Following an open, public recruitment process, Haemochromatosis UK has appointed new trustees to its board.

The charity sought applications from the widest range of society, across the UK. The roles were advertised to HUK members, on our website and across several popular trustee-recruitment sites, including the Law Society, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales,, Reach Volunteering and across social media.

Each candidate was interviewed by a panel comprising representatives of the existing board of trustees and the charity's CEO. Following careful deliberation, the following applicants were appointed, effective 22nd April :

  • Alan Walls - retired solicitor and former partner at City law firm Linklaters
  • Phil Coathup - marketing & communications director, formerly with AT&T
  • Josh Kaile - parliamentary adviser, formerly to David Lammy MP and a member of the campaign team for Sir Keir Starmer's election as Labour leader

The board also appointed Philip Briggs - chartered accountant and partner at accountancy firm RSM Tenon - as board observer (trustee elect). These appointments follow the earlier appointment of Dr Jeremy Shearman (Chair of the charity's Clinical Advisory Panel) to the board in March.

Chair of Trustees, Michelle Weerasekera, commented :

"We were delighted to have such a strong field of candidates and would like to thank all of those that took the time to apply. 

The appointed Trustees bring a wealth of experience and the required skill sets that we were looking for to ensure that HUK have a robust Board in place. 

As Chair of HUK, I look forward to working with our new and existing Trustees and together developing our strategy for the next three years to support the aims and vision of the charity for the future."

Chief Executive Neil McClements welcomed the appointments, saying "This recruitment process has shown that the community has an abundance of talent and concern for our charity's mission. We're pleased to welcome Jeremy, Alan, Phil, Josh and Phil to our Board of Trustees. Each brings unique skills and insights to the governance of our charity - we look forward to working with them."