(Chair of the Trustees)
|Gordon Taylor||Kirsten Fox||Zoë Ide|
|Simone Webb||Lindsey Cook||Rich Flowerdew|
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!
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.
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.