Board of Trustees

We are governed by a Board of Trustees composed of 14 members, half of whom are lay members and half medical.

All Trustees are also members of The Council - an advisory body comprising of up to 30 members.

Dr Doug Gurr

Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Chair of the Nominations Committee 

Doug Gurr is Amazon UK Country Manager. He joined Amazon in 2011 and was China Country Manager from 2014 to 2016. Prior to Amazon, he was a senior executive and board member at Wal-Mart’s UK operations, Asda Stores Ltd., after founding an Internet startup and working as a Partner at McKinsey & Co. Doug Gurr has two degrees in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a Doctorate degree in Computing from the University of Edinburgh.

Outside work, Doug is Chairman of the British Heart Foundation, a Trustee of the Landmark Trust, and was until 2014 Chairman of the Science Museum Group. 
Doug is married with two children, lives in London and Yorkshire, and in his spare time has completed 12 Ironman triathlons and completed over 20 first ascents or ski descents including the first winter ascent of the highest mountain in the arctic.

Doug joined the Board of Trustees as Chair in 2015. 


Dr Sarah Clarke has been a full time consultant interventional cardiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge since 2002. She is the Clinical Director for Strategic Development and has a highly regarded regional, national and international leadership profile. She is a champion of high quality education, research and cardiac services with a track record for delivering service transformation over a number of years.

She is the immediate Past President of the British Cardiovascular Society (2015-2018) and was the first female elected to this role in over 93 years of the Society. She is an elected member of Council to the Royal College of Physicians (London), member of the Board of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), represents Europe on the Assembly of International Governors of the American College of Cardiology and is Co-Chair of their International Centres of Excellence Programme.

As cardiology lead for the design and delivery of the New Royal Papworth Hospital, opening in Cambridge in April 2019, Chair of the Cardiology Workstream, Cambridge and Peterborough System Transformation Plan (STP) and joint National Lead for Cardiology for ‘Getting It Right First Time’, GIRFT, she continues to transform NHS services to improve quality, cost effectiveness and reduce variation.

In 2018, Dr Clarke was awarded a competitive place by the ESC to attend the 2018 Women Transforming Leadership Programme at the Saïd Business School, Oxford and in recognition of her global leadership she was awarded the 2018 ACC International Service Award by the President of the ACC at the recent ACC Congress. In the same year, she was appointed Trustee to the Board of the British Heart Foundation and is delighted to bring her experience from the NHS, and beyond, to the team.

Dr Clarke joined the Board of Trustees in October 2018.

Professor Dame Anna F Dominiczak OBE MD FRCP FRSE FMedSci 

Professor Anna Dominiczak is Regius Professor of Medicine, Vice Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, the largest of four Colleges at the University of Glasgow. She is also an honorary consultant physician and non-executive member of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board.

A graduate of the Medical School in Gdansk, Poland, she is one of the world’s leading cardiovascular scientists and clinical academics.  She held a British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Glasgow between 1997 and 2010, as well as the directorship of the Cardiovascular Research Centre between 2000 and 2010.  Her major research interests are in hypertension, cardiovascular genomics and systems medicine and her total research income in the last three years totals more than £30 million.

Prof Dominiczak is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology as well as a member of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland, the European Society of Hypertension, the International Society of Hypertension, Society of Endocrinology, British Hypertension Society and British Cardiovascular Society.  In 2012 she was invited to join the Council of the Academy of Medical Sciences and elected Vice President, Life Sciences of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

She is currently President of the European Society of Hypertension, and a member of the Leadership Committee of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association. In addition to membership of several editorial boards, Professor Dominiczak has held several senior editorial positions and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Hypertension.

With more than 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and numerous scientific awards, her services to medicine were recognised by the Queen who awarded her with an OBE in 2005 and a DBE in 2016.

Professor Dominiczak joined the Board of Trustees in 2014.  

Daryl Fielding BSc

Retail Committee member

Daryl is a portfolio director with roles including CEO of The Marketing Academy Foundation, NED at Isobel Advertising, Trustee of Pelican Cancer Foundation and is a consultant in brand strategy and marketing. She is a Fellow of the Marketing Society, on the Executive Committee of Women in Advertising and Communications, London and a tutor for The Incorporated Society of British Advertisers.  

She was a Director at Vodafone UK, Mondelez Europe and Independent Newspapers. As Director of Brand at Vodafone, she was responsible for brand strategy and all on and off-line marketing materials. As VP Marketing for Mondelez, she led the marketing policy for the region and marketing for their top ten brands. Prior to that she was Commercial Director of Independent Newspapers. Her advertising agency career spans 20 years at Ogilvy, Lowe Lintas and DDB where highlights were leading Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty and New Labour’s advertising in the 1997 Election. 

