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Four elected to the NASS Board of Trustees

NASS is delighted to announce that its Members have elected four people onto its Board of Trustees and their appointment was confirmed at Members Day on 13 June 2020.

Two of the places on the NASS Board of Trustees are reserved for practicing healthcare professionals.

The people NASS welcomed to its Board of Trustees are:

Dr. Antoni Chan

Antoni is a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Royal Berkshire NHS Trust and a long-term supporter of NASS. He is the lead clinician for the Aspiring to Excellence team in Reading, which aims to encourage and recognise service improvement in axial SpA (AS) care. In 2018 he won the NASS Patient Choice Award for best care by a rheumatologist and in January 2020 he spoke at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on axial SpA.

Dr Jackie Harris

Jackie is a retired Pharmaceutical Director with a long-standing interest in axial SpA (AS), both personally and professionally. As former Director of Immunology at Abbott/Abbvie, she was responsible for launching Humira (adalimumab) and as Director of Hospital Products at Schering Plough, she was responsible for launching Remicade (infliximab). She is looking forward to supporting the future success of NASS by contributing strategic business, sales and marketing and scientific expertise.

Claire Jeffries

Claire is a Specialist Physiotherapist at Solent NHS Trust and the Chair of AStretch. She has worked with NASS on numerous projects, including 11 exercise videos that were launched by the charity in 2019 and in 2018 she won the NASS Patient Choice Award for You Changed My Life. Claire is also a member of the NASS Medical Advisory Board.

Raj Mahapatra

Raj has served as a trustee since 2014. Raj was diagnosed with AS in 1994 but only discovered NASS in 2009, after having found a pain management regime that allows him to revisit his passion for running, something he now does daily. As someone who lives with axial SpA (AS), he is looking forward to continuing to champion those living with chronic pain and supporting NASS in its mission to raise awareness of the condition.