Our Board and Trustees

Asthma UK is governed by a council of trustees and is chaired by Professor Rob Wilson.

Chair

Professor Robert Wilson 

Professor Rob Wilson was appointed as Chair in July 2009. He is a Consultant Physician, and Clinical Lead of Lung Infection at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital. He is also an adjunct Professor of Medicine at Imperial College London.

Trustees

George Anson

George became a Trustee in June 2015 and brings 30 years of entrepreneurial and financial expertise. He is a Managing Director of HarbourVest Partners, a global private equity investment management company, having founded their London office in 1990. He is also a former Director and Chairman of Invest Europe. George is a Trustee of The Watts Gallery and The Anson Charitable Trust. He sits on the Finance and Audit Committee.

Jim Bowes

Jim became a trustee in March 2017 to help Asthma UK maximise the benefit of its use of digital technology. He is the CEO and co-founder of Manifesto, an award winning digital agency specialising in Agile consultancy, technology, content and strategic user experience design. Jim set up the London based business in 2011, designing digital services and products around the needs of users, working predominantly with charities and third sector organisations. Jim has worked in digital or digital content for the last fifteen years, including roles with Cancer Research UK and Barclays. 

Jean-Francois Bessiron

Jean-Francois became a Trustee in March 2017 and brings over 20 years’ experience in Retailing, both online and offline, in senior leadership positions with large UK and global organisations, including at UK Board level. His expertise spans from buying, supply chain, marketing, merchandising and, in the past 8 years, digital and technology at Amazon. He has led large commercial divisions and has launched in 2016 AmazonFresh, a new online grocery service in the UK. He is currently working on developing Amazon new “Business to Business” initiative across Europe.

Kate Clarke

Kate is the Chair of our Remuneration Committee, and became a trustee in 2013. She has a background in marketing, having worked at Mars Confectionery and Kraft Foods. She is keen to use her commercial experience to support and grow Asthma UK’s fundraising.

John Garbutt

John was elected as a co-opted Trustee in March 2015 and is now also a member of the Remuneration Committee. He spent his entire executive career working in financial services in a number of different management posts for a variety of primarily City institutions. For the last 23 years he was a Director at HSBC and retired from the bank in 2013 as Global Head of Corporate Governance. In 2014 he became a Non- Executive Director of the Stobart Group and Chairman of their Remuneration Committee. Outside work, John is an Alderman in the City, a Justice of the Peace, and a member of numerous charity and finance boards.

Barbara Herts

Barbara is Director of Commissioning at Essex County Council, one of the largest public sector organisations in England. After working in senior roles in children’s social care, education and health services, Barbara contributes to advice on governance, strategy and children’s services. Barbara was previously Chair and member of the Nominations Committee. 

Dr Paul Hodgkin

After working as a GP for 25 years, Paul founded PatientOpinion.org.uk in 2005, the not-for- profit website where patients, carers and staff can share stories of care. Paul brings experience and knowledge of the impact of the digital world in the healthcare arena to the role of Trustee at Asthma UK, and joined in June 2015. He is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Mary Leadbeater

Mary is a Chartered Accountant. After working in finance roles for the Royal Dutch Shell Group for 15 years she joined the NHS in 1994 as a hospital Finance Director. She has been a Trustee and member of the Finance and Audit Committee since 2012, and was co-opted as a Trustee from June 2015. She provides advice on financial management based on her experience gained as a board member of several healthcare and charitable organisations.

John Lelliott – Vice Chair

John is a member of both the Asthma UK Finance and Audit Committee and Nominations Committee. He joined as a Trustee in 2008. John retired as Interim CFO of The Crown Estate in September 2016. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Covent Garden Market Authority chairing the Audit and Risk Committee and sits on the board of the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital Foundation Trust, chairing the Trust’s Finance Committee. John is Chairman of the Natural Capital Coalition, an ambassador of the International Integrated Reporting Council and a Member of The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Advisory Board.

Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie OBE FRS

Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie joined as a Trustee of Asthma UK in March 2016. Lewis is jointly qualified in general practice and public health medicine and is Mackenzie Professor of General Practice at the University of Aberdeen. He has R&D interests in developing new models of service delivery, eHealth and disease prevention. He has significant experience of NHS Boards at Non-Executive and Executive level, and as a Charity Trustee. Lewis a member of the Nominations Committee.

Martin Sinclair

Martin Sinclair was an Assistant Auditor General at the National Audit Office, the external auditors of central government until September 2015. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and chairs its Audit Committee. He is a trustee of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. He joined as a Trustee in 2012. He has been a member of the Asthma UK Finance and Audit Committee since 2010, and became Chair of the Committee in September 2016.  He contributes to the charity providing advice on accounting, audit, risk and performance management issues.

Matthew Smith

Matthew is a Partner at Bircham Dyson Bell Solicitors, and has more than 20 years’ experience of advising on public law. He specialises in advising a wide range of public bodies on their governance, powers and duties; the integration of health and social care, and on associated programmes for the integration of services. He is also an experienced judicial review litigator and is Chair of the Nominations Committee. He has been a Trustee since 2012.

Jane Tozer MBE OBE

Jane Tozer started work with IBM, and later became CEO of an innovative software house, taking it from start-up to trade sale. Jane has since held a portfolio of non-executive directorships with large and small companies, both quoted and unquoted. She has also acted as advisor to various public sector bodies and investment banks. She is a currently Senior Independent Director at StatPro plc, Senior Independent Director at F&C Global Smallers plc, Non-Executive Director at Nominet Ltd, Non-Executive Director at her local Citizen’s Advice Bureau, and a member of the Warwick Business School Advisory Board. Jane joined as a Trustee in 2011, and is a member of the Remuneration Committee, the Finance & Audit Committee and the Research Commercialisation Board.

John Tucker

John recently retired from legal practice which included 5 years as a partner of an Australian firm and 26 years as a partner at Linklaters with various board and management responsibilities in London and New York. He is a Director and Finance Committee member of London First and a Governor and Finance Committee member at The Study preparatory school for girls in Wimbledon. John joined as a Trustee of Asthma UK in June 2015 and is a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees. John also holds various consulting roles for established as well as start-up ventures.