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Welcoming Baroness Tessa Blackstone as chair of our board

We’re delighted to welcome Baroness Tessa Blackstone as chair of our board

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Baroness Blackstone chairs the boards of a wide range of organisations and is a Labour peer. She started her career as an academic and has written books on social and educational policy.

Later, she became minister of state in the Department for Education and Employment and then served in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

“I’m very proud to take on the role of chair at the British Lung Foundation,” she says. “The charity has a strong vision for transforming care for the 12 million people living with a lung condition in the UK and the millions who may be diagnosed in the future.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done in research and campaigning to improve outcomes for people living with a lung condition.

"The British Lung Foundation has the ambition and drive to make a huge difference in a neglected area of health care. I look forward to working with the team to make these changes happen as quickly as possible throughout the UK.”

Tessa joins us at an exciting time. Her appointment coincides with the launch of our Battle for breath campaign. We want the government to support a taskforce for lung health. The taskforce would help come up with a 5 year plan to improve how people living with a lung condition are treated.

Dr Penny Woods, our chief executive, says “I’d like to warmly welcome our new chair, Baroness Tessa Blackstone. Her wealth of experience in health, academia and politics makes her the ideal candidate for this job.

“She’ll add a new level of drive, energy and focus to our work. With our current battle for breath campaign, this is a crucial time for the charity and Baroness Blackstone’s knowledge and expertise will be fundamental in steering our course.

“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to our outgoing chairman, Peter Dolphin. Under his leadership, we saw smoking in cars with children banned. We also more than doubled our annual investment in medical research. This vital progress would not have been achieved without his outstanding support and leadership.”

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3 April 2017