Long Covid SOS welcomes Dr Linda Baines as new Chair of Trustees


Long Covid SOS is pleased to announce today the appointment of Dr Linda Baines as our new Chair of Trustees.

An independent researcher and visiting researcher at Southampton Business School (SBS), University of Southampton, Dr Baines is an experienced Chair, Trustee, and mentor. She is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees for the charity Irise International.

Dr Baines previously worked as a senior manager in the public sector, including for the Science Technology and Facilities Council (STFC) and has worked closely with industry, government, and academia in both the UK and overseas.

Speaking today, Dr Baines said:

“I am honoured to be joining Long Covid SOS as Chair at this vital stage of their development – it has become clear almost three years on from the first lockdown that a huge number of adults, young people and children have been affected by the long-term impacts of the Covid virus – a staggering 2.1 million in the latest ONS figures.

“With currently no effective treatment out there for all of those with Long Covid, it is clear to me that this campaigning work is even more essential - to push for greater recognition and understanding of this disease, to drive forward effective and targeted research and most importantly, to provide support and resources to those struggling to recover.”

Co-founder of Long Covid SOS, Ondine Sherwood said:

“We are delighted that Dr Baines has been appointed today as our Chair of Trustees and warmly welcome her into the Long Covid SOS family. She brings with her a wealth of valuable experience, and I look forward to working with her closely as we seek to develop and grow our charity and our important work over the following months and years.”

Acting Chair of Long Covid SOS Board of Trustees, Mr Damon Broad said:

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I wish to warmly welcome Dr Baines to Long Covid SOS as its new Chair with immediate effect. Dr Baines will succeed me as I step down to become a Trustee of the Board.

“Dr Baine’s expertise as a researcher, coupled with her extensive career history of leadership in government, academia and the private and public sector make her an outstanding person for this role. The Board and I look forward to working closely with Dr Baines as we embark on delivering our new strategy to provide crucial support to all those affected by Long Covid.”

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