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.
Tim is a policy expert and problem solver with two decades experience working at the highest levels of government and politics in the UK. His strengths are his ability to analyse national and international policy issues; developing and delivering solutions to problems; negotiating politically sensitive dossiers in the glare of media attention; managing delicate stakeholder relationships; and designing and delivering legislation.
Gavin is the CEO and co-founder of Forma Holdings, an international cannabis company which advises, makes investments and operates cannabis businesses. He is also a non-executive director of Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies and a trustee of the United Patients Alliance.Gavin was previously an executive with Tesco, Facebook and Endemol, and started his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Gavin has a degree 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
Paul Flynn MP (82) has been the MP for Newport West since the 1987. He was born in Cardiff. In 2016, he briefly served as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. Aged 81, he became the oldest MP in over a century to hold a shadow cabinet position. He has supported the legalisation of cannabis as a medicine for over 30 years and has stood up in parliament 116 times for the cause in the last 20 years.
NORMAN BAKER was dubbed “the most annoying man in parliament” by David Cameron, acquiring a reputation as a relentless questioner of the prime minister from the back benches. The former Liberal Democrat MP’s many causes célèbres included: his investigation into the death of the government scientist David Kelly; the liberalisation of drug laws; outlawing “cowboy clampers”; greener transport; Tibetan rights; and holding Cameron to account over a “cash for access” issue.
Julian is the Founding Director of the Intellectual Forum, which is aimed at covering the widest range of academic interests across the College.
His background is as a scientist, working on unusual structures of DNA. In particular, DNA of particular sequences can form four-stranded knot-like structures called G-quadruplexes, which can function as genomic switches, turning genes on and off. His work used biophysical and computational methods to predict the formation of these structures, and has led to the identification of a large number of possible anti-cancer drug targets.
After five years away as the MP for Cambridge, his research focus changed to look at science and technology policy, including the challenges of privacy in the digital age. He has also worked on how to best use evidence in public policy making – a perennial challenge.
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.”
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”
United Patients Alliance Ltd are a Not For Profit organisation run by chronically ill patient volunteers. Our charity application is in progress. Unfortunately everything we do costs money as well as time.
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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.