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Executive Team

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust's Executive Team drives the charity towards achieving its goals and vision, while upholding its values and governance.

David Ramsden, Chief Executive

David Ramsden joined the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in 2016. He worked at Ernst & Young before joining the charity sector, where he has been for almost 20 years. After working at the British Red Cross, he has spent the last 10 years as Chief Executive of Children in Need, during which time he oversaw record levels of income and impact for children and young people across the UK.

Dr Janet Allen, Director of Strategic Innovation

Dr Allen has a wealth of knowledge and expertise having started her career as a clinician, then moved into biomedical and molecular research in both academic and commercial environments.

A snapshot of her positions held include:

  • 2008-2011, Director of Research for Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • 2005-2008, Director of the Conway Institute for Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin
  • 2001-2005, Director of Discovery Biology, Inpharmatic Ltd
  • 1998-2001, Director of Cell and Molecular Biology, Parke Davis Global Research & Development, Pfizer, France

Louise Honeysett, Director of Finance and Resources

Louise is Director of Finance & Resources, having joined the Trust in 2015 as Head of Finance. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, gaining the ACA qualification in 2009 after three years working in business assurance with accountancy firm BDO LLP.

Louise subsequently made the move into the charity sector, spending four years at UNICEF UK, first as management accountant, then promoted to financial controller. In 2014 she spent a year working overseas as a project accountant for Cambodian NGO ‘Phare Ponleu Selpak’.

Louise is also Treasurer for Croydon Mencap.

Dr Keith Brownlee, Director of Impact

Keith joined as the Trust’s first ever Director of Impact in 2015. As well as over 30 years of experience caring for children and families with cystic fibrosis, Keith has a special research interest in respiratory infections in people with CF and management of airway clearance. He also has a long-term interest in medical education and is a published author on paediatrics.

Keith’s previous experience includes the role of Consultant Paediatrician for children with respiratory conditions at Leeds Teaching Hospital. He currently works with Leeds Medical School, Leeds West CCG and is Chair of Leeds West CCG Asthma Group.

Oli Lewington, Director of Engagement

Oli was one of the Trust’s original Patient Advocates in the early 2000s and now leads the Engagement team. Before re-joining the Trust in 2014 he was World Vision UK’s first full-time social media employee, embedding a culture of impact-driven storytelling across the organisation to help people walk hand-in-hand with the world’s poorest children. His background in theatre and filmmaking underpins his storytelling approach to marketing and communications, and he brings this passionate approach and his owned lived experience to his work at the Trust to engage and enchant people with the incredible achievements of people with CF as well as the impact of the work of the Trust.

He received a double-lung transplant in 2007.

Dr Anne Shinkwin, Director of Fundraising

Anne has a wealth of experience working in senior fundraising roles within the charity sector over the last 15 years, including at Ambitious about Autism, the British Red Cross, UNICEF UK and Anthony Nolan. She has a P.h.D. in Medicinal Chemistry and has worked for Cancer Research UK. Before joining the charity sector, Anne worked as a project manager for Kimberly-Clark in Europe and the United States.

Anne is also a Trustee of the MS Society.

Research we're funding

The Trust is committed to funding and supporting cutting-edge research to find new and better treatments for cystic fibrosis. Take a look at some of that work and the progress that is being made.

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What is cystic fibrosis?

Find out more about cystic fibrosis, its diagnosis and how it is treated, as well as useful links to our publications and other organisations who can help.

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