EoE RIG Steering Committee

These are the members of the East of England Research Interest Group Steering Committee (and their key role):

David Bousfield – webmaster
Alan Cameron 
Andrew Cassy – webmaster
Geoff Chandler
Kecia Harris – Parkinsons UK
Ruth Herman
Keith & Janet Howlett 
Clive Matthews – Chair
Julie Wilson – Parkinsons UK


David Bousfield – Cambridge branch

  • I am 70, semi-retired and was diagnosed with PD at the end of 2014. I have a PhD in neuroscience and was the editor of a journal called Trends in Neurosciences for over 8 years. [Ironic then that I “caught” PD!] I have also worked at the National Institutes of Health (US)  and the European Bioinformatics Institute (Hinxton) as well as many laboratories in Brazil so I know a lot about how research is done (and how it can be improved).
    Since 1999 I have devoted some of my free time each year to fund-raising and volunteering for a variety of charities.
    As I move towards full retirement I want to combine some of these skills and Parkinson’s UK’s RIGeast seemed a good place to start!

Alan Cameron – Ipswich / Felixstowe branch

  • I have been living with Parkinson’s since 2005 when I was 39. I have been an active volunteer for Parkinson’s UK since 2012 mostly with the Research Support Network. In 2013 I was lucky enough to be at World Parkinson’s Congress which gave me a great introduction to Parkinson’s research. I’m keen to do what I can to speed up the search for better treatments and the cure(s). I am a member of the Research Support Network development team and have recently joined the newly formed East of England Research Interest Group.

Andrew Cassy – Ipswich branch

  • Diagnosed with atypical Parkinsonism in 2010, aged 44, Andrew has since been keen to find out more about the disease.His interests for the research group are to help promote all the opportunities available for members to get involved with, and even influence, how the research programmes are structured, thereby raising awareness of the condition through better understanding.

    Having a technical computing background, Andrew can help the steering group with websites, IT and an encourage more use of webinar / Skype technologies to increase the reach, accessibility, resources available for local research champions to spread the word within their branch.

Geoff Chandler –  Chelmsford branch

Kecia Harris – Parkinsons UK

Ruth Herman

Keith & Janet Howlett – Cambridge branch

Clive Matthews – Chair – Essex branch

Julie Wilson – Parkinsons UK

  • Area Development Manager for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire including Luton & Peterborough