Her first degree was in Physiology, she studied and taught in the medical school at Kings College, London and even now retains an interest in all things bodily. She splits her time between London and Dorset, enjoys scuba diving, travel, opera and the arts.

Daryl joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.

Karen A Frank

Karen joined Barclays in 2012 as a Managing Director, where she was co-head of the Financial Sponsors Group (FSG) from 2013 – 2016. Karen is CEO of Barclays Private Bank & Overseas Services business. She is also a member of the Barclays International Executive Committee.

Karen started her career in private equity in 1992, working in Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investment Area in New York and London. She continued working in private equity with AEA Investors and Compass Partners International. In 2005, Karen was asked to join Goldman Sachs’ Investment Bank to build the firm’s middle market Financial Sponsors business.  

She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School (honors) in 1997. She graduated from Georgetown University (summa cum laude) with a degree in Economics. Karen also sits on the Deans Council for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

Karen has three sons, and lives in London with her husband. She enjoys martial arts, poker and the arts.

Karen joined the Board of Trustees in 2019.

Timothy Howe QC

Tim Howe QC is a senior commercial Barrister, specialising in the banking, financial services, energy and insurance industries. With over 30 years’ experience of corporate law, he also acts as an arbitrator, adjudicator and accredited mediator in international and domestic commercial disputes.

Tim was called to the Bar in 1987 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008. He was educated at St Paul’s School and Magdalen College, Oxford (where he was a Classics Scholar with first class honours and the Editor of ISIS magazine) and he undertook his legal training at the City University and the Inns of Court School of Law in London. After stints at Hanson Trust and Linklaters, Tim went into practice at the Commercial Bar as a member of Fountain Court Chambers.

In addition to his role for the BHF, he is the Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, and a Trustee since 2011, of Godolphin & Latymer School. He is also a past Chair of the Bar Council Member Services Board and former Secretary of the Commercial Bar Association. 

Outside work, he has been actively involved in the capital fundraising activities of a number of educational institutions, including Westminster School, Queen’s Gate School and Magdalen College, as well as Godolphin & Latymer School.

Tim is married with three children and lives in London. In his spare time Tim collects modern British paintings and enjoys sport, travel, ballet, opera and the arts.

He has a family connection with and a personal (lay) interest in promoting first class medical research into heart disease: his late father was Halliburton Professor of Physiology at King’s College London and devoted much of his working life to medical research in related fields.

Tim joined the Board of Trustees in October 2018.

Professor John P Iredale

John Iredale is Pro Vice Chancellor Health at the University of Bristol. He holds the chair of Experimental Medicine, and his areas of leadership and responsibility are for the research, teaching and management strategy for the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences across the relevant Faculties at the University of Bristol.

He also holds Honorary Consultant contracts with the North Bristol NHS Trust and the University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust. Previously Professor Iredale was the Regius Chair of Medical Science, Dean of Clinical Medicine and Vice Principal Health Services at the University of Edinburgh where he led the Medical School. He has previously held the Chair of Medicine in Edinburgh (2006-2013), the chair of Medicine at the University of Southampton (2004-2006) and a Personal Chair in Hepatology (2000-2004). From 2010 to 2016, Prof Iredale was a Non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian.

Professor Iredale graduated from the University of Southampton with honours in Clinical Distinction in 1985 and was awarded a DM in 1995. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1999 and The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2007. He was made a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2003 and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011.

Professor Iredale joined the Board of Trustees in 2016.

Professor David Lomas

Member of Nominations Committee

Professor David Lomas PhD, ScD, FHEA, FRCP, FMedSci is Vice Provost (Health), Head of UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences and Head of UCL Medical School. He is the Academic Director of the UCL Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. 

David is an NIHR Senior Investigator and works as a respiratory physician at UCLH and the Royal Free Hospital. He was Chair of the Population and Systems Medicines Board at the Medical Research Council and previously chaired the Respiratory Therapy Area Unit Board at GlaxoSmithKline. 

David chaired the Scientific Priorities Committee for the 100,000 genomes project and serves as Deputy Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Genomics England. He was a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the UK Minister of Life Sciences Innovative Medicines and MedTech Review.

Professor Lomas joined the Board of Trustees in 2016.

