Lord Stone of Blackheath

Lord Stone was raised to the peerage in 1997. He joined Marks and Spencer plc as a trainee in 1966 and retired from his position as joint Managing Director of the Company in 1999. His community work has been based around his fascination with the juxtaposition between Art and Science, healthcare, working with charities to help bereaved children and a lifelong interest in the process of creating understanding and working towards peace in the Middle East.
Board of Trustees

Professor Sean Hilton MD FRCGP FAcadMEd DSc(hc) (Chair)

Professor Sean Hilton succeeded Fred Hucker as Chairman of the DIPEx Charity in December 2016. Patient involvement and education has been a theme throughout his medical career. His MD Thesis on evaluation of patient education in asthma was carried out in general practice during the 1980s.

Sean is a medical educator and academic general practitioner. He is now Emeritus Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at St. George’s, University of London. During a full time career at St. George’s from 1987 to 2012 he held additional roles as Dean of Undergraduate Medicine, Vice Principal Teaching and Learning and Deputy Principal. Since 2012 he has also been Professor of Medical Education at the new medical school of the University of Nicosia in Cyprus (Dean for Clinical Education 2012-15).

Sean was President of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) 2011-2014, and is a past Executive and Council member of the Association for Study of Medical Education (ASME). He has held roles in quality assurance also for the General Medical Council;HEA Quality Assurance Agency and a number of UK and international universities.

He holds an Honoris causa Degree in Health Sciences from Kingston University (2013) for his contributions to interprofessional learning.
Now mostly retired, he is also a Trustee of the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher.

Pauline Droop

Pauline is a solicitor who worked for 15 years for the Citizens Advice Bureau, initially as a generalist but ultimately developing an employment law specialism. She then moved into private practice, becoming a partner in the employment department of Russell-Cooke LLP. She has now retired but continues as a Consultant. Pauline is an Honorary Solicitor to West London Action for Children, a charity providing counselling and support to disadvantaged children and their parents and/or carers in west London.

Dr Judy Kane

Judy is a GP who qualified from St. Georges Hospital in 1968 and started an audio-visual aids programme for teaching medical students at the hospital. Judy became a trainer in 1985 and sat on the Trainer Selection Committee for the Surrey area. Attachments to the National Heart and Lung Institute and to St. Georges Hospital medical school ensured a steady supply of pre and post grad students for our practice to teach. For 15 years she was on the Elizabeth Nuffield Education trust committee and oversaw the giving of grants to students. Judy is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and chairs the South West London advisory committee for the appointment of magistrates. Judy still does a couple of days in general practice but no admin!!

Jane Kirk

Jane is a HR and talent consultant with a deep connection to improving health and wellbeing. She started her career as a research clinical pharmacologist before working in the pharma industry as a new product introduction manager. In 1997 she joined a disruptive Search and Intelligence consultancy to establish their global Healthcare & Life Sciences practice. Working with major brands she helped them create an effective business and people strategies as well as supporting NHS and other social and health organisations with a range of recruitment solutions. Throughout she also led business development and marketing and was commercial director of her firm. Alongside supporting healthtalk.org, she now runs her own business providing leadership solutions to businesses to unlock organisational performance through their people.

Mike Russell FCMA

Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants, having qualified as an Accountant in 1979. For over 20 years, Mike held various financial and general management roles within Oxford Instruments Plc including spells as FD of the Medical and Superconductivity Divisions and spent two years living and working in the USA. From 1992 to 2006 Mike was a Non-Executive Director in the NHS in Oxfordshire with three terms (92-01) of office with the Oxfordshire Community Health (NHS) Trust and two (01-06) with the South West Oxfordshire PCT serving both trusts throughout this period as Audit Committee Chairman as a member of various other committees. Since 2006 Mike has been the Finance Director of the Zoological Society of London, the conservation charity that runs London and Whipsnade Zoo and runs over 50 conservation projects in Britain and worldwide through its scientific arm, the Insitute of Zoology.

Mary Wells

Mary is Professor of Cancer Nursing Research and Practice at the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP-RU), University of Stirling, Scotland UK.  She is a cancer nurse with a clinical academic background in health services research within oncology. After graduating with a degree in Nursing Studies from Guy’s Hospital London, she went on to specialise in cancer nursing at Bart’s Hospital London.  She has worked in a variety of leadership, clinical and research posts in London, Oxford and Scotland and she was the first Centre Head at the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Dundee.  She works closely with a number of leading UK cancer charities, was a member of the Executive Board of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) from 2009 – 2015 and currently co-chairs the EONS Research Working Group.  

Her research focusses on supportive and psychosocial care, nurse-led initiatives and specifically the needs, experiences and outcomes of people who have completed treatment.  She has a particular interest in head and neck cancer and has experience of a range of methodological approaches, including qualitative research and trials of complex interventions.  Mary has been a member of the NCRI Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship Clinical Studies Group (CSG) since 2013.
Charity staff

Adam Barnett - Head of Technical Development and Operations

Adam Barnett joined DIPEx in 2008 from his former position as operations team leader at a web based, VC funded company. His current role as Technology manager involves overseeing the effective and efficient operation of all technology for the charity. Including deriving, implementing and managing the strategy for technology developments that provide solutions for all aspects of the organisation’s activity and development.

Jo Kidd - Communications Manager

Jo has been working for DIPEx since Autumn 2010 and is responsible for managing our social media presence, website content and marketing among other things! In previous roles, Jo has worked for charities campaigning on poverty, the environment and human rights, carried out research for campaigns for adults with autism and developed websites for HIV & Aids charities as a volunteer in Lahore, Pakistan. 

Tracy Noble – Administrator

Tracy is an experienced office manager/administrator with a progressive career record that has embraced general, sales office and HR management in a broad range of high-technology, consumer, business and industrial sectors. She has worked in large multi-national corporations, medium size blue-chip organisations and VC funded start-ups.


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