Information on our Board of Trustees.
Lynne Pritchard BA (Hons), ChFCIPD - Chair
Lynne is a freelance management consultant with experience of working in the private, public and third sectors. She has been a qualified corporate member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) since 1992 and is now a Chartered Fellow. She has extensive hands-on experience of most aspects of HR at both operational and strategic level, with a broad base of commercial experience and a good understanding of corporate governance and the responsibilities of directors.
Several members of Lynne’s family are allergy sufferers and she is fully committed to supporting the executive team towards achieving the charity’s mission to raise the profile of allergy at all levels and support those who live with allergy.
Lynne has two grown up children and lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband and their three cats.
Sarah Stoneham - Vice Chair
Sarah is a primary school teacher, living in Kent with her husband and their three children. Her two daughters both suffer from allergies. Her eldest daughter was diagnosed with allergies to dairy, egg, soya, fish, sesame seeds and nuts and, at 18 months old, had her first anaphylactic reaction. Just six months later she was admitted to hospital 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, and was also allergic to wheat. Over time her daughters have outgrown some of their allergies, but both remain extremely allergic to dairy and egg.
Sarah found there was huge lack of understanding, information or support when her children were first diagnosed. As a result, she actively supports Allergy UK, bringing her experience as a parent of two children with allergic disease to our Board.
Professor Syed Hasan Arshad, MBBS, DM, FRCP
Professor Hasan Arshad is a Professor and Consultant in Allergy and Clinical Immunology and he heads up the Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology department at the University Hospital in Southampton which is recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the World Allergy Organisation. He is also the Director of the internationally renowned David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre on the Isle of Wight.
As well as co-authoring both American and European Guidelines for allergic disease Professor Arshad has written several books and over 150 articles on the topic.
Professor Arshad has been practising allergy and respiratory medicine since 1988 and holds a number of posts including Chair of the Adult Allergy Group, council member for the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and External Examiner for MSC Allergy at Imperial College, London.
In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Jack Pepys Award by the BSACI for his outstanding contribution to the science of allergy and immunology.
Roy Daby is a Partner at award winning law firm, Giles Wilson Solicitors. He qualified as a solicitor in 2003 following studies at the University of London and University of British Columbia, Canada. He is also an accredited mediator.
It was Roy’s personal experience of allergy which led him to support Allergy UK. His young daughter has a severe egg, nut and dairy allergy and he and his family have seen, first-hand, the significant impact of allergic disease on a person’s life. He is very active in supporting parents and adults in trying to ensure that schools and companies adhere to the law and support children with allergies in every way possible.
Roy has a detailed knowledge of key commercial legal areas and contracts, he is very much the ‘go to’ lawyer in the profession and won UK Lawyer of the Year award back in 2014 and has a wide ranging client following who approach him for his ability to negotiate and find creative solutions. It is with this background that he is able to provide the necessary legal knowledge and assistance to the charity.
Roy Dudley-Southern MBE, BSc(Econ), Dip HSM
Roy Dudley-Southern brings a wealth of experience to the Allergy UK Board of Trustees, following a long career in the NHS. He joined the NHS in 1968 as a Graduate Management Trainee and during his career has led or was actively involved in the development/planning of a wide variety of key services at a strategic level, including 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. He was awarded an MBE for his services to the NHS.
He has also served as 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 he contracted polio as a child. Roy has authored, co-authored or contributed to over 20 published reports.
Dr. Brian Hewitt
Although Brian began his career working in allergy research, a topic about which he remains passionate, in his later career he was Managing Director of a number of healthcare and industrial businesses, developing strategic and business plans for those organisations, with ultimate responsibility for their successful implementation.
Brian brings both his experience of research and development and his valuable expertise in marketing, sales and business development to the Allergy UK board of trustees. He maintains his involvement with a range of trade organisation committees and currently lives in France.
It was James’ personal experience of allergy which led him to support Allergy UK. With a son who has multiple allergies, James has seen, first-hand, the significant impact of allergic disease on a person’s life.
James spent 15 years in the commercial sector working for Barclays Bank before joining the charity sector. His particular area of expertise is in CRM systems to drive the reporting and use of ‘customer’ insight to help increase fundraising income and improve service delivery. His third sector experience includes Sue Ryder, Breast Cancer Care, vInspired, Marie Curie Cancer and the British Red Cross.
James believes that the use of data and insight is crucial for Allergy UK to increase the impact of its work and develop its fundraising activity.
Dr Gary Stiefel BmedSci, MBChB, MSC (allergy), MRCPCH
Gary undertook his medical training at the University of Birmingham and in 2012 completed specialist training in Paediatric Allergy. During his training he worked at both St Mary’s Hospital, London and University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust and also completed an Allergy MSc at Imperial College London. Gary has been a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust since 2012.
Gary was the lead author for the BSACI guidelines on nut allergy and was involved in changing the legislation allowing schools to be able to hold generic Adrenaline Autoinjectors alongside Allergy UK and Anaphylaxis Campaign. In 2019 he started a national British Paediatric Surveillance Unit (BPSU) study into FPIES.
Gary has previously served as a RCPCH specialist advisory committee members for Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases (2014-2019). He regularly lectures on the Allergy MSc at University of Southampton.
His interests include food allergy, eczema and Immunotherapy.
Archna is a Chartered Accountant and having previously enjoyed a 20-year career in finance has now changed career to become a coach. She has held numerous CFO roles and owned an award-winning small accountancy practice. She brings her extensive finance expertise to Allergy UK having worked with numerous small businesses.
She is a member of the ICAEW and an accredited coach with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). She is studying for an MSc in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP).
Archna has two young children with multiple allergies and knows the daily challenges of finding alternatives, ensuring adequate nutrition, and eating out and travelling safely very well. Her children’s allergies have evolved and changed over the years where some they grew out of and others were new allergens which needs constant care and management. The children have been through the full “allergic march” with eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis. Her personal experience of trying to understand and manage the allergies has led her to support Allergy UK as there is not enough education and guidance for parents.