Chief Executive and Senior Team

Meet our Chief Executive, Kay Boycott, and our Senior team

Kay Boycott – Chief Executive

Kay began her career in commercial roles for Nestlé and Johnson & Johnson, followed by 10 years in strategy consultancy for clients including GlaxoSmithKline, Nestle and Vodafone. She was also a Non-Executive Director and Audit Chair of NHS Hammersmith & Fulham Primary Care Trust for five years and a Trustee of Gingerbread.

Kay moved to the charity sector in 2009 as Director of Campaigns, Policy and Communications at the housing and homelessness charity Shelter and became Chief Executive of Asthma UK in October 2013. Kay is a member of the Kings Fund General Advisory Council and was shortlisted as Digital Leader of the Year in 2017. 

Dr Samantha Walker – Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Research and Policy

Samantha joined Asthma UK in January 2011. A nurse by training, she maintains her research activity through an honorary senior lectureship (non-clinical) in the Division of Community Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh and has published extensively on asthma and allergy for over 25 years in high impact research journals.

Graham Kelly - Director of Fundraising

Graham joined Asthma UK as Director of Fundraising in April 2017 bringing with him over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of fundraising roles in the charity sector. Most recently he was Director of Fundraising at Beating Bowel Cancer, where his achievements included proudly leading the charity to become the Institute of Fundraising Charity of the Year in 2015, having doubled the charity’s gross income. Prior to this Graham held fundraising roles at charities across the health, disability and social care sectors including: Whizz-Kidz, Age Concern, RNID and RNIB.

Harriet Jones – Director of Finance and Resources

Harriet joined Asthma UK as Director of Finance and Resources in January 2015.

Previously, Harriet was Finance Bursar at University College School, a foundation of independent schools. This followed a period at the Home Office and various roles at the BBC over 9 years, most latterly heading up the Business Analysis and Planning team. Harriet qualified as a chartered accountant whilst working at Deloitte.

Michael Clarke – Director of Advice and Support

Michael joined Asthma UK in January 2017 and has spent the last twenty years leading digital content development and advice services in the BBC, digital agencies and higher education. He has led the creation and delivery of websites, face-to-face services, helplines and digital communities for companies ranging from the RSPCA and the BMA to British Airways and General Motors.