Biography

Monica Fletcher joined GSK in 2017 following an extensive career in primary care respiratory nursing, education and research. As Chief Executive of Education for Health, a global education charity, she championed the role of primary care in the delivery of respiratory care across the world. Monica has been involved in influencing national and international policies through her extensive activities including membership of the WHO’s Global Alliance Against Respiratory Disease (GARD), the European Respiratory Society, the American Thoracic Society, the European COPD Coalition and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group. She is founder of Better Breathing Bangladesh, an educational programme for primary care HCPs in respiratory disease. She was Chair of the European Lung Foundation (2010–2014), and in that role advocated for wider patient engagement in all aspects of respiratory care. She is an Associate of the Center for Managing Chronic Disease, University of Michigan, USA, Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, UK and Knowledge Exchange Lead for the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research. Her clinical interests have been asthma and COPD. She believes that working in partnership with patients and enabling them to take greater control of their condition is key to improved outcomes. She also has a keen interest in the implementation of guidelines and translation of research into clinical practice. Monica has been honoured with an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to nursing and is recognised for her significant contribution to primary care with a Fellowship of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). She has been awarded a European Respiratory Society Fellowship, joining a group of respected leaders who have been acknowledged for their lifetime excellence and contributions to research, education and clinical leadership in respiratory medicine.