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Elaine Healey, Chairman

Elaine Healey chairman portrait

I am proud of the achievements I helped put in place, along with my trustee board, for the Brittle Bone Society throughout my term as Chairman. The BBS has achieved a great deal in the past few years. It is uplifting to note that we have many excellent and beneficial projects which are now completed to our member’s satisfaction and as the current Strategic Plan concludes we are already working on the next one to commence in 2019. Members and supporters have benefited from input from our
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John Phillips, Vice-chair

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I first became involved with the Brittle Bone Society in 1999.  I have been a Trustee since 2010. I am a partner in Jones Day, a global Law Firm which provides pro bono legal advice to the Society and makes available facilities for the holding of meetings and other events. In my time as a Trustee and former Secretary, I have provided legal and strategic advice on a variety of matters, assisted with numerous tasks, including the Society's membership structure, the Pilotlight project, and
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Mirrick Koh, Secretary

Portrait of Secretary Mirrick Koh

Elected as Trustee 2014, appointed Secretary 2015 I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work closely with the Brittle Bone Society since 2012; providing employment law advice on a pro-bono basis and assisting with other related legal issues. I am a qualified solicitor; however, my day-to-day work is leading the Graduate Recruitment Team at an international law firm. My experience of dealing with contentious and non-contentious employment law matters means I can advise the Society on
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Robert Gordon, Treasurer

Robert Gordon treasurer portrait

Having been a Chartered Accountant for over 20 years, and along with my wife who is also an accountant, we run our own accounting firm. We deal with a wide range of clients including charities and with a keen interest in IT, I have developed IT systems and controls for charities and other clients. With my experience, I have assisted the charity with their last two Strategic Plans by being a member of the planning team of trustees. We begin the new strategic planning early 2018. Outside of
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Yvonne Grant

Over the past three years I have had the experience of travelling to the trustee meetings in London, visiting the Scottish Parliament at various meetings regarding health matters within Scotland and how it effects our membership in Scotland. I was delighted to be asked to attend the new Patient Day event in Dundee that was funded by Awards for All Scotland. This was organized to celebrate Rare Disease Day. I was more than pleased to see large numbers of people attending at a local
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Helen Chappell

I am 41 years old and I have Type 3 OI, I have been a member of the BBS since I was 18 months old when my parents saw an article in a magazine and became members straightaway. Since then over the years the society has supported my family and I both emotionally and also providing me with essential equipment. We have seen the society grow into the success that it is today and being a trustee gives me the opportunity to give something back and help other families in the same situation. I have
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Angela Stewart

I am currently employed by a national charity, I have experience of influencing the NHS and local authorities, co-producing care pathways with commissioners, business planners, practitioners and people affected by a long term health condition. I have experience of project management, engaging volunteers, developing services, leading campaigns for change, organising events and public speaking. I have also been a Trustee of several local charities and have knowledge of Trustee roles and
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Gareth Cumming

I have been a member of the BBS for over 30 years. I am a Commercial Analyst at a law firm and have experience in accounting and finance. As a Trustee I am able to advise the charity through the challenging economic climate. I have been a very active member of the society over the years from being part of the Junior Brittle Bone Society (now replaced by Cool Bones and VOICE) and the VOICE events, to representing the charity at medical conferences and cheque
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Professor Nick Bishop

I graduated from Manchester University in 1982 and worked in the North West for 5 years before moving to Cambridge in 1987, initially for a Fellowship with the Medical Research Council, then a Fellowship with the Wellcome Trust and a Clinical Lectureship with Cambridge University. I trained as a paediatrician and neonatologist before deciding to specialise in bone disease in children. I trained in this area with Professor Francis Glorieux in Montreal from 1995-7, before returning to Cambridge
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Professor Faisal Ahmed

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh and received most of my clinical and academic training at the Royal Hospital For Sick Children, Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh and at Addenbrookes Hospital and the University of Cambridge. In 2000, I was appointed as a consultant at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow and in 2012, I was appointed to the Samson Gemmell Chair of Child Health at the University of Glasgow. My research group has a strong interest in skeletal
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