Our Patient and Public Involvement team is led by Anna De Simoni. We also have four PPI Volunteer Leads who contribute to the strategic direction of the Centre, and take part in various initiatives, including speaking at public events, advising on our research and leading the PPI platform.
Michael is a PPI Volunteer Lead. He comes to the project as a mild but persistent asthma sufferer. He is a member of the Centre Management Committee. He represents the patient experience to various research teams and also in meetings and conferences.
Leo is a Patient Involvement Lead and a member of the Centre Management Committee. Leo’s particular interest in the Centre is its focus on applied outcomes and he has helped drive a focus on the social risk factors around asthma, his insight coming from the experience of his daughter’s death. Leo has businesses in healthy food and digital marketing.
Elisabeth Ehrlich is a patient, retired teacher and a Patient Involvement Lead. She collaborates with researchers in grant applications, reviews lay summaries and PhD proposals. She contributed to an npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine article published in 2014 and Asthma UK's Forgotten Generation report.
Olivia is a PPI Volunteer Lead, and speaks from her experiences of living with severe asthma. She is a member of the Centre Management Committee, speaks at various meetings from the patient perspective and co-facilitates the SPEAK Asthma group.
Tracy Jackson is the PPI Research Fellow and helps to facilitate the Patient Advisory Group as well as the young person’s advisory group, SPEAK Asthma. She is always happy to hear from new volunteers!
Anna is the Patient and Public Involvement Lead, supporting Tracy and the Patient Advisory Group. She is a Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care, based at QMUL, and a GP. Anna also sits on the Centre Management Committee.