Trustees

Prof Malcolm RustinProf Malcolm H.A. Rustin BSc MD FRCP

Consultant Dermatologist, The Royal Free Hospital, London since 1989.

Prof. Rustin trained in medicine at the Middlesex Hospital including a BSc in Immunology. He completed an MD thesis from London University entitled “Vascular abnormalities in systemic sclerosis”. He trained in dermatology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and at the Middlesex and University College Hospitals, London. Professor Rustin has developed a clinical and research interest in atopic eczema working closely with Professor Len Poulter and more recently with Professor Arne Akbar in the Department of Immunology. He established a Skin Laser Unit and a Clinical Trials Unit and has undertaken studies assessing the efficacy of numerous therapies and treatments of atopic eczema, several biologicals in psoriasis and the use of lasers in the treatment of hirsutism and rosacea.

Author of 190 papers in peer-reviewed journals, he has also supervised and continues to supervise a number of MD and PhD theses.

He is Past Academic Vice-President of the British Association of Dermatologists, Past President of the Section of Dermatology of the Royal Society of Medicine, Past Chairman of the Dermatology Specialist Advisory Committee of the JRCPTB and current UK Dermatology representative of the European Union of Medical Specialists. He was awarded a Personal Chair in University College London in 2011.


Andrew MossMr Andrew Moss FCA

Partner at Lewis Golden LLP

Mr Moss trained as a Chartered Accountant within Lewis Golden LLP. He became a Partner in 1988 and specialises in property and corporate finance. He is closely involved in property, previously being Finance Director of the Delancey Group of companies as well as the Artesian Group, which he helped to found in the late 1980’s. Mr Moss has been a Trustee of Dermatrust since its inception.


Dr Catherine OrteuDr Catherine H. Orteu BSc MD FRCP

Consultant Dermatologist at The Royal Free Hospital, London since 2001.

She was educated at the Lyçée Français de Londres and qualified in Medicine from London Hospital Medical College in 1987. Her dermatology training was undertaken at The Royal Free and Royal London Hospitals and she was awarded MD in immunodermatology in 1999.

Dr Orteu has published principally on the immunological mechanisms involved in the generation of chronic cutaneous inflammation and auto-immunity, and on the cutaneous manifestations of Fabry disease.

She teaches at the Royal Free and University College Medical School, London and regularly lectures in the UK and abroad.

Dr Orteu is a member of British Association of Dermatologists, Royal Society of Medicine and St John’s Dermatological Society and a committee member of British Society for Medical Dermatology.


Prof Chris BunkerProf Chris B. Bunker MA MD FRCP

Consultant Physician to the Skin Department of University College London Hospital

He has a personal Chair at Imperial College (2004) and University College (2010), London. Chris Bunker was educated at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and Westminster Medical School, London. He trained in general medicine in London, Derby and Oxford and in dermatology at The Middlesex and University College Hospitals.

He is an ex-President of the Chelsea Clinical Society, and is the President of the Dermatology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine as well as the current President of the British Association of Dermatologists. He has been the Royal College of Physicians Ingram Lecturer (2001: The Diagnosis of Melanoma), the Dowling Orator (2010: Skin at the Deep End) and the Neil Smith Orator (2011: HIV Dermatology in the 21st Century).

His clinical and research interests include complex medical and inpatient dermatology (including severe drug reactions and TEN), melanoma, male genital dermatoses and HIV dermatology. He has published over 270 papers, case reports, books and chapters, including on HIV and male genital dermatology.


Dr Jennifer JonesDr Jennifer Jones MBBS BSc MRCP

Consultant Dermatologist at her NHS practice – The Royal Free Hospital, London.

She consults privately at the Hospital of St John and Elizabeth in St John’s Wood. Her interests include general dermatology, skin cancer, cutaneous allergy and hair disorders.

She qualified with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1991 from the Royal Free Hospital Medical School, London. After working as a doctor for two years, she travelled to India and Nepal and subsequently to South America where she worked for 4 years as Assistant Medical Director for Pfizer in Chile.

