Professor Danny Altmann

Danny is Professor of Immunology at Imperial College London, where he heads a lab.. During the pandemic he has advised policymakers including the House of Commons and House of Lords Science Committees, the APPG on Coronavirus, the Cabinet Office, Sir Keir Starmer and the Shadow Cabinet, the Welsh Assembly, the EU, The Scottish Parliament, WHO, NICE and the Department of Health. For over 20 years Danny has edited medical journals including Oxford Open Immunology, Immunology, and Vaccine. He is a trustee at the Medical Research Foundation and a board member for the African Research Excellence Fund. He previously headed strategy on infection, immunity and population health at the Wellcome Trust. His research interests focus on the immunology of infectious diseases including severe bacterial infections, SARS-CoV-2, Zika virus and Chikungunya virus. He also has a long record in autoimmunity research. Danny’s SARS-CoV-2 research is published in journals including the Lancet, Nature and Science. He heads an NIHR-funded research programme to look at mechanisms of pathogenesis and development of new diagnostic tests in a large cohort of individuals with Long Covid.

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Jo Dainow

Jo has lived experience of Long Covid and is a founder member of Long Covid Support. She is one of the administrators of the Long Covid Support Facebook group and co-facilitates the charity’s peer support work, managing wellbeing activities for members. Jo is experienced in coaching and mentoring, is a volunteer walk leader for Walk Wandsworth and a Director of a Vintage VW Campervan hire company. Her previous professional experience was within the creative operations area of the entertainments industry and marketing agencies.

Margaret O’Hara

Margaret is a founder Trustee of Long Covid Support. She co-facilitates the charity’s work with researchers, and runs an associated Facebook group called Covid-19 Research Involvement Group. As a person with Long Covid, she has worked with organisations such as NHSEI and NIHR, as well as academics and clinicians. She has co-authored peer reviewed articles on Long Covid, presented at international and national conferences and has co-created research with professional academics and health practitioners. Margaret’s previous patient involvement and advocacy experience is in Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) and she is deputy Chair of Trustees of the charity Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS). She has conducted, published and presented patient-led research, and has co-authored clinical practice guidelines and a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership. She is a scientist by profession and is currently a Patient Involvement in Research professional in the NHS.

Monique Jackson

Monique Jackson is an artist and has personal experience of Long Covid. 

Monique created The Still Ill Corona Diary, an online graphic journal illustrating her experiences with Long Covid. A selection of these drawings are hosted on the London based museum The Wellcome Collections website.

Monique twice worked as a public panel member for the UK’s National Institute of Health Research funding call into the longer term effects of Covid-19 in non-hospitalised individuals, as a result of which £18.5 million and a further £19.6 million was awarded to new research projects in 2021.

Natalie Rogers

Natalie is a founder member of Long Covid Support and is herself a person with Long Covid. She has contributed to the organisation's advocacy work, campaigning for accessible and equitable health and welfare services for people with Long Covid and other long-term chronic health conditions. Natalie sits on the NHS England Task Force Education and Information subgroup and the Cheshire and Merseyside Post Covid Steering Group. Natalie advocates for equitable access to services at regional level as the patient voice representative for the NHS North West Health Inequalities group. Natalie has been actively involved in co-designing research priorities, has participated in research and co-authored journal articles on Long Covid. Natalie also co-facilitates the Long Covid Europe Alliance, a network of patient organisations spanning many countries. Her professional background is in education leadership.

Laura Evans

Laura is the CEO of Glass Ceilings® Change Management, a HR and Management Consultancy which also undertakes policy and research to remove systemic barriers to growth, development and opportunity in employment. Laura combines over 15 years’ leadership in Operations, Policy, and HR across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, including developing equalities and hate crime legislation, health and safety, civil contingencies, EU and charity regulation. She is a confident and articulate public speaker on a wide range of issues. Throughout the pandemic, she has been raising awareness of the need for long term strategic planning for the impacts of Covid on societal health and wellbeing, employment and labour markets, and the economy, whilst warning of a rise in ableism. Laura has been advising organisations and individuals on strategic workforce planning and employment relations, to enable people living with Long Covid to remain in employment and education. Laura is a Chartered Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Chartered Management Institute, and holds Fellowship with the Australian HR Institute, Institute of Leaders and Managers UK, and Institute for Managers and Leaders ANZ.

Aimie Cole

Aimie has personal experience of Long Covid and has worked for over 20 years within the public and charity sectors. She is the Director of her own consultancy practice, offering a range of services to individuals and organisations committed to positive change. In the last seven years she has specialised in health and care with roles focused on developing and supporting partnerships, community-based approaches and system change to improve the lives of people with multiple, chronic or complex health conditions. Aimie's other experience includes working in the UK Treasury, for a philanthropic trust in the Middle East and on innovative finance and business mechanisms for social benefit. Aimie lives in Dorset, is a trustee of her local voluntary sector infrastructure organisation, and can often be found enjoying the sea or the countryside with her family.

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