Our people

Our people

APF is a patient driven organisation, it is vital to us that our community is a safe space for all, regardless of background, sexuality, gender, disability, or race.   We gain strength from the wide variety of backgrounds that people come with. We value your unique experience and want your voice to be heard.

Stef Cormack

Stef Cormack

Interim CEO and Director of Services
Stef has worked in the charity sector for over 25 years and has extensive experience leading charities in the UK, particularly in health.
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Alison Stewart

Alison Stewart

Scotland Support Coordinator
Alison joined us in 2021 and is looking forward to making a real difference to the lives of PF sufferers in Scotland.
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Andy Bright

Andy Bright

Corporate Partnerships Coordinator
Andy has personal experience of life as a PF patient, having developed pulmonary fibrosis in his 40s and, following a 10 year journey, eventually receiving a life-saving double lung transplant in 2018.
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Bradley Price

Bradley Price

Director of Policy & Public Affairs
Bradley joined us in May 2023 to lead APF's work putting pulmonary fibrosis on the agenda of Parliament and the NHS. He brings experience in health policy, with a particular interest in medicines access and patient involvement.
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Cathy Jackson-Read

Cathy Jackson-Read

Support Network Coordinator
Cathy joined APF in February 2024 from a West Midlands based charity which provides advocacy and health and wellbeing services to adults, children and young people.
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Chloe Hough

Chloe Hough

Information Coordinator
Chloe joined APF in November 2022 after working as a community physiotherapist in the NHS. She is responsible for planning and producing high-quality informative content for people affected by PF.
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Chloe Stevenson

Chloe Stevenson

Support Services Administrator
Chloe joined APF in July 2022. Having worked within the education and charity sectors, she brings with her with a wide range of skills to her support services administration role.
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Clare Hodkinson

Clare Hodkinson

Research Funding and Impact Manager
Clare joined APF in January 2021. Clare is a trained biomedical scientist and completed her PhD in 2006. Clare is an experienced research manager, a role which is well-informed by 12+ years as a researcher in clinical and academic settings.
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Emma Byrne

Emma Byrne

Digital and Challenge Fundraising Officer
Emma started in October 2019 and has spent many years working in financial administration.
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Emma Pelling

Emma Pelling

Freelance Media Relations
Emma joined APF in 2017 and has over 20 years’ experience bringing patient stories to the wider public via TV, radio and press.
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Emma Webber

Emma Webber

Digital Marketing Coordinator
Emma joined APF as a Digital Marketing Coordinator in November 2023. She has a background in digital marketing, with experience in copywriting, SEO, and communications.
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Jo Murch

Jo Murch

Befriending and Volunteer Coordinator
Jo joined APF in March 2023. She has worked with volunteers in health charities for three years and prior to this was a primary school teacher!
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John Parr

John Parr

Research Involvement Officer
John joined the Research Team at APF in December 2023, with 5+ years of experience in charity sector support services and project management.
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Julia Stoward

Julia Stoward

Support Network Coordinator
Julia joined APF in March 2023. Prior to this she enjoyed a long career as a social worker for Kent Local Authority, where she specialised in supporting adults and children with a disability.
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Julie Cleary

Julie Cleary

Finance and Payroll Officer
To say Julie has had a varied career is an understatement. She started out at age 17 by joining the Royal Air Force as an Aircraft Mechanic, working on Harriers, Pumas and Chinooks.
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Katherine Wright

Katherine Wright

Individual Giving Team Leader
Katherine joined the fundraising team in March 2023.
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Kirstie Atkins

Kirstie Atkins

Research Coordinator
Kirstie joined APF in January 2022, initially on the Fundraising Team, but moved across to the Research Team in February 2023.
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Lisa Gardener

Lisa Gardener

Communications Manager
Lisa joined APF in January 2024, and with over 15 years marketing experience across a range of sectors is looking forward to getting stuck in!
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Lisa Murray

Lisa Murray

Policy & Public Affairs Officer
Lisa joined APF in January 2024 to join the Policy and Public Affairs team. Her experience in the charity sector has focused on policy and advocacy work to address healthcare inequities and improve access to medicines.
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Naomi Gay

Naomi Gay

Research Involvement Manager
Naomi has dedicated her career to utilising the expert voice of people living with conditions to shape the work of charities to better respond to their needs.
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Natalie Martin

Natalie Martin

Senior Digital & Fundraising Manager
Natalie has a wealth of experience in the third sector, having worked in medical, homelessness and animal welfare non-profit organisations over the last 18 years.
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Nicola Griffiths

Nicola Griffiths

Support Networks Manager
Nicola joined APF in February 2024.
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Jonathan Dawson

Jonathan Dawson

Director of Finance and Operations
Jonathan joined us in March 2024.
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Pauline Baird

Pauline Baird

Support Line Coordinator
Pauline joined us in 2021 as a freelance specialist nurse and more recently in a new post as the support line coordinator in 2022.
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Rebecca-Rafiyah Findlay

Rebecca-Rafiyah Findlay

Director of Marketing and Communications
Rebecca-Rafiyah heads up our marketing, brand and communications and joined the charity in April 2023.
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Rukhsana Kosar

Rukhsana Kosar

Operations Administrator
Rukhsana joined us in January 2022. Her main role is working in the Finance department and managing all donations made to the Charity. Rukhsana enjoys being part of a team and supporting APF as a Charity.
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Sally Birkin

Sally Birkin

Office Administrator
Sally joined us in September 2023 as Office Administrator. Sally brings a wealth of administration knowledge with her to and is the face of APF in the Peterborough Office.
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Sarah Seymour

