Craig Stobo is the founder of Sepsis Research and is himself a sepsis survivor. He and his wife Fiona fell ill with sepsis within a day of each other and it changed his life forever. You can read more about his story here. Craig is an indirect tax consultant, advising businesses and governments globally on all aspects of indirect tax practice and policy. Fiona was Craig’s wife and they were together for nearly ten years. He is based in Scotland where he lives with his young son. Craig’s vision and passion to stop deaths through sepsis have been the driving force behind the establishment of Sepsis Research. 



Vice Chair – Pam Heap is Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. Pam is a Construction Project Manager, working in the industrial & logistics sector. Fiona was a close friend of Pam’s. Having met in 1992 while sharing a flat in Glasgow’s west end during University, they remained close friends. Pam sits on the Fundraising Sub Committee and deputises for the Chair.



Alan is a Partner at the law firm TLT. He specialises in insolvency law and regularly represents clients in courts throughout Scotland. Alan met Craig Stobo at Glasgow University in 1992 where they both studied law. They remained good friends post-university and also shared a flat together in the early 2000s, which was the venue for many an enjoyable party. It was at one of those parties that Alan first met Fiona Agnew. Alan is married and lives in Gourock with their three children. Fiona was not just a family friend but also had a spell at Gourock Health Centre, where she was the family’s GP. Alan took up running in 2012 and has since completed both half and full marathons, raising funds for Sepsis Research along the way. He became a Trustee of the charity in October 2016‎.  Alan sits on the Governance Sub Committee.



Colin is a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow. He is a doctor who specialises in the care of very sick babies, children and young people, which frequently includes treating patients with sepsis, severe sepsis or septic shock. Having met Craig in 1993 at Glasgow University, they have been great friends ever since. Colin then befriended Fiona when she became Craig’s partner and they subsequently worked together in 2006 at the Queen Mother’s Hospital in Glasgow. Colin helped plan the charity’s educational strategy for raising awareness about prompt recognition and treatment of sepsis among health professionals and the general public, and to work in tandem with other agencies such as the NHS and World Sepsis Day to help achieve this. Colin sits on the medical/service development sub committee.



Amy is a doctor in geriatric and acute medicine in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway, and joined the Board of Trustees in January 2018. Amy bonded with Fiona working night shifts as junior doctors in Monklands Hospital in 2004.  She is very proud to have completed the Edinburgh marathon in May 2013 raising funds for Sepsis Research through this and a second marathon in 2017. Amy sits on the medical/service development sub committee



Michael is a medical education executive based in the south of England. He and Craig met on the first day of university in 1992 and have been firm friends ever since. He met Fiona through mutual friends in 1995. With experience in leading educational activities in many different therapy areas, Michael has developed and executed disease awareness programs around the world. He understands the pharmaceutical development process and the complex factors which affect patient care in different settings.




Robert is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Consultant Respiratory Physician in Edinburgh.  He is a Doctor who divides his time between research and treating patients.  Clinically he looks after patients with respiratory diseases with a particular interest in Cystic Fibrosis. Robert met Fiona initially when they worked together in Glasgow and then later when Fiona worked with his wife and they became friends. Robert joined the Board of Trustees 2016 having previously been involved as an occasional bagpiper. He sits on the medical/service development sub committee.

Catharina Hartman



Catharina is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Originally from South Africa, she has been living in Scotland since 2006. Her interest in sepsis expanded while doing specialist training in adult Intensive Care Medicine and this led to her involvement in developing a sepsis screening assessment for babies and children presenting to the Emergency Department. She continues to promote this work through the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

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