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Meet the Board

Edward Davies (Chairman)

Edward is the Chairman of the National Eczema Society, having been a member and trustee since 2010. He is a barrister and QC, specialising in company law and commercial litigation. He is married, has two daughters, and lives in London. Edward has had eczema all his life, to a greater or lesser extent. He considers it to be a crucial objective to raise awareness of the condition’s challenges and treatments, with a view to promoting better understanding amongst sufferers, opinion formers and the public in general. His hope, ultimately, is that longer term treatments and, indeed, a cure can be developed. Edward is a keen runner and cyclist, and has participated in a number of triathlons.

Ellen Vincent (Vice Chair)

Ellen has been a trustee for 12 years. As a lifelong eczema sufferer, her mother gained support from the charity when she was a baby, becoming one of the first members. Then later on in her early 20s, Ellen first supported the National Eczema Society as a patient case study to help broaden the awareness of the charity and raise understanding of the condition, eventually joining the board in 2007. She now enjoys giving back her time to the charity that has helped her over the years.

Her former career was in financial services marketing and more recently in sales. She is now a part-time Estate Agent to fit around her young family. Ellen lives in Cheltenham and has two daughters, aged 9 and 7, one of which has eczema, though thankfully very mildly.

Alexis Brooke

Alexis became a Trustee for the Society in 2010. She suffered from eczema herself as a child and her daughter Ellen has been a lifelong sufferer. The Society has been very important to her family, offering vital information and on-going support when needed. She became a member almost 40 years ago and has always been keen to support the charity. As both a sufferer and carer of a child with eczema she understands and empathises with the challenges that eczema brings.

She worked for the NHS for many years in waiting list management and admissions amongst other areas. Now retired she is enjoying living in the beautiful Chilterns and visiting her family in Cheltenham.

Catherine Escott

Catherine has had a long career working within health and technology for a variety of organisations, including Vodafone, BUPA and Safeway. Catherine's work has focused on strategic marketing, product/portfolio management, and helping organisations transform digitally.

Catherine has a son who lives with severe eczema and allergies, which has encouraged her passionate advocacy for the condition, raising awareness where possible.

Myrtle Johnson

Myrtle has been a Trustee intermittently with National Eczema Society since its inception and was a founding member of the Northern Ireland group since 1976. Her two children had severe eczema and getting help and information from the Society was invaluable.

Over the years, Myrtle has been involved with various forms of fundraising, as well as highlight NES' work on the radio to bring both a greater awareness to eczema, and the many problems it can cause within the family. Being the Northern Ireland contact, Myrtle has regularly been on the other end of a telephone line to provide a listening ear at any time of the day.

Since retiring from her work with the BBC, Myrtle has taken up new pastimes, including tennis, gardening, going on walks, doing more charity work, and taking time to see her family.

Stephen Pugh (Honorary Treasurer)

Stephen has had a long career with various organisations, including Price Waterhouse, NM Rothschild, Burberrys and The Economist Group. Stephen is the Finance Director for Adnams, as well as a member of the Policy and Technical Committee of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, and of Corporation at Suffolk New College.

Suzanne Watson

Suzanne is the managing director of Approach PR, a company she founded in 2001 that manages the reputation of clients in a range of sectors including manufacturing, retail, charity, food and drink, hospitality and tourism. Alongside living and breathing PR, Suzanne sits on the board of governors at Bradford Grammar School and represents the voice of local businesses as the vice president of Bradford Chamber of Commerce. Suzanne has lived with eczema since the age of 14 and her son Ben (16) has had eczema since birth. Her moving account about the emotional and physical impact of the condition has appeared in both regional and national media, in the medical press. Suzanne has represented the National Eczema Society on TV, radio and at information events to inform, advise and educate audiences about eczema. Suzanne joined as a trustee of the National Eczema Society in 2010, drawing on her professional expertise to help the charity fulfil its mission of providing support and information to those living with the condition and their families, as well as continuing to raise awareness for the condition.