Lynn Faulds Wood

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Lynn Faulds Wood
Born Lynn Faulds Wood
(1948-03-25) 25 March 1948 (age 66)
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Residence St Margarets, London
Occupation Television presenter, journalist
Years active 1990s–present
Employer BBC
Television Watchdog
Watchdog: Test House
Spouse(s) John Stapleton
Children Nicholas James (b. 1987)

Lynn Faulds Wood is a British television presenter and journalist.


In the 1990s Wood moved to ITV's World In Action where she achieved their highest audience with a programme investigating GP training in cancer symptoms, Doctor Knows Best, which had 10.2 million viewers. Her investigation into bowel cancer – "Bobby Moore & Me" – got 6.5 million viewers and 28,000 letters! She also helped to create the world's first evidence-based guide to symptoms of her cancer, officially adopted by the Dept of Health in 2000.

From 2003 to 2009, she was Consumer Champion on GMTV. During her career she was hit in the face with a Rottweiler dog lead, chased by a woman with an axe and threatened with death.

In 2006, she teamed up with presenter Esther Rantzen and series producer Rob Unsworth to present the BBC consumer investigation series Old Dogs, New Tricks. When the series was broadcast they had around 70 years of television journalism between them and an audience of 4 million.

In March 2014, Wood returned to Watchdog, with a new daytime BBC One series, Watchdog Test House, which she is currently co-presenting with Sophie Raworth.[1]

Campaigning work[edit]

In 2002 she co-founded the European Cancer Patient Coalition which she chaired as President until 2009. She helped to set up MEPs Against Cancer and is credited with helping to get cancer on the official European Agenda. In 2009 she was invited to present the new European cancer plan – Action Against Cancer – in Brussels.

In May 2007, Wood announced that she was considering entering politics by standing for the Parliament of the United Kingdom at the general election. Instead she remained as a cancer campaigner (see Bowel Cancer Information – still regularly appearing on television talking about cancer and consumer matters. She is current Chair of the British Standards Institution Consumer & Public Policy Network, President & Patron of many charities and health organisations, with an honorary doctorate for services to bowel cancer.

Personal life[edit]

Lynn has been married to journalist and television presenter John Stapleton for over 30 years. The couple currently live in live in St Margarets, London.[1] They have a son, Nicholas "Nick" James Stapleton who was born in 1987 in Hammersmith, London.[2]

She has survived both advanced bowel and skin cancer.


  1. ^ a b Tom Ambrose (7 March 2014). "Watchdog returns, with St Margarets presenters taking the lead". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Births England and Wales 1984–2006