Financial assistance for those living with Hepatitis C as a result
of NHS treatment using contaminated blood or tissue

Chris Pond - Chair of the Board
Chris is a partner and Head of Public Affairs at Kreab.  He was previously a director of the Financial Services Authority from 2007 to 2012, and Chief Executive of Gingerbread (the National Council for One Parent Families) from 2005 to 2007.  He also chaired Capacitybuilders, a public body charged with distributing improvement funds to charities and social enterprises and served as a non-executive with HMRC.  Prior to this, Chris was Labour MP for Gravesham in Kent from 1997 to 2005.  During this time, he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Work & Pensions, Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Treasury and a member of the Social Security Select Committee.  Before entering Parliament, Chris was Director of the Low Pay Unit, where he successfully campaigned for the introduction of the minimum wage.  Chris is currently also Chair of the Standards Board of the Equity Release Council, Chair of The Money Charity, a Trustee of the Family & Daycare Trust and Director of Cape Claims Services Ltd, a fund established by industry to consider claims for asbestos-related diseases.

Richard Finlay
Recently retired after 18 years as Headmaster of Glenlola Collegiate, a leading girls’ grammar school of 1100 pupils  in Bangor, Co Down, Richard has extensive school management experience leading the school to the Charter Mark  for Excellence Award (1997). A graduate of Queens University Belfast (1970) and the University of Ulster (1991), he  taught in Methodist College Belfast before his appointment as Education Officer in South Eastern Education and  Library Board (1979). Richard was directly involved with all major changes in the Northern Ireland school system, in particular introducing strategic, financial and legal management planning at local level. He still retains a life long  interest in sport, sadly now in a non-active capacity.

Siobhain Butterworth
Siobhain is a lawyer with considerable experience in the media and healthcare publishing sectors.  She has also worked as a journalist.  She is currently General Counsel and Company Secretary for BMJ Publishing Group.  Siobhain's previous roles include Readers' Editor for The Guardian and Legal Director for Guardian News and Media (publisher of The Guardian and The Observer).  As Readers’ Editor she acted as The Guardan's internal ombudswoman, responding to complaints and comments from readers about the newspaper's journalism and writing a weekly column.

Margaret Kennedy
Margaret Kennedy has 30 years’ experience within the NHS in a variety of role, including being on the professional executive committees of 2 NHS Trusts, representing frontline clinical staff in decision-making.  Margaret is currently the professional lead for podiatry in Walsall Healthcare Trust and is in private practice in Wolverhampton.  Her team won Team of the Year 2013/14.  Margaret is also involved nationally as member of faculty for management in the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.  Outside of work, Margaret has been a volunteer member of a number of swimming club committees, and volunteers as a netball coach to junior school pupils at an inner city school in a deprived area.

Vijay Sharma
Vijay Sharma completed a Masters in Social Work and worked as a social worker in Nottingham before taking up her role as Race  Relations Advisor with the Leicestershire County Council.  Vijay freelanced with BBC Radio Leicester for a number of years until she  was appointed Education Producer in the late 1980s.  At the BBC, Vijay developed a small, few hours a week radio service targeting  the Asian Community into a Regional Midlands Radio Station, finally ending up as the Head of National Digital BBC Asian Network.   Vijay left the BBC in 2012 and holds a portfolio of Non- Executive and Trustee roles in the areas of health, probation, higher education and the voluntary sector.  Vijay is currently a member of Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust, a Non Executive  Director on the Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority, a Trustee of Gingerbread and of the Leicester Theatre Trust, and a  member of Leicester University's Audit Committee and the Development Board.

David Atterbury Thomas
David Atterbury Thomas has been a longstanding trustee and volunteer in the charitable sector  with a particular interest in social care issues.  He is currently Chair of Welcare, a major London  and Home Counties charity supporting families, parents and children in local communities.  As a  Chartered Accountant based in London his early career was spent with Reed Elsevier and for many  years he was Group Finance Director at Grayling, an international public relations and public affairs  group.  Now as a consultant he helps charities and businesses with strategy, organisation of  financial operations and financial and stakeholder reporting.              

Prof. Howard Thomas PhD, FRCP, FRCPath, FMedSci.
Howard Thomas is Emeritus Professor, Department of Medicine at Imperial College, London. He is currently joint chair of the ‘Cross  Cutting Group developing the Blood Borne Viruses component of the National Liver Strategy’ and Chair of NICE Hepatitis B Guidelines  Development Group, as well as Vice President of the British Liver Trust, a Trustee of the Hepatitis B Foundation and Caxton Trust and  Chairman of the board of Trustees of the Liver Research Trust. He also holds roles on Royal Colleges and societies. His biology  research (including research on hepatitis from his PhD years onwards) has won him a number of awards internationally. Howard has also founded a leading hepatitis journal and edited the textbook ‘Viral Hepatitis’, now in its 4th edition. He is currently Chairman of  the Board of Riotech Pharmaceuticals, an Imperial College spin-out company developing therapeutic drugs for flaviviral infections  (hepatitis C and dengue ) and other RNA viruses (RSV).

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