Iain Mackay

Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee

Iain Mackay is Group Finance Director of HSBC Holdings Plc, a role he has held since December 2010. Iain joined HSBC in 2007 as CFO of HSBC North America Holdings Inc where he was instrumental in the restructuring of HSBC's consumer finance business. From 2009-2010 he was CFO Asia Pacific of HSBC Holdings Plc. Before joining HSBC, Iain was at General Electrics - initially as Controller of the Global Consumer Finance unit, then CFO of GE Healthcare - Global Diagnostic Imaging. From 1990-1996, Iain was a regional finance director with Schlumberger Dowell. Early in his career, Iain was with PriceWaterhouse in New York and Paris and Thomson McLintock, KMG in the UK.  Iain holds an MA in Business Studies and Accounting from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Iain is a Member of Court and a Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee for the University of Aberdeen.

Iain joined the Board of Trustees in 2015.

Professor Sussan Nourshargh PhD FBPhS FSB FMedSci

Sussan Nourshargh is a pharmacologist who studied at University College London and King’s College London and became Professor of Immunopharmacology at Imperial College London in 2006. In 2007 she joined Barts and The London Medical School, Queen Mary, University of London, to establish and head a new Centre focusing on Microvascular Research. Her research focuses on unravelling the molecular and cellular events involved in leukocyte trafficking and through the application of advanced in vivo imaging modalities she has made seminal contributions to the fields of inflammation and vascular biology.

Professor Nourshargh is a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, British Pharmacological Society and Royal Society of Biology. She has acted on numerous funding Boards including BHF Project Grant and Fellowship Committees and is currently on the Board of the Wellcome Trust’s Biomedical Resources & Multi-User Equipment Committee, Royal Society’s Newton Advanced Fellowship Panel and she chairs the Academy of Medical Sciences Committee for selection of new Fellows in the fields of pharmacology, physiology and neurosciences. Sussan has also been on the panel of numerous national and international scientific advisory boards, has been recipient of several prestigious scientific awards, has held a number of editorial positions and is currently on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Immunology.

Professor Nourshargh joined the Board of Trustees in 2015.

Peter Phippen

Member of Investment Committee

Peter received his MA from Cambridge in Philosophy and, recently, an Advanced Diploma in History from Oxford.
Peter has spent 30 years in the media industry, holding board positions in the UK, USA, India and Australia. For many years he was a Board Director of BBC Worldwide Ltd, for whom he developed and ran BBC Magazines; he was also President and CEO of BBC Worldwide Americas Inc, launching some TV channels and chairing a joint venture with Discovery Inc. 
Peter was recently Deputy Chairman of Immediate Media Co, a large PE-backed magazine and digital company and is currently Chairman of Texere Publishing, a VC-backed cross-media publisher for the science and medical markets, Chairman of Bell, an education business and he sits on the Board of The National Archives. Peter also Chairs Wildscreen, a media-related conservation charity and has founded East West Relations Ltd. to help western media companies identify and secure opportunities in India, where he was born.
Peter has competed in many triathlons and is these days more of a cyclist, cycling the length of Britain and in sportives. 
Peter has had his own heart issues in the past, undergoing a heart bypass in 2011 following a heart attack. 

Peter joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.

Professor Liam Smeeth 

Liam Smeeth is professor of clinical epidemiology and Head of the Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He also undertakes clinical work as a general practitioner in north London. Much of his research is based on making better use of computerised clinical data both to investigate drug effects and disease aetiology. He holds a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in Clinical Science and is Deputy Director of the Farr Institute London, one of the four UK Health Informatics Research Centres. His work is largely in cardiovascular disease, with one area of particular interest being the causal role of infections and inflammation. Other areas of interest are genetic epidemiology and non-communicable diseases in low income settings. He is involved in a range of activities for NICE and the NHS more widely. 

Professor Smeeth joined the Board of Trustees in 2014.

Professor Sir Kent Woods

Vice Chair, Chair of the Advisory Council, and member of Nominations Committee.

Sir Kent Woods was the Chief Executive of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) 2004-2013 and Chairman of the Management Board of the European Medicines Agency 2011-2015. He was previously Director of the NHS Health Technology Assessment Programme (1999-2003), commissioning research in and for the NHS.

A graduate of Cambridge and of Harvard School of Public Health, he was a consultant physician in cardiovascular medicine at Leicester Royal Infirmary from 1984-2003 and is Emeritus Professor of Therapeutics at Leicester University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was knighted for services to healthcare in 2011.

Sir Kent joined the Board of Trustees in 2015.