Sarah Lucy Lassman, Chair
Sarah Lassman is an experienced family Barrister and a member of Thomas More Chambers. Sarah has a particular interest in international family litigation and specialises in Spanish and Latin American family law. She is a trained resolution family mediator and fluent Spanish speaker. Sarah is the parent of a child with severe allergies to foods and animals.
Graham Parker, Vice Chair
After a career in manufacturing and international sales, Graham went on to use and develop his business and management skills in the public and charity sectors. He has held a number of senior management positions, predominantly within Social Care and Community Service provision. He currently manages a portfolio of Board positions, and delivers interim senior executive cover and support. Graham champions the delivery of high-quality integrated community services.
Sue Clarke Clinical Lead for Allergy and Paediatric Respiratory at Education for Health, Warwick
Sue is the Nurse Advisor to the Anaphylaxis Campaign. She has worked as a Health Visitor for many years utilising her allergy skills. Sue also works as a Lecturer in Allergy and was the Clinical Lead for Allergy and Paediatric Respiratory for Education for Health for 4 years running their degree level Allergy programme. Sue wrote and developed the Allergywise eLearning courses for Healthcare professionals, GP’s and Practice Nurses and Families, Carers and Individuals.
These courses are designed to provide in depth information on managing severe allergies and anaphylaxis. The courses are available from the Anaphylaxis Campaign’s website. Sue was involved in the development of the Resuscitation Council Guidelines on Anaphylaxis in 2008, the NICE guidelines on food allergy in children (CG116) and NICE guidelines on Anaphylaxis (CG134) published in 2011, the NICE quality standard for eczema in children, and the quality standard for food allergy and Anaphylaxis (2016). Sue is a member of the Primary care committee of the BSACI and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Health Visiting. Sue has been awarded the fellowship of the Institute of Health Visiting for her work in Allergy.
Aleks developed latex allergy whilst working as a medical representative for a pharmaceutical company, where she came into contact with airborne latex from the use of powdered latex gloves by healthcare workers, and was diagnosed in 1999. Aleks became involved with the lobbying activities of the Group resulting in joint working with Government agencies, professional organizations, industry and others to combat unnecessary latex exposure thus improving the safety of patients and employees. She was elected as Chair of the LASG in 2001. Aleks was part of the team that produced the Royal College of Physicians and NHS Plus national guideline on occupational aspects of management of latex allergy and has been involved in developing the strategies of the LASG. She continues to work in the pharmaceutical industry having had her allergy successfully accommodated at work.
Dr. Robert Kovach
Dr Robert Kovach has held board positions across both the commercial and non-profit sectors. His passion for the work of the Campaign comes as a result of his daughter having multiple, severe food allergies. In his professional career he has worked across the globe advising CEOs and main board executives on business strategy, leadership and organization effectiveness. He is currently a director of Global Executive Talent for Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT. Robert’s extensive international business experience provides valuable strategic insight, especially in areas of social media and digital content. He received his PhD in industrial-organizational psychology from Wayne State University (USA) and also holds The Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma. Robert is a member of the American Psychological Association and the British Psychological Society. Complementing his professional affiliations he serves on the advisory board of Cranfield School of Management and several consumer app and digital content start-up companies.
Barry has worked within the food service industry for over 20 years. After spending his formative years working within the high quality niche London contract catering scene, Barry went on to co-found The Good Eating Company where he established a reputation for his strong values and customer engagement approach. Barry, with his family, moved to Sydney Australia in 2003 where he spent 7 years working with Westpac Bank, originally heading up their national catering services and then managing a transformational change and engagement program of its Retail Banking property portfolio. Barry returned to London in 2011 to be part of a new management team within Mitie plc’s food division that recently rebranded to Gather & Gather. Barry leads the Gather & Gather operational teams across London & South of England.. Whilst in Australia Barry was an active member of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) and participated in fundraising activities that drove funding to help educate the food service industry. Barry’s daughter Ella is anaphylactic and allergic to most nuts.
Kathy Petersen, Hon. Treasurer
Kathy is a chartered accountant and has worked in Charity Finance since 2002, primarily in the Higher Education sector. Prior to that she held various finance positions within the private sector. She became aware of The Anaphylaxis Campaign in 2001 while searching for information on tree nut allergies after discovering that her son had a severe allergy. Kathy lives near Henley-on-Thames and works for the Landmark Trust. In her spare time, she sings in an all-female choir, enjoys rowing, cooking and spending time with her family.
Femke van der Veer
Femke is a management consultant on strategy and innovation and a university lecturer. She works with large companies like Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline and Nestlé, as well as with charities like Richard Branson’s foundation Virgin Unite, as Director of Strategy & Investments. Femke lectures at Imperial College London and other international universities on the topics of Creative Problem Solving, Innovation and Design Thinking. She has a MSc Industrial Design Engineering and an MBA from Insead. One of Femke’s children has anaphylaxis to milk, egg, sesame and nuts. It is her dream to one day find a cure and in the mean time to help improve the daily lives of people affected by anaphylaxis.
Jo is a part- time GP in Norfolk, working also as a tutor with undergraduate medical students at the University of East Anglia. Having qualified from The University of Manchester, she worked in several paediatric posts in the North of England before commencing her GP training in East Anglia. She has always incorporated her interest in Paediatrics into her daily practice and more recently developed an interest in allergy. Her knowledge of Primary Care combined with her interest in allergy puts her in a unique position which has led to her involvement in several national allergy projects.
Brian is a retired GP with extensive experience in the healthcare sector, having held various posts within the NHS, most notably Chairman of the East Lincolnshire Primary care Trust. Brian Wookey joined the Campaign board of Trustees to provide experience as a doctor in primary care, and more recently as chairman of an NHS Trust.