Board of Trustees
Dan is Chair of the Board of Arthritis Action. He has previously served as a Trustee and as Vice Chair between 2013 and 2019. He is a freelance Executive Coach and Management Consultant. After a long corporate career in leadership positions in membership organisations and professional services firms, he launched a coaching company in early 2020. He is also Chair of Youth rugby at Guildford RFC. Dan has osteoarthritis in both shoulders, which he believes is related to his rugby playing career in younger years. Dan is passionate about raising awareness of Arthritis, particularly amongst those who may be at an early stage or considered 'at risk' of developing arthritis. Dan is keen to support Trustees and the executive in taking the charity forward with the expressed aim of supporting more people who live with arthritis.
Colin has 25 years’ experience in rheumatology nursing and a wide range of nursing management at ward, outpatient, and clinical nurse specialist levels. He is proud to work with a team of dedicated and expert nurses, doctors, physiotherapists caring for patients with a wide range of Rheumatological diseases. Colin is committed to ensuring good patient and staff experience and to the development of the nursing. Over Colin's Rheumatology career he has developed an extensive network of national and international health care professionals to utilise as a support network to ensure that he maintains knowledge about evidence-based care.
Rick is the Managing Director, Financial Regulation, at Thentia Cloud, an industry-leading technology platform built for regulators in different jurisdictions. Previously Rick was Director of Strategy at the Financial Services Culture Board (FSCB). He started his career at the UK Department of Health, in the Private Office of a Minister of State, then worked for the National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care, in the Private Office of the Director General (DG) for NHS Informatics (as the DG’s Private Secretary) and at the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care where he was responsible for a programme to improve standards of behaviour and competence of healthcare practitioners. Rick also acted as an advisor on professional standards and regulation to several organisations in the UK and internationally, including the Press Recognition Panel (set up following the Leveson Inquiry in the UK), the Government of Ontario, Canada, and the administration of Hong Kong. In 2017, he was part of the Regulatory Expert Group advising the UK Department of Health and the Department for Education in setting up Social Work England (the social work regulator in England). He spent seven years as a trustee of National Voices, a coalition of 200 health and care charities in England. In the final two years of his tenure, he chaired the Audit and Risk Committee and was the Treasurer of National Voices. Rick has a Masters in law (LLM) and a postgraduate diploma in law in the UK.
Lynsey joined the Arthritis Action team of Trustees in 2023, bringing a rich background in forensic accounting and strategic leadership. With qualifications in Strategic Foresight Leadership, Agile Leadership, and Change Management for Digital Transformation, Lynsey has a robust academic foundation that she applies to her work. Lynsey has held various accounting roles in construction, oil & gas and the hospitality industry. Most recently, she worked as an accountant for Bombardier PLC. Her recent qualification as a Forensic Accountant is a testament to her commitment to continuous learning and professional development. Arthritis is a cause close to Lynsey's heart, having witnessed her father struggle with the condition from a young age until his recent passing. This personal connection fuels her passion for supporting Arthritis Action's mission and contributing her skills to help those affected by arthritis.
Cerys joined Arthritis Action in June 2015. After a career as a solicitor in private practice solicitor and voluntary sector, with a particular interest in charitable organisations, trusts and probate, she joined the Law Society holding several positions including Adjudicator and Head of Office of the Independent Adjudicator. After 6 years as Senior Ombudsman at the Office of Legal Complaint, Cerys left to become self-employed and now works within the field of professional regulation and legal services. She holds a number of roles with a range of organisations including the Valuation Tribunal Service, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. With a personal experience of arthritis, Cerys is keen to promote the benefits of self-management.
Tom joined our Trustees Board in February 2022. He enjoyed a 33 year career, working in government relations and broader communications in the public, private and third sector in the UK and Belgium along with a spell as a senior diplomat in Japan. He was a managing director at Accenture for 15 years, the last four of which saw him leading the European government relations function. A short spell in ICU in 2021 was the catalyst for Tom taking early retirement in 2021 since when he has focused on working pro bono in causes that matter the most to him. His interest in arthritis developed after an ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis in 2015. He is a trustee of Epilepsy Research UK (diagnosed whilst at college); works as a crisis volunteer at Shout; and, most recently, became a trustee at The Orpheus Centre Trust, an independent specialist college that increases the confidence and skills of young disabled adults through the performing arts. Tom is married to Barbara with whom he has two adult sons. He loves photography and walking in the Surrey Hills with his two rescue pointers, Flo and Theo. They let him think he's the pack leader.
Rob joined Arthritis Action in 2023 after moving to the UK from the Cayman Islands where he served as CEO of one of the largest telecom companies in the country. He has held a variety of executive positions around the world, leading commercial teams and helping companies grow. He was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis at the age of 21 and is passionate about supporting others in managing their arthritis.
Matt joined the Arthritis Action Trustee Board in 2023. He has worked in the higher education sector for 12 years and is currently the Deputy CEO of South Bank Students’ Union, with responsibility for managing engaging and inclusive services for diverse student populations. He was diagnosed with gout and chronic kidney disease when he was 18 and is passionate about supporting others to better manage their health.
Will has spent his career in finance, business administration and company secretarial positions. He has worked for many years in the field of Corporate Governance and is currently in position at a global organisation. He lived for a number of years in South Africa, setting up a new service function for his company. He had just relocated back to the UK when he was struck by a severe case of reactive arthritis which left him in a wheelchair and a year of physiotherapy to regain his mobility. It was during this time he realised the true impact arthritis had on every aspect of his life and how lucky he was to have a supportive partner by his side. As well as his professional skills, he brings his own experiences of reactive arthritis to Arthritis Action. He is particularly interested in improving diagnosis and ensuring that those with arthritis do not feel alone in their journey.
Elizabeth joined Arthritis Action as a Trustee in 2023. She is a podcast presenter, lecturer, neurodiversity storyteller, and a Neurobox Ambassador. After being diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and Irlen syndrome, Elizabeth set up charitable organisation Aspire2inspire Dyslexia CIC, after identifying a gap in services to support adults with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. Aspire2inspire Dyslexia have won numerous awards for the work they are doing for dyslexics in Wandsworth and around the country. Elizabeth is a public and inspirational speaker, where she motivates others with her journey as a and how she hasn’t allowed her dyslexia to hold her back. Elizabeth holds a combined BA Hons in Human Resource Management and Sociology and has a Professional Graduation Certificate in Education. Elizabeth watched her mother suffer chronic pain of osteoarthritis along with the mental anguish of living with its pain and has since learnt it is a familial trait going back as far as her great-grandmother. However, her own diagnosis in 2021 still came as a surprise to her despite seeking various treatments for back, knee and hip pain that had troubled her for many years.
Sarah joined Arthritis Action as a member in 2014 and joined the Board of Trustees in 2021. She is a Professor of Work and Employment in the Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice at the University of Kent. Sarah is an internationally recognised sociologist and researcher into paid work in later life. In the last 20 years her research on older workers and retirement has been funded by research councils, charities and the UK Government. She is Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She has a particular interest in equalities issues. As someone with osteoarthritis who has been able to carry on working she is very keen that we enable people to benefit to the fullest extent from self-management whilst also pushing for good treatments and accessible environments to allow people to live their best lives.