Meet the Trustees
Lynne Pritchard BA (Hons), ChFCIPD - Chairman
Lynne is a freelance HR professional with experience of working in private, public and charitable sectors. She became a qualified corporate member of the IPM (which has since become the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development) in 1992 and was subsequently awarded a Fellowship in 2002.
A broad HR generalist, she has extensive hands-on experience across the full range of operational HR activity as well as at strategic level including a good understanding of corporate governance and the responsibilities of directors.
As well as working with the board, Lynne is keen to provide practical advice to the executive team towards achieving the working environment they want to support our excellent team in their mission to deliver access to diagnosis, management and proper help to allergy sufferers.
Lynne lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband and two children.
Sarah Stoneham - Vice Chair
Sarah is a primary school teacher, living in Kent with her husband and their three children. Both of her two daughters suffer from allergies. Her eldest was diagnosed with allergies to dairy, egg, soya, fish, sesame seeds and nuts and at 18 months old had her first anaphylactic reaction. This was an unbelievably frightening time for the family, followed six months later by her first hospital admission for asthma.
When her youngest daughter was born it was clear she was also an allergic child. She was diagnosed with similar allergies to her sister but also allergic to wheat. Over time her daughters have outgrown some of their allergies but remain extremely allergic to dairy and egg.
Sarah found there was such a huge lack of understanding, information or support when her children were first diagnosed. She wants to support Allergy UK to change that. Sarah brings her experience as a parent and an Allergy UK support contact to the Board.
Dr Adam Fox, MA(Hons), MSc, MB, BS, DCH, FRCPCH, Dip Allergy, FHEA
Adam read Medicine and Neuroscience at Cambridge University before completing his clinical training at University College, London. Having completed specialist training in Paediatric Allergy, he is now a consultant at the Evelina Children's Hospital (Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals, London), one of the UK's largest specialist allergy centres.
Adam's particular interests are sublingual immunotherapy, gastrointestinal allergy and medical education. Adam is a member of the NICE Food Allergy Guideline Development group and Chair of the Royal College of Paediatrics Food Allergy Care Pathway project. He is also a member of the BSACI executive.
Roy Dudley-Southern MBE, BSc(Econ), Dip HSM,
FRSPH, MIHM, AHRIM
Roy Dudley-Southern brings a wealth of experience to the Allergy UK Board of Trustees, having been awarded an MBE ‘for services to the NHS’.
He began his career in the NHS in 1968 when he joined the National Graduate Management Training Scheme.
Roy’s influence is significant. He has led or been actively involved in the development/planning of a wide variety of key services within the NHS at a strategic level, such as, frameworks for an Allergy Services network, Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders, Long-Term Ventilation and Weaning, Occupational Lung Disease, Severe/Difficult-to-Control Asthma, Interstitial Lung Disease and Chronic Unexplained Cough.
Recently a member of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s Allergy Care Pathways Project Board, Roy has two daughters and has been a full-time wheelchair user since contracting polio in his childhood. Roy has authored, co-authored or contributed to over 20 published reports.
Dr Brian Hewitt
Brian initially started his career working in allergy research, an area that he has long been passionate about. Since then Brian has been Managing Director of a number of healthcare and industrial businesses.
With a background in research and development, Brian also brings expertise in marketing, sales and business development to the Allergy UK board of trustees, having developed strategic and business plans for the organisations with ultimate responsibility for their successful implementation.
Brian is based in France and has had wide involvement with trade organisation committees.
James has personal experience of allergy which led him to the work of Allergy UK. James has seen first-hand the significant impact allergic disease can have on life through his son who has multiple allergies.
James spent 15 years in the commercial sector working for Barclays Bank before joining the charity sector. His area of expertise is in CRM systems, reporting and use of insight to help increase fundraising income and improve service delivery. His third sector experience spans Sue Ryder, Breast Cancer Care, vInspired, Marie Curie Cancer and the British Red Cross.
James is passionate about helping Allergy UK increase the impact of its work through the use of data and insight.
Professor Peter Howarth - President
Professor Peter Howarth is Professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician based at Southampton General Hospital. He established the Allergy clinical service in Southampton in 1988. This now provides a clinical service for the entire Wessex region. In addition Professor Howarth helps run the severe asthma clinical service which also provides a regional secondary and tertiary service.
This close patient involvement provides the basis for his translational research programme and appreciation of the unmet clinical needs. Within the University Professor Howarth is Head of the Clinical Studies Forum in the Clinical and Experimental Science (CES) Research division within the Faculty of Medicine, coordinating clinical and translational human based research as well as clinical trials, lead for “Airways disease” within the CES research division and area lead for “Airways disease” within the NIH funded Respiratory Bioscience Research Unit in Southampton.
Professor Howarth has published over 200 peer review research papers and supervised over 20 PhD and DM students (scientists and clinicians). His research involves Local, National and International collaboration. Professor Howarth has participated in EU funded collaborative programmes, such as BIOAIR and GA2LEN, focusing respectively on severe asthma and allergic diseases, and is joint work package 4 lead for UBIOPRED, the EU/EFPIA funded IMI programme on severe asthma.
Mary Brydon - Vice President
Mary Brydon is a retired allergy nurse practitioner. In 1986 Mary set up the first allergy service in the community, Norfolk Allergy Diagnostic and Advisory Service (NADAAS) providing a peripatetic service to over 80 GP surgeries and 12 hospital consultants in Norfolk.
Mary has produced a number of research papers, one of which was published in 1993 in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Allergy, demonstrating the cost effectiveness of such a service to both the NHS and the patient. Mary has written many articles on allergy for nursing and medical journals and a number of booklets for the general public and was awarded the OBE for her innovative service.
Mary wrote the definitive book on skin prick testing which is very highly regarded and still used by health care professionals.