Meet Allergy UK's management team.
Chief Executive Officer
Carla joined Allergy UK in May 2015 with ten years senior executive experience leading complex services in the third and public sectors and an earlier academic career lecturing on topics associated with early years development, the psycho-social aspects of health and evaluation of the impact of the government’s Sure Start initiatives.
Carla is leading the strategic growth of Allergy UK in line with our mission to raise the profile of allergy at all levels so that everyone affected by allergy will receive the best possible care and support. She represents the charity at influential organisations working in the field of allergy across the UK and Europe, including the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI), the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Association (EFA) where she is a board member. Carla is also Co-Chair of the National Allergy Strategy Group (NASG) .
Simon is our Commercial Director and has overall responsibility for the majority of income generation activities including working with Corporate Partners, management of AUK’s Endorsement and Allergy Aware programmes and event management. Along with the CEO, Operations Director and Head of Clinical Services, he is a key member of the four-person Executive Leadership Team.
Simon has thirty years senior management experience in the commercial, Not for Profit (NfP), IT & telecoms, airlines, health and social care, education, disability, children and families, early years, clinical and membership sectors.
He has held Director level positions with BT, Learning and Skills Network, British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY), Whizz-Kidz, Allergy UK and also ran his own interim management consultancy for 10 years.
Simon also holds a Professional Diploma in World Class Sales Management from Leeds Metropolitan University as well as Extended DISC Psychometric accreditation.
Head of Endorsements
Leigh has worked at Allergy UK for the last ten years and now manages the product endorsement programme for the charity across a number of product sectors, with a global reach. More recently she took over the management of the Allergy Aware Scheme which recognises responsible catering outlets that have been independently audited, with staff undergoing detailed training for serving customers with food allergies. Her commercial background includes running her own commercial electrical installations company.
Head of Clinical Services
Amena was a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Immunology and Allergy at an NHS Hospital Trust before joining Allergy UK. She trained at University College Hospital, followed by paediatric training at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She also holds a Public Health and Specialist Practice in School Nursing qualification. Visiting schools and carrying out health assessments made Amena very aware of the rising incidence of allergy in the UK and this was instrumental in developing her interest in the field.
Amena is a member of the College of Nursing Immunology & Allergy Nurses group and is the first nurse to sit on the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI) council where she started the National Nurses in Allergy Group.
Bola heads up the finance group at Allergy UK with responsibility for producing the Group’s consolidated accounts and liaising with external stakeholders such as the charity’s bankers, auditors, Companies House and the Charity Commission. Bola is a qualified accountant with twenty years accounting experience in the UK, gaining a wealth of management and financial accounting experience from working in both the public and private sectors, including Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children where she worked as Deputy Finance Manager.