Our team

Trustee Board

Professor Sean Hilton – Chair

Prof. Hilton has been Chair of the charity since December 2016. He is a medical educator and academic general practitioner. He is Emeritus Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at St. George’s, University of London and Professor of Medical Education at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus.

Mike Russell – Treasurer

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. He was a Non-Executive Director in the NHS in Oxfordshire for 14 years. Mike was the Finance Director of the Zoological Society of London from 2006 until his retirement in 2014.

Pauline Droop – Secretary

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.

Bob Gann – Trustee

Bob is a consultant in digital health, with a particular interest in bridging the digital divide and ensuring nobody is left behind in the digital revolution. He has carried out recent projects on digital inclusion for NHS Digital, Public Health England and Digital Communities Wales. He worked for several years on the NHS website NHS.UK as strategy and engagement director. He is Visiting Professor in Health Informatics at Plymouth University.

Dr. Judy Kane – Trustee

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 taught pre and postgraduate medical students from the National Heart and Lung Institute and to St. Georges Hospital medical school. 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.

Dr. Tess McPherson – Trustee

Dr Tess McPherson is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Dermatologist at Oxford University Hospitals. She is an elected member of the British Society of Paediatric Dermatology. Tess studied medicine at Cambridge University and the Imperial College School of Medicine and completed her specialist dermatology training at Oxford University. She has previously worked in the U.S., South America and for the WHO in Guyana. Dr McPherson has an interest in patient involvement in education and uses patient experiences to support patients and inform best practice. She was the lead clinician on our healthtalk.org resource for young people with skin conditions.

Prof. Fiona Stevenson – Trustee

Fiona is a Professor of Medical Sociology and currently Head of Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health at University College London.  Her first degree was in sociology and her PhD in medical sociology.  Her research primarily focuses on communication between health care professionals and patients and she has a particular interest in patient and public involvement and engagement in research.

Charity Staff

Adam Barnett – Chief Executive Officer

Adam Barnett joined Dipex in 2008 from his former position at a web-based, VC-funded company. Since then, he has been involved in the digital dissemination of over 70 research projects. He was appointed CEO in 2018. 

Jo Kidd – Communications & Marketing Manager

Jo has been working for Dipex since Autumn 2010 having started as Youth Engagement Officer. Jo has previously worked for charities campaigning on poverty, the environment and human rights, carried out research for campaigns for adults with autism and worked with HIV & Aids charities as a VSO 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.