Our experts

Looking for an expert to talk about asthma? Our experts regularly speak out in the media about asthma and the work we do at Asthma UK.

Contact the media team to speak to an expert:

0207 786 4949 or mediaoffice@asthma.org.uk.

Kay Boycott, CEO Asthma UK

Kay Boycott, Chief Executive

Bio: Kay has been Chief Executive at Asthma UK since October 2013, having previously worked as Director of Campaigns, Policy and Communications at the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Kay is a member of the Kings Fund General Advisory Council and has expertise on digital innovation in healthcare. 

Media expertise: Kay is available for interviews about asthma care, health policy, and has a specialist interest in digital health technology and innovation. She has been interviewed by a huge range of media outlets across both print and broadcast media, including Sky News. 

Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy

Bio: Samantha Walker holds a PhD in mechanisms of allergy and asthma, and has worked in the field for over 25 years. Samantha's work on allergies and asthma has been published in a range of research journals including the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Before working at Asthma UK, Samantha held a range of roles including running outpatient clinics, teaching and lecturing healthcare professionals, and running and designing research projects.  

Media expertise: Samantha is available for interviews on a wide range of asthma-related topics including asthma research, pollution, allergies, and asthma care and management. She has previously appeared on Radio 4's Today Programme, BBC Breakfast, ITV News and Sky News.

Dr Andy Whittamore, Clinical Lead at Asthma UK and practising GP with specialist interest in respiratory medicine 

Bio: Andy is a practising GP in Portsmouth and Asthma UK's Clinical Lead. He has worked as a GP for over 15 years, and has a wealth of knowledge about asthma and respiratory care. He has held a range of roles driving innovation and quality improvement around asthma including working for the Primary Care respiratory Society UK, on the Department of Health's Respiratory Programme and on developing national guidelines on asthma. 

Media expertise: Andy is able to provide expert clinical insight on a range of topics including asthma in primary care, digital innovation in asthma care, diagnosis and treatment. He has taken part in a number of interviews for national and regional outlets including the BBC, ITN and Sky and written for a range of publications including GP Online, Healthwatch and People's Friend. 

Portrait of Sonia Head of Helpline at Asthma UK

Sonia Munde, Head of Helpline at Asthma UK and physiotherapist with respiratory specialism

Bio: Sonia is a qualified physiotherapist and has over 15 years of experience in respiratory care. Her team of nurses see first-hand the impact asthma can have, as they offer support and advice over the phone, by email and instant messenger. As well as working for Asthma UK, Sonia provides locum respiratory diagnostic and management clinics in GP practises.

Media expertise: Sonia is able to give expert clinical insight on a range of topics including the signs and symptoms of asthma, diagnosis and treatment. She has written for, and been interviewed for a range of media, including mainstream press, and nursing and physiotherapy publications. 

Colette Harris, Deputy Director and Health Content 

Bio: Colette has expertise in the signs and symptoms of asthma as well as having a broad range of knowledge across all areas of asthma health advice.  She also has over 19 years of experience as a journalist and content director for the healthcare sector.

Media expertise: Colette is available for interviews about asthma care and the day-to-day management of asthma, including what people with asthma can do to help themselves. She has been interviewed by a range of outlets including ITV and regional radio outlets.

Dr Erika Kennington, Head of Research

Bio: Erika Kennington holds a PhD from Kings College London and has worked as a research funder in the charity and not-for-profit sector for 8 years. Her role encompasses medical research funding strategy, research programme management, assesment of the impact of research and influencing investment in research. Prior to Asthma UK, she worked as a published reseacher in both industry and academia across a number of biomedical and health disciplines. 

Media expertise: Erika regularly comments on asthma research in national and regional outlets, and has taken part in several regional broadcast interviews.