Trust President and vice Presidents


Trust president: Professor Sir Ravinder Maini

Professor Sir Ravinder Maini is Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology at Imperial College; he was appointed the Scientific Director of The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in 1990 and Head of the Kennedy Division at Imperial College until his retirement in 2002.

His research is on the role of cytokines in the pathogenesis and targeted biological therapy of immune-mediated rheumatic diseases.

International recognition for his work includes honorary doctorates from University René Descartes, Paris and the University of Glasgow, and the Distinguished Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology.

He is the joint recipient with Professor Feldmann of awards for their discovery of anti-TNF therapy of rheumatoid arthritis, including the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy in 2000, the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award in 2003, the Paul Janssen Prize in 2008 and in 2014, the Canada Gairdner Award Prof Maini is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians London.

Vice president:
Dr Colin Barnes

Colin Barnes was appointed Consultant in Rheumatology at The Royal London Hospital in 1968 and subsequently became Clinical Director of Rheumatology. He was also Consultant Rheumatologist to Notley Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital for the Clergy. He retired from clinical medicine in 2001.

He is past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council (now the Arthritis Research Campaign), Chair of the management committee of the Kennedy Institute, President of the British and European Leagues against Rheumatism, and President of the International Society for Behçet’s Disease.

Vice president:
Sir David Sieff

Sir David Sieff is a member of the founding family of Marks & Spencer plc where he worked for 45 years, 29 as a Director.

He is a Trustee of the Mentor Foundation for Prevention of Drugs and Substance Abuse, a Vice President of St Andrews Youth Club (Westminster), the Hon. President of British ORT, a Governor of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and was previously President of the Mathilda and Terence Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology Trust.

A past Chair of FIBI Bank(UK), the British Retail Consortium, the European Retail Round Table and the North Metropolitan Conciliation Committee of the Race Relations Board, Sir David was also first chair of the National Lottery Charities Board, a founding member of Business in the Community and a member of the National Board for Crime Prevention and the European Policy Centre in Brussels.

Vice president:
Mrs Bella Sunley

Bella Sunley is a member of the family which established the Sunley Research Centre at Charing Cross Hospital, which later merged with the Kennedy Institute. She was involved with the transfer of the Institute to Imperial College in 2000. She is a trustee of the Kennedy Trust.