Health Advisory Council and Network

The Health Advisory Council (HAC) advises the Board of Governors on scientific and health issues helping to ensure that the Charity's information and advice remains expert and up to date. The Council comprises eminent health experts from across the UK.

We also take advice from a broader forum, our Health Advisory Network (HAN), drawn from a range of healthcare backgrounds. Our Network also help the Charity by championing our cause in their professional fields.

We currently have vacancies on our HAN and are inviting applications from healthcare professionals with an expertise in coeliac disease, for more information on the roles please download our advertisement

Professor David Sanders, Chair of our Health Advisory Council

Prof David SandersI am Professor David Sanders, the Professor of Gastroenterology and a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital & the University of Sheffield. I have been involved in setting up the Sheffield Institute of Gluten-Related Disorders (SIGReD) to improve diagnosis of coeliac disease, through increased recognition of symptoms. The coeliac disease clinic at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital is the largest centre for gluten-related diseases in the UK.

In 2010 I received one of the European Rising Star Awards in GI research and the Coeliac UK Healthcare Professional of the Year Award. I also work as part of the Sheffield Small Bowel Endoscopy Service which won one of the inaugural British Society of Gastroenterology National GI Care awards in 2011. The UK Nutrition Society awarded me with the Cuthbertson Medal in 2011 for research undertaken in clinical nutrition. In 2012 I was part of the Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy team which won both the Health Service Journal primary care and integrated clinical care awards. I am the current chair of the British Society of Gastroenterology Audit Committee and also the Chair of the Coeliac UK Health Advisory Council.

Dr Joe West, Member of our Health Advisory Network

Joe WestI am Joe West, a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Associate Professor at Nottingham University and have spent much of my previous research time investigating the consequences of coeliac disease. I continue to have an ongoing clinical and research interest in the disease.

When invited, I was delighted to join the Health Advisory Network (HAN) for Coeliac UK. As part of a wide network of various health professionals I provide information and responses to queries from Coeliac UK regarding various topics. These can range from the interpretation of new research, commenting on policy statements and attemtping to answer specific queries from Members of the Charity.

By being a member of HAN I hope to contribute to the ongoing work of the Charity in its support of people with coeliac disease in providing up to date and accurate information about the disease. I also gain the valuable resource of the wide network of contacts that make up the HAN and enjoy the challenge of coming to a consensus about complex issues. 

Health Advisory Council Members

  • Professor David Sanders (Chair), Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield
  • Dr Ieuan Davies, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, University Hospital of Wales
  • Siân Evans, Acute Paediatric Dietitian, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
  • Dr Peter Gillett, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
  • Professor Marios Hadjivassiliou, Consultant Neurologist, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield
  • Sarah Khweir, Paediatric Dietitian, Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Alison Longbottom, Advanced Clinical Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian, York Hospital
  • Dr Geraint Preest, General Practitioner, Pencoed Medical Centre, Wales
  • Dr Gerry Robins, Consultant Gastroenterologist, The York Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Ian Sanderson, Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Sophie Velleman, Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
  • Joy Whelan, Gastroenterology Advanced Practitioner (Dietetics), Shantallow Health Centre, Derry
  • Dr Jeremy Woodward, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Addenbrooke's Hospital

Health Advisory Network Members

  • Dr Charlie Andrews, GP, Clevedon
  • Tony Cartwright, Pharmacist Consultant, Global Regulatory Solutions Ltd
  • Dr Geoff Holmes, Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby
  • Dr Ruth Howard, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, University of Birmingham
  • Shirley James, Gastrointestinal Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Southampton General Hospital 
  • Yvonne Jeanes, Principal Lecturer - Clinical Nutrition, University of Roehampton
  • Claire Stuckey, Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian, Royal Bournemouth Hospital
  • Nick Trott, Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield
  • Dr Ajay Verma, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Kettering General Hospital
  • Dr Joe West, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University of Nottingham Medical School