1. How long have you been a Dermatologist?

I became a Consultant Dermatologist at Barts Health NHS Trust in 1996 and Honorary Professor at Queen Mary College (University of London) in London, UK in 2020. I qualified from Bristol University Medical School, Bristol, UK, in 1987, and trained in dermatology at the Westminster Hospital and University College London Hospitals in London, and Portsmouth and Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK.

2. What inspired you to follow this career path?

Having atopic eczema as a child was a big influence, and then going through medical school I weeded out all the things I didn’t want to do and then took it from there.

3. What are the biggest challenges you face in your role?

Knowing that medicine is limited is important. And striving to get the most out of what we have.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job?

My colleagues and my patients.

5. Why did you become involved with the ISG?

I have always been inspired by how the ISG has been set up and evolved with such kindness and respect for patients. That made me want to be a part of it.

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

Through all the work I do in psychodermatology (the brain:skin link), I’m always referring to the ISG and their great approach to empowering individuals with ichthyosis and other skin conditions.

7. Why is being a dermatologist and researcher important to you?

Because skin matters so much, but so does the person inside that skin. Connecting with the person within the skin is crucial.

8. Outside of your role what are your interests and hobbies?

Swimming, hiking and reading.