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George Bate

George has been involved in charity development and management following his role in setting up the Manchester Branch of the The Running Charity which uses running based fitness programmes to transform the lives of young homeless people.
During a 20 year career in the pharmaceutical industry George spent time working in various functions including trials, sales and marketing and market access. He was also involved in conference & event organisation. Over the years he developed close relationships with healthcare professionals at all levels within the NHS, in areas including Critical Care, Cardiology and Oncology and in particular lung cancer. Since leaving Eli Lilly at the end of 2015, George has worked as an independent Healthcare & Communications Consultant on a number of projects (including the NLCFN Workshops) whilst setting up The Running Charity.
In addition to the skills gained following his work in the lung cancer arena with the pharmaceutical industry George also brings skills in business management, PR, marketing, efficiency and quality, charity governance and fund raising to the trustee group.

Following a career in thoracic medicine, Vanessa joined the Lung Cancer Team at Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool in 1999 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Vanessa’s interests in lung cancer and mesothelioma include improving the patient and carer experience throughout the pathway. She is interested in the development of nurse led services, pre –post habilitation and survivorship issues. Vanessa is an active member of the Northwest Lung CNS group. She has given invited presentations on both national and international level, on various aspects of lung cancer including: wellbeing; holistic needs and surgical pathway. She has previously held the positions of: Thoracic Surgical Group Chair; BTOG Steering committee member. She is a current member of BTOG, ITONF and IASLC sitting on the LCAM Coalition steering committee.
Vanessa is delighted to be a NLCFN committee member, currently serving as chair for the forum.

Diana Borthwick is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Lung Cancer at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre and was appointed in 1999 following a long clinical career in cancer and general nursing. She developed her interest in working with patients with lung cancer whilst she worked in clinical trials looking after patients with lung and neurological cancers.

Diana has an established reputation as a leader in the lung cancer nursing field and was one of the founding members of the Scottish Lung Cancer Forum. She was chair of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses from 2013 - 2016. She is also a committee member of the International Thoracic Oncology Nursing Forum and a member of the Global Lung Cancer Coalition.

Diana leads and collaborates on a number of research projects in the areas of patient experience, symptom management in cancer care, lifestyle & rehabilitation and role of the lung cancer nurse specialist. She has a particular interest in how patients and carers live with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer and the impact of that diagnosis on the whole family. She has published and is regularly invited to international and national conferences to present.

Her hobbies include hiking and rock climbing and can be often found at the end of a rope on a mountain in France.

Lorraine completed her nurse training in Manchester and went on to hold posts in general medicine, community and hospice care. She became a Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse at East Cheshire NHS Trust in 1990 and developed the Macmillan Lung Cancer Nursing Service in 1999. In 2007 she was appointed as the Macmillan Lung Cancer Lead Clinician and she also held the post of Non Medical Prescribing Lead. Lorraine has a Masters in Medical Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care and MSc level qualifications in clinical examination and diagnostics. She was the first nurse non medical prescriber at the Trust. She has also undertaken the National Cancer Leadership Programme.

Lorraine was the first nurse member of the British Thoracic Society Lung Cancer Working Party and has been a committee member of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses. She also worked with the Department of Health on the Lung Cancer Awareness, Action and Advisory Group. She was delighted to receive the first Lifetime Achievemant Award from the NLCFN and she is a Macmillan Alumni Ambassador.

Lorraine is currently one of three Mesothelioma UK CNS Team Leaders covering the North of England, Wales and Scotland.

Lorraine is passionate about nursing leadership and she is the current chair of trustees of the NLCFN

After spending ten years in biomedical science and biomedical engineering within the NHS Alison Leary undertook a nursing diploma at The Nightingale School at St Thomas Hospital (now Kings College London). She attained a Masters in biomedical science (Haematology) before specialising in lung cancer and thoracic surgery. Alison obtained PhD in medicine from University College London in thoracic oncology and she continues to research in this area and also undertakes various projects around the modelling of complex systems. Alison is currently a Professor of Healthcare & Workforce Modelling at London South Bank University. Her interests are in the complexity of healthcare, math models and data science.

Isobel is a Partner and Head of the Asbestos Disease Team at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors in London and has specialised In asbestos disease cases for over 18 years. She is a Fellow and Accredited Asbestos and Occupational Disease specialist of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and assesses others seeking specialist accreditation. She also serves on APIL’s Training and Accreditation Committee.

Isobel is recommended lawyer by the Legal 500 and has been described as ” ‘highly experienced in the field of asbestos litigation’. ” Isobel Lovett is the name to note for mesothelioma cases and has a wealth of experience in asbestos product claims.” In Legal 500 2019 she was described as a ‘first-class litigator’ whose client care ‘is second to none‘.

Having previously been based in the North, on moving to London in 2015 to set up her team, Isobel was instrumental in establishing the London Asbestos Support and Awareness Group, an independent charity providing ongoing support to victims of asbestos diseases across London and the South East. She continues to support the work of the charity.

Isobel was appointed a Trustee of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses in 2018 to help the organisation advocate in the interests of lung cancer and mesothelioma nurse specialists who are so important to her clients. Isobel is particularly keen on promoting opportunities to share specialist knowledge and access ongoing training, whether online or at conferences/meetings

As a Senior Partner of St. James's Place Wealth Management I provide financial planning advice to private clients, businesses and trust funds.
I am a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute. I am based in Didsbury , Manchester.

Professor Peake is Clinical Director of the Centre for Cancer Outcomes, University College London Hospitals, a Specialist Clinical Advisor to Cancer Research UK and Chair of the UK branch of the CODE (Collaboration for Oncology Data in Europe) programme. He is Emeritus Consultant and Hon. Professor of Respiratory Medicine in the University Hospitals of Leicester and Hon. Clinical Lead in the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS). He has had a major interest in lung cancer and mesothelioma for many years, establishing the National Lung Cancer Audit. He was heavily involved in the development of NCRAS and was National Clinical Lead for Lung Cancer until the NHS reforms of 2013. He founded the UK Lung Cancer Coalition, chairs the Board of Mesothelioma UK and is a member of the boards of the British Thoracic Oncology Group and the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses. He has been involved in the development of national cancer policy since the mid-1990s. He has published widely, his major interests being early cancer diagnosis and improving outcomes for cancer patients by proper service configuration, supported by good clinical outcome data.

John White completed his term of office as the Chair of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses in January 2014. He has been a keen and active supporter of the NLCFN since he became a Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist in 2002 and has thoroughly enjoyed the professionalism and camaraderie of all those that he has met in this time. He is now the Lead Nurse for Patient Experience in Leeds and still retains a keen focus on lung cancer and the nurse specialist team.