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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

Ian Ayres

Ian Ayres

Trustee

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

Trustee

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 research work.

Anna Bhandari

Anna Bhandari

Trustee

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 both the F and GP and Research subcommittees.

   
Georgina Jackson

Professor Georgina Jackson

Trustee

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

Trustee

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.

David Masters

Dr David Masters

Trustee

David started voluntary work for Tourettes Action in 2014 after being diagnosed with TS as an adult. This enabled David to contribute in many ways, including visiting schools to help them understand the condition and working on the Helpdesk talking to people and answering their emails. David was an educator in the Arts for over 35 years, at both secondary and higher education level. He is delighted to serve TA as a Trustee and to help develop plans to address the pressing need for greater understanding and acceptance for those who have TS and their families.

Rob Ovens

Rob Ovens

Trustee

Rob has been a Trustee and the Treasurer of TA since 2011. He is a Chartered Accountant who has worked the majority of his career in television for LWT, Granada Sky Broadcasting and in Dubai for Showtime Arabia.

His last role before retiring was with charity, The Challenge Network, where he held the CFO position. Rob is happiest watching a game of rugby, together with his family, whilst enjoying a pint of beer.

Edward Palmer

Dr Edward Palmer

Trustee

Edward works as a junior doctor in Bristol and is about to begin his 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. He also serves on the research sub-committee whose job it is to select the research projects into TS and its treatments that we fund each year.

Amanda Pape

Amanda Pape

Trustee

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.

Robin Paxton

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 family member with the condition.

Mingyan Shao

Mingyan Shao

Trustee

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.

Jeremy Stern

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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