She returned to medicine in 1998 and gained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 2000.

Her Dermatology training was at Chelsea & Westminster, St Mary’s and University College Hospitals in London as well as at the University of Miami, Auckland, New Zealand and Barcelona, Spain. She has been an independent Consultant for Garnier for over six years and is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation (BSF).


Dr Edward SeatonDr Edward D. Seaton MA DM FRCP

Consultant Dermatologist at The Royal Free Hospital, London, and Clinical lead of the Dermatology Department.

He studied Medical Sciences at Cambridge University and Clinical Medicine at Oxford University before training as a dermatologist at Hammersmith Hospital and University College Hospital in London. He also completed a doctorate degree at Imperial College, London. Dr Seaton has published and lectured internationally and is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists and the British Society of Dermatological Surgery.

Dr Seaton established the Mohs’ micrographic surgical service at the Royal Free in 2008, the first such service in North London. Mohs’ surgery often described as the ‘gold standard’ technique for the removal of basal cell carcinoma, the commonest type of skin cancer, because it offers the highest cure rate of any treatment available. He also established a photodynamic therapy service at the Royal Free Hospital, which is a skin cancer treatment for basal cell carcinoma that uses light or laser to destroy cancer cells.

Dr Seaton has a particular interest in the medical and scientific aspects of acne and rosacea. He undertakes intense pulsed light and pulsed dye laser therapy for the management of rosacea.


Dr Victoria SwaleDr Victoria Swale BM MD FRCP (UK)

Consultant Dermatologist at The Royal Free Hospital, London and also Locum Consultant Dermatopathologist, and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Medicine.

In 2004 Dr Swale set up the Dermatopathology Clinicopathological Conference, a weekly meeting attended by the members of the Dermatology Department and the Dermatopathologists, at which challenging or unusual cases are discussed.

More recently she has set up two-monthly clinicopathological conferences for genitourinary medicine/dermatology and vulval cases with the consultants from the genitourinary medicine department and the gynaecologist who leads in the vulval clinic.

Dr Swale researched Cutaneous Changes in Familial Cancer at Barts at the London NHS Trust as part of her Doctor of Medicine, University of London in 2004.

The results were published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international scientific meetings.

  • Member of Speciality Question group for Dermatology, Royal College of Physicians since 2006.

  • External examiner for UK and overseas Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry 2004-2009

  • Dr Swale is a faculty member for Oxbridge Medica, and is setting up online teaching modules in Dermatopathology.


Dr Sandy McBrideDr Sandy McBride MBBS FRCP MD

Clinical Dermatologist at The Royal Free Hospital, London with a special interest in Psoriasis and a focus on its impact on patients’ lives.

Together with colleagues, she has developed The Royal Free Psoriasis Service, which is considered a gold standard of care for patients with psoriasis. This patient centred service comprises a large multi-disciplinary team, which provides an unusually comprehensive approach to the management of psoriasis. The aim of the service is not only to manage patients medically, but to address the considerable psychosocial effects of the disease.

Sandy McBride has developed, with the help of Dermatrust and an NHS innovation award, a ‘psycho-dermatology’ service integrating a psychology service within the established dermatology department at the Royal Free Hospital, which provides psychological therapy for patients with skin disease.

She has recently set up a research group to investigate aspects of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The group’s broad base of members (dermatologists, rheumatologists, and psychologists) provides a unique opportunity to investigate patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis from diverse viewpoints.

Dr McBride is a member of various National and European steering groups for the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.


Prof Arne AkbarProf Arne Akbar BSc PhD

Head of the Division of Infection and Immunity at University College London.

He obtained his BSc in Biochemistry and Physiology from Queen Elizabeth College, London in 1978 and his PhD from the University of Southampton in 1982. He spent 3 years as a postdoctoral Fellow at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. He returned to a second post doctorate at the Department of Clinical Immunology at the Royal Free Hospital in 1985 where he was appointed as Lecturer rising to Professor. He is currently the Head of the Division of Infection and Immunity at University College London.

