How we are governed

Since its creation as a patient's association in 1979, Crohn's & Colitis UK has grown in size and influence, providing support, campaigning and influencing, and driving research. And because people affected by Crohn's and Colitis are at the heart of everything we do, they are heart of our governance structures.

Last reviewed May 2022

Here's our guide to our Board of Trustees and Committee structures. If you wish to contact any of the Trustees, email or call 01727 617334.

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible at a governance level for the general control and management of the administration of the Charity. They provide us with leadership and provide strategic direction  to achieve our vision. Our Trustees have a wide range of valuable experiences and skills, and many of them have a personal connection to Crohn's and Colitis. They are all volunteers.

Our Articles of Association set our the framework for how the Board will operate and our governance generally.

Board committees & panel

The Board has a number of committees to help with its work. 

Below you can find the people involved:

Finance and Audit Committee

  • Tom Reddy (Chair)
  • Sue Cherrie
  • Angus McLean
  • Justine Woolf
  • Sarah Sleet
  • Andrew Adie
  • Kate Metcalfe

People and Organisational Development Committee

  • Amanda Quincey 
  • Sue Cherrie
  • Justine Woolf (Chair)
  • Graham Bell

Research Strategy and Funding Committee

  • Lindsay Keir (Chair - currently on maternity leave)
  • Amanda Quincey (Chair) 
  • Dr. Karen Kemp
  • Prof. Christine Norton
  • Dr. Miles Parkes
  • Prof. Richard Russell
  • Prof. Ailsa Hart
  • Ms. Kati Simpson (lay member)
  • Dr. Barney Hawthorne
  • Ruth Wakeman (Secretary)

Terms of reference - Research Strategy and Funding Committee (PDF)

Research Awards Panel

  • The Research Awards Panel for 2022 will be announced shortly.
  • Ruth Wakeman (Secretary)

Like what you see?

Like what you see? If you'd like to become part of our team, please see the latest jobs page for more details and how to apply.

Key policies

Read our key policies.

Annual General Meeting 2021

Read about and watch our most recent Annual General Meeting.


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Helpline service


We know it can be difficult to live with, or support someone living with these conditions. But you’re not alone. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information and can support you to live well with Crohn’s or Colitis.

Our helpline team can provide information on a range of subjects including:

  • Managing Symptoms
  • Disability benefits
  • Medication
  • Diet
  • Test and diagnosis
  • Wellbeing
  • Employment
  • Help to find support from others living with the condition

Please contact us via telephone, email or LiveChat - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except English bank holidays).

If you need specific medical advice about your condition, your GP or IBD team will be best placed to help.