About Our Team

Matthew Hodson MBE


& Members Lead

Current role: COPD Nurse Consultant. Homerton University Hospital, London. Matthew has been a member of ARNS for many years, joining the committee in 2011. He was Vice-Chair from 2013 to 2015 and treasurer from 2012 to 2015. Matthew manages an award winning integrated COPD team covering all aspects of management including hospital at home and a home oxygen service. Matthew completed his MSc in nursing at City University, where is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer and is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Nursing. He is also a non-medical prescriber. His main interests are COPD care, patient experience, education, oxygen therapy and advanced disease management. Matthew is also a committee member of the BTS Nurse Advisory Group. He recently presented at the European Respiratory Society Conference in Vienna. More recently won the Nursing Standard Nurse of the Year for work around end of life care for people with advanced COPD. He has a passion for the patient experience which is fundamental to service redesign and is currently designing a COPD patient reported experience measure questionnaire. He is champion for nursing and promoting compassion care surrounded in the CNO’s. Matthew was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Years Honours List in recognition of his work. Matthew Hodson MBE

Wendy Preston

Vice Chair

Current Role: Nurse Consultant, George Eliot Hospital, Warwickshire: Since qualifying in 1992 as an RGN Wendy has worked in a variety of medical nursing and education roles, specialising in Respiratory and Acute Medicine. Her studies have been varied with an MSc in Respiratory Care (2011) with post graduate certificates in prescribing and higher education.

Wendy’s teams are Nursing Times ‘Team of the Year’ 2014 which incorporates an acute medical unit and an ambulatory care unit with a range of respiratory pathways. Her other roles include; non-medical prescribing lead, BTS stop smoking champion and also lecturer at Coventry University.

Wendy is passionate about respiratory care and smoking cessation, committee member of the Association of Respiratory Nurses (ARNS) and Teaching & Education lead. Wendy participates in national and international groups including at parliament and the European Respiratory Nurses Association representing ARNS and the RCN. She also represent ARNS on national guideline groups and am BTS co-lead for Stop smoking champions. Wendy shares her learning by talking at a range of conferences and events and publishing papers. This was recognised in 2014 by being recognised as an HSJ Rising Star.

Wendy Preston

Angela Hurlstone

Secretariat Manager

Angela has worked in the healthcare sector for 25+ years, in management, professional liaison and support services roles. She now works independently providing management services to professional organisations including the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care and the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists.

Angela Hurlstone

Inspiring Group


Natalie Harper

Sponsors Lead

Natalie originally trained in Suffolk from 1988-1990 as an Enrolled Nurse and then subsequently converted to a Registered Nurse. She worked as a Practice Nurse for 19 years with a passion in Respiratory medicine before returning to secondary care as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist in 2009. Since then she has continued to maintain strong links with both primary and secondary care and has been involved in the setting up of some respiratory services across Dorset. As an independent non-medical prescriber she now runs nurse led respiratory clinics in 3 community hospitals and an acute hospital covering a range of respiratory conditions. She is always fully aware of the challenges and problems that patients, carers and staff face on a daily basis and strongly believes that working within a large multidisciplinary team benefits everyone involved.

Natalie joined Education for Health as a Regional Trainer in 2009 with a desire to improve patient care and enhance the skill levels of fellow health professionals’, after previous experience of being a student with Education for Health, completing the Asthma diploma in 1995 and subsequently completing my BSc Hons in Respiratory Care in 2012. She is currently enrolled into an MSc programme as she is passionate that education makes a significant difference.

Natalie was honoured to become the first secondary care nurse in the UK to be badged by the British Lung Foundation in 2011. In 2012 she was involved in the National Review of Asthma Deaths led by The Royal College of Physicians. Natalie maintains personal membership of the British Thoracic Society, the European Respiratory Society and The Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists, where she joined the executive committee in September 2013.

Natalie Harper

Leading Group

Katy Beckford

Communication / Website Lead

Katy qualified as a nurse in 1997 and has worked in medicine since this time.  In 2007 she achieved a degree in Specialist Community Nursing and began working for the Community Respiratory Team in Oxford.

In 2011 she began working for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation trust to set up a new Community Respiratory Service that includes Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Oxygen Review Service. Since this time she has also obtained qualifications in COPD, Respiratory, Spirometry and various Management qualifications.

Katy’s main interests are COPD, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Oxygen therapy and patients experience. Katy is also a committee member of the National British Thoracic Society Pulmonary Rehabilitation Audit Committee.

Katy has been a Committee member of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists since 2012 and is the lead for the development and improvement of the ARNS Website and is also the Social Media Lead.

Katy Beckford

Empowering Group


Alison Hughes
Bursary Lead

Current role: Respiratory Nurse Specialist

Alison qualified as an RGN in 1992 and has had a variety of roles in this time but predominately has worked within primary care since 1997.  Her passion for respiratory nursing started as a practice nurse which started after completing her asthma diploma.  Since then respiratory has been the mainstay of her career and she now have the luxury of specialising in this field.

Alison has a unique job role which involves educating primary care staff, within her local CCG, including GPs, practice nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists regarding respiratory care. This enables her to have a strong relationship with secondary care consultants and is a link between the different’ worlds’ of secondary  and primary care by helping either side to understand how the other works. She also works as a respiratory nurse specialist in a large GP surgery looking after and managing their complex patients.

Alison has been a member of ARNS for several years and became an executive committee member in 2016

She is an ARTP/BTS trainer for spirometry and regularly runs courses in her local area.  She now represents ARNS on the focus group developing strategies to ensure quality assured spirometry.


