Introduction

The CO Research Trust (formerly the Gas Safety Trust) is a registered charity, established in 2005. Our objective is to reduce the incidents of death and serious injury from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.


Our key focus is research, as we believe that this will make the greatest difference to everyone exposed to CO poisoning, now and in the future.


The Trust provides grant funding, advice and support to organisations wishing to carry out research and evidence gathering relating to safety.

The Team

Adrian
McConnell

Head of Charitable Operations

Adrian has managed the CO Research Trust (formerly Gas Safety Trust) since 2013. Before joining the Trust he worked in politics for more than a decade - for a Member of the European Parliament, then in Westminster as a Parliamentary Researcher, before becoming Manager of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group in 2010.

Gerarda
Kendrick

Administrative Officer

Gerarda has worked with the CO Research Trust (formerly Gas Safety Trust) since 2014. Previously she has worked in the energy and medical industries, as Communications Executive and then later as an Executive Assistant to the CEO at the Energy Networks Association. Gerarda has also worked as an Editor for a medical communications agency.

Natalie
Fleck

Marketing

Natalie re-joined the CO Research Trust in July 2020 to help the Trust with marketing and communications. Natalie started her career in PR working for Sony UK, before completing an MBA in 2004. She then spent four years working at CORGI, supporting the changes to building regulations and introducing the competent persons schemes to CORGI members. Natalie joined the Gas Safety Trust briefly in 2011, where she was nominated for a PRide Award for her campaign to highlight the CO hotspots around the UK. Natalie also led the national, regional, crisis and development communications for Subway, the restaurant franchise, in the UK.

The Team

Prof. Baroness
Finlay of Llandaff

Chair of the CO Research Trust

Baroness Finlay is Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Velindre Cancer Centre and Honorary Professor of Palliative Medicine, Cardiff University. She established the Marie Curie Hospice in 1987, and the Diploma/MSc in Palliative Medicine in 1989; lead for Palliative Care in Wales 2008-2017 and developed wider bereavement support.

She is President of the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy; Vice President of Hospice UK and of Marie Curie Care. Past-President of BMA, RSM and Association for Palliative Medicine. She is also an Elected member of BMA Ethics Committee and Bevan Commissioner in Wales.

Baroness Finlay has chaired the National Mental Capacity Forum (England and Wales) for Ministry of Justice since 2015 and became a life-Peer in 2001 in the House of Lords; a Deputy Speaker since 2018. Baroness Finlay chaired the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee on Allergy, and is Vice Chair of various All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG), including APPCOG.

She is founder of think-tank Living and Dying Well 2010 and Chair of Alcohol Harms Commission 2019-present: report published ‘Its Everywhere’ 2020.

Paul
Everall

Deputy Chair of the CO Research Trust

Paul Everall CBE, retired from being Head of the Building Regulations Division in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in February 2005. He then became Chief Executive of LABC, the body representing all local authority building control teams, retiring in December 2019. He and his wife have 3 daughters and live in Bridport, Dorset.

Bruce
Allen

Trustee

Currently CEO of HETAS and Woodsure, registration schemes and accredited certification organisations in the solid fuel, wood and biomass sectors. Bruce has a long history in gas engineering, initially working with British Gas from school. This led to a role at CORGI from the early 90’s as Registration Manager. Having gained further management experience and qualifications to MBA level, he moved into senior management of registration and certification schemes in the fuel safety sector. His current role requires a huge commitment to safety and environmentally responsible burning in the domestic and commercial sectors.

Julian
Allsopp

Trustee

Julian has been Financial Controller of Cadent and the former Gas Distribution division of NGG since 2016. Since joining National Grid in 2007, Julian has held a number of senior roles which supported many functional areas. Before this, Julian worked in a number of Financial Planning, Reporting and Analysis roles in the wider industry. Julian has been the Trust's Independent Trustee and Treasurer of the CO Research Trust since January 2011.

