Dr Rodger McMillan

Rodger McMillan trained in pharmacology at Glasgow and obtained his PhD in Cambridge before moving to the United States where he was an Arthritis Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Dartmouth College. During this time he developed a strong research interest in the pharmacological regulation of leukocytes and inflammation, an area he pursued when he joined ICI pharmaceuticals in 1980.

Rodger spent over 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry with ICI, Zeneca and AstraZeneca and gained experience in several therapeutic areas including rheumatology, respiratory, cardiovascular and neurosciences. From 1999 he was senior vice president for Respiratory and Inflammation at AstraZeneca and was responsible for over 50 projects entering clinical development. He retired in 2012 from AstraZeneca where he was a senior R&D executive.

After leaving AstraZeneca, Rodger has operated as an independent consultant in life sciences and healthcare working with academic groups, SMEs and research charities.

Alex Hesz

Alex Hesz joined the startup adam&eve as its first head of digital, having returned to London from the US where he'd been managing director of the creative hotshop, Modernista. 

As well as overseeing adam&eveDDB’s interactive output across the agency, across clients including Google, John Lewis, Unilever, Heineken and Halifax, Alex is the lead strategist on a group of accounts including Google, Android, the Financial Times, Time Out and a suite of Unilever brands.

He’s written for the Guardian, Marketing, Marketing Week, Campaign, AdAge and The Drum on subjects from digital marketing to corporate responsibly, the latter of which he co-wrote a book about (Guilt Trip, 2009).

Before his move to the US, Alex worked at BBH London and M&C Saatchi on brands including British Airways and Johnnie Walker. He has a double first class degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, earned in part by railing against the myth that Eskimos have fifty words for snow, which they don't.

Ian Walters

Ian was treasurer of the Arthritis Care Northern Ireland Committee.

He was educated at Manchester University, graduating in Electrical Engineering and later gaining a post-graduate Diploma in Management Science.

He worked in the Northern Ireland Civil Service for more than 30 years, then spent nine years as Chief Executive of the Action Mental Health charity. Ian retired in 2010 and lives in Northern Ireland with his family.

Ian has many years of voluntary experience, including chairing the boards of governors at two primary schools over a 30-year period. He was a director of UK Skills for 15 years, chairing its audit and risk committee during. He also spent 13 years at Belfast Metropolitan College, as vice chair then chair of its Governing Body.

Professor Jon Cohen

Professor Jon Cohen is Emeritus Professor at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Universities of Brighton and Sussex, and Visiting Professor in Infectious Diseases at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London.

He obtained a Wellcome fellowship to train in infectious diseases at Duke University in North Carolina, and then established a department of infectious diseases at Hammersmith Hospital and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London.

In 2002 Professor Cohen was appointed to be the founding dean of the new medical school that had been established in Brighton, stepping down from that role in 2013. He's currently president of the International Society of Infectious Diseases, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lister Foundation and a non-executive director of Kings NHS Foundation Trust.

Juliette Scott

Juliette Scott leads Customer Insight and Analytics across Europe for eBay. She has a successful track record as a business leader in the corporate world and through running her own business.

Juliette’s commercial experience has been built in the media, fashion and car leasing worlds. More recently, she has helped businesses drive better performance through understanding customers. Juliette worked for dunnhumby for seven years before moving to ebay in 2013.

She was announced as a Trustee of Arthritis Research UK in May 2014.

Karin Hogsander

Karin Hogsander is an independent senior advisor and non-executive in healthcare and life sciences, and currently the interim managing director of Health Navigator UK.

She was formerly the head of M&A/acting transition director for Bupa Global North America, responsible for strategy and international expansion, mostly in Europe, Singapore and the US.

Karin was the executive partner for business and commercial development of Circle, one of the UK’s largest private healthcare providers. At Circle, Karin led the successful bid for the Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust, the first NHS trust to be managed by a private operator.

Earlier positions include director of business development at UBM Medica. Karin was also a long-standing member of the healthcare practice of the Boston Consulting Group and she led healthcare projects as an associate with JP Morgan’s investment banking practice.

