Who We Are

TEDct is run entirely by volunteers.

About half of our volunteers are medical professionals from endocrinologists, to oculo-plastic surgeons, ophthalmic surgeons, and research scientists. The rest of our volunteers are people whose lives have been affected by TED, both directly and indirectly.


The TEDct Committee Members

Rebecca Ford

Committee Chair

Rebecca is a Consultant Oculoplastic Surgeon in Bristol, where she runs a specialist TED clinic. Rebecca is passionate about medical education, and is also Chair of the Education Committee at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. She has been involved with TEDct since 2014.

Rebecca Ford
Rebecca Ford
MA, MEd, BMBCh, MRCP, MRCSEd, FRCOphth

Tony Davies

Committee Member

Tony is the Honorary Treasurer of TEDct. He graduated in mathematics from Cambridge University, and spent his career in research and management consultancy.  He is the MD of a financial advisory firm.  He uses his free time to provide assistance to charities and voluntary organisations.

Tony Davies
MA, MBA, FIC, CMC

Gillian Barron

Committee Member

Gillian has been a member of TEDct for 17 years, committee member for four years, and is also the TEDct helpline counsellor. Gillian developed TED in 2004, undergoing treatment and two operations in 2007. She understands how it feels to have TED and drawing on her experiences to help others.

Gillian Barron
TEDct Helpline Counsellor

Violet Fazal-Sanderson

Committee Member

Violet joined the TEDct committee in 2015. Violet is a highly experienced and knowledgeable Endocrine Clinical Specialist Nurse and has run successful Thyroid Nurse-led clinics for over ten years in the Department of Endocrinology at the Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Violet Fazal-Sanderson Endocrine Nurse

Josian Phillips

Committee Member

Josian is a digital marketing consultant and professional gardener. She has been on the TEDct committee since 2020, has had Graves’ Disease for 9 years and TED for most of that time. Josian describes her TED experience as ‘challenging and transformative in a positive way’. She joined the TEDct committee to help others impacted by the condition.

Josian Phillips
BSc (Hons)

Julia Hamilton

Committee Member

Julia is retired, previously working for BAESYSTEMS. She became a member of TEDct in February 2021 after being diagnosed with TED and Graves Disease in March 2019. Her experience with TED has been difficult to deal with, but found help from TEDct. Due to her experience with TED she wanted to help and give hope to others suffering with this disease.

Julia Hamilton

Dr Helen Turner

Committee Member

Dr Helen Turner studied at Cambridge University followed by clinical training at St Bartholomew’s
Hospital, and has been a Consultant Endocrinologist in Oxford since 2000. Helen is part of the Oxford TED MDT, and is involved in the national TEAMED group aiming to improve diagnosis and management of TED. She is a member of Clinical Committee of the Society for Endocrinology, and is Patient Support Group representative.

Dr Helen Turner
MA MD FRCP
LLB Hons

The TEDct Trustees

Professor Colin Dayan

Chair of Trustees

Colin has been working with TEDct for many years, and was a past committee chair. He remains actively involved with TEDct and now serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees and as an honorary consultant advisor. Colin is Professor of Clinical Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at University Hospital, Cardiff.

Colin Dayan
MA, MBBS, FRCP, PhD

Professor Bijay Vaidya

Trustee

Bijay is a Consultant Endocrinologist and Honorary Clinical Professor based at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and the University of Exeter Medical School. He is a past committee chair of TEDct and now serves as a trustee.

Bijay Vaidya
MBBS, FRCP, PhD

Maureen Fletcher

Trustee

Coming soon.

Maureen Fletcher

Dr. Paul Cauchi

Trustee

Paul is a Consultant Oculoplastic Surgeon at Gartnavel General and The Queen Elizabeth University Hospitals in Glasgow. He has expertise in oculoplastics, orbit, lacrimal, thyroid eye disease and ocular oncology. Paul leads the regional thyroid eye disease clinic for the West of Scotland. In addition he is a member of The British Oculoplastic Surgery Society and International Society of Ocular Oncology.

Dr. Paul Cauchi MBBS, FRCOphth – Consultant Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgeon
& Ocular Oncologist

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