Prof Anthony WoolfADWoolf-x200


I am a Consultant Rheumatologist and Honorary Professor of Rheumatology, University of Exeter Medical School, and Plymouth Peninsula Medical and Dental College. I have been involved throughout my career in various initiatives to promote priority for the various musculoskeletal conditions and to improve their management by raising awareness of their impact, promoting education and research, and setting standards for prevention and treatment. This has been by working together with all professions, disciplines and patient organisations at a national, European and international level.

I have held executive roles in National Osteoporosis Society 1987-2002 (including treasurer and chair); BLAR/ARMA 1994-2005 (including leading regional groups); EULAR 1994-2007 (including chair of education committee and international liaison officer); president UEMS 2001-06; Bone and Joint Decade 1998 – now (including treasurer and chair). I have also led two EU projects to raise standards of care – European Bone and Joint Strategies Project and European Musculoskeletal Surveillance and Information network. In these roles I have worked with Department of Health, the EU, WHO Europe and WHO International.

I edit the serial Best Practice and Research Clinical Rheumatology which provides an evidence-based update on the management of musculoskeletal conditions. In addition I am Clinical Director of the NHS National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network Southwest Peninsula. Through this I ensure people wherever they live in the region can participate in clinical research so they have the option of the latest and innovative treatments. A culture of research and innovation also improves of the overall quality of care.

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Phil Gray is an expert in the UK Health Service, particularly on staff issues, promoting innovation and health promotion at work. He has particular interest and experience in rehabilitation, occupational health, workforce planning and older people’s services in the last 30 years.

Phil is a Trustee of ARMA and former Chair. He is also a Trustee of Arthritis Research UK. He retired in January 2014 after fifteen and a half years as Chief Executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, which has 52,000 members in the UK. He is a member of the NHS National Stakeholders Forum, a board member of the Fit for Work Coalition. He previously worked for nine and a half years as the Director of Labour Relations for the Royal College of Nursing, responsible for national negotiations for 300,000 nurses.

Dr Louise Warburton

Louise is a GP with a special interest in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine, she is also the President of the Primary Care Rheumatology Society. Louise represents the views of Primary Care to ARMA. Louise has 16 years of experience in Rheumatology and has been a GP for twenty years.

For four years she was the Medical Editor of Hands On, for arthritisresearchuk; this is an educational publication sent to every GP in the UK and a member of their publications committee. Louise was part of the Group who developed the NICE Guidelines for Rheumatoid Arthritis which was released in 2009. Louise has experience of Service Development and Change, being one of the lead players in developing a Community Rheumatology Service in Telford, she brings enthusiasm, vision and commitment to the Alliance.

Louise also writes for medical magazines and has the ability to explain concepts in simple terms. “I have empathy and understanding of people with chronic health problems, partly because of my role as a general practitioner, but also as a patient with a chronic musculoskeletal illness for the last five years.”

Louise has been a school governor for eight years (vice-chair for four years) and has experience in working on committees and managing change.

Shantel Irwin

Shantel was born in Canada and has been living and working in the UK since 2004. She is the CEO of Arthritis Action, where she has worked since the Autumn 2014. Through a self-management approach, Arthritis Action is a membership organisation that empowers people with arthritis to manage their condition and reduce the need for medical intervention.

Shantel moved from the corporate sector to the charity sector nine years ago and hasn’t looked back. She enjoys working directly with members of a community. She has a keen interest in health and membership organisations, and also brings experience in leadership, strategic, change and volunteer management to the Board.

Arthritis Action became a member of ARMA in 2014. Shantel believes strongly in collaboration and is looking forward to working with other member organisations to have one voice through ARMA. She feels that ARMA is ideally positioned to increase awareness of MSK disorders in the UK.

Colin Beevor

Qualifying initially as an Enrolled Nurse in 1985, and then as a Registered Nurse in 1991, his career started within emergency and orthopaedics services. However, over the past 21 years, Colin has worked at various levels of nursing within rheumatology, starting at the Royal Free Hospital Hampstead as Rheumatology Charge Nurse in 1995 before moving to Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in 2001.

After his first appointment as Clinical Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Portsmouth, Colin then became Matron for Musculoskeletal Outpatient services. Over the past 16 years he has been awarded Hospital Nurse of the year (2015), the Chairman’s Award, and the Investors in People Award for Innovation.

Colin has worked closely with, and developed with, the Rheumatology team, local primary care trusts and Portsmouth City Council, taking the theme of “working in Partnership” forward. Exciting and excellent innovations in the last 10 years have included work around patient and public engagement events, conferences, and community exercise programmes for those living with rheumatological and connective tissue diseases.

An important aspect of his work includes development of a rheumatology service that will meet the changing needs of patients within the Portsmouth and Hampshire area. It is by capturing the patients’ experience through surveys and patient and public engagement events that the service is constantly being redesigned. Some of the successes have included the implementation of a Rapid Access and Treatment Service, and more recently, a new way of managing the patient advice and information line.