Karin was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics and the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. She was announced as a Trustee of Arthritis Research UK in May 2014.

Phil Gray

Phil Gray is chair and trustee of ARMA (Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance). He was the chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), where he played a key leadership role in promoting the profession, raising its profile and influencing government, commissioners, civil servants, senior managers, patient and partner organisations. He’s an honorary fellow of the CSP.

Tom Hayhoe

Tom Hayhoe is chairman of West London NHS Trust, having previously chaired West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, and a Fitness to Practice chair for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

He's spent most of his career in the private sector: as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, the Brackenbury Group and The Chambers; and in retailing with WHSmith and Gamestation.

He's a former church warden and school governor and former vice commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

Peter Anscombe

Peter has been a member of Arthritis Care’s Trustees’ Board since 2011 and Chair from February to November 2017. He played an active role in bringing about the merger with Arthritis Research UK. He also led a governance review at Arthritis Care, which led to an update of the Articles in 2014, and the local engagement and membership reviews in 2015-16.

Peter retired from a career in the risk and insurance industry in 2012. His last role was as a Managing Director with Marsh Limited, a global insurance and risk advisory business. For over 25 years Peter has volunteered within the charity sector, including as a director of United Church Schools Trust and as Chairman of Find a Voice, a charity for those with severe speech disability. He has a master's degree from Portsmouth University Business School.

Professor David Isenberg

Professor Isenberg is the Academic Director of Rheumatology at University College London and has held the chair established by Arthritis Research UK at University College London since 1996, and is a leading figure in British academic rheumatology. He's the past president of the British Society for Rheumatology (2004-2006).

Professor Isenberg has run the lupus clinic at University College Hospital for the past 25 years and has been elected to fellowships of both the Royal College of Physicians and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Martijn Steultjens

Martijn has been a Trustee of the Arthritis Care Board since 2016.

Martijn is from the Netherlands, where he studied to become a human movement scientist specialising in biomechanics and epidemiology. He later completed a PhD on causes of pain and disability in osteoarthritis patients. He is currently Chair in Musculoskeletal Health at Glasgow Caledonian University, leading research for long-term conditions, including musculoskeletal health.

He is closely involved with the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party work to improve health care for patients with chronic joint pain in Scotland. Martijn has also authored many scientific publications about rheumatology, orthopaedics, and rehabilitation medicine.

Outside of work, he enjoys cycling, camping trips with his family, and is a youth rugby coach.

Sarah (Sallie) Lamb

Sallie Lamb is a health researcher, based at the University of Oxford, with an established programme of internationally recognised research in arthritis and skeletal problems and a longstanding commitment to high-quality clinical trials to improve patient outcomes and efficiency of health services.

She's a chartered physiotherapist and has worked in research and clinical practice in the NHS over many years.

Sallie has worked extensively with health research funders, particularly in the public (governmental) sector. She was previously chair of the National Institute of Health Research Health Technology Assessment funding board and has had a variety of roles around the allocation, award, distribution, governance and monitoring of medical research funds.

Dr Sylvie Jackson

Dr Sylvie Jackson has recently retired from the Centre for Defence Management and Leadership at Cranfield University's School of Defence and Security, where she was a senior lecturer. Her research interests are in strategic, change and performance management. She developed severe rheumatoid arthritis in 1993 and was diagnosed with secondary osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia in 2008.

She joined Cranfield University in 1999 after a lengthy career in the Post Office and a couple of years of freelance consulting work. In her Post Office career, Sylvie had a wide range of jobs, including counter clerk, instructor, sales representative, customer care manager, and total quality manager with Royal Mail. Sylvie's final role was as the quality and business process director for Post Office Corporate Purchasing and Logistics Services.

She has a postgraduate diploma in management studies, postgraduate diploma in marketing, a MBA and a PhD in transformational change management. She has spoken at numerous conferences and has publications in books and journals.