In this issue, we look back over the last six months at how
Circulate, the Barts Charity heart health network, has gained
momentum (page 2), and honour our 2015 Exceptional Ambassadors
(page 3). We also say farewell to our Chief Executive
Andrew Douglas, and Chairman Michael Smith, thanking them for
their support over the years, and give a warm welcome to
our new Chief Executive Fiona Miller Smith, and Chairman Paul
Rawlinson (page 2).
The Development Team has been actively cultivating our network
of supporters and potential donors towards generating
awareness of Circulate and funds for innovative cardiac research
and equipment projects, as well as other life-changing
projects across the Barts Health network of hospitals. As
Ambassadors, we know that you are always looking for ways to
help us achieve our goal of funding extraordinary
How can you help?
Link us to Trusts and Foundations – One of the biggest
indicators of success
when we apply to trusts and foundations for funding lies with
connection to a member of their Board of Trustees. Do you have
contacts / friends / family members who are Trustees of
Corporates – We have been working with local businesses to
employees on various topics relating to cardiac health. Are you
part of or
do you know of any organisations that would be interested in
Circulate network, or discussing ways to create a bespoke
partnership to boost employee wellbeing?
Event Spaces — We have been incredibly lucky to have the support
of our Ambassadors in the provision of excellent
venues for our events. Do you have connections to any great
spaces in the City for future events and receptions?
Event Speakers — We are always looking to increase our database
of engaging, high profile speakers to headline our
events. For our Circulate events we are particularly interested
in any speakers that have an expertise in topics which link
to cardiovascular health e.g. fitness, nutrition, stress etc. Do
you know any speakers?
Prizes/Giveaways — A great example would be Ambassador Matt
Hobbs who donated a dinner and night’s stay at the
Groucho Club, which took our prize draw at the Circulate
official launch to a whole new level. Can you facilitate any
appealing prize items for upcoming events?
The connections and introductions we’ve made through our
Ambassador network are extremely valuable and we look forward
working together to further our mission of extraordinary
for all. Best regards, Belinda, Danny, Ilia, Sophy and Shree
The Development Team
Ambassador Newsletter Spring 2016
Spring into action
“The power of a personal connection to a cause
cannot be underestimated.” Ambassador Guy Innes-Ker
The Duke of Roxburghe
In May, our current Chairman, Michael Smith and Chief Executive,
will be retiring from their positions at The Charity.
Michael and Andrew both joined in 2007 and in their nine years
at the helm they have confidently steered the Charity through a
global financial crisis and on-going vicissitudes within the Trust
- their clarity and strength leaves us stronger than ever. They
will be missed, but we welcome and look forward to working with
Paul Rawlinson as our new Chairman and Fiona Miller Smith as our
new Chief Executive.
Paul, Chartered Accountant; partner and former member of the
Executive Board of PwC LLP, has been a Barts Charity Trustee since
2011 and is stepping up from his current position as Deputy
Fiona will become our new Chief Executive and she joins us from
Social Finance Ltd. which partners with government, the social
sector and the financial community to find better solutions to
society’s most difficult problems. Fiona is an experienced
entrepreneur who has run three businesses over the last ten years
in the profit and not-
for-profit sectors creating significant economic and social
Speaking about the changes, Michael said: "I have really enjoyed
working with the Trustees and excellent staff in developing the
Charity, which is in good shape for a bright future."
Andrew said: “I have been fortunate to have had a great team to
work with during my time here. It is now time for someone with a
new vision to take Barts Charity on the next stage of its
We wish Michael and Andrew all the best for their next steps and
look forward to welcoming Paul and Fiona in May!
Since the launch in the Great Hall last November, Circulate has
gathered significant pace and we are thrilled to have welcomed a
number of new partners to the network.
Alongside founding partner Linklaters, Circulate is proud to
include Clinic, Osborne Clarke, Business Healthy, The Groucho Club,
Beaufort Securities, Allen & Overy, the City of London Police,
Hogan Lovells and Beet It Sport as key partners, with a total of
nearly 500 individual ‘Circulators’ within the network.
Since the beginning of the year, with the kind support of Barts
Heart Centre consultants, Circulate has been invited to a number of
neighbouring companies to present to employees on a host of cardiac
related topics - from general cardiac care and prevention to
arrhythmias and the effects of stress on the heart. All have been
positively received, resulting in question and answer sessions that
have opened up the discussion on cardiovascular disease to a wider
audience – the cornerstone of Circulate’s original mission.
