About NRAS

From the Chief Executive

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), is the only patient-led organisation in the UK specialising in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Due to its targeted focus on RA and JIA, NRAS provides truly expert and wide-ranging services to support, educate and campaign for people living with these complex autoimmune conditions, their families and the health professionals who treat them.

Their vision is to support all with RA or JIA to live life to the full with an underpinning mission to:

  • support everyone living with the impact of RA or JIA at the start and every step of their journey
  • to inform – be their first choice for reliable information, and
  • empower all to have a voice and take control of their RA or JIA

NRAS was founded in 2001 by Ailsa Bosworth MBE, who now acts as NRAS National Patient Champion having led the charity as CEO for 18 years.

We take pride in the fact that everything we stand for and do is patient-led. Our head office team of staff works closely with all of our NRAS Members and Volunteers, the Board of Trustees and our panel of Medical and Allied Health Professional Advisors to design, coordinate, fund and deliver a comprehensive and wide range of high quality products and member services for all affected by RA and JIA. 

Our Core Values  

We approach our commitment and responsibilities to all with empathy, professionalism, passion and enthusiasm. We continually strive to achieve the best results and outcomes that we can for those we represent.

At all times, we act: 


We work openly and ethically, with integrity, honesty and independence


We are creative and constantly challenge the status quo, always striving for better and looking for new ways to add value, whilst basing what we say and do on the best evidence and our Members’ experiences  


Our staff are not just enthusiastic and committed, they are passionate about making a positive difference for all those we represent


We work with many different organisations, contributing significantly to alliances and coalitions


We are results focused and deliver on our projects and campaigns. Our many awards are testament to our achievements 


We act with sensitivity and compassion, respecting the needs and preferences of the individual regardless of nationality, creed, gender, age or ethnicity, while at the same time representing the entire community affected by RA or JIA in the UK, encompassing adults and young people, families, carers and rheumatology healthcare professionals.

My personal vision for the charity as I take on the role of CEO in June 2019 is to make us an inclusive ‘society’ that everyone can play a part in changing minds, changing services and changing lives for those living with RA and JIA.




Chief Executive