Rupert Jones is the founding co-director of the Makerere Lung Institute and a locum consultant at Derriford Hospital chest clinic in Plymouth and Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the Peninsula School of Medicine, Plymouth.

He has been involved in COPD research, policy and education for more than 20years, for instance his policy on the national Outcomes Strategy for COPD, the National COPD Audit in Primary Care and pulmonary rehabilitation standards. His research interests are in severe asthma, COPD and pulmonary rehabilitation, including in Africa and other resource limited settings through the Fresh Air projects. He has published over 60 papers and several books.