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
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