Sarah Lucy Lassman, Chair
Sarah Lassman is a lawyer and has a family member with severe allergies. She has been a trustee of the AC since 2012 and Chair since 2017.
Sarah is committed to ensuring that everyone with anaphylaxis is supported and enabled to manage the condition to enable them to keep safe and lead their lives in the best way possible.
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.
Kathy Petersen, Hon. Treasurer
Kathy is a chartered accountant with experience of working in the charity and private sectors. She has worked in the charity sector since 2002. Prior to that she held various finance positions at PepsiCo and Diageo after qualifying with EY in London.
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. She is committed to supporting the Campaign achieve its aim of creating a safe environment for all people with life threatening allergies.
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.
Alison has a background in business consultancy, organisational development and is an accredited executive coach and trained mediator. She gained her Doctorate in Business from Phoenix University (USA). Her business experience, in both charity and public sectors, provides valuable insights for the development of AC. Her husband has an allergy to bee/wasp stings.
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