Chair of trustees
Professor Donal O'Donoghue BSc, MBChB, FRCP, OBE
Donal has been a Consultant Renal Physician at Salford Royal since 1992 and is also Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Manchester. He was inaugural President of the multi-professional British Renal Society, Treasurer then President elect of the Renal Association and became the first National Clinical Director of Kidney Care at the Department of Health from 2007-2013. Donal is a practising kidney doctor, active researcher and, in addition to his work for people with kidney disease, is Medical Director of the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network, Chair of the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Senate and a Governing Body Member of Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group
Mrs Marcelle de Sousa MBE, FRCN, MA, RGN, RSCN
Marcelle worked in the Renal Unit at Guy's and became Sister of the first purpose built Children's Renal Unit in the country. She went on to set up another pioneering medical unit for adolescents at University College Hospital. In 2009, she was awarded the MBE for her work setting up a pioneering hospital unit caring for adolescents at University College Hospital in London.
Marcelle, now retired, joined BKPA as a trustee in mid 2010.
Professor Lesley Rees MD, FRCPCH
Lesley is an expert in paediatric nephrology. She has been a consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital for 21 years and is currently head of the Paediatric Nephrology department. Lesley leads the dialysis programme at GOSH. Her particular clinical skills lie in managing the common complications of dialysis in children and she has undertaken considerable research in these areas. She is also editor of the journal of the sub-speciality, Paediatric Nephrology. She joined the Charity in 2011.
Miss Lisa Burnapp RN, MA
Lisa has a background in nephrology and transplantation and was appointed as a Consultant Nurse in Living Donor Kidney Transplantation at Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, following completion of her MA in Medical Law and Ethics in 2002. She retains a clinical attachment there, with a special interest in altruistic organ donation. As lead Nurse for Living Donation within NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT) she has led on the development of the UK Strategy for Living Donor Kidney Transplantation. She is an active member of the British Transplantation Society (BTS), having Co-Chaired the Living Donor Transplantation Forum since it was established in 2004 and served on its Council and its Ethics Committee.
She is a member of the BTS Standards Committee, through which she has co-edited and published best practice guidelines in areas of donation and transplantation practice. Within the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT), she Chairs the European Donation and Transplant Co-ordination Organisation (EDTCO) and is a member of the living organ donation working group within the Ethical, Legal and Psychological Aspects of Transplantation (ELPAT). She is a member of the Human Tissue Authority Transplantation Advisory Group and supports the training and development of healthcare professionals in organ donation and transplantation in a variety of national and international settings. She was awarded a fellowship of the British Renal Society in May 2012. She has been a Trustee since May 2014.
Sir Jonathan Michael MB, BS, FRCP, FKC
After training in London and a clinical career as a consultant physician and nephrologist, Jonathan became Medical Director and in 1995, CEO of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust. In 2000 he became CEO of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals which he lead to be one of the first-wave NHS Foundation Trusts. Knighted in 2005 for services to the NHS, the same year he was elected Fellow of King’s College London in recognition of his role in improving collaboration between the NHS and universities.
In 2007 he joined BT’s healthcare team developing a global healthcare strategy and helping deliver BT’s contribution to the NHS IT strategy, ultimately becoming Managing Director of BT Health.
In 2010, he took over as CEO of Oxford University Hospitals, where he delivered Foundation Trust status and, in partnership with the University of Oxford, led the recognition of Oxford as one of the UK’s foremost Academic Health Science Centres.
In late 2015 he retired from the NHS and is now working as an independent healthcare consultant. He became a Trustee of BKPA in early 2016.
Ingrid has been a practising solicitor for 21 years in both Australia and the UK. Currently, she is the Director of the human rights and environmental law practice at the London based law firm of Hausfeld & Co. She was previously the Principal Legal Advisor of the Which? Campaigns teams and a law lecturer in International human rights law at Essex University and at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Ingrid is currently Chair of the International NGO Legal Action Worldwide (LAW), which undertakes legal action and diplomacy on behalf of women in some of the world's toughest conflict zones. She is a resident member of the Royal Free Hospital Trust and has an abiding interest in legal rights to health and well-being. She joined the Charity in late 2016.
Andrew enjoyed a long career in investment management and retired from full time work in 2012 as the Pension Investment Manager for the John Lewis staff pension fund. Following his retirement, Andrew served as the Chief Investment Officer for The Health Foundation for three years. He now has a number of external appointments across the investment world. He became a Trustee in early March 2017.
Sarah is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ post qualification experience. She specialises in governance and risk management and has a client-facing professional role working across a range of sectors, with a focus on not-for-profit and charitable organisations. She previously established and ran her own business for 10 years before merging this business into a large professional firm, which she joined as a partner in 2010.
Sarah has two sons, one of whom was born with chronic renal failure. He has since gone on to receive two transplant kidneys, both from living donors. She joined the Charity in March 2017 and took over as Honorary Treasurer later in the same year.
Ofrah Muflahi -RN, BSc, MSc
Ofrah is a registered nurse with over 20 years nursing experience and specialised initially in paediatric nursing when she commenced her nursing journey. Ofrah brings in experience from a diverse career in various NHS organisations, some in senior operational / professional roles. Until recently she was a Trustee on the Board of Age UK Walsall. Her passion for this role is driven from her mother being a post kidney transplant patient for the past 25+ years. Ofrah started as a Trustee in December 2018.
Patricia has been a patient at the Royal Free Hospital in London since 2010. After a few years on peritoneal dialysis, she received a transplant in 2014. Patricia is very active in the ‘kidney’ world and spends a lot of her time volunteering for various charities. Patricia retired from public sector housing in 2012 after having worked as a senior manager for more than 30 years. She is currently an Independent Chair of Arbitration for a local authority in the heart of London. Patricia joined the Charity in October 2018.
Angela was for many years a partner in a City law firm specialising in employment and media law where she also had a significant business development role. She subsequently specialised in business development for barristers chambers. She is currently an ambassador for corporate engagement at Middlesex University which involves her networking and building relationships with businesses for the benefit of the university and its students. She has personal experience of the challenges facing families whose members have chronic and life changing illnesses and became a Trustee in October 2018.
Chris read History at the University of Birmingham and went on to train as a Chartered Accountant. He specialised in international corporate tax problems and became worldwide head of the international transfer pricing practice in PwC. Travelling extensively during his career, Chris and his family also lived overseas, in Brussels and Paris. Chris's charitable interests have included 5 years as Honorary Treasurer of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the UK. Chris has kidney disease and he and his wife Jenny live on the coast, in Torquay.