Our Council is an advisory body comprising up
to 30 members.
Members include the Board of Trustees and the Chairmen of the
other Foundation committees, such as the Chairs and Programme
Grants Committee and the Retail Committee.
Roger has over 35 years experience with retail and consumer
brand businesses. After graduating in Marketing from Strathclyde
University he began his career with Dulux Paints at ICI.
After periods with Coloroll and a BT telecom’s joint venture,
Roger joined Reebok where he held the positions of VP and GM for
firstly North America and subsequently Europe, Africa and Middle
East. His Board appointments have included JD Sports, JJB Sports,
Hobbycraft and Silver Cross. Until May 2009 he was CEO of handbag
market leader Radley and is now the company’s Chairman.
Roger joined the BHF Retail Committee in June 2009, and was
appointed Chairman of the Retail Committee, and member of Council
in September 2009.
Dr Naureen Bhatti
Dr Bhatti qualified in medicine from the Middlesex Hospital
Medical School in 1985. Following a varied career in general
medicine, sexual health, public health and epidemiology she became
a GP in 1996 and started to work at her current practice in Tower
Hamlets in 1998.
Although Tower Hamlets is one of London’s smallest boroughs, it
is one of the most densely populated with diverse communities and
high levels of deprivation. These result in enormous
challenges to the health and wellbeing of the local population -
with high levels of coronary heart disease, particularly in the
south Asian population.
Dr Bhatti’s other main interest is medical education. As
well as a GP trainer she is Programme Director for the London
Deanery Induction and Refreshment Scheme, aimed to help people get
back into general practice after a career break. She is also
an Honorary Clinical Lecturer for the Barts and the London Medical
School, Queen Mary University of London and is actively involved in
teaching medical students.
Dr Bhatti has been a member of the BHF Council since 2008.
Andrew Halestrap is a Professor of Biochemistry at the
University of Bristol and a founding member of The Bristol Heart
Institute. He was an Open Scholar at Sidney Sussex College
Cambridge where he studied Natural Sciences, specialising in
Biochemistry. He moved to the Department of Biochemistry at the
University of Bristol to study for his PhD and has stayed there
ever since as Research Fellow, Lecturer, Reader and now Professor
Professor Halestrap’s current research focuses on two distinct
areas in which he has made seminal contributions over many years.
One area is the molecular mechanism by which lactic acid crosses
cell membranes and how this can be targeted pharmacologically. The
other is the role of mitochondria in the healthy and diseased
heart. He has a particular interest in targeting the mitochondria
to protect hearts from damage following surgery or a heart
Professor Halestrap’s research is funded by The British Heart
Foundation, The Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council. He
has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and reviews and was
elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008. He has
been invited to give The Keilin Memorial Lecture of the Biochemical
society in 2010.
Professor Halestrap is on the Editorial Board of Cardiovascular
Research, Biochimica Biophysica Acta (Bioenergetics), The Journal
of Biological Chemistry and Science and Christian Belief. He is the
current Chair of the British Heart Foundation Project Grants
Committee and was elected to the Council of the BHF in 2009.
Richard Hobbs is currently Professor and Head of Primary Care
Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, UK. He is the National
Director of the NIHR English School for Primary Care Research
(2009-) and was National Director and Chair of the Quality and
Outcomes (QOF) Review Panel from 2005-09. He sits on several
national and international scientific and research funding boards,
including the Council of the British Heart Foundation.
He currently Chairs the Council for Cardiovascular Primary Care
of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC); the Prevention and
Care Board, British Heart Foundation; and the European Primary Care
Cardiovascular Society (EPCCS). He previously served as member or
chair of the UK Primary Care Cardiovascular Society and British
Society for Heart Failure.
Professor Hobbs‘ research interests focus on cardiovascular
epidemiology and clinical trials, especially relating to vascular
and stroke risk, and heart failure. Overall his publications
include 28 book chapters, 12 edited books and over 320 original
papers in peer reviewed journals such as the Lancet, Annals of
Internal Medicine, BMJ, Atherosclerosis, EHJ and Stroke. His
research has impacted on international health policies and clinical
guidelines. Within the NHS, he has consulted on National Service
Frameworks for CHD, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure and
several National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and ESC
guideline reviews. He has provided clinical care in inner-city
general practice for 30 years.
Professor Hobbs joined the BHF Council in 2007 and is currently
Chairman of the BHF’s Prevention and Care Committee.
Professor Sir Bruce
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is Medical Director of the National
Health Service in England. He is responsible for clinical quality,
policy and strategy and postgraduate education of doctors,
dentists, pharmacists and clinical scientists. He oversees the work
programme of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) and until
recently, he sponsored the work programme of NICE. He has recently
been appointed National Medical Director on the NHS Commissioning
Prior to this, he had a distinguished career in surgery
reflected by presidency of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery
in Great Britain and Ireland, Secretary General of the European
Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery International Director of
the US Society of Thoracic Surgeons and president of the
Cardiothoracic Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has
served as a Commissioner on the Commission for Health Improvement
(CHI) and the Healthcare Commission and was knighted for services
to medicine in 2003.
