|Ellie Andrews||Richard Boucher|
|Simon Collins||Kirsten Fox||Zoë Ide|
Steve has worked for more than 30 years in Finance including 19 years at Price Waterhouse Coopers, the last 6 years of which was as a partner specialising in due diligence and advisory work. He has had Chief Finance Officer roles in a listed plc and in private equity companies where he has helped businesses achieve significant growth.
For the past 4 years he has been Finance Director for The Good Care Group specializing in live-in care for the elderly, particularly those with dementia, which he has helped grow from a start-up to a significant business. Steve is keen to put his knowledge of finance and the healthcare sector to good use helping NRAS continue to develop as the same time as maintaining appropriate financial disciplines.
Steve is married and has 5 grown up children / step children. He is a keen golfer and a wine and food enthusiast!
Ellie was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in February 2015. As a business owner coming to terms with managing a chronic long term condition with a demanding workload, Ellie’s research led her to NRAS which helped immensely in truly understanding her condition, meeting others with the disease and keeping at the forefront of information regarding legislation and treatments.
Ellie owns and operates a busy city centre gallery and events space, café and catering business; she has been working with communities, councils and organisations in both the art and food industries since 2011. She is keen to put her experience of running businesses and creative large scale events to good use to help NRAS to develop and achieve its highest potential as a charity.
Ellie is married to her business partner Matthew.
Richard has worked for Anglian Water for most of his career and has been Business Change & Strategy Director for the past six years. Richard has a wide range of experience, from day to day operations through to the disposal of international companies. His current role involves the development of business strategy and its implementation, managing investment decisions as well as risk management across the group.
Having been diagnosed with RA in 2015, the NRAS website was one of the first sites Richard visited to understand more about RA. Recognising the benefit NRAS gives to those newly diagnosed with RA he is keen to support and contribute to our work. Richard has been very active in charity work, chairing the company’s WaterAid fundraising committee since 2011, experience he hopes will also benefit NRAS.
Richard is married with four children, and is keen to remain as active as possible - enjoying most sports, especially cycling, swimming and climbing.
Simon is a chartered civil and structural engineer who has spent the majority of his career working in engineering consultancy in the rail and highway sectors. His experience includes the leadership and management of teams of varying size with responsibility for service delivery, commercial management and business performance. He is keen to apply the lessons learned in his business career to the benefit of NRAS, and to maximise the help it can bring to people with RA.
Simon first became aware of the enormously valuable work of NRAS through his wife Sarah, an RA sufferer and NRAS member. Through her ongoing involvement with NRAS he has been able to appreciate the extensive range of services which the organisation provides, and the positive impact it makes on the lives of those living with RA.
Simon has three step children and lives in Gloucestershire with Sarah and their two dogs.
Kirsten works as Director and Head of UK Employment Law for the auditing company KPMG, offering legal advice on employment to KPMG's UK business in the UK and overseas. She is experienced in managing senior stakeholders and multi skilled teams and is also currently acting Head of Diversity and Inclusion (UK) at KPMG and is current chair of the UK for In House Employment Lawyers network.
Kirsten understands the impact that RA can have on individuals and their family, as a very close family member has moderate to severe RA. She is keen to use her personal and business knowledge to help NRAS to support its members and to raise awareness of RA.
Zoë has worked in the City of London for 25 years. She currently runs a specialist Executive search business which locates and hires Research and Quantitative Analysts on behalf of banks and fund managers.
She was diagnosed with RA in 2006 while working for an Inter dealer Broker and found NRAS’s information and support absolutely essential during this time, enabling her to continue to work full time in an intensely competitive and unforgiving environment.
She started to volunteer for NRAS in 2013 and has a particular interest in RA Scientific Research and Audit. She is currently serving on the National Audit of Rheumatoid and Inflammatory Arthritis’s Project Working Group and is the Patient Lead on a nationwide Stratified Medicine Initiative called MATURA which aims to predict what drugs will work best for individual patients based on their biological make up.
Zoë lives in Teddington with her husband. In her spare time she can be found pottering in Bushy Park with her Shih Tzu George.
Jennie has many years experience as a Business Development and Commercial Director in PLC and Private Equity service companies in the UK and Europe. She has lead major new business activity and large scale projects that have delivered significant change and growth for those organisations, including negotiating and establishing a number of joint ventures. She has recently retired from her own Consultancy and Coaching business.
Diagnosed with RA in 2006, Jennie was already fully aware of the potentially devastating impact of this disease, as her Mother was severely disabled by it in the 1980s. NRAS information and support has been instrumental in helping her negotiate the NHS and treatments from diagnosis through to ongoing management, both for herself and her Mum for whom she was a long term Carer.
Jennie is interested in complimentary therapies and participates in Yoga, Qi Gong and Meditation. She loves the Theatre, Art and Film and is a friend of the Old Vic Theatre and the Royal Academy of Arts. She is also a keen gardener and she lives in Epsom with her husband Mark.
Gordon has worked in Marketing and General Management with a focus on Health Care for over 25 years in Blue Chip companies such as Procter & Gamble and Danone Nutricia and is currently a Vice President of Global Marketing at Smith & Nephew. In addition to his broad commercial leadership he brings experience in collaborating with Health Care Professionals on new therapies, developing high performing diverse teams and corporate governance projects such as risk management.
As members of his immediate family have autoimmune diseases, Gordon understands all too well the impact inflammatory conditions such as RA can have on patients and carers, and what is needed in terms of solutions and support to enable them continue to do the things they enjoy.
As Chair of NRAS together with the Board of Trustees, he is committed to working closely with Alisa and her Management Team to ensure we maintain a solid, sustainable strategic plan, and regular review of our activities to ensure NRAS continues to do the best possible job to support all with RA or JIA to live life to the full.
Gordon is married to Fiona, a chartered Physiotherapist, with 3 active teenage children, and after many years living & working abroad, now live in the New Forest with their cats, dogs & horses. They also enjoy sailing, skiing and fell walking.