How long have you been a dermatologist?

I have been a Paediatric Dermatologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2003. I qualified from St Bartholomew’s medical school in 1991 and did my training in North London

What inspired you to follow this career path?

I have always loved paediatrics and working with children and their families. My first paediatric dermatology job as a junior doctor at GOSH. The complexity and diversity of this specialty immediately drew me towards it and the need for expert multidisciplinary care

Why is being a dermatologist and researcher important to you?

I have always loved looking after children and families with rare diseases most of these are genetic for which there is no current treatment. research is the only way to offer the possibly of better treatments and hopefully a cure for these often-severe disorders

What are the biggest challenges you face in your role?

Trying to give best care possible whilst there are no effective treatments and driving clinical research with running clinical trials try and get better treatments available for patients

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love working with my team, teaching but most of all the long-term relationships I have with my patients and their families

Why did you become involved with the ISG?

I have always had a special interest in looking after babies and children with ichthyses. I get contacted when most of the babies are born with congenital ichthyosis in South of England to try and provide the best care. Being part of the ISG provides lifelong support for families and individuals with ichthyoses.

How do you raise awareness and signpost people towards the ISG?

All the new families with ichthyoses are signposted to the ISG to join the support group and take part in all the many events and opportunities provided.

Outside of your role what are your interests and hobbies?

I have two children age 24 and 22 who I love spending time with and a cockerpoo Otis so long walks at the weekend are always fun. I love cooking and have over 100 house plants so that keeps me very busy!