Professor Keogh has been a member of the BHF Council member
Andy Kirby has been a member of the BHF York & District Area
Fundraising Committee since 1996 and is currently their Chair,
having spent the previous ten years as Deputy. He is an
enthusiastic and effective fundraiser who has helped to raise
significant sums for the charity in fun and innovative ways.
With his own wealth management business – Mint Wealth Management
– Andy has many years experience in the financial services sector
including helping clients and their families with later life
planning. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and
the Chartered Insurance Institute and has recently launched a
website to provide marketing and business development support to
Andy has two small children who share his love of skiing and
mountain biking and often support him in his fundraising activities
for the BHF.
Andy joined the BHF Council in 2012.
Suzannah Power was appointed to the British Heart Foundation
Council in March 2007, and is the Council’s first patient
representative, bringing a new perspective to the decision making
She has been involved with the British Heart Foundation since
2002, when the first Patient Action Group was
established, and works to ensure that our work is relevant to
patients and their carers.
Her personal involvement with cardiac services over 40
years ago when she was diagnosed with an unusual collection of
congenital heart defects. Her patient notes describe her as an
'interesting and challenging case'.
Suzannah studied Developmental Psychology and holds a Masters
Degree in Occupational Psychology. She was Head of Marketing
and Public Relations at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools
of Music, then left to join the NHS in 2000, where she has
specialised in patient and public involvement, community engagement
and market intelligence. She currently works at Heatherwood
and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Suzannah has a particular interest in congenital heart defects
and the role of technology in the management of atrial
fibrillation. She has been patient representative on the NICE
Guildeline Development Group for Antibiotic Prophylaxis against
infective Endocarditis, on the Programme Development Group for
Coronary Heart Disease and currently sits on the NICE Update to the
Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines Development Group.
Jan Procter-King is a primary care nurse. Having trained at St
James's Hospital in Leeds, she continued into midwifery but quickly
found the joy of primary care, as a practice nurse in inner city
She has a master’s degree in quality in health care and is
fascinated by how do we change clinical practice to ensure that,
when we know what works, we actually make it happen, when a patient
meets a practitioner.
This fascination has led through facilitator posts for diabetes,
and cardiovascular management, and to her developing a teaching
style which is renowned for being fun and practical and always
around the field of cardiovascular disease.
Ex President of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society, the
first president of the society to be a nurse and a woman, showing
the importance of a multi disciplinary approach, Jan has been the
editor in chief for The British Journal of Primary Care Nursing for
CVD diabetes and kidney care. This is in its tenth year and is very
successful, like Jan's teaching style it keeps things real and
Previously she led the development of the practitioner with
special interest post graduate diploma in cardiology from Bradford
University, and more recently the development of the post graduate
certificate in stroke care out of Leeds University. Currently
developing and delivering training on behalf of the national
kidney, liver and diabetes care teams and editing the journal.
To keep a foot on the floor Jan can also still be found in inner
city Bradford as a practice nurse, greeting patients and dealing
with cardiovascular prevention and management.
Jan joined the BHF Council in 2010.
Alice Roberts is an anatomist, author and broadcaster. She is
Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of
Alice studied medicine and anatomy (MB BCh BSc) at Cardiff
University, qualifying in 1997. She worked as a junior doctor in
South Wales, before becoming a lecturer at Bristol University,
where she taught anatomy on the medical course for over ten years.
She developed a research interest in biological or physical
anthropology, looking at what ancient skeletons can tell us about
human evolution, and the diversity of the human species. She has a
PhD in palaeopathology (the study of disease in ancient human
Alice's television debut came as a human bone specialist on
Channel 4's Time Team, in 2001. She went on to become a science
presenter for various projects on BBC2, focusing on her expertise
and passion for science, medicine and anthropology. As well as
being part of the original presenting team on BBC2's Coast, she has
fronted several series and programmes, including Don't Die Young,
The Incredible Human Journey, Wild Swimming, Digging for Britain,
Horizon ('Are we still evolving?'), and Origins of Us. She is
currently working on a series about the megafauna of the Ice Age
with the Natural History Unit, and another series looking in detail
at some of our ancient ancestors.
Alice has written several popular science books. She enjoys art,
and produced illustrations for Don't Die Young and The Incredible
Human Journey, and advised on the anatomy artwork for the Complete
Human Body. She is a judge for the annual Wellcome Image
Alice is also the Director of Anatomy for the NHS Severn Deanery
School of Surgery, and holds honorary fellowships at Hull York
Medical School and the University of Bristol.
