Physical branch meetings are currently cancelled due to COVID-19. However there are virtual activities being run by some branches. Please contact your local branch for more information.

We hope you find the information on these pages helpful. Our team is working tirelessly to provide up to date advice in relation to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. Record numbers of people are now turning to NASS for support, and we hope to be here for everyone. Our helpline and advice service are only possible thanks to donations from people like you.

If you are able to make a donation to NASS today, we'd be so grateful.


Our Team

Meet the NASS team

Dale Webb

Dale is Chief Executive and has overall responsibility for the management of NASS. He works with policy makers, funders, service commissioners and professional bodies in order to raise awareness, raise funds and ensure that people with AS get earlier diagnosis and access to effective treatment and rehabilitation. Dale leads an outstanding team of staff who deliver an ambitious programme of work to support the axial SpA (AS) community across the UK. You can follow him on Twitter @NASSchiefexec.

Anna McGilvray

Anna is Programme Manager for the Aspiring to Excellence programme. She works with a range of healthcare professionals and partners to manage the design, delivery and review of the programme. She manages the award making process, the learning dissemination strategy and the process for commissioning research and quality improvement experts,  all with the aim of raising standards in axial SpA (AS) across the UK.

Fareen Baloch

Fareen is Fundraising Officer and the first point of contact for many of our fundraisers and enjoys hearing all about the amazing efforts people go to, to support NASS. She loves supporting people every step of the way with their fundraising and ensuring people have the best possible experience of fundraising for NASS.

Garry Williams

Garry is Helpline & Branch Support Officer. He works with Sally on our Helpline, ensuring all your questions are answered. He is trained in helping people with questions about disability benefits including PIP and ESA so do get in touch if you need help. Garry is the contact point at NASS for our branch network and is the person to chat to if you are interested in getting a new branch up and running.


Helen Homersham

Helen is Events Coordinator. Overseeing logistics for our programme of community engagement events around the UK, including the regional NASS Voices events and Members Day, Helen is the key contact in liaising with delegates and speakers and in sourcing and negotiating with suppliers in delivering the NASS annual events programme.

Jenny Brodie

Jenny is Marketing, Brand & Design Officer. She works on our website, events, printed materials and social media channels including the NASS Facebook page, our @NASSexercise Twitter account and Instagram @nass_exercise. She works to make sure our brand is represented well at all times and we are spreading our message effectively.

Jill Hamilton

Jill is Head of Policy & Health Services, responsible for raising awareness of axial SpA (AS) among healthcare professionals, and policy and decision makers. She is also responsible for parliamentary activity and lobbying statutory bodies around the standards of care for people with axial SpA (AS). She also represents NASS working with consortia. As well as this, Jill also works with the events coordinator Helen, strategically overseeing event themes and content.

Justyna Potiopa

Justyna is Finance and Administration Manager and looks after all our charity finances. You can also contact Justyna if you have any GDPR related questions.

Katie Lyall

Katie is Head of Fundraising, responsible for delivering our fundraising strategy and increasing our income so that we can deliver more of our work. So whether you want to organise an event, climb a mountain, get your colleagues involved in some fundraising or even leave a gift to NASS in your will, do get in touch with Katie as she’d love to hear from you.

Peter Dowson

Peter is Membership Development Officer and is responsible for engaging and building relationships with our valued members, as well as running our online platform for young people ASone.

Sally Dickinson

Sally is Head of Information and Support Services. She runs the Helpline for anyone who has questions about axial SpA (AS). She has responsibility for all patient and member information produced by NASS including AS News and all our guides. She also writes and manages the axial SpA (AS) information on the NASS website.

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