Colin Maclean OBE, MVSc, FRCVS


Colin graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Liverpool University, practiced in Gloucester and Hampshire, and then joined Unilever as a veterinary consultant, where he trained in business management, finally attending the Senior Executive Programme at London Business School. He then developed two new businesses for Unilever before moving to Glaxo Plc as the Deputy Managing Director of their animal pharmaceutical business, Glaxo Animal Health Ltd, leading their research and development to create some very novel products and developing their business in Japan.
He was then appointed as the Director General of the Meat and Livestock Commission, a non departmental public body sponsoring the meat and livestock industry and led that industry during the response to the BSE crisis.
Following a term as a non executive director of Berkshire Health Authority in 1998-9, he was appointed to the Chair of the Royal Berkshire NHS Trust, leading it to become a Foundation Trust in 2006, and one of the most successful hospitals in this NHS region. During this time Colin became a Special Trustee of Moorfields Eye Hospital, a position he still holds, and in 2013 became a Council member of the Association of NHS Charities and was appointed its Vice Chairman in 2015.

Mandy Barter BSc (Hons) Lic Ac


Mandy Barter was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and sustained herself with complementary therapies alongside conventional treatment. Five years on she feels passionately that much more can be done to inform people on how to live well with cancer. Mandy is a practitioner of acupuncture, reflexology and Tui Na massage.

Liz Lee RGN BSc (Hons) Lic Ac


Liz Lee has always had a calling and passion to help people with their health and wellbeing. Liz worked as a registered nurse at the Royal Berkshire for 20 years and now practices as an acupuncturist.

Pam Houseman


Pam Houseman is secretary to the trustees. She is semi retired but working part time as a Nurse Practioner in General Practice. Pam trained in 1965 and became a ward sister two years later. Pam has had a varied career in nursing including Theatre Sister, running an Occupational Health unit, nurse advisor to the Health Authority, setting up and running a Nurses out-of-hours service, Practice Nurse trainer and Nurse Specialist in respