We work collaboratively to bring our United Patients Alliance vision to life.
Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall strategic direction of United Patients Alliance. We meet regularly to discuss, decide and review our strategies and initiatives. Our trustees work for United Patients Alliance voluntarily.
Director of Policy at Open Reason - Office of Nick Clegg
Tim Colbourne served as a special advisor during the Coalition government, spending time in the Downing Street Policy Unit and as deputy chief of staff to Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg. He previously worked for the Liberal Democrats as senior home affairs adviser, for HM Prison Service and for the Howard League for Penal Reform. Tim has a particular interest in drug policy, criminal justice, technology and civil liberties.
CEO - Forma Holdings
Gavin focuses on building out the company across its divisions, in the US and internationally. He has 13 years’ experience across general management, marketing and technology. He was formerly the MD of Tesco’s Digital Entertainment business in the UK, and was one of the early appointments into Facebook EMEA.
Previously, Gavin was Head of Business Development at Endemol, and began his career at Bain and Company. Gavin holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
A highly experienced consultant neurologist, over the last 30 years, Professor Barnes has been dedicated to the development of neurological rehabilitation throughout the UK and internationally.
He wrote "The Barnes Report" - The up to date and authoritative paper on the efficacy of cannabis as medicine.
United Patients Alliance is fortunate to have a talented group of Patrons who act as ambassadors for our cause. They help to lobby the government, raise our profile, introduce us to new supporters and increase awareness of the work we do for medical cannabis patients in the UK
Green MP for Brighton Pavilion and Co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales:
"I'm delighted to become a patron of UPA. The current ban on personal use of medicinal cannabis flies in the face of robust evidence about the benefits for people enduring chronic pain, the side effects of chemotherapy and other conditions.
“The UK is lagging behind many other nations when it comes to recognising the therapeutic value of cannabis. 24 US states, Canada, Israel and at least 11 European countries already ensure access to cannabis for medical use – yet here in Britain Ministers won’t follow the evidence on the issue, and seem hell bent on continuing to criminalise individuals who simply want some respite from the pain that are suffering.
“Rather than continuing what’s a purely ideological opposition, the Government should act fast to legalise the production and use of medicinal cannabis and do so on the basis of the evidence about what kind of regulatory framework will best work for patients and for society as a whole.”
MP for Cambridgeshire (2010 2015) - President of Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats:
"For decades, we have attempted to control the harms of many drugs by making them illegal. This has not reduced the harms they cause, but increased them by driving the trade underground. In addition, it means that people who could benefit from the medicinal effects of cannabis, for example, cannot do so legally. This is a senseless constraint, and should be changed"
Labour MP for Gower
“I have joined United Patients Alliance mainly because one of my best friends has Multiple Sclerosis and I have seen first hand how cannabis helps him. He joined this wonderful organisation looking out for and fighting for patients like my friend and I am delighted to give them my support”
Former Liberal Democrat MP for Lewis and Home Office Drugs Minister
“I have gladly accepted the offer to become patron of the UPA. They are a well organised and sensible group. I am very clear from my time as drugs minister in the coalition government that for some people, access to cannabis is essential for their health and it is disgraceful that not only are they denied access to vital medicine but prosecuted if they access it themselves. The UPA makes a strong case for a more humane approach and I am delighted to do what I can to support them."
Important Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed by our Trustees and Patrons (whether in person, via social media or on their profile pages) are those of the individual, and not necessarily those of the United Patients Alliance.