Prof Akbar was a member of the scientific organising committee of European Union and National Institutes of Health Ageing Institute (USA) funded networks of international collaborators. He has contributed to the organisation of successful meetings in Paris and the U.K. on ageing/senescence related topics. He has been invited to present Keynote Lectures on the BBSRC funded work at international meetings. Prof Akbar was also invited to discuss BBSRC-funded ageing related-issues with the then Science Minister Mr. Malcolm Wicks and to present his work at a BBSRC joint strategy meeting aimed at assessing the success of their funded ageing initiatives (2007).

He is on the Board of Trustees of the British Society of Immunology (BSI) and chairs their Programme Committee. In addition, he has established a U.K. based focus group on Differentiation and Immunosenescence that is affiliated to the BSI.


Stan J PateyStan J. Patey BEng (Hons) BSc (Hons) MBA ACIM MIP

Chairman of Termhouse Corporate Finance

Stan Patey established Termhouse Corporate Finance in 2003, as a strategic advisory firm, for developing businesses. Stan is also the Chairman and Non Executive Director on various public and private boards, assisting and guiding their development.

His considerable corporate experience, at operational and board level, covers the City Professional Firms (Price WaterhouseCoopers, Pannell Kerr Forster., JMB) and Industry, both within the UK and Internationally. Stan has for many years acted as mentor to many key Chief Executive Officer’s within the City and the larger private family firms, covering such industries as Venture Capital, Private Equity, Energy, Engineering, IT and Food Manufacture/Distribution.


Mr Bradley Yam


Stan J Patey Dr Ferina Ismail BSc (Hons) MBBS PhD MRCP

Consultant Dermatologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Ismail undertook her medical training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, University of London, during which time she also obtained a first class honours BSc degree in genetics. She trained as a dermatologist at Barts and The London, The Royal Free and King’s College Hospitals in London, during which time she was awarded a 3 year Medical Research Council clinical fellowship for which she completed a PhD at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute and Centre for Cutaneous Research, Barts and The London School of Medicine (January 2009). She has presented her research on skin cancer at national and international meetings and has journal publications arising from her work.

Dr Ismail has particular clinical expertise in the area of skin cancer and as such leads the dermatology skin cancer service at The Royal Free Hospital. She has specific experience in dealing with skin problems in organ transplant patients, who tend to present with more challenging skin cancers and skin conditions. Dr Ismail is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), and a board member and website editor for a sub-group of the BAD focusing on skin care in immunocompromised individuals. She is actively involved in clinical trials relating to the treatment of skin cancers.


Dr Mark Griffiths BSc (Hons) MBChB MRCP DERM

Dr Griffiths graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2002. He went on to complete general medical training and acquired membership to the Royal College of Physicians in 2005. Following completion of specialist training in dermatology he was appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist at the West Middlesex Hospital before moving on to the Royal Free Hospital in June 2012.​ He is undergraduate teaching lead for dermatology at the Royal Free Hospital and a tutor at UCL medical school. He is the current Honorary Secretary of the British Association of Dermatologists.


Dr Mahreen Ameen


Dr Tabi Leslie


Dr Ioulios PalamarasDr Ioulios Palamaras MD PhD

Consultant Dermatologist and Head of Department, The Royal Free, Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust Hospitals, London.

Dr Palamaras was also Honorary Mohs and Laser Consultant Surgeon at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Palamaras is one of the few Consultants in the country that has undergone specialty training in Mohs micrographic and Laser surgery at the prominent Dermatological Surgery and Laser Unit of St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London, UK.

He also trained in hair and nail disorders with the world-renowned experts, Professors Antonella Tosti in Bologna, Italy and Luc Thomas in Lyon, France.

Dr Palamaras gained his PhD in Dermatology at the Medical School of the University of Athens and has a strong academic link with the University of Hertfordshire where he is a Visiting Lecturer. He teaches post-graduate doctors undertaking the MSc in Dermatology.

Dr Palamaras has extensive experience in most aspects of Dermatology and to date has published 30 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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