Simon Gillespie
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Simon Gillespie joined the British Heart Foundation in March 2013.

Before joining the British Heart Foundation, Simon Gillespie was Chief Executive of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society since 2006. At the MS Society, he oversaw the introduction of the Society's new strategy based on an extensive consultation with people affected by MS, new approaches to research and support for people with MS, and new governance arrangements.

He previously worked as Head of Operations at the Healthcare Commission, where he was responsible for the inspection of NHS and independent healthcare facilities in England. From 2000 to 2004, he was Director of Operations at the Charity Commission, modernising the regulation and support of the 180,000 registered charities across England and Wales.

His earlier career was with the Royal Navy, including command of HMS Sheffield and advising Government Ministers.

Simon has extensive experience of charity and non-profit governance, and as a non-executive director/trustee. He is currently a trustee of the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies at University College London, and a member of the General Medical Council's Fitness to Practice panels.

Simon holds masters’ degrees in: Philosophy and Political Science (MA); Business Administration (MBA); and International Relations (MPhil).

Entries by Simon Gillespie

The Government Must Act on Air Pollution

(1) Comments | Posted 25 March 2015 | (13:40)

We are in the midst of a public health emergency. There's something in the air that's prematurely killing 29,000 people in the UK each year. We often can't see it but this killer's been implicated in causing coronary heart disease, heart attack, heart rhythm disorders and cardiac arrest,...

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The Science of Mending Broken Hearts

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2015 | (15:09)

Valentine's Day shouldn't be a day about broken hearts but over half a million people in the UK, and millions around the world, have to live with a broken heart every day. These people have a condition called heart failure where their heart simply can't pump blood around...

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The Fight Against Diabetes and Heart Disease Must Be Fought on Many Fronts

(2) Comments | Posted 5 January 2015 | (23:00)

The sheer scale and devastating impact of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes is often underestimated.

Around 3.2million people have Type 2 diabetes and there are 11.5million at high risk of it.
Over seven million people across the UK are living with the burden of cardiovascular disease...

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Lifesaving Research Is Stalling Without Access to Patient Data

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2014 | (14:14)

Today, we know that smoking causes heart disease and cancer, that asbestos is dangerous and that HIV is sexually transmitted. We take this understanding for granted, but we don't always think about how we came to it. The answer, in many cases, is patient data.

Whenever we visit...

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Tackling Today's Health Problems Must Not Be at the Expense of Tomorrow's

(0) Comments | Posted 17 November 2014 | (23:00)

Like ebola, the health emergencies of today will always dominate the headlines and the minds of politicians and policy makers.

However, we cannot afford to ignore the long-term, slow motion public health crisis we know is coming: preventable illness.

More of us are living longer. But as the population gets...

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Why Coronary Heart Disease Is Europe's Biggest Worry

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2014 | (09:46)

Dementia made a lot of headlines last week when it was revealed that it was the leading cause of death amongst women last year.

In England and Wales more than 30,000 women's deaths were attributed to dementia and Alzheimer's, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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This Week Give Someone the Gift of Life

(0) Comments | Posted 7 July 2014 | (10:53)

Donating an organ is one of the most inspiring and altruistic things a person can do. It is often the gift of life to someone who is critically ill and might otherwise have just weeks or months left to live. It can give families in their darkest hour, the opportunity...

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Government Must Prioritise Portion Size Problem

(14) Comments | Posted 21 October 2013 | (00:00)

Nearly two-thirds of UK adults are overweight or obese. So are a third of our children. It's a problem that isn't going away and it has severe consequences for the health of millions across the UK. So we need new approaches to tackling the causes of obesity.

Choosing a healthy,...

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Children and Families Bill Offers Standardised Pack Hope

(1) Comments | Posted 7 October 2013 | (00:00)

History tells us that it's not always plain sailing when it comes to introducing important tobacco control legislation.

In 2004, proposals were put forward for a smoking ban in almost all public places in England and Wales. It was, predictably, met with vicious opposition from both inside and outside of...

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Standardised Packs Plainly Part of Public Health Solution

(0) Comments | Posted 3 May 2013 | (00:00)

Last week, more than 50 young people from all over the country travelled to voice their support for standardised cigarette packaging at British American Tobacco's Annual General Meeting in London.

Their colourful banners stated 'plain packs protect' while another read 'I don't ever wanna lose my best friend,...

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Jack Osbourne and Being Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis

(11) Comments | Posted 19 June 2012 | (08:49)

Today Jack Osbourne will be doing what around 50 people in the UK do every week - trying to come to terms with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The difference is, Jack will have to do it in the public spotlight.

The story has got people...

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