THE British Heart Foundation (BHF) has appointed its former Chairman, Mr Philip Yea, as a Distinguished Fellow in recognition of his immense contribution to the charity’s life-saving work.
The role of Distinguished Fellow is a lifetime appointment that celebrates those who have made an exceptional contribution to the BHF through their volunteering and philanthropic support. Mr Yea is the second person to receive the honour, following the appointment of Dr Robert Easton in March 2020.
Mr Yea joined the BHF’s Board of Trustees in 2008 and became Chair of the Board in March 2009. During his Chairmanship, Mr Yea oversaw significant growth of the charity’s income and world-leading research programme, including the funding of its first Centres of Regenerative Medicine in 2013.
He also served as Chair of the Nominations Committee and was a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Fundraising Board.
Mr Yea said:
“It is an honour to be given the title of Distinguished Fellow by the British Heart Foundation.
“I’ve been lucky enough to see the benefit of BHF’s life-saving work first-hand and have been continually inspired by the dedication shown by the charity’s staff, volunteers and supporters that makes this possible. It’s been a privilege to have been part of the charity’s work over the last decade, and I’m now looking forward to continuing my support as a Distinguished Fellow.”
Mr Yea stepped down as Chair of Trustees in 2015, but his passion and commitment to the BHF have continued. Mr Yea is currently supporting the rollout of the BHF’s Circuit programme, which will link a UK wide network of defibrillators to every ambulance service in the country in a bid to save more lives from out of hospital cardiac arrests.
Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive at the BHF, said:
“Phil has been an incredible part of our BHF family for many years, and his efforts have benefitted the charity in countless ways. His leadership, contribution and commitment have played a huge part in powering our life-saving work, and it is particularly special to appoint him as a BHF Distinguished Fellow in our 60th anniversary year.”
Mr Yea’s philanthropic contributions have been vast over the years, including his active involvement on the BHF’s Fundraising Board, where he supported the campaign to raise over £10 million towards the Institute of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine at Oxford University. More recently, Mr Yea helped to raise significant funds for life-saving research into heart and circulatory diseases by recruiting 40 riders for the 40th anniversary of the BHF’s flagship London to Brighton Bike Ride.
Dr Doug Gurr, Chairman of the BHF, said:
“Philip Yea has been instrumental in facilitating valuable introductions between the BHF and important individuals and organisations. Without his extensive network, dedication to the cause, and leadership roles within the BHF, our charity could look very different today.
“Phil’s volunteer work and philanthropic leadership has been of phenomenal benefit to the BHF and has undoubtedly contributed to medical breakthroughs. He is truly worthy of this prestigious role within the UK’s leading heart charity. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a generous and devoted volunteer amongst our ranks.”