The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has named Dr Robert Easton as the charity’s inaugural Distinguished Fellow, thanks to his commitment and dedication to helping beat heartbreak forever.
The role, which is a lifetime appointment, has been created to celebrate those who have made an exceptional contribution through volunteering and philanthropic activity to the BHF.
Dr Easton stepped down from the BHF’s Board of Trustees in October 2019, following six years of dedicated service to the nation’s largest heart charity.
Dr Robert Easton, BHF Distinguished Fellow, said:
“It is a great privilege to be named the British Heart Foundation’s first Distinguished Fellow.
“The amazing work that the British Heart Foundation does, from its pioneering research to its tremendous fundraising events, has a special place in my heart and plays an invaluable role in medical research. Serving the charity has been a great honour. While I might not be on the Board of Trustees anymore, I look forward to continuing supporting the wonderful work carried out by the charity as a Distinguished Fellow.”
While serving on the Board of Trustees, Dr Easton was involved in several areas of the BHF’s pioneering work, including as Chairman of the Fundraising Advisory Board where he led a campaign to raise over £10 million towards the Institute of Regenerative Medicine at Oxford University.
His philanthropic leadership was instrumental to this successful BHF fundraising campaign, and the BHF remains grateful for his continued support. Dr Easton has also lent his expertise to the BHF’s fundraising, endowment and remuneration committees. He also lent his knowledge to the BHF as it revised its intellectual property agreements with universities.
Dr Easton was also a member of the BHF’s endowment and remuneration sub-committees, and he helped the charity revise its intellectual property agreements with Universities. In addition, Dr Easton assisted with the charity’s financial reporting, setting board-level objectives for the organisation, and provided input and expertise as the charity sought to better improve how it measures impact.
In addition to major gift fundraising, he also brought teams of cyclists to the BHF’s flagship event, the London to Brighton bike ride, which raises money for the BHF by cycling 54 miles to the south coast.
Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive for the BHF, said:
“Robert’s contribution to the BHF over a number of years has been exceptional, and I can’t think of a more appropriate person to become our inaugural Distinguished Fellow.
“Robert’s contribution to the British Heart Foundation has been felt far and wide both within and outside of the charity. He has left a significant footprint on our work, particularly within our fundraising efforts, for which we are exceedingly grateful. I look forward to the BHF benefiting from his wisdom and energy as our Distinguished Fellow.”
Dr Doug Gurr, Chairman of the British Heart Foundation, said:
“Robert has been an invaluable member of the BHF family and Board of Trustees for many years. His expertise, enthusiasm and generosity with his time have benefitted the charity in countless ways.
“From his philanthropic activities through to his knowledge of intellectual property, Robert’s contribution to the BHF achieving its charitable objectives has been profound. On behalf of everyone at the BHF, I’d like to congratulate Robert on being named the charity’s first Distinguished Fellow – a title that is thoroughly well deserved and one that we know he will hold with pride.”