Objectives of the Campaign Board

The Campaign Board aims to support BTA trustees and staff to increase voluntary income by £500,000 for research and bespoke projects over the next two years. These additional funds will enable the BTA to expand our reach and impact to contribute to the vision of ‘A world where no-one suffers from tinnitus’. The board will support this increase in funds by making introductions and connections that contribute to this target. 


What we want to achieve

The amount of research data we have about people with tinnitus is actually quite small. This is concerning given that 1 in 8 people across the UK experience tinnitus – over 7 million people. As such, the Campaign Board have two main objectives for the next two years:

  • to raise enough money (over £500k) to support a major research program to create a tinnitus biobank of sufferers and non-sufferers that we can analyse, to provide data to the pharmaceutical companies and health care providers to convince them to take up the cause to find a cure.
  • to increase the awareness of tinnitus and the BTA throughout the UK as well as the services we offer, which includes our content-rich website, helpline and backing for over 100 local support groups. 

Meet the team

Crispian Besley

With over 30 years’ experience in international investment banking, Crispian has led businesses in the UK, Europe and Asia, advising and trading for international corporate clients and institutional investors. As one of the youngest directors of Smith New Court, he was subsequently appointed a director and board member of Schroder Securities and was instrumental in the sale of their Japanese business to Credit Suisse, of which he was later became Managing Director. He has suffered from tinnitus ever since 2001 and is absolutely passionate about finding a cure for the condition and creating a world without tinnitus.

Lynne Gillon

Lynne’s career as an international business leader has been in the technology sector ranging from start-ups to large global organisations and most recently at Oracle Corporation. She has now embarked on a portfolio career and qualified as an Executive Coach and is a member of the Advisory Board for a Cyber Security Company – Reliance acsn.

Lynne brings a deep understanding of digital technology and comprehensive insights into cloud software and emerging technologies.

Lynne suffers from tinnitus and is the BTA’s Chair of Trustees. She is very keen to contribute to the BTA’s vision of ‘A world where no one suffers from tinnitus’.

Anthony Harling

Anthony has spent 30 years in executive career management, including 13 years with one of the world’s leading executive search firms. Today he is Partner of Archer Mann, a search firm, and Founder/Director of Not Actively Looking, a career management portal for senior executives. He is Chairman of Aggancio AB.

Anthony was a silent tinnitus sufferer. In 2019 he joined the Campaign Board of the BTA. As a theatre-goer, member of the local choir and lover of music, he is determined to support the outstanding research work done in this area in order that we might all enjoy music without tinnitus.

Why we are looking for support

Find out more

If you'd like to know more about our Campaign Board please contact Helen Goldsby-West on 0114 250 9933 or [email protected] for more details about upcoming events or to discuss supporting tinnitus research.