Governance

Elaine Healey, Chairman


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.

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John Phillips, Vice-chair


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 BBS and makes available facilities for the holding of meetings and other events. In my time as a trustee, and formerly in my role as secretary, I have provided legal and strategic advice on a variety of matters.

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Angela Stewart, Secretary


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.

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Robert Gordon, Treasurer


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.

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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.

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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 presentations. I am also a member on the patient forum for the RUDY study which is helping to improve the research into Osteogenesis Imperfecta.

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.

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Professor Margaret Smith OBE


Former Dean of nursing and midwifery at the University of Dundee, Professor Margaret Smith was co-opted to the Brittle Bone Society board of Trustees in January 2019.

Margaret has recently stepped down as chairman of MS Charity ‘MS Revive’, and brings to the board a wealth of charity experience, professional knowledge from the NHS healthcare areas and policy experience.

Thines Ganeshamoorthy


Thines Ganeshamoorthy is a serving Civil Servant on the Civil Service Fast Stream Graduate Programme working currently as a Policy Official. He has previously worked and continues to volunteer for numerous health and disability charities and causes, including Leonard Cheshire, Scope, National Children’s Bureau, Council for Disabled Children and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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