In March, Circulate held its first official event – ‘Feeding
Your Heart Healthy’ – an interactive cooking experience combining
heart health research with food science and culinary creativity.
Sponsored and hosted by Aveqia, a culinary events space offering
experiences with Michelin trained chefs, Circulators were
invited to hear from Barts Heart Centre clinical and research
experts Andrew Wragg and Amrita Ahluwalia, and elite sports
nutritionist Matt Lovell on good cardiovascular diet and lifestyle
choices, before taking to the kitchen to create two delicious
dishes using heart healthy ingredients. ‘Feeding Your Heart
Healthy’ was enthusiastically attended and its success has since
paved the way for a series of creative events that will deliver the
latest scientific thinking and insights in engaging and innovative
formats for improved heart health.
As we move into Spring, the Development Team continues to plan
forthcoming Circulate events whilst widening the network by
arranging further presentations to local firms and businesses.
Please visit the Circulate website for fresh updates and event
announcements and if you have any contacts who would be interested
in hearing more about Circulate, please get in touch with the
A new leadership era at Barts Charity
On 26th April 2016, 2015 Exceptional Ambassadors Josephine Chui,
Lord Tim Clement-Jones CBE, Charlotte Frost and Cormac Mac Crann
were honoured as their plaques were unveiled in the atrium of the
King George V, in St Bartholomew's Hospital. Josephine, Charlotte
and Cormac were in attendance, joined by their families.
The unveiling was followed by drinks in the James Gibbs flat and
a short thank you by Chairman Paul Rawlinson.
We will be submitting nominations for 2016 Exceptional
Ambassadors to the Board of Trustees in July. The honourees will be
announced at the 2016 Ambassador Dinner.
Barts Heart Centre has gone from strength to strength since
opening its doors just 12 months ago. It now treats 5,000 patients
on a monthly basis making it the largest cardiovascular centre in
Europe. Barts Charity is supporting a number of state-of-the-art
equipment projects to ensure Barts Heart Centre continues as a
global epicentre of excellence, leading the way in innovation,
research, teaching and clinical outcomes.
One such innovative project is the 3-D Transoesophageal
Echocardiography machine (TOE). This is an extremely advanced piece
of imaging equipment which is used to assess the structure and
function of the heart.
An ultrasound probe is passed down the patient’s gullet to the
back side of the heart where the operator manipulates the
ultrasound beams directly onto the cardiac muscle. Very precise 3-D
images of the heart’s valves and chambers are then projected onto a
HD screen for review by the cardiologist in control.
3-D TOE can be used on patients suffering from a wide variety of
cardiac conditions and is mainly used to enhance diagnosis
pre-operation and improve planning and assessment of the surgical
repair, post operation. TOE also has the potential to save lives as
it has the unique ability to identify and precisely locate
undetected bleeding which is not possible with current
Barts Heart Centre will carry out 3,500 surgical procedures a
year all of which will require the use of a TOE machine pre, during
and post operation. Therefore TOE will have a huge impact on a
large number of patients, between the ages of 18 and 80, including
those suffering from heart failure, heart attacks and heart rhythm
The 3-D TOE will not only improve the accuracy of clinical
outcomes it will offer outstanding teaching, training and research
opportunities with 130 trainees having the opportunity to develop
their skills each year.
Overall, this equipment will project Barts Heart Centre’s
already outstanding imaging department to a gold standard. Patients
will have better clinical outcomes, will spend less time in
hospital and be given the best chance to recover from heart
surgery. Specialists at the BHC have requested funding for five 3-D
TOES, each machine costing £152,000. Click here to donate or
contact Belinda Dee to find out how you can help us to
Project Spotlight: 3-D Transoesophageal Echocardiography
Save the date reminder– 3rd Anniversary Ambassador Dinner
Hopefully you’ve all marked 28th September 2016 down in your
calendars! Once again, the dinner will take place at the House of
Lords with drinks in the Cholmondeley Room and dinner on the River
Exceptional Ambassador plaque unveiling
No. 7. Spring 2016
Matt Hobbs — Managing Director, The Groucho Club
Matt Sparkes — Global Head of Corporate Responsibility,
Welcome to new Ambassadors: