THE British Heart Foundation (BHF) has appointed Professor Sir Kent Woods, former Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees, as a Distinguished Fellow following his retirement from the Board in October 2021.
The role of Distinguished Fellow is a lifetime appointment which celebrates those who have made an exceptional contribution to the BHF through their volunteering and philanthropic support.
Professor Sir Kent Woods, described as a ‘true friend of the BHF’, made exceptional contributions to the charity over six years of distinguished service by volunteering in a leadership role.
He was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015 as Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees/Senior Medical Trustee, and Chair of the Advisory Council. He worked closely with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chief Executive and Medical Director in supporting and enhancing the work of BHF, playing a key role in overseeing certain aspects of governance such as trustee recruitment, board evaluation surveys and governance audits.
As Chair of the Advisory Council, he helped to shape the charity’s Annual Summit, chairing an event which provided a forum for discussion and valuable networking opportunities for the BHF. He has also acted as the key point of contact for trustees and committee members.
Professor Sir Kent Woods said:
“I am delighted to receive the Distinguished Fellowship of an organisation I have admired throughout my clinical career. The BHF has played a large part in advancing cardiovascular medicine in the UK, primarily through funding research. In recent years it has faced perhaps the most testing period in its sixty-year history. That it is emerging from the coronavirus pandemic in such robust good shape is a credit both to the quality of its staff and the depth of its public support. It has been a privilege to contribute to the Foundation’s work.”
Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive at the BHF, said:
“The BHF has benefitted enormously from Sir Kent’s expert leadership and commitment, including through his service on our Board of Trustees. He has been a true friend to BHF and has demonstrated an exceptionally strong commitment to our charitable aims, particularly in how we translate promising science into lifesaving breakthroughs. I’m delighted that this new role will mean we have a lifelong relationship and I look forward to seeing what we continue to achieve together.”
The Distinguished Fellow Award Scheme was established by the BHF in March 2020. Dr Robert Easton was appointed the inaugural BHF Distinguished Fellow; Mr Philip Yea became the second awardee in March 2021.
Dr Doug Gurr, Chairman of the BHF, said:
“Sir Kent has played a key role in helping to shape the BHF over the past six years and has devoted an incredible amount of time to the charity. It is fantastic to be able to award Sir Kent the title of BHF Distinguished Fellow to recognise the exceptional contributions he has made to the charity through volunteering in a leadership role.”