Deborah Breakspear
Trustee
Debbie became a Trustee in 1991 and is our longest serving Trustee. She joined Arthritis Action 30 years ago following an introduction from a friend after a severe flare-up in her arthritis. She recalls being offered very sympathetic and understanding advice and was put in touch with Arthritis Action’s experts who introduced her to our self-management approach. She has benefited from following this advice and is now an enthusiastic and powerful advocate of self-management. She enjoys helping others with arthritis who are experiencing similar problems.
Robin Nye
Chair
Robin has been Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2012 although he has been involved with Arthritis Action since 2005. He has worked on projects to set up the Harley Street Clinic and to develop the availability of physical therapy services through the Charity's Associated Practitioners. He is an Employment Law Specialist, helping SME businesses to comply with the complexities of UK & European employment law. He is also a volunteer Generalist Adviser with Citizens Advice, helping people with problems related to housing, benefits and debt. He is committed to ensuring that as many people as possible have access to the services that Arthritis Action offers to those living with arthritis.
Graham Phillips
Trustee
After graduating from the University of Wales, Graham spent 35 years in corporate life with Ford, Unigate, Wincanton and the Sears Retail Group, followed by 10 years of executive consultancy. During this time he served as a trustee on a number of pension schemes and voluntary organisations. The legacy of some sporting injuries is that he is a long term osteoarthritis sufferer.
Anne Godfrey
Trustee
Anne joined our Board of Trustees in July 2015. She is currently Chief Executive of CIEH, the professional body for environmental health. Prior to this, Anne held leadership roles in a diverse range of membership organisations, including CIM, the world’s largest professional marketing body and the Law Society, where she was Director of Commercial and Membership Services. Specialising in change management within the not-for-profit sector, Anne enjoys harnessing the skills, knowledge and passion of volunteers and staff to deliver great services to members and the wider profession.
Karen Hoban
Trustee
Karen has been a Trustee since May 2015. After a career in IT in the City, Karen’s focus shifted to become a full-time mum to twin girls. This gave her the opportunity to pursue other interests and study for a BSc in Nutrition and Health at Roehampton University. As part of her dissertation she researched arthritis, and it was during this time that she became aware of Arthritis Action. After graduating, she worked as a Dietetic Assistant at Epsom General Hospital and with several weight management programmes, before returning to the City as a Research Analyst.
Cerys Jones
Trustee
Cerys joined Arthritis Action in June 2015. After a career as private practice solicitor and the voluntary sector, with a particular interest in charitable organisations, trusts and probate, she joined the Law Society holding a number of positions including Adjudicator and Head of Office of the Independent Adjudicator. After 6 years as Senior Ombudsman at the Office of Legal Complaint, Cerys now has a number of roles with other organisations including an Ombudsman for the Financial Ombudsman Service and as lay m ember within the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service. With a personal experience of arthritis, Cerys is keen to promote the benefits of self-management.
Sarah Jones
Trustee
Sarah Jones is Finance Director at Anchor Trust, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for the over-55s, providing services to over 35,000 older people. Prior to joining the not-for-profit sector Sarah, a Chartered Management Accountant, held a variety of senior finance roles in retail and wholesale businesses, including Chief Financial Officer of Spicers Ltd, Director of Finance UK & Republic of Ireland at Carpetright Plc and Senior roles at HMV and The Burton Group/Arcadia.
Debbie Rose
Trustee
Debbie joined the Board of Trustees in 2012. She is a qualified physical education teacher but had to give it up due to developing osteoarthritis. Debbie was appointed Head of Training for an NHS Trust and fulfilled this role for 15 years before retiring due to her arthritis. Keen to remain active, she worked part time for Arthritis Care as an Area Development Manager and as an Expert Patients Programme Trainer and Assessor, delivering self-management courses. Despite having both knees and hips replaced, she leads a full and active life but knows the impact that arthritis can have on a person’s life. She is passionate about helping those with arthritis. Debbie also co-delivers the Arthritis Action Self-Management Events, as she has a wealth of knowledge and personal experience and is passionate about helping others living with arthritis.
Dan Torjussen-Proctor
Trustee
Dan became a Trustee in June 2013. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Parker Fitzgerald Group, an Advisory and Consulting firm in the Financial Services sector. His role directly supports the CEO in developing and implementing the strategy of the firm where he has lead responsibility for international development, strategic partnerships, marketing and stakeholder engagement. As a Trustee with Arthritis Action, Dan has ensured that he is able to continue to contribute to the not-for-profit sector. He has mild osteoarthritis (which he puts down to playing a lot of rugby in his youth), and acknowledges the benefits which Arthritis Action provides.
Pat Woodhouse
Trustee
Pat joined the Board of Trustees in January 2014 and is Director of her own consultancy and coaching company, working mainly with large public sector organisations on strategic business issues including business change and management. Prior to her freelance career, Pat worked with KPMG Consulting for eleven years on assignments including business improvement work with central government departments, local authorities and Government of Kenya. Pat actively follows the Charity’s self-management approach and promotes the benefits of its work in helping people better manage their arthritis.
Kevin Young
Trustee
Kevin Young has been associated with Arthritis Action since 2006. He became a Trustee in 2011 and is also an Associated Practitioner at our Harley Street Clinic. Kevin is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Traditional Acupuncturist, specialising in lower limb, foot and ankle problems. He was a keen sports competitor for 16 years and still works as a team physiotherapist. In addition to his professional interest in arthritis, Kevin also has a personal interest as he has osteoarthritis in his hips, feet and ankles. He manages his arthritis through diet, exercise and stretching.