Dr Heidi Doughty OBE MBA PhD FRCPath is a consultant in Transfusion Medicine working part-time for NHS Blood and Transplant based in Birmingham, UK. She qualified in medicine from Cambridge University in 1985 before undertaking higher training in internal medicine, haematology and management in Nottingham and London. She completed her doctoral thesis in transfusion medicine in Bergen, Norway and worked in a variety of roles from donor services to hospital and military transfusion practice. Past positions include Defence Consultant Adviser, co-chair of the NATO Blood Panel and chair of the UK National Blood Transfusion Committee’s Emergency Planning working group. She has recently retired as president of the British Blood Transfusion Society, however, continues as an honorary Reader at the University of Birmingham. Current interests include pre-hospital transfusion and emergency planning.