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).

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Government Must Prioritise Portion Size Problem

(15) 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

(2) 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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