Colin has been proactive with the development of 10 individual personal care plans supporting people living with arthritis and connective tissue diseases. Other current projects include “Tired of Being Tired – Fatigue and Arthritis” programme, and “ENHANCE Exercise and Activity Education” for people living with Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Four years ago Colin joined the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society Medical Advisory Board and enjoys the work he undertakes with National Osteoporosis Society and Partners/Friends Through Pain.

Colin is interested in seeing that Nurses and Allied Health Professionals are equipped with the essential skills and knowledge to provide quality of care. He enjoys sharing and disseminating best practice, and currently leads two projects to this effect:

  • Clinical Observational Event – looking at innovation implemented within Portsmouth, supporting patients with inflammatory arthritis.
  • Clinical Practice Event – two day programmes related to the management of Ankylosing Spondylitis, including the practicalities of assessing disease activity and complications of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Colin is proud to be a member of the Portsmouth team, who all strive to ensure they provide quality rheumatological services, and look forward to 2016 and beyond with excitement and some anticipation about what the future service may look like within an ever-changing NHS.

Rob Yeldham

Rob Yeldham joined the board in July 2016.

He works as Director of Strategy, Policy & Engagement at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Rob is a chartered PR practitioner and has over 20 years’ experience of communications and stakeholder engagement. He has been a senior civil servant and worked in local government, politics and for not-for-profit organisations.

Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett is the President of British Chiropractic Association as well as a practising chiropractor with 30 years’ experience treating musculoskeletal conditions. He works in a multidisciplinary practice alongside physiotherapists in Brighton and has a special interest in the conservative management of back pain.

Matthew is committed to raising the awareness of MSK conditions amongst policy makers and was previously a delegate to the WHO’s World Health Assembly representing the World Federation of Chiropractors. He is the current UK representative to the European Chiropractors Union.

He has worked on the panel of Brighton Integrated Care Service’s manual therapy service redesign team bringing best practice and evidence based care to MSK conditions, particularly back pain.

Matthew was the previous director of new graduate training for the Royal College of Chiropractors and still acts as a tutor and trainer.

Philip Mitchell

Philip Mitchell was born in Lincoln and educated at the Robert Pattinson Comprehensive School, Epsom College and St Mary’s Hospital, London. After a year on Fellowship in Vancouver, Philip took up consultancy at St George’s Hospital, London, where he has remained for 14 years. His surgical interests are in replacement surgery of the hip and knee; revision hip and knee replacement; and with a special interest in infection.

Philip has served as a Trustee on the Council of the British Orthopaedic Association for the last 3 years, he is a member of the ODEP and Beyond Compliance panels, and is delighted to be joining the ARMA board as an elected trustee.

Married to Angie. Philip has 2 children and lives in Epsom, Surrey.

Christopher DicksChrisDicks-x200

TREASURER (Co-opted)

Chris is a Director in the Risk Advisory practice at Deloitte with a focus on the provision of Internal Audit, Risk Management and other control and assurance related services to the Corporate Sector – with a sector focus on Infrastructure, Services & Real Estate (ISRE).

He started his career as an external auditor and is a qualified accountant (FCA – Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).

Jann Landles

Jann Landles grew up in Australia, but moved to England after marrying. She lived with her husband in London until a few years ago and then moved to the North West.

Jann’s working life was spent in Information Technology departments within the financial services sector. She was diagnosed with Vasculitis (GPA) in March 2011. Following initial treatment, she joined Vasculitis UK.

Jann became a Trustee of Vasculitis UK in 2012 in the hope that she can continue to help support others with the condition. This includes running the North West Vasculitis Support Group.

In 2014, Vasculitis UK became a member of ARMA, and after working with the team at ARMA, Jann feels that it is an organisation ideally positioned to support a wide range of different organisations. Jann looks forward to working with other member organisations within ARMA.

Dr Alan Nye (co-opted Trustee)

I qualified in Sheffield in 1983 and became a partner in a General Practice in Oldham in 1987, where I still work in a part time basis.

After completing my diploma in rheumatology I became a GPSI in 2003 and led on the transfer of a hospital based rheumatology service into an Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (ICATS) in 2006. I am now executive director of the ICATS – Pennine MSK Partnership Ltd, and we provide rheumatology, orthopaedic and chronic pain services for Oldham with over 11,000 new patient referrals a year. Pennine MSK started a programme budget – prime contractor model of service delivery on 1st May 2011. We clinically lead the integrated commissioning of musculoskeletal pathways across primary, community and secondary care. We have recently formed a joint venture with Circle and successfully bid for the Bedford MSK prime contractor contract.

I am also Clinical Lead at AQuA, which is the Advancing Quality Alliance. AQuA was commissioned to deliver the national programme around implementing shared decision making in the NHS in 2012. Recently we have won a bid from the Health Foundation to look at shared decision making and self management in transition services, under their “Closing the Gap” programme. Prior to this I was Associate Medical Director at NHS Direct, clinically leading on the development of Patient Decision Aids for the NHS.

I also am a member of the clinical reference group for the cooperation and competition panel that is part of Monitor, a trustee for the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance and President of the Primary Care Rheumatology Society.