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

Dr 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 axial SpA 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 community across the UK. You can follow him on Twitter @NASSchiefexec.

Jill Hamilton

Jill is Head of Policy & Health Services, responsible for raising awareness of axial SpA among healthcare professionals, and policy and decision makers. Jill also works closely with parliamentarians to run the All Party Parliamentary Group for Axial Spondyloarthritis. You should also contact Jill if you have a research project you would like to share with us.  Jill also strategically oversees event themes and content.

Joe EddisonJoe Eddison

Joe is the Programme Manager for our Act on Axial SpA campaign to implement a Gold Standard Time to Diagnosis. With a professional background in project management, change delivery, service improvement, strategy, planning and performance across the NHS and financial services Joe leads the campaign, with a focus on Health Care related solutions.

Joe has also lived with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) for the last 16 years, with a formal diagnosis for 10 years. Joe utilises his personal experiences as someone living with axial SpA alongside his professional background to drive forward the campaign and championing axial SpA care.

Sally Dickinson

Sally is Head of Information and Support Services. She runs the Helpline for anyone who has questions about axial SpA. 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 information on the NASS website. Sally also looks after our network of branches across the UK. She is working with Zoë to develop a self-management programme.

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.

Zoë Clark

Zoë is Senior Self-management Programme Officer and an Allied Health Professional who lives with axial SpA. She runs the Self-management Programme, delivering interactive sessions through rheumatology departments to help people manage their axial SpA. Zoë is responsible for My AS, My Life, creating resources and running Facebook live sessions on managing axial SpA. Zoë would love to hear from any healthcare professionals who may be interested in hosting a Self-management Session or running a Facebook Live.

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.

charisseCharisse Basten

Charisse Basten is a part-time Admin and Finance Assistant.  Charisse assists Justyna with the charity’s finances and banking.

Liz MarshallLiz smiling with glasses

Liz is Head of Marketing, Communications and Fundraising. She is responsible for raising awareness of axial SpA, and the work NASS does to help people live well with the disease, as well as generating the income we need to do our life-changing work. Whether she is working with the media, or overseeing the development of digital campaigns, Liz is responsible for ensuring we tell powerful and compelling stories. She is also responsible for leading fundraising and membership marketing. Liz would like to hear from anyone who would like to share their story to help increase public awareness of axial SpA.

Fiona MacAulayFiona

Fiona is Communications Manager and is responsible for telling the NASS story, raising awareness for the work that we do and working with our community to ensure people with axial SpA have their voices heard. She works with NASS colleagues to promote programmes, services, and campaigns in national and local media. Fiona is leading the promotion of the Gold Standard and Aspiring to Excellence programmes to both public and healthcare audiences.

Jean KellyJean Kelly

Jean Kelly is our Interim Fundraising Manager who is caretaking the role while Laura is on maternity leave. She is responsible for raising funds to enable NASS to continue its vital work. Jean organises the fundraising events, appeals and raffles, and is on hand to help corporate, voluntary and community fundraisers through their fundraising journey. She is also responsible for individual donations, in memory donations and legacies.

Richard Bennett smilingRichard Bennett

Richard is Trust Fundraising Officer. He is responsible for securing grants from small to medium sized Trusts and Foundations to ensure we can continue to deliver and expand NASS’s vital services, such as our Self-Management programme, and support those who really need it. Richard also supports the team in organising fundraising events, such as our Walk with Us and Walk with AS Challenge, and appeals, including our Spring and Winter appeals.

Laurie-AnnLaurie-Ann Mafusire 

Laurie-Ann is Senior Digital Marketing Officer and is responsible for managing NASS’ digital communications, across social media, websites and e-mail marketing. She supports the Communications and Fundraising team to deliver a programme that raises awareness of axial SpA and the work we do to help people live well as well as grow NASS’ fundraising income and members.

Laura in front of wallLaura Hyde 

(currently on maternity)
Laura Hyde is Fundraising Manager and is responsible for making sure there is enough money to keep NASS services running each year. She manages our annual appeals and is responsible for fundraising from charitable trusts and foundations. Laura also organises NASS fundraising events such as our Walk with Us, Walk with AS challenge, and works with individuals and communities across the UK supporting them with events and helping to put new fundraising ideas into motion. Laura is also responsible for in memory donations and legacies, and takes care of supporter’s gifts after they have passed away, making sure that their kindness reaches the people who need it most.

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