Board of Trustees

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.

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.

Dr Celia Moss

Celia has been Consultant Dermatologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for over 25 years and is honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham. Now semi-retired, she has served as Chair of the British Society for Paediatric Dermatology and member of the National Eczema Society’s Medical
Advisory Board. She lectures, advises and publishes widely on paediatric and genetic dermatology, and is a firm believer in patient support groups. She was awarded an OBE in 2016

James Pitayanukul

James first volunteered for the National Eczema Society in 2012, raising funds for the charity by running the London Marathon. He chose to support the Society due to his lifelong experience of eczema. He shared his story of ‘Living with eczema’ in an article in the Society’s Exchange Magazine in 2015. He is also a father of a young child with eczema and, since becoming a parent, his desire to help others going through similar challenges really strengthened. James became a Trustee of the Society in 2020.

James is a chartered accountant. He works at a small practice in Wapping, London and was previously at EY. Since 2012, James has continued his interest in running and completed a number of marathons.

Stephen Pugh (Honorary Treasurer)

Stephen, a lifelong eczema sufferer and member of the Society for many years, has had a long career with various organisations, including Price Waterhouse, NM Rothschild, Burberrys, The Economist Group and Adnams. He is currently Chief Financial Officer at the charity Britten Pears Arts, based at Snape Maltings in Suffolk. He is also Chair of Corporation at Suffolk New College and an adviser to the Adnams pension scheme.

Ellen Vincent (Vice Chair)

Ellen has been a supporter and trustee for many 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.

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.