Current Committee Members

JP1Janka Penther – Chairperson and Deputy Team Manager

I’m 37 yrs old, have Cystic Fibrosis and received a double lung transplant at Harefield in April 2013. I joined the club in 2015 and became a committee member after my first AGM in Witney in 2015. I was appointed Chairperson at the AGM in Bournemouth a year later. I was also Team Manager for the Harefield Team for the British Transplant Games in Scotland 2017 and took on the role again for the BTG 2020 in Coventry. I have now handed over the TM role to Caroline.

janka.penther@hotmail.com

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James Doherty – Vice Chair             

I  had a double lung transplant in September 2013 due to Cystic Fibrosis. I have been on the committee since   the AGM in Oxford in 2015 and took on the role of Vice Chair in October 2019.  I am also the hospital representative for the European Heart and Lung Transplant Championships.

f2jpd@yahoo.com

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Douglas Forbes – Club Secretary

I had a double lung transplant in August 2013, as a result of CF, and have been a member of the club for a year. I joined the committee at the  AGM in Bournemouth in 2016 and took on the role of Secretary in 2018

forbesdj@yahoo.co.uk

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Rob Lonrigg – Membership Secretary

I have been a member and supporter of the club since 2005, I had a double lung transplant in October 2003 due to CF. I joined the committee at the AGM in 2015.

roblongrigg@hotmail.co.uk

Caroline Rutherford  – Treasurer & Team Manager 

I’d had and LVAD for about 18 months when I received my last call for a heart in June 2018. I joined the committee after the 2019 Harefield reunion as I wanted to contribute, when possible , to a fantastic club. I took on the Team Manager role for the British Transplant Games 2021 (Leeds) which sadly had to be cancelled but I am really excited for the ones in 2022 at the same location! I have now also taken on the role as treasurer.

caroline_r@hotmail.co.uk

Mary ForbesMary Forbes  –  Newsletter Editor

I joined the club in 2015 with my husband, Douglas Forbes, 2 years after this lung transplant. I am a keen supporter of Team Harefield at the British Transplant Games and have newly taken on the role of Newsletter Editor.

editor@harefieldhamsters.org

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Alex Walker – Committee Member

I had my heart transplant 32 years ago and I have been a member of the club since day 1. I have been a member of the committee for a number of years, last year as chairman. I have completed in the British Transplant games every since my transplant.

alexwalker604@btinternet.com

Version 5Neil Henson – Committee Member

I had a double lung transplant in August 2018, aged 54, due to having IPF. I joined the committee in 2019 and am liaising regularly with Harefield Hospital to ensure the committee is aware of the needs of the hospital and can allocate donations to projects in need.

neilhensonsixthsensetraining@gmail.com

Tracy Baker – Committee Member 

I worked at Harefield from 1998 to
my early retirement in 2018, and have
been an active member of the Club for
many years. I joined the Committee in
2020 and my main role is to lead on arranging the reunion and other social events (that have currently been put on hold due to Covid)

traceybaker8@icloud.com

Dawn Bostock – Committee Member

I had a Double Lung transplant 14 years ago at Harefield Hospital and currently waiting for a Kidney Transplant. I joined the committee in Dec 2021 as I am hoping I bring many skills to the role as a general member on the Committee. During the various lockdown and this pandemic, I have felt very lonely and socially isolated whilst trying to keep ourselves safe. I am excited to be able to bring my experiences and knowledge to the Harefield Transplant Committee to help many other patients and families who have felt lonely or continue to feel lonely.