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.

Louise Wright

Louise Wright

CEO
Louise joined APF in December 2018 after over 12 years as a CEO in the non-profit sector. She was inspired by the impact patients, carers and medical professionals were making to improve the lives of people with pulmonary fibrosis.
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Alison Stewart

Alison Stewart

Scotland Support Co-Ordinator
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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Annabel Lotsu

Annabel Lotsu

Peer Support and Advisory Service Lead
Annabel joined APF in August 2021. Her experience within the charity sector has included for example, the recruiting, supporting and training of volunteers and the implementing of services such as support groups and helplines.
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Andy Bright

Andy Bright

Regional Support Co-Ordinator (South)
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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Becca Thomas

Becca Thomas

Digital Communications Manager
Becca joined APF in October 2018 and has over 10 years' digital expertise, bringing health information to patients and families affected by a range of diseases.
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Charlotte Teakle

Charlotte Teakle

Content and Communications Coordinator
Charlotte joined APF in August 2020, and has over 5 years of experience in content production and copywriting; with a background in digital marketing and events management.
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Claire Baker

Claire Baker

Finance and Operations Manager
Claire started in January 2020 as APF’s Finance & Operations Manager. She has many years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector as a finance and administration professional.
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Clare Hodkinson

Clare Hodkinson

Research Officer
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

Fundraising Coordinator
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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Joanna Ruck

Joanna Ruck

Support Coordinator Team Lead
Jo joined APF in April 2020. She qualified as a physiotherapist in 1992 and is passionate about respiratory care having worked in this field for most of her career.
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Kerry Oliver

Kerry Oliver

Finance & Operations Administrator
Kerry joined us in 2021 as Finance & Operations Administrator. She has many years’ experience working in finance and administration working in the travel and education sectors. Her main role is to effectively manage the finance and office function.
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Kirstie Atkins

Kirstie Atkins

Trusts & Grants Administrator
Kirstie joined APF in January 2022 as the Trust and Grants Administrator. Her background as a registered associate nutritionist (ANutr) and lived experience of her Dad having IPF, led to an interest in nutritional research for people affected by IPF.
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Maxime Ryder

Maxime Ryder

Volunteer and Services Coordinator
Maxime (they/she) joined APF in June 2022 and have been working in the charity sector for over 4 years. They recruit and support volunteers to help them have a great experience with us.
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Natalie Martin

Natalie Martin

Community and Corporate Fundraiser
Natalie has a wealth of experience in the third sector, having worked in medical, homelessness and animal welfare non-profit organisations over the last 12 years. 
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Sarah Seymour

Sarah Seymour

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

Sharon Moon

Individual Giving Co-ordinator
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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Wendy Adams

Wendy Adams

Research Manager
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 Co-Ordinator (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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Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Chair
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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Elizabeth Bray

Elizabeth Bray

Trustee
Elizabeth worked in the further education sector for over 30 years, as a lecturer and curriculum manager - and then leading college business development.
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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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Howard Almond

Howard Almond

Trustee
Howard Almond has worked in the computer software industry for 50 years, including over 20 years in Austria and Germany. He is still active in developing computer software solutions and is also busy with his son’s businesses.
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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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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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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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Dr Michael Stubbins

Dr Michael Stubbins

Trustee
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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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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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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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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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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Graham Brown

Graham Brown

Research Review Panel Member
Samuel Graham Brown (known as Graham) is aged 68 years. He is married to wife Karen and has two children and six grandchildren. He resides in Sourton, Devon.
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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 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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