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.

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 617348.

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 & panels

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)
  • Andrew Adie (Ex officio)
  • Angus McLean (Independent advisor)
  • David Ashton (Independent advisor)
  • Ian Patrick (Trustee)
  • Jackie Craissati (Trustee)
  • Kate Metcalfe (Ex officio)
  • Sarah Sleet (Ex officio)

People and Organisational Development Committee

  • Justine Woolf (Chair)
  • Graham Bell (Trustee)
  • Jackie Craissati (Trustee)
  • Janice Byrne (Ex officio)
  • Katy Olivera (Independent advisor)
  • Sarina Jesudason (Ex officio)
  • Sarah Sleet (Ex officio)
  • Andrew Adie (Ex officio)

Research Strategy and Funding Committee

  • Dr Rachel Quinn (Chair)
  • Dr Ali Momin
  • Ashish Patel (Trustee)
  • Caroline Brocklehurst (Lived Experience member)
  • Mr Charles Maxwell-Armstrong
  • Dr Emma Gray
  • Nia Watkins (Lived Experience member)
  • Dr Rachel Cooney
  • Richard Howard Lived Experience member)
  • Prof. Richard Russell
  • Ruth Wakeman (Secretary)
  • Prof. Shaji Sebastian (Non-voting member)
  • Dr Tamas Korcsmaros


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

Research Awards Panel

  • Dr Wladzia Czuber-Dochan (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Mairi McLean (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Susan Smith
  • Dr Simon Chan 
  • Dr Chris Lamb
  • Dr. Gwo-tzer Ho
  • Dr James Lee 
  • Pearl Avery
  • Dr Matt Lee
  • Dr Lynn Williams
  • Dr Rahul Kalla
  • Dr Terry Dovey
  • Prof Richard Pollok
  • Prof Steven Brown
  • Dr Shellie Radford
  • Marilyn Smellie (Lived Experience Representative)
  • Lucy Chambers (Lived Experience Representative)
  • Daniel Montgomery (Lived Experience Representative)
  • Emily Ridley (Lived Experience Representative)
  • Sameer Mannick (Lived Experience Representative)

Research Awards Panel Terms of Reference (PDF)

Young Adults Advisory Panel

  • Amelia Ehren (Chair)
  • Selan Lee
  • Ross Axworthy
  • Ali Sidat
  • Nell Gordon-Hall
  • Paige Karadag 
  • Kate Coventry
  • Lisa Donaldson
  • Samah Rafiq
  • Ethan Tolan
  • Megan Masters
  • Matthew Monoghan 

Young Adults Advisory Panel Terms of Reference (PDF)

Meet our Young Adult Advisory Panel

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 2023

Read about our upcoming 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 help by:

  • Providing information about Crohn’s and Colitis.

  • Listening and talking through your situation.

  • Helping you to find support from others in the Crohn’s and Colitis community.

  • Signposting you to specialist organisations.

Please be aware we’re not medically or legally trained. We cannot provide detailed financial or benefits advice or specialist emotional support.

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.

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