Our Team

From Trustees to members, to staff to fundraisers, there are many people helping us to achieve our aims.

As a UK Charity we are governed by a board of Trustees who volunteer their time to help direct our work. The board of Trustees also includes three Officers. The day-to-day running of the charity is delegated to the Chief Executive and office staff who run the helpline, websites and social media; produce information; manage membership and donations; and oversee our research programme.

Officers

Chair - Nick Evans

Nick became Chair of the Psoriasis Association Trustees in May 2015. Nick’s interest in dermatology services began in 2001 when, as an NHS manager, he set up and led the national ‘Action On Dermatology’ programme for the NHS Modernisation Agency. Since retiring he has maintained his links with dermatology, chairing the advisory panel to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skin, and as a Trustee of the Psoriasis Association.  He is married with three children, and lives in North London.

Vice-Chair - Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift became the Vice Chairman of the Psoriasis Association Board of Trustees in 1985 and is also Chair of the Psoriasis Association Finance Committee.

Jonathan’s career was in the newspaper and retail industries, and he is now retired after 16 years as Secretary General of the International Hardware Federation, with service across the globe in China, Japan, Australia, the USA and Europe. Jonathan is currently a non-executive Chairman of several companies and formerly a Councillor in Local Government. He is married with five children - two of whom have psoriasis - and six grandchildren.

Treasurer - Brian Murkin

Brian Murkin is a retired chartered accountant who, following an early career in financial services, was finance director for the Institute of Directors and then the Institution of Civil Engineers. Brian has lived in rural Northamptonshire for over twenty years and has served as a governor at Northampton College and also as a parish clerk. He is married with two grown up children who have now left home enabling him to pursue his interests in hill walking and classical music.

Trustees

Steven Astaire is a Stockbroker by profession and horse racing fanatic who is heavily involved in Point-to-Point racing. Steven has been a psoriasis sufferer since his early teens, and became a Trustee some years ago to try to help fellow sufferers by ensuring that the work of our Association continues as strongly as possible. He is married with three children, and six grandchildren.

Tom Ball has spent his career in the wealth management sector. He is currently Head of Business Development for Prospect Wealth Management in London. He previously worked as a client adviser at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and UBS Wealth Management. Tom holds a Geography degree from the University of London and various financial qualifications. He developed psoriasis in his mid-twenties and has explored a multitude of treatments, both mainstream and alternative.

Steve Churton registered as a pharmacist in 1980, and has enjoyed a career devoted to the profession of pharmacy. Working exclusively during this period for Boots, he has held many senior level appointments spanning general management, human resources, marketing, commercial management and business development. Latterly, he was appointed as a director and Superintendent Pharmacist/Head of Professional Practise, and was ultimately responsible for the professional activities and standards of 5,000 pharmacists working across 2,500 pharmacies. Steve became President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2008, and was made a Fellow in November 2009.

Steve is now Vice-Chairman of NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, and a trustee of several charitable organisations, including the Psoriasis Association, which he has supported since 2012.

Chris Dyer has been a member of the Psoriasis Association for many years, and has three children and six grandchildren. She is a retired social worker who now enjoys offering occasional holiday respite at her home, as a Shared Lives carer. Chris is also involved in her local Elim Pentecostal church.

She says, ‘Throughout the years my psoriasis has ebbed and flowed and I have learned, with the help of supportive family, friends and the Psoriasis Association, my way of living with it, and still am! I am a great supporter of the Association and very happy to continue my present role as a trustee. As an older person now, I have been introduced to modern biological medicine. It's a whole new world and, for the first time in my life that I can remember, I think I am experiencing how I imagine most other people without psoriasis may feel. It's a temporary controlling of my symptoms but I am grateful for this new lease of skin life and am always hopeful for more future treatments or a cure for psoriasis.'

Gill Hynes has over 30 years Marketing experience. She started her career in the corporate environment at British Airways, before moving agency side and specialising in loyalty and membership programmes at Carlson Marketing Group, where she headed up its digital agency. She also has extensive expertise in mobilising start up ventures including AirMiles, Webloyalty, and more recently Artemis. In addition to consumer marketing she also specialises in corporate positioning, branding and reputational management, and public speaking.

Although originally from Scotland, and having extensively travelled and lived abroad, she is now firmly settled in South West London, near the Thames, which is home. In the last couple of years she has got the property development bug and has renovated two houses and a flat, is an avid fan of Grand Designs, and very much looking for the next project. 

Having had psoriasis since the age of 15, been a member of the Association for at least 25 years, and  become a new Association Trustee (appointed summer 2016), she is really keen to help improve the general public’s understanding of what psoriasis is and is not; promoting, in effect, the concept of psoriasis myth-busting.    

Michael Israel has had psoriasis since he was a teenager. At our 2010 Conference and AGM, he presented the Psoriasis Association with a cheque for £4,200, after having us named as one of the West London Synagogue’s charities of the year. Michael works for a specialist wine wholesaler, and in 2011 has put his business and finance skills to use by joining the Psoriasis Association’s Finance Committee.

Susan Morgan has over twenty years of experience in the charity sector, building up a deep knowledge and understanding of fundraising in the UK. This has included fundraising roles at British Red Cross, Action for Children and Sue Ryder. For the last ten years as a consultant, Sue has worked with a wide range of charities providing advice, market insight and practical tools to help develop income. As a new Trustee she hopes to bring this expertise and knowledge to help increase the fundraising at the Psoriasis Association.

Sue has had psoriasis since being a teenager and knows from personal experience that the information and support provided by the Association can be a great practical source of advice and comfort. After twenty years in London she is now based in York and has three daughters who motivate and inspire her work as a Trustee in providing support for future generations. 

Dr Julia Schofield MBE is a Consultant Dermatologist at United Lincolnshire Hospitals, and a Principal Lecturer in the School of Postgraduate Medicine at the University of Hertfordshire, where she has been involved (since 2006) in developing an MSc in Clinical Dermatology Skills and Treatment. This is an educational programme for nurses, doctors and pharmacists. She has been a Trustee since 2008 and very much enjoys working with the Association. Julia says, ‘It is only through working with patient groups that we can understand patient needs and develop patient-centred models of care’.

Matthew Swift

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