Who we are


We are the nation's heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.

Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but we are leading the fight against it. Our pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.

Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are helping to change the face of the UK's fight against heart disease.

A vision for a better future

Our vision is a world where people don't die prematurely from heart disease.

Over the past months we have been reviewing our strategic approach with the help of staff, supporters and stakeholders.

Our new strategy will give us powerful focus in our fight for every heartbeat, and enable us to lead the fight against cardiovascular disease more effectively.

We'll continue the fight through our pioneering heart research, vital prevention and survival activity and ensuring quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease.

50 years fighting heart disease

We were founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals wanting to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease.

After half a century of extraordinary scientific and societal progress we have helped to transform the landscape of heart disease.


The BHF is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated in England on 28 July 1961, and registered at Greater London House, 180 Hampstead Road, London NW1 7AW.

Our Articles of Association were last amended on 31 March 2016. Our Articles of Association provide for a limitation of member liability to £1.

The BHF is a registered charity in England and Wales (charity number 225971) and in Scotland (charity number SC039426). 

Further details of our corporate structure can be found in the Legal and Governance pages of our Annual Report & Accounts.

Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance and strategy of the BHF. The Board is made up of 14 Trustees, comprising a mix of medically-qualified and lay members. The Trustees have full legal responsibility for the actions of the BHF. Members are appointed for a renewable term of three years and are the directors of the company for the purposes of the Companies Act 2006.

The Board meets at least 4 times a year and delegates day-to-day responsibility for the running of the BHF to the Executive Group. More details of our governance arrangements can be found in the How we are governed section.

Our logo

Our famous 'heartbeat' logo was designed in 1971 by Sheila Harrison, one of our regional organisers at the time, who used it on posters and t-shirts for volunteers to publicise local events. It's still very much in use today and is now one of the most recognisable logos in the UK.

Join our fight for every heartbeat

Our research is powered by your support. Every pound raised, every minute of your time and every donation to our shops will help make a massive difference to people’s lives.