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Board of Trustees

Michael D Peake MB, ChB, FRCP

Chair of Mesothelioma UK 

Professor Peake’s main role is Clinical Lead for Early Diagnosis in Public Health England’s National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service where he oversees the clinical understanding and analysis of UK-wide population data on cancer. He is an Honorary Consultant and Professor of Respiratory Medicine for the University Hospitals of Leicester and at University College Hospital, London. He has had a major interest in lung cancer and mesothelioma for many years. Amongst other roles he is a member of the steering group and board of trustees of the British Thoracic Oncology Group and is also Chair of the Clinical Advisory Group of the UK Lung Cancer Coalition. He has been involved in the development and implementation of national cancer policy since the late 1990s. 


Mick Peake (Trustee)

Alida Coates

Alida is a solicitor with Irwin Mitchell LLP, specialising in asbestos related diseases claims.She has over 20 years’ experience helping those diagnosed with Mesothelioma (and other asbestos illnesses) gain access to compensation and is considered an expert in this area with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the issues faced by her clients.  Alida has been a Trustee of Mesothelioma UK since 2009.  





Alida Coates photo

Ruth Davies

Ruth was a solicitor and partner with John Pickering and Partners for more than 15 years where she specialised in helping people with asbestos related diseases and their families. Through her work with these families, Ruth built a reputation as a very caring and efficient lawyer.

Currently she is taking some time for herself but keeping busy on our Board of Trustees, volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau, studying counselling skills and spending time with her family. Ruth has been a Trustee of Mesothelioma U.K. since 2009. 


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Dr David Hetmanski

Dr Hetmanski is the Assistant Director of Research & Innovation at University Hospitals of Leicester.  He has over 16 years’ experience in research management and is chair of the East Midlands R&D Leads as well as holding an honorary position with the University of Leicester.  Before moving into research management he held a number of posts in the NHS and the university sector.  Dr Hetmanski has been a Trustee of Mesothelioma UK since 2010.






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Dawn Mckinley

Dawn is the Operational Manager for British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG) and before becoming a trustee, provided Mesothelioma UK with operational management services. Her role with BTOG encompasses finance, marketing, the management of educational events and the overall management of the organisation.   

Her earlier professional background includes marketing, PA roles and VAT accountancy.  Prior to BTOG, Dawn worked in Australia as a VAT Consultant. 


Dawn McKinley - Trustee