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Our Trustees

Tourettes Action's Trustees have responsibility for the governance of the charity, directing how it is managed and run; and ensuring that we meet our objectives. Our dynamic Trustee team comprises of people with TS and family members with TS, medical and education professionals, and individuals with backgrounds spanning across a wide range of industries.

TA trustees


Robin Paxton

Chair of Trustees

Robin has been Tourettes Action Chair of Trustees for the past ten years, after retiring from a long business career in television broadcasting and production. Robin first became involved with TA because of a close family member with the condition.


Ian Ayres


Having worked in the finance sector for more than 40 years, mainly within the television production sector, and now retired, Ian is keen to use his financial experience to help benefit Tourettes Action, a charity he has recently become involved with.

Genna Barnett

Genna Barnett


Genna joined the TA Board of Trustees in September 2019. Having been diagnosed with TS at the age of 7, she has first-hand experience of the challenges faced by those with TS. Genna works at Nesta in the research, analysis and policy division. With this experience, she is passionate about supporting Tourettes Action to measure the impact of their work.


Anna Bhandari


Anna first became aware of Tourettes Action in 2006 when her daughter was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. Anna and her family were very grateful for the help and support offered by the many resources available from TA. She became a Tourettes Action trustee in 2015 and is also a valued member of the F and GP and subcommittee.


Professor Georgina Jackson


Professor Georgina Jackson is Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology in the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, where she teaches Medical students. She has an extensive track-record of peer-reviewed scientific articles and externally funded research investigating the brain mechanisms underlying goal-directed behaviour. Her work focuses on understanding the development of cognitive control processes (referred to as executive function) during childhood and adolescence and how these processes are affected by neurodevelopmental conditions such as Tourette syndrome (TS), and has been funded by: The Wellcome Trust; MRC, BBSRC, ESRC, amongst others.

Eileen Joyce

Professor Eileen Joyce


Eileen Joyce is a Professor of Neuropsychiatry at The Institute of Neurology, University College London. Her current research focuses on interventions for neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, OCD and TS and their mechanisms of action. Her clinic work includes the management of complex neuropsychiatric disorders such as conversion disorder, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. She runs the National Tourette Syndrome Service, and is Chairman of the Faculty of Neuropsychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists.


Marc Lewis


Marc became a trustee of TA in 2020 and has been a supporter of the charity for a number of years. Marc has two daughters, who both have TS. Leading up to the time of their formal diagnoses, their family received amazing support from Tourettes Action helping their daughters establish the right support at school when they needed it most. Professionally, Marc has worked in the Financial Services industry for over 20 years and in his spare time he enjoys cycling. 

Edward Palmer

Dr Edward Palmer


Edward works as a junior doctor in Bristol and is training in Academic Psychiatry and Bioethics. Despite having tics for as long as he can remember and the tics always being a big part of his identity, Edward was only diagnosed with TS at the age of 16, which was when he was first made aware of TA and the thousands of other people like him.

Edward has been a member of the Board of Trustees for 3 years and has found it a privilege to contribute. 


Amanda Pape


Amanda became a trustee after spending 3 years volunteering on the helpline, befriending and visiting schools.

She has 15 years' experience teaching A-level business, as well as teaching martial arts to ages 5 to 65. She is a vocal advocate of exercise being essential for the well-being of all children, and believes in teaching resilience in a changing world. She has an adult son with TS.

Mingyan Shao

Mingyan Shao


When her son was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, Mingyan found tremendous support and information on the Tourettes Action website. She soon joined TA in June 2019 as a member of the Board of Trustees, with the goal of helping more children and families navigate their TS journey. Mingyan is a secondary school teacher in London. She likes reading in her spare time.


Dr Jeremy Stern

Honorary Medical Advisor

Dr Jeremy Stern is a Consultant Neurologist and former Chair and Trustee of Tourettes Action. He is currently Honorary Medical Advisor to the charity, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board.



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