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Our Trustees

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Our Trustees

Professor Bertrand Taithe

Born in France, Bertrand studied at the Sorbonne with Professor Francois Crouzet and began his career as a historian of urban sociology. He later moved into the history of medicine and is particularly interested in the history of humanitarian aid.

Professor in Cultural History at the University of Manchester, Bertrand Taithe is a prolific author, Editor of the European Review of History, and Executive Director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester. HCRI combines the research interests of colleagues in the humanities and opens a dialogue with humanitarian workers and medical practitioners.

Harpreet Kohli

Harpreet retired as Director of Public Health in NHS Lanarkshire in 2017. Following GP vocational training, he trained in public health in Glasgow. He worked as a consultant in public health medicine in Lanarkshire from 1990 to 2001 focusing on screening programmes, alcohol and drug misuse services, and partnership working with local authorities.

He spent seven years as Medical Advisor in the Health Technology Board for Scotland (HTBS) and its successor body, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS). Harpreet returned to NHS Lanarkshire in 2008 as Director of Public Health and Health Policy including responsibility for information governance, resilience (emergency planning and business continuity), and leading the public health department. He is a member of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP).

He enjoys playing tennis and golf, watching Celtic FC, and walking the dog.

Jenna Appleton

Jenny is the Tribunal Judge assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber, Mental Health, and is also the Legally Qualified Chair for the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service – a post she has held since 2019.

Prior to these roles, she was a Magistrates’ Court Legal Adviser for 17 years, advising the judiciary in adult and youth criminal courts, and family proceedings. She holds an LLB in Law, a Bar Vocational Diploma (barrister qualification) and the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Qualification (cross-qualification to become a solicitor).

Orla Fee

Orla is Director of Communications and Public Engagement at ActionAid UK. Previously she was Head of Corporate Communications at the Royal College of Physicians.

Orla has fifteen years’ experience in strategic communications across healthcare, human rights and international development. She holds an LLM in Human Rights, Emergency Law and Discrimination from Queen’s University, Belfast.