She is an honorary fellow of the British Science Association, a
member of the Advisory Board of the Cheltenham Festival of Science,
and Patron of the Association of Science and Discovery Centres.
Alice has been a member of the BHF Council since July 2009.
James is a member of the Audit and Investment Committees and
became a member of Council in July 2009.
James is a chartered accountant who has spent over 30 years in
the investment business, primarily as a fund manager.
He has extensive international experience including two years in
Australia where he set up a new fund management business for
Mercury Asset Management (now part of Black Rock). From 1990 - 2005
he was employed by Henderson Global Investors where he had a number
of senior roles in overseas equities, investment trusts and hedge
Following his retirement from Henderson in 2005 he has taken on
a number of different positions.
He is Chairman of Polar Capital Global Healthcare Growth and
Income Trust plc and a director of several other quoted investment
companies. He is also a non-executive adviser to BOCM Pauls Ltd and
Gore Browne Investment Management.
Dr Jaz Saggu
Dr Jaz Saggu is known for developing, existing and building new
financial service businesses and for his strength in business
change leadership of complex international businesses.
He is currently at Aviva Plc as the Commercial Change Director.
Prior to this, he was:
- Executive Director at NPG Wealth Management (a JC Flowers
Private Equity Company) based in Luxembourg
- Main Board and was Global Operations Director for Insurance and
Wealth Management at GE Money
- Senior Director at Prudential Plc and HBOS Plc.
Jaz has held a number of international regulatory approved Board
Directorships as a Main Board and Non-Executive Director in the UK,
continental Europe and America:
- Holiday Property Bond Ltd,
- Bedford NHS Trust, and
- UK Wealth Management Ltd.
Currently he is a Trustee of the British & Foreign School
Society and Non-Executive Director of bpha Ltd.
Jaz holds an MBA, MSc and PhD from Cranfield University. He is
also a visiting professor of Change Management and a Member of the
Advisory Board at Middlesex University.
Jaz became member of the BHF Council in March 2011.
Professor Scott graduated from the University of Leicester in
1981. He trained in general surgery in Leicester,
Peterborough, Bristol and Exeter and obtained his FRCSEd and
FRCSEng. He undertook his clinical research into lower limb
arterial bypass grafts under the supervision of Professor Michael
Horrocks (Bristol) and was awarded an MD in 1981.
He was awarded the Patey Prize for his work on noninvasive
estimation of peripheral resistance, a Hunterian Professorship, and
the Moynihan Travelling Fellowship by the Association of Surgeons
of Great Britain and Ireland. He spent a year as senior clinical
fellow at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and was appointed as a
consultant vascular surgeon to St James' Hospital, Leeds in
Professor Scott was awarded an honorary chair in Vascular Surgery
by the University of Leeds in 2004 and is currently based in the
Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research at the Leeds
Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics.
His research interests major on abdominal aortic aneurysms and
associated cardiovascular risk and his publications include 1 book,
12 book chapters, and over 125 original papers in peer reviewed
He became a member of Council in 2008.
Professor Sir John
Professor Sir John Tooke MA MSc BM BCh DM DSc(Oxon) FRCP FRCPI
FRCGP (Hon) FAcadMed (Hon) FMedSci was Dean of the Peninsula
College of Medicine and Dentistry until 30 November 2009. In
January 2010 he took up post as Vice Provost (Health) and Head of
the Medical School at UCL.
Sir John is the immediate past Chair of the Medical Schools
Council and Chair of the UK Healthcare Education Advisory Committee
(UKHEAC). He is a member of the National Institute for Health
Research Advisory Board and the Health and Education National
Strategic Exchange (HENSE).
His clinical and research interests focus on diabetes and its
vascular complications and he is a recipient of the European
Association of Diabetes Camillo Golgi Award. He is former Chair of
Diabetes UK Professional Section and former President of the
European Society for Microcirculation. The University of Exeter was
awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for his work on the
pathogenesis of diabetic microangiopathy.
Professor Martin R.
Martin R. Wilkins is Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, Head of
the Division of Investigative Sciences, Imperial College and
Director of the Clinical and Investigative Sciences within Imperial
College Healthcare NHS Trust.
He is also Chair of the Department of Experimental Medicine and
Toxicology and the Deputy Director of the Department of Health
Toxicology Unit at Imperial College London. He has been the
Director of the Sir John McMichael Centre for Clinical Research at
Hammersmith Hospital since its establishment in 2001.
Professor Wilkins is a clinician scientist with a background in
clinical pharmacology and toxicology and his primary interest is in
proof-of-concept studies in humans. He uses pulmonary hypertension
as a paradigm for developing novel therapies from the laboratory to
patients. He directs an internationally competitive research
program in pulmonary hypertension from basic science to clinical
trials, publishing regularly in peer-reviewed journals.
Professor Wilkins is Chairman of the BHF Fellowships Committee
and has been a member of Council since 2011.