Board of Trustees
Robin has been a Trustee since 2011 and Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2012. During this time, he has been closely involved in the development of the Charity’s strategy for providing an integrated self-management approach, and is committed to ensuring that as many people as possible have access to the services that Arthritis Action offers to those living with arthritis. He is an Employment Law Specialist, helping businesses to comply with complex UK law and regulation. He is also a volunteer Adviser with Citizens Advice and helps people with problems related to employment, housing, benefits and debt. He is also an author and his first novel, DANGER, was published in 2020.
Greg is the Chief Executive of Future Care Capital, a 70 year old national health and care charity, and a Trustee of Hospiscare in Devon. In July 2020, Greg was appointed Professor of Practice (Leadership) at the University of Exeter Business School. He lives with mild osteo arthritis in his feet, following a previous military injury. He has over 15 years’ Board level executive, non-executive, governance and financial experience across health and care, including the NHS and Nuffield Health. He has been a CEO / Board executive in the commercial, public and third sectors and was also a senior civil servant at the Department of Health & Social Care. He is a transformation and OD specialist, qualified teacher, Fellow of the RSA (FRSA) and Fellow of the CIPD (FCIPD).
Raj joined Arthritis Action in 2021 as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees. Having spent over 11 years working in the IT industry, Raj has combined his creativity and eye for technology to support leading organisations operating in the public and private sector. In his current role, Raj is Head of Digital for a leading Defence and Technology organisation providing Digital Transformation Consulting Services and Cyber Security Advisory to clients based in the UK and Middle East. Raj is an advocate for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is Chair of a Ethnic Minority Employee Resource Group within his organisation.
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.
Anne joined our Board of Trustees in July 2015. She is currently CEO of GS1 UK. GS1 is made up of 115 member organisations throughout the world which keep consumers informed and protected through the global language of data. Previously, Anne has held leadership roles across a number of membership organisations, including time as CEO at both the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). Anne was also director of Commercial and membership services at the Law Society, and commercial and marketing director at the Confederation of British Industry. 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.
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 is Chief Financial Officer at Anchor Hanover Group, the largest provider of specialist housing and care for older people in England, providing services to around 60,000 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 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 for Kent, Surrey and Sussex 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.
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.