Our Trustees

Dr. Brian Hewitt

Chair of Directors of ARL

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.

Sarah Devlin

Director (Programme and Project Management)

Carla Jones

Director & Company Secretary

Carla joined Allergy UK in May 2015 with ten years senior executive experience leading complex services in the third and public sectors and an earlier academic career lecturing on topics associated with early years development, the psycho-social aspects of health and evaluation of the impact of the government’s Sure Start initiatives.

Carla is leading the strategic growth of Allergy UK in line with our mission to raise the profile of allergy at all levels so that everyone affected by allergy will receive the best possible care and support. She represents the charity at influential organisations working in the field of allergy across the UK and Europe, including the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI), the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Association (EFA) where she is a board member. Carla is also Co-Chair of the National Allergy Strategy Group (NASG).

Lynne Pritchard

Director (Chair of Trustees of BAF)

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.

Deborah Dixon

Deborah Dixon is currently Publishing Director for Medical Journals at Oxford University Press, where she manages a team publishing journals on behalf of learned societies across the globe.  She has also held journals publishing leadership roles at Wiley and British Medical Journal. Before embarking on a publishing career she studied biochemistry and did postgraduate research in neurological disease.  Deborah has held several non-executive board positions on publishing industry bodies and is Treasurer for the charity Evidence Aid.

Deborah, her husband and two sons in their 20s all suffer with allergies including allergic asthma, eczema, and hay fever as well as more rare autoimmune disease. She is excited to be joining the Board for ARL and bringing her business expertise as well as her knowledge of the research landscape.