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Our Trustee Board is made up of people with a wide range of skills and experience. Several of our Trustees have personal experience of liver disease; others have worked in related fields and/or have skills essential for the British Liver Trust. We are currently seeking a Trustee with specific responsibility for fundraising. For an initial discussion about this role please contact Andrew Langford, Chief Executive, on 01425 481320 or email

Nicholas Lansman – Chairman

  Nicholas Lansman is Group Managing Director of Political Intelligence Limited. Following an Economics degree at Manchester University, Nicholas worked in publishing in London and PR in Paris before working with the European Commission’s press bureau in London and then Spain. Following a couple of years in Brussels, as a public affairs consultant, he returned to London and launched Political Intelligence, a public affairs consultancy in Westminster in 1995. Other Political Intelligence offices now operate in Brussels, Madrid, Edinburgh and Rome. The company specialises in healthcare, ICT, transport & energy and financial services.Nicholas commentates on public affairs issues on television, radio, and in the national press and writes on a range of regulatory issues.Nicholas became a Trustee of the British Liver Trust in 2004.

Martin Newlan – Treasurer

Martin trained as an articled clerk with a city firm of accountants before becoming a management trainee with a West Midlands engineering firm, progressing to chief accountant with a Kent-based subsidiary. In the early 1970s he established a plastics manufacturing business, serving initially as Finance Director and ultimately as Managing Director. The business became a leading manufacturer of drug delivery devices and pharmaceutical packaging. In 2002 he joined Cumberland Lodge, an education charity and unique conference centre in the heart of the Great Park, Windsor, and is currently their Deputy Principal and Bursar. His charitable interests include serving as treasurer of Caterham School for 20 years and volunteering extensively with St John Ambulance. Martin is married to Julia and they have three children.

Charles Hicks

Charles Hicks is a partner in the leading English law firm Wedlake Bell, where he has cared for the business of private clients for the past 30 years. In the 90s, focusing on the problems of Lloyd’s membership, he advised in excess of 1,000 clients over time and acted for four action groups.Charles was educated at Marlborough College and graduated from Clare College, Cambridge. He joined Wedlake Bell in 1968 and became a Partner in 1975. He holds numerous Trustee positions, is a director of the not-for profit UK Wolf Conservation Trust and is Secretary of the Society of Honorary Ward Clerks in the City of London.Charles is also General Commissioner of Taxes and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Charity Section.

Martin Manning

Martin joined the Consulting Engineering firm of Ove Arup & Partners in that year and was made a Director in 1985. He became a Chartered Engineer in 1972 and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1992. Based in London, he has also lived in Zambia, Iran and Hong Kong and has worked on projects throughout the world. His current interest is in buildings for transport and particularly airports. Martin is married to a Paediatric Neurologist and they have one son.He received a transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in 2000 and became a Trustee of the British Liver Trust in 2004.

Professor Humphrey J F Hodgson

Professor Humphrey Hodgson graduated from Oxford University in 1966 and has been the Sheila Sherlock Professor of Medicine at the Royal Free and University College, School of Medicine and Director of the Royal Free’s Centre for Hepatology since 1999. He has also been Vice-Dean and Campus Director at the Royal Free since 2000.Humphrey has also published numerous research papers relating to many aspects of liver disease.

Brian Gunson

Brian Gunson joined Munro and Forster Communications in 1990 and has been Chairman since 2002. A leading public relations and communications consultancy, Munro and Forster specialises in health, wellbeing and medical education. A graduate of Birmingham University with a BSc. in Biochemistry, Brian’s experience in health care spans thirty years and includes the pharmaceutical industry, the NHS, medical charities and consultancy. From 1996 to 2003, Brian was a trustee of the Patients Association, and took on the roles of Vice Chairman and Acting Chairman. In 1999 he was appointed lay member of a Primary Care Group and in 2001 became a non-executive director of a Primary Care Trust. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a Forum Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, a lay member of the PHLS (HPA)/NBA Hepatitis C Registry and is also a trustee of Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere).

Lynda Waters

Lynda Waters is a market research consultant.  She founded her consultancy in 2001, prior to which she held many senior positions in the market research and advertising industries.  These included directorships at top international advertising agencies based in Hong Kong and managing director positions in UK market research companies.  She has served on several committees of the Market Research Society.  Lynda has a keen interest in nutritional and other complementary medicine, in which she has trained, as an adjunct to mainstream medicine.  She has direct experience of liver disease within her family.

 Sophie Robinson

N Sophie has over eight years’ experience working in PR and communications for third sector organisations, including four years within the communications team at the Big Lottery Fund. Most recently she was senior media officer at the housing charity Shelter, delivering social media and PR campaigns and is currently PR officer at the National Housing Federation.  Sophie is personally affected by a rare liver disease called PSC and also has a history of liver disease in her family.