Adrian McConnell

CEO, CO Research Trust

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.

Baroness Ilora Finlay

Chair, 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.

Hilary Wareing

Director, Improving Performance In Practice

Hilary is a director of Improving Performance in Practice (iPiP), she has a background in health service research and management as well as a clinical background in general nursing, midwifery and health visiting. Her main areas of interest are developing the wider public health workforce and supporting organisations to implement evidence-based practice and improve performance in practice. She is particularly interested in using an asset-based approach in the development of public health initiatives and in gaining and maintaining compliance with public health policies and legislation.

Liam Ridge

Lecturer in Cardiovascular Science, Manchester Metropolitan University

Liam is a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, his research interests centre on investigating the cells and molecular signals that contribute to the manifestation of both congenital and acquired heart disease. After completing a BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology at Durham University, Liam went onto complete a PhD in Developmental Biology at the University of Manchester (2012-2016). His postdoctoral research was conducted at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (2016-2021) prior to joining Sheffield Hallam, where he established an interest in the aetiology of heart abnormalities arising due to maternal exposure to low-level CO. Ongoing collaborations with Drs Herigstad and Stafford in this area are generously supported by a CORT-funded project grant and co-funded PhD studentship.

Sani Dimitroulopoulou

Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist, UK Health Security Agency

Professor Sani Dimitroulopoulou is a Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist, Air Quality and Public Health within the Environmental Hazards and Emergencies Department, UKHSA (formerly PHE) leading on indoor air quality and health. She is also Visiting Professor, at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, UCL.

She has thirty-years experience in air pollution and health, developed through her PhD at Imperial College, her work at Imperial College and Building Research Establishment (BRE) in the UK, as well as at the National Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (Greek Environment Agency) and the University of West Macedonia in Greece. Her research interests include exposure assessment to air pollution, based on modelling and monitoring of outdoor and indoor air pollution and ventilation, health impact assessments and development of environmental public health indicators and indoor air quality guidelines. She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals and conferences and more than 50 technical research and consulting reports. She was the Editor of the State of the Environment Report 2008, for Greece.

Madeline Moberg

Researcher, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Madeline is a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Madeline is responsible for producing fatal and non-fatal estimates of carbon monoxide poisoning for the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD). She is also the GBD modeler for a number of other injury-related topics, including transport and road injuries, drowning, and self-harm.

Professor Andy Shaw

Professor, Liverpool John Moores University

Professor Andy Shaw is the Director 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. Andy is also a trustee on the CORT Board.

Isabella Myers

CO Data Maturity Consultant

Isabella is an independent consultant with over 20 years’ experience investigating and controlling the health effects associated with indoor and outdoor environmental hazards.

Joshua Durrans

PhD Researcher, Sheffield Hallam University

Joshua Durrans is a PhD Researcher at Sheffield Hallam University with a research interest in Developmental Biology and Embryology. His work focuses on the effects of chronic low-level carbon monoxide exposure during cardiovascular development. Joshua also works with the CO Research Trust to boost collaboration across the CO Research Network.

Dr Rebecca Close

Senior Epidemiological Scientist, UKHSA

Dr Rebecca Close is a Senior Epidemiological Scientist in the Environmental Epidemiology Group at the Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards Directorate of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

Dr Close, an expert in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Environmental Epidemiology, has a strong focus on indoor air quality work, with a dedicated interest in advancing understanding and research in this area.

Dan Edwards

Social Impact Programme Lead, SGN

Dan Edwards is the Social Impact Programme Lead for Gas Distribution Network (GDN), SGN. Dan develops and delivers projects and partnerships to support their most vulnerable customers use energy safely, efficiently and affordably. Dan joined SGN 15 years ago as a First Call Operative supporting customers in gas emergency situations. Dan brings this operational experience into his role and leads on carbon monoxide (CO) related projects and partnerships. Dan also chairs the GDN CO collaboration group, bringing all four UK GDNs together to work collaboratively on raising CO awareness and reducing CO harm.

Apollo Gerolymbos

Head of Data Analytics, London Fire Brigade

Apollo is the Head of Data Analytics at the London Fire Brigade where he supervises a team of data and research analysts as well as a growing data science capability. He previously served as the lead officer for data at the National Fire Chiefs Council and has over 17 years operational experience as a volunteer firefighter in Greece.

Brinley Mills

Prevention Support Officer, West Midlands Fire Service

Having joined West Midlands Fire Service in 2002, Brin had the pleasure of serving the communities and the Cities of the West Midlands. As an Operational Watch Manager, he attended some of the largest and most challenging incidents outside of London.

Over the last 20 years he has held many roles within WMFS from Incident Commander to his most recent as a Prevention lead. These roles have allowed Brin to support communities by keeping them Safer, Stronger and Healthier.

The last 7 years have seen him support and lead on various Carbon Monoxide projects and partnerships with success in areas of collaborative CO work, enabling WMFS to take on a more prominent role by increasing their CO home safety remit and working closely with other Fire and Rescue services to co-design future approaches and opportunities.

Gill Jackson

TOXBASE, UK, National Poisons Information Service

Dr Gill Jackson has a PhD in neuropharmacology and has been employed by the UK National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) since 2007. She holds a lead role in the creation, development and distribution of TOXBASE; the NICE-mandated and Department of Health recommended initial source of poisons information for the UK.

Her own interests include utilising UK healthcare data to address public health concerns and to provide best possible NHS healthcare services; promoting the role that TOXBASE and the UK NPIS play in public health; and improving poisons information provision in low and middle-income countries.

Jonathan Kane

CEO, Kane International

Jonathan Kane is CEO of KANE, a 2nd generation family business celebrating 60 years of innovation and receiving the Queen's Award for Innovation. KANE is the UK's only portable analyser manufacturer testing boilers, engines, heat pumps, HVACR systems & indoor air quality. After graduating from the Universities of Buckingham & Edinburgh, Jonathan joined KANE in 1989.

Working with CO-Gas Safety charity, Jonathan is a tireless CO safety campaigner developing products & standards to safely & efficiently test heating systems, engines & building indoor air quality.

In 2023, on behalf of KANE & CO-Gas Safety, Jonathan won the IGEM Lion's Lair competition, renamed the Chris Bielby Award, why the Gas Emergency Service must test appliances & homes for CO.

Sam Graham

Technical Manager, Cadent

Sam Graham manages the implementation of Cadent’s Services Beyond The Meter (SBTM) projects, which are committed to never leaving a customer vulnerable without gas. Sam works with the wider team and strategic partners to deliver a range of services supporting customers in vulnerable situations, including educating communities on the dangers of CO, and ensuring they are aware of the steps that need to be taken to stay safe and well.

Sam is the business lead for the Smart metering implementation programme, managing and minimising any Regulation or Operational impact on the Cadent Network. Previously, Sam has worked as a Network Supervisor for Cadent, managing emergency operations and domestic connections. Sam has been employed in the gas industry since leaving school back in 2004, joining Cadent Gas in 2017 after eight years working for British Gas in technical and management roles.