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.
Janet Prentice BSc (Hons)
Janet is coordinator of our local group in Birmingham and is a BTF telephone contact. She has worked as an insurance underwriter for the last 32 years. She also delivers a Chronic Disease Self-Management Course to patients with long term health conditions for the Expert Patient Programme CIC.
She was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in February 1994 following a surgical (open) biopsy, and underwent a total thyroidectomy and removal of cancerous lymph nodes (which resulted in permanent hypoparthyroidism), various types of scans, fine needle aspiration, surgery to remove two suspect nodules and radioactive iodine ablation treatment.
Mark Landsdown, 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. This autumn he takes up his role for two years as 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.
Professor Geoffrey E Rose, BSc MS DSc MRCP FRCS FRCOphth
Professor Geoffrey Rose joined the Board of Trustees in 2010.
Geoff graduated with a BSc in Pharmacology, with first-class honours, in 1976. He studied Medicine at King’s College Hospital Medical School, University of London, graduating in 1979, and subsequently gained experience in Internal Medicine and became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1982. His postgraduate ophthalmic training was undertaken at King’s College Hospital, St Thomas Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1985 and is a founding Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. In 1990 the University of London granted him an MS doctorate for his research on corneal endothelial changes after cataract surgery and, in 2004, awarded him a Doctor of Science in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Surgery.
Geoff was appointed as consultant surgeon to Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1990 and specialises in orbital and lachrymal diseases and their surgery; he is past-Director of the Adnexal Service (oculo-plastic and reconstructive surgery) at Moorfields. The unique clinical case mix at Moorfields, in terms of numbers and type of pathology, has provided opportunity for widespread research interests and publication of over 150 papers and articles on adnexal disease. He lectures widely at national and international level, and has presented various named and guest lectures. In 2004, he was awarded the Lester Jones Anatomy Award of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (of which he is an honorary fellow).
For eight years, Geoff served as the British Council member of the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and is Past-President of the British OculoPlastic Surgery Society.
Geoff says: ‘I will happily serve as a Trustee of the British Thyroid Foundation for the best interests of patients with thyroid problems and especially to advance the cause of those with thyroid eye disease’.
Professor Mark WJ Strachan, BSc(Hons) MBChB(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'.
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.
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.
Dr Petros Perros, BSc MBBS MD FRCPDr 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.
Dr Tim Cheetham, BSc MB ChB MD MRCP MRCPCHTim 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 NewtonMary 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.
- Peter Hindmarsh
- 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
- Past Treasurer - Alan Menzies