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Sarah Woolnough biography
Sarah has been Chief Executive of Asthma + Lung UK since 2020, and has led all aspects of the national charity’s work to transform lung health, supporting people, 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 many years 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 Chair of the Healthy Air Campaign, Co-Chair of the NHS England National Respiratory Delivery Board, a Trustee of mental health research charity MQ, a member of the ABPI Patient Advisory Council, a member of the Richmond Group of health charities. She has previously been 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.
The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all.