Alison Hughes

Sarah Kearney

I have worked as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist on the Isle of Wight since 1998. I jointly manage the respiratory department, share clinical leadership with our consultant and work closely with the CCG lead GP to lead a local respiratory network. I had my post ‘badged’ by the BLF in August 2010 and my clinical work is almost entirely in the community supporting patients to stay at home and developing self-management plans. I am the service lead for home oxygen and assessment and see patients for both assessment and review; follow up visits after acute admissions and provide palliative care. I lead a small multi- disciplinary team whose main focus is COPD and pulmonary rehabilitation, although we see any non-malignant respiratory disease.

In 2010 I worked for one day a week with South Central SHA as a clinical fellow, supporting Maxine Hardinge on the National Strategy and sat on the regional respiratory board. I recently participated as an assessor for the RCP pulmonary rehabilitation accreditation pilot project.

I have been a member of ARNS for many years and joined the Executive Committee in 2016.

Sarah Kearney

Sandra Olive

Nursing Times Lead

Current Role: Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Norwich. Sandra has been a Respiratory Nurse Specialist at NNUH since 2000. Since joining the department she has led the development of the respiratory nursing team, setting up the early supported discharge and home oxygen assessment services.

Sandra has had a leading role in improving the management of emergency oxygen across the Trust, representing the NNUH team at the BTS 2012 Summer Meeting, when they received an award for innovation in the delivery of respiratory care. Sandra’s main clinical interests are COPD, pulmonary rehabilitation and interstitial lung disease; she also has a keen interest in education and research. Sandra is passionate about improving the quality of care for patients with respiratory conditions.

Sandra Olive

Elaine Jackson

Conference Lead

Elaine qualified as a nurse in 1988. She worked as a Staff nurse in an acute hospital for 13 years before being seconded to develop a COPD care pathway. After completing several courses and completing a BSc in Respiratory Care in 2004 she continued to work as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist in Secondary Care. She became an Independent non-medical prescriber in 2007 and other courses include non-invasive ventilation, spirometry and currently ILD.

Elaine runs a number of Nurse Led clinics to include asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis, pulmonary rehabilitation assessment and oxygen clinics. Apart from this she is occupied with inpatient work and acute respiratory is the area of most interest to her. She is keen to promote nursing staff within Respiratory and encourages education at ward level and university level for those nurses with an interest in respiratory. She works closely with the community respiratory team and promotes education with local practice nurses running a 3 monthly education programme for practice nurses.

Elaine became a member of ARNS in 2013 with a keen interest in promoting specialist nursing within respiratory. Her role within ARNS is Conference Led being responsible for bringing the annual ARNS conference for the first time to her home ground, Belfast.

Elaine Jackson

Lindsay Welch

Lindsay qualified from the University of Southampton in 2000 with an Advanced Diploma in Nursing. She joined the University of Southampton and worked as a research nurse on a multitude of commercial and investigator led studies in Asthma and Allergy, during this time completing a MA in Health Education and Health Promotion. In 2003 Lindsay moved to Bristol and worked as a practice nurse in a central Bristol practice, working mainly with long term conditions with a particular respiratory interest, completing Diploma modules in Asthma and Coronary Heart Disease. Lindsay has since returned to Southampton and alternated between commercial research delivery and positions in respiratory medicine.  Lindsay has since led large scale commercial research in COPD and led the COPD supported discharge team at University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust and completed a degree module and ARTP qualification in Spirometry.

Lindsay is now perusing her own research interests in COPD, she is particularly interested in Self-management theory, and on 2014 was awarded an NIHR internship to enable her to spend time working with academics at the University of Southampton to understand the burden and complexity of disease in COPD, and further develop research skills including Quantitative and Qualitative Research Modules.

Lindsay now leads the Integrated COPD service for Solent and UHS NHS Foundation Trust and is committed to providing high quality COPD Care to Southampton City patients. The integrated COPD service provides key pillars of specialist care from primary care through to secondary care and into tertiary care. The service encompasses the whole COPD patient pathway from primary care education and diagnosis, acute care including Respiratory failure admission, supported discharge, readmission prevention, pulmonary rehabilitation and community COPD clinics.

Lindsay remains clinically active working across all environments, currently in pulmonary rehabilitation and in nurse led community COPD clinics. Further clinical and academic interests include; non – pharmacological therapies in COPD, and complexities in social and psychological aspects of COPD. This has led to a successful bid within the service to the Queens Nursing Institute for a Singing in COPD project.

Through integrating research into clinical practice, Lindsay aspires to build an ethos of care provision that promotes patient Wellbeing in long term conditions and moves away from reactive COPD care, towards early preventative health strategies.

Lindsay Welch

Emma Vincent

Current role: Interstitial Lung Disease Nurse

Emma has had varied nursing roles over the past 19 years of qualification including general medicine, respiratory, research and pulmonary rehabilitation. The past 15 years have been dedicated to respiratory, with a background in clinical research for 12 of those. Since working in her current post she has developed a fast track into pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Emma has a health education diploma (1996), an asthma diploma (1998), a COPD diploma (2000) and a Bsc Hons in Respiratory Care (2003). She is currently enrolling onto a MSc programme to pursue nursing leadership and ethics.

Emma’s main interests are interstitial lung disease, pulmonary rehabilitation and palliation. She also has a passion for nursing history and ethics. Emma is a nurse who believes in the future of our vocation and is working with ARNS and NT to support the student nurse virtual learning platform for respiratory nursing.

Emma Vincent

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