Dr. Susan
Bews

Trustee

After qualifying in medicine, Susan spent a number of years in general practice before joining the pharmaceutical industry to specialise in research. She then held senior clinical research posts with international companies covering a wide range of therapeutic areas before leaving the industry to pursue a portfolio career which included board, regulatory and disciplinary roles both within healthcare and, as a lay member, with other professions. Susan is currently Responsible Officer for the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine. Susan was previously a trustee for CORGI Trust and has now been a trustee for Gas Safety Trust since 2011.

Chris
Bielby

Trustee

As past President (2005) and Fellow of the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM), Chris Bielby, MBE, has spent the past 25 years tirelessly lobbying and canvassing support for gas safety issues, particularly around carbon monoxide, as chairman of the Gas Industry Safety Group, Gas Safety Trust and the Gas Task Group. Starting his career in the industry as a gas technician in 1972, Chris moved into operational and senior managerial roles before becoming Director of Industry Liaison for Scotia Gas Networks (SGN), an IGEM Industrial Affiliate (IA) member. Chris joined SGN in September 2011 to lead on new business, including high profile bio-methane opportunities. Since then, he has also assumed strategic leadership for stakeholder engagement and innovation, both of which have benefitted enormously from his expertise, enthusiasm and positivity.

Pat
Fulker

Trustee

A former HR Director, Pat has worked across both the electricity and gas sectors and was formerly Group HR Director of National Grid. She was a non – executive Director of CORGI Services between 2007 - 2015 and a Trustee of the Gas Safety Trust since November 2015. In addition to the Gas Safety Trust, she has worked with a number of other organisations in the charitable sector.

Karen
Gillespie

Trustee

Karen Gillespie is a Senior Consultant Solicitor specialising in Health, Safety, Environment and Crisis Management. After qualifying in 1992, she became a Partner in a Newcastle law firm specialising in contentious and non-contentious litigation before commencing work as a Senior Legal Advisor for Transco/National Grid in 1999, dealing with all aspects of health, safety and environment and incident management, including CO incidents throughout GB. After 15 years at National Grid, in 2015 Karen became a Senior Consultant Solicitor for Eversheds Sutherland, advising companies on all aspects of Health Safety and Environment and Crisis Management and from 2020 now continues to do so as an independent Consultant.

Mark
Hazelton

Trustee

Mark Hazelton has served as Trustee for the trust since March 2019. Mark is an expert in reducing risk and is an active Trustee, representing the trust at the National Fire Chief’s Council and Home Safety Committee. Currently Mark is a fire & community safety consultant and has supported several successful prosecutions. Prior to becoming a trustee, Mark served in the Fire & Rescue Service (FRS) with Kent Fire Brigade and London Fire Brigade (LFB), for a total of 30 years. He served in various ranks including as an operational Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the LFB. During his service he served in a wide range of positions that included the Channel Tunnel fire station, fire safety regulation, training, operations and community safety. He represented the FRS nationally as lead for Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear personal protective equipment, Carbon Monoxide Safety, and Smoking Fire Reduction.

John
O'Grady

Trustee

John O’Grady has worked as a journalist and Public Relations practitioner for 40 years, including as Director of Communications for one of the UK’s gas distribution networks. His interest in carbon monoxide issues has seen him serve as a trustee of a separate charity and as a special adviser to an earlier Parliamentary Investigation.

Prof. Shirley
Price

Trustee

Shirley is currently Emerita Professor of Toxicology at the University of Surrey, having held several senior posts at the University. She is a Visiting Professor of Toxicology at the University of Hertfordshire. Shirley has over 30 years’ experience in toxicology specialising in mechanisms of toxicity, risk assessment of chemicals, combined effects of chemical mixtures at low exposure level and the effects of non-genotoxic carcinogens.

She has, over the course of her academic career, been instrumental in providing training programmes in toxicology to industry, regulators and academics and forming strong personal networks. Currently Shirley is President of the British Toxicology Society, having held several key positions within the Society. She sits on several scientific and government committees and is one of the Associate Editors for Toxicology Research Journal.

