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Sarah Woolnough

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Sarah Woolnough started as Chief Executive of The King’s Fund in December 2023.

Previously, Sarah was Chief Executive of Asthma + Lung UK from 2020 to 2023, leading all aspects of the national charity’s work to transform lung health, advancing research, and advocating for improvements in the care and support for people with a lung condition.

Sarah has spent much of her career in senior leadership roles in health, including as Executive Director of Policy, Information and Communications at Cancer Research UK. She has also worked in the civil service, parliament and at membership organisation, the Sport and Recreation Alliance. Sarah was seconded to the Department of Health in 2010 to help develop a new national cancer strategy.

Sarah is a Trustee of mental health research charity MQ and has previously served as a Trustee of Action on Smoking and Health, the Association of Medical Research Charities, the National Cancer Research Institute and Bliss, the special care baby charity.