CHI Board

Rosie Barnes


Rosie Barnes, OBE was born and educated in Nottingham. After completing a degree in Social Sciences and History at the University of Birmingham, she moved to London in 1967 to join Unilever as a management trainee. She eventually established her own business in qualitative market research.In 1987 she won a notable by-election and became the Social Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Greenwich, a position she held until 1992.

Her interest in Health Policy was instrumental in her decision to move into the charity sector, firstly for The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and from 1996 to 2010 as Chief Executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Her priorities there included the progress of research to facilitate Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis and to ensure that everyone affected by CF in the UK received the best possible clinical care.

Rosie has been married to Graham Barnes for over 40years. They have three grown up children and are now proud grandparents.



Dr. Chris Rolles is a retired paediatric specialist in Cystic Fibrosis and is largely responsible for the transformation of the treatment of cycstic fibrosis in Russia. Married with 4 sons, he lives in Southampton.


Jim Hopwood Jim Hopwood

CHI Company Chairman. Jim is an engineer with experience managing multinational teams in industry and academia. He is a former trustee of Oxfam and recently set up Sustainability Partners, a small charity supporting self help groups in poor communities. He is a keen small boat sailor, has four grown up children and lives in the New Forest.

Julian Dr. Julian Legg

Medical Consultant to CHI. Julian qualified from Cambridge University in 1990. He subsequently underwent a wide ranging training program at various institutes throughout the world. Having worked at Birmingham Children’s hospital and St Georges’s University Hospital, he trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Southampton University. He completed his training at the Children’s Hospital in Perth, West Australia before returning as a consultant to Southampton.

Michael Michael Ridgway

Son of the founders of the charity, Roy and Dorothea Ridgway, Michael has been a trustee for several years. He is a one-time actor and self-employed carpenter. He has 4 grown-up children and whenever possible spends half the year in India, usually from April to September. In 2005 he completed a sponsored cycle ride for CHI from Lands End to John O Groats.

Bill Bill Salmond

CHI Company Treasurer and CHI Company Secretary. Bill recently retired as Managing Director of Geest Line Ltd, a shipping company specialising in the Caribbean. He qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. He is married with two grown up daughters and lives in a village in the Itchen Valley.

Laura Laura Timms

Laura read development studies before undertaking post-graduate qualifications in international disability and then applied social studies at Oxford.  Her experiences have ranged from charity project management roles to being an operations director in a provider organisation.  She has volunteered on projects supporting people who have disabilities in India, Uganda and the Caribbean.   She currently works for a local authority in a management role within learning disability services.  Laura’s interest is in the sustainability of work undertaken by CHI, through the involvement of user and carer-led organisations.

Stephen Stephen Todd

Stephen recently retired from a technical career in IBM and is Visiting Professor in the computing department at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also involved in a charity for appropriate development in Sumbawanga, Tanzania. Other interests are music and recreational cycling. Stephen is married with two children and lives in Winchester. He has been a trustee of CHI for several years, and has responsibility for CHI’s website.

 Project Managers


Haydn Daniel is a semi retired Post Office Manager. He is married to Prue and inherited four step sons, now almost grown up. He and Prue are committed Christians and attend Christchurch Anglican Church in Winchester, they are also active volunteers of the Winchester Churches Night Shelter.