Sarah Seymour

Director of Fundraising
Sarah joined APF in January 2020 after over 10 years in fundraising, including working for other health-related causes.
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Sharon Clinch

Sharon Clinch

Education Coordinator
Sharon joined us in January 2024. She has several years experience working in the charity sector and became a Befriender for APF when hearing about the charity on the TV, as her husband developed IPF a few years ago.
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Sharon Moon

Sharon Moon

In Memory and Legacy Coordinator
Sharon started at APF in August 2018 and brings a diverse set of skills and experience to her Individual Giving support role.
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Tanya Airewele

Tanya Airewele

HR & Operations Coordinator
With over 3 years experience working within the People Profession. Tanya has always worked in a corporate sector.
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Wendy Adams

Wendy Adams

Director of Research
Wendy joined APF in September 2020. She is passionate about enabling people affected by PF to help shape research and support the discovery of new treatments, technology and understanding of PF.
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Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones

Regional Support Coordinator (North)
Wendy joined APF in December 2021 having cared for her mum who had IPF until her death in May 2021.
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Dr Michael Stubbins

Dr Michael Stubbins

Chair
Mike’s career has focused on research and development of new medicines and the application of genetics & genomics to healthcare in his current role for Genomics England, while doing his PhD and whilst working 20+ years with GlaxoSmithKline.
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Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Trustee
Steve Jones worked for 35 years as an expert on social and economic problems of development in South Asia and Africa. He ran his own consultancy practice and worked for clients including the United Nations, the World Bank, the UK government and EU.
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Dr Beckie Lang

Dr Beckie Lang

Trustee
Beckie is a public health specialist. She is an advocate of science communication and worked in this field in academic, corporate, media and voluntary sectors. Beckie is currently CEO of the Parent-Infant Foundation, a mental health charity.
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Dr Helen Parfrey

Dr Helen Parfrey

Trustee
Dr Helen Parfrey is a consultant respiratory physician at Royal Papworth Hospital. She is actively involved in research on pulmonary fibrosis and undertakes clinical and translational research on the role of innate immunity and infection.
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Matthew Suddart

Matthew Suddart

Trustee
Matthew works in the Public Sector and is passionate about raising awareness amongst policy makers and those who have the ability to lever change that will improve outcomes for Pulmonary Fibrosis patients.
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Shama Malik

Shama Malik

Trustee
Meet Shama, a dynamic Independent Care Act Advocate with a rich tapestry of experiences spanning over two decades.
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Dr Simon Hart

Dr Simon Hart

Trustee
Dr Simon Hart is Reader in Respiratory Medicine at Hull York Medical School and a consultant respiratory physician at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where he is the lead clinician for the Interstitial Lung Disease Service.
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Stephen Morgan-Hyland

Stephen Morgan-Hyland

Trustee
Stephen has over 20 years’ experience as a planning and property consultant and is a recognised expert in commercial development and regeneration.
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Wendy Dickinson

Wendy Dickinson

Trustee
Wendy Dickinson is one of APF’s founding trustees. Her father, football manager Peter Taylor, died from IPF in 1990 at the age of sixty-two. She is working to improve the lives and outcomes for PF patients and their families in memory of her dad.
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Professor Nick Wareham

Professor Nick Wareham

Chair - Research Review Panel
Professor Nick Wareham is the Director of the MRC Epidemiology Unit, Co-Director of the Institute of Metabolic Science, Honorary Consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge, England.
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Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Research Review Panel Member
Andrew retired from his veterinary practice in 2005, and, while embarking on an MA in Pastoral and Theological Studies, started volunteering with refugee and asylum seeker charities.
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Elizabeth Bray

Elizabeth Bray

Research Review Panel Member
Elizabeth’s late husband Mike was an IPF patient, who was fortunate to have a single lung transplant. Following his transplant, Elizabeth worked with Mike, the first Chair of Trustees of APF, and other founding trustees to set up the charity.
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Dr Richard Allen

Dr Richard Allen

Research Review Panel Member
Richard is an Action for Pulmonary for Fibrosis Mike Bray research fellow at the University of Leicester, researching the genetics of pulmonary fibrosis using large-scale statistical analyses.
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Suzanne Barrie

Suzanne Barrie

Research Review Panel Member
Suzanne lives in Scotland and currently works in the NHS as an Advanced Practice Vestibular Physiotherapist.
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Susan Hall

Susan Hall

Research Review Panel Member
My name is Susan Hall, I am a patient living with a rare form of Pulmonary Fibrosis called Idiopathic Pleuroparenchymal Fibroelastosis under the care of Royal Papworth Hospital.
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Professor Ling-Pei Ho

Professor Ling-Pei Ho

Research Review Panel Member
Prof Ling-Pei Ho is the Professor of Respiratory Immunology at University of Oxford and an NHS Consultant in Respiratory Medicine.
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Professor Stefan Marciniak

Professor Stefan Marciniak

Research Review Panel Member
Stefan Marciniak is Professor of Respiratory Science in the University of Cambridge.
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Professor Ann Millar

Professor Ann Millar

Research Review Panel Member
Emeritus Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Bristol. Previously President of the British Thoracic Society and the British Association for Lung Research.
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Professor Chris Scotton

Professor Chris Scotton

Research Review Panel Member
Chris currently leads the Respiratory Medicine research group in the College of Medicine & Health at the University of Exeter.
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Professor Gisli Jenkins

Professor Gisli Jenkins

President
Professor Jenkins leads the Margaret Turner Warwick Centre for Fibrosing Lung Diseases at the National Heart and Lung Institute. His clinical and research focus is on interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary fibrosis in particular.
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