About us Meet the team Trustees Nancy Prest FCIPD Nancy is a HR Professional and Founder of Doodle HR.Nancy says: 'Born as a surprise (mum and dad were just wanting one child but got a BOGOF offer with identical twins!) I have lived and grown up in harrogate and never strayed (no pun) very far from home. I met my wonderful husband when I was 21 (some 20 plus years ago) and we were blessed with a beautiful son in 2011. After fighting thyroid cancer in 2004 it gave my husband and I a new outlook on life and once our son was born I decided to follow a dream and set up my own HR company in 2013 Doodle HR is a strange name for an HR company but I named it after the breed of a dog we owned. A beautiful labradoodle called Hunny'. Anna Reavell MA BSc VetMB PG Dip CABC MRCVS Anna is a veterinary surgeon working in a small practice. Prior to studying veterinary medicine at Wolfson College Cambridge, she read psychology at Loughborough University. She also has a post-graduate diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from Southampton University. Anna was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after the birth of her second child who was diagnosed with Graves’ disease (hyperthyroidism) aged nine years. This has led Anna to be interested in childhood Graves’, including the psychological issues. She also wants to promote knowledge of thyroid disease especially related to pregnancy. 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. Joe Straw Joe was born with Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH) and has served as a trustee at the BTF since 2017. Joe has learned to live a healthy life with what has at times been a difficult journey with CH and supports children, young people and families on their own journey. Joe’s main interest lies with our children’s project and has done several physical fundraising challenges to raise funds for this work, as well as doing talks and helping at conferences. Alongside this, Joe is interested in supporting all patients with thyroid disease as a whole. He has an MSc in Physical Activity, Sport and Health and works full time in Public Health, delivering Physical Activity, Exercise and Weight management programmes in Yorkshire. His main interests are fly fishing, boxing and running. Dr Catherine Peters MBChb MRCP FRCPCH MD Catherine Peters is a consultant in paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) and University College London hospitals and has an interest in paediatric thyroid disorders. She has established a clinical and research programme for congenital hypothyroidism at GOSH and has published in this area. Catherine is also a member of the congenital hypothyroidism advisory panel for UK newborn screening. Dr Anna Mitchell Anna is originally from the South East of England, she moved to the North East to study medicine in 1999. she has trained in diabetes, endocrinology and general medicine and is now a Clinical Academic Intermediate Fellow at Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist at the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust. Anna says, 'I am particularly interested in autoimmune endocrine diseases, including Graves' disease and thyroid eye disease, and my research focuses on why people develop these conditions.I am a member of the European Group on Graves' Orbitopathy (EUGOGO) and the Thyroid Eye Disease Amsterdam Declaration Implementation Group (TEAMeD) Professor Mark WJ Strachan 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'.Mark was elected Treasurer in 2014. Mr Jeremy Davis Jeremy is a Consultant in ENT Surgery with a special interest in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery in Kent. He is President of the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons, is a published author and has been closely involved in the development of surgical training in relation to Thyroid and other aspects of ENT Surgery. He is also Chair of the Kent and Medway Thyroid Cancer network group (TSSG). He is a strong advocate of working with patients to improve the care of those with thyroid disorders, and of trying to reduce the extent of thyroid surgery where it is safe to do so. Professor Simon Pearce Simon is a consultant endocrinologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Newcastle and Professor of Endocrinology at Newcastle University. Thyroid disease (particularly Graves' hyperthyroidism) is among his special interests. Simon is Editor in Chief of the European Thyroid Journal. As president of the British Thyroid Association (BTA), Simon is an Ex-Officio BTF Trustee. Simon is a great supporter of the BTF and is looking forward to the continued close co-operation of the BTF with the BTA. He said: 'In those uncertain weeks at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was immensely helpful to be able to direct many of my patients with anxieties about having an autoimmune disease or taking carbimazole to the authoritative advice on their website and social media feeds. It feels more important than ever for us to work synergistically with the BTF.' Greta Lyons Greta is a thyroid research nurse specialist at the University of Cambridge. She is a qualified adult and paediatric nurse and, in addition, has a health visitor qualification. She has over 30 years’ experience working with children and their families in hospitals and in the community. Greta works as part of a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and doctors that investigates and manages patients (adults and children) with rare and unusual thyroid conditions. This includes genetic conditions such as congenital hypothyroidism and resistance to thyroid hormone (alpha and beta). Referrals are received from throughout the UK and also from international colleagues. As well as looking after patients in hospital Greta also visits them in their homes or local hospitals.