Our work with politicians, government officials, other charities and health care professionals to raise awareness of and influence the decisions they make to benefit of people living with lung disease is so incredibly important. It’s great being able to work with decision-makers to make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Jenna works in patient services
Jenna is our physical activity and behaviour change lead, and has worked with us for just over a year. Jenna previously worked in the physical activity team at Macmillan Cancer Support, and prior to that, worked as a health advisor for BUPA.
"There are so many benefits to being active, but to change their lifestyles, people sometimes need a bit of extra help. My role is to develop ways to empower and support people to self-manage their condition effectively, including through physical activity. The BLF is a really rewarding place to work and it's great knowing that we are making a difference to people's lives."
Andy works with our partnerships team
Andy joined our partnerships team in November 2017. In his role as a corporate partnerships executive, he builds and manages relationships with companies who are working with us to improve the lives of people with a lung condition.
"I’m so happy to be working with the BLF and doing my bit to support the fantastic work that we all do. I was diagnosed with a rare type of lung disease myself 4 years ago, and have been hugely impressed with the support that the charity provides which has helped me come to terms with my condition. I work with our corporate partners, who are passionate about supporting us, and our efforts to empower patients and their families."
Graeme works our Scotland office
Graeme Sneddon is one of our communications officers. He's based in Scotland and covers the research that we fund.
“Many lung conditions don't have a cure, and aren't spotted early enough to stop them progressing. Our research offers hope to patients by finding new methods to identify and accurately diagnose lung conditions at a much earlier stage. It's hugely rewarding to tell our audience the exciting stories of how we're funding potentially life-changing research."