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Dr Mark Vanderpump MB ChB MD FRCP

Dr Mark Vanderpump is Consultant Physician and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust in London. Prior to this he was a Consultant Endocrinologist at the North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust. His training in general medicine and endocrinology was completed at posts in the West Midlands, North East England and North Staffordshire.

His main area of expertise is thyroid disease but his clinical practice includes all aspects of diabetes and endocrinology. He has published on various aspects of thyroid disease and served on the Executive Committee of the British Thyroid Association (BTA) between 2002 and 2008. He was elected President of the BTA in April 2014.

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Mark Lansdown, BSc MB BCh MCh FRCS

Mr Mark Landsdown is a Consultant Surgeon in Leeds specialising in Endocrine and Thyroid Surgery. Originally from the West Country he trained in medicine in Cardiff then worked on the south coast before moving to Yorkshire as a Lecturer in Surgery at Leeds University in 1986. He was appointed Consultant Surgeon in Leeds in 1994 where he continues to work. Soon after this appointment he helped BTF as a medical advisor, helping to answer patients’ questions. He has previously been a Trustee of AMEND, a sister charity to BTF for patients with multiple endocrine neoplastic disorders. He is currently President of the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons. When not at work or with his family he can usually be found on a bike in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Professor Mark WJ Strachan, BSc (Hons) MB ChB (Hons) MD FRCP (Ed)

Mark has been a Trustee with BTF since 2009. Mark is a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Western General Hospital in Edinburgh and a Reader in Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He is also Chair of the South East Scotland Thyroid Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Team, a published author, and member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Mark is also involved in Diabetes UK as a member of the Research Committee and RD Lawrence Lecturer at Diabetes UK 2010.

Mark says, 'As a clinician involved in the care of people with thyroid disorders, I have long been aware of the splendid work done by the BTF. It was a real honour to be invited to become a Trustee, and I hope that I will be able to offer something back to the organisation'.

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Angela Hammond

Angela is married and has two children, one step-daughter and seven grandchildren.

She trained originally as a carpet designer, but after marriage worked with her husband in the family pharmacy and later ran a gift shop in Ilkley.

Angela is a member of Soroptimist International and has held office as Treasurer and President of both her club and her Region. She is also a member of Inner Wheel.

Since retiring Angela has renewed her interest in painting and drawing and now exhibits (and sometimes even sells!) her artwork. Other interests are her garden and family history, along with voluntary work for BTF.

Angela has volunteered at the BTF office since 2009. She is a former BTF Local Group Coordinator and a volunteer telephone contact and now works one day a week in the office.

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Richard D Bliss MA MB FRCS

Richard is a Consultant General Surgeon with special interests in endocrine surgery including thyroid, parathyroid and laparoscopic adrenal surgery. He performs over 100 thyroidectomies each year and is based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne where he has worked following his training in the North East and in Sydney, Australia. He was the Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (BAETS) from 2002 to 2008 and has served on the BAETS Executive Committee.

He is also lead thyroid surgeon and Vice-Chair of the thyroid group for the North of England Cancer Network and Clinical Director for Surgical Services at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Richard was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2015.

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Dr Petros Perros, BSc MBBS MD FRCP

Dr Petros Perros is a Consultant Endocrinologist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle and an Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University. He was until recently President of the European Group on Graves' Orbitopathy, Chairman of the British Thyroid Association Thyroid Cancer Guidelines Group and member of the Executive Committee of the BTA, and member of TEAMeD (Thyroid Eye Disease Amsterdam Declaration Implementation Group). Dr Perros has supported the BTF for a number of years, having previously been a BTF Trustee from 2004 to 2010. He is also a medical advisor for the BTF and the medical editor of BTF News.
Tim Cheetham

Dr Tim Cheetham, BSc MB ChB MD MRCP MRCPCH

Tim Cheetham is a paediatrician and paediatric endocrinologist who has a major interest in thyroid disorders in children. He sees children with congenital hypothyroidism (CHT) and children with acquired (usually autoimmune) hypothyroidism regularly in clinic. He also manages children with thyroid gland overactivity (usually Graves' disease). Tim is involved in the national screening programme for CHT as well as a number of studies that are looking at thyroid disorders in the young. He has provided advice to many families in recent years via his involvement with the BTF and hopes to make a useful contribution to the BTF in the years ahead as a Trustee.

Mary Newton

Mary is the BTF local coordinator for Cambridge and telephone volunteer. Mary’s career has included working with the Health and Safety Executive and teaching science and psychology at schools, sixth form colleges and the Open University. She is also a member of the NHS East of England Citizens’ Senate, an organisation of experienced professionals aiming to influence regional NHS strategy by presenting patient, carer and family perspectives. Mary was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid) and had radioactive iodine therapy in 2006. Her particular interests include helping people learn about their thyroid disorders in order to communicate with medical professionals, and also in the psychological effects of thyroid disorders.

Previous Trustees

  • Peter Hindmarsh
  • Geoff Rose
  • Carole Ingham
  • Dianne Wright
  • Scott Brady
  • Alison Waghorn
  • Peter Foley
  • John Lazarus
  • Jayne Frankyln
  • Carole Ingham
  • David Fortune
  • Eleanor Temple
  • Jennifer Linley
  • Nikki Brady
  • Judith Taylor
  • Janet Prentice
  • Past Treasurer - Alan Menzies