Andy
Shaw

Trustee

Professor Andy Shaw is currently the Head of the Built Environment and Sustainable Technology Research Institute (BEST) in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at Liverpool John Moores University. He graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BEng Hons in Electrical and Electronic engineering in 1990, a MSc in Materials Science (Engineering) in 1991 and a Ph.D. in 1995, titled “The realisation of an industrial free electron laser”. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool for 8 years on industrial microwave applications for both material processing, sensor technologies and microwave plasma applications.

In 2003, he become a lecturer at the University of Liverpool within the Electrical Engineering department, whilst continuing to research in microwave industrial applications, but also in the use of subsea radio frequency (RF) communications as part of a MoD funded project and later as an FP6 EU funded project. In 2005, he joined Liverpool John Moores University as Senior Lecturer in the General Engineering Research Institute (GERI), before becoming the head of the Electrical Engineering department within the School of Engineering in 2007. He became a Reader in Environmental and Sustainable technology in 2010 within the BEST research institute and finally head of the BEST research institute in 2015, and finally attained his Professorship in Microwave technology in 2016. He has over 20 years of expertise in developing industrial applications, such as material cutting, vitrification, exhaust gas conditioning for vehicles, pyrolysis, torrefaction and gasification, microwave chemistry and microwave biodiesel production. Along with the design and development of numerous NDT sensor technologies for the process engineering, healthcare and manufacturing sectors.

Roger
Webb

Trustee

Having graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering, Roger worked for more than 30 years in the research and development arm of British Gas where he was responsible for leading and managing the development of cutting-edge technologies on the efficient and effective utilisation of gas. Roger was awarded a Royal Society Gold Medal for one of his products whilst another won a Queen’s Award for Technical Innovation. The second part of Roger’s career was in the trade association sector where he was Director of the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) and Deputy Chief Executive of HHIC’s parent organisation the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA). Here Roger was involved in all aspects of HHIC’s service delivery and took particular responsibility for work on energy policy and legislation and for representing the industry with Government and other stakeholders. Since retiring from HHIC and EUA, Roger has continued to be a Trustee of the Gas Safety Trust. He is also Chairman and a Non-Executive Director of CORGI Services Ltd and Director of External Affairs for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering.

About Us

The CO Research Trust (formerly the Gas Safety Trust) is a registered charity, established in 2005. Our objective is to reduce the incidents of death and injury from carbon monoxide (CO) exposure.


Our vision is a world where CO exposure does not occur, but we understand that this may not be possible. So, where CO poisoning does occur, we want it to be easily detected, diagnosed, and treated.

To help us achieve this goal, our key focus is research, as we believe that this will make the greatest difference, now and in the future. This supports awareness, campaigning, and educational activities, with a view to saving lives and improving the quality of life of those already affected.


The Trust provides grant funding, advice and support to organisations or individuals to carry out research and evidence gathering relating to CO safety. Since 2017, we have brought together the UK’s leading industry, scientific, and clinical experts at our workshop series.This has sought to encourage conversation and collaboration around key areas relating to CO exposure.


We know from the broader research community that a collaborative approach to research has enabled progress to be made. We actively encourage this approach and always welcome opportunities to develop co-funding partnerships and consortia between researchers. We know that these goals cannot be achieved alone.


The CO Research Trust is an independent organisation, free from the influence of external stakeholders. There are 13 independent Trustees who have overall responsibility for the Trust. There is a small team who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Trust.


As a charity, we are in the fortunate position of having a fund-raising arm. CORGI Services Ltd donates it’s profits to the CO Research Trust, enabling us to carry out this important work.

History

The CO Research Trust was established as a registered charity in 2005, to help improve gas and fossil fuel safety.

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CORGI Services

CORGI Services

CORGI Services Limited is the fund-raising arm of The CO Research Trust – donating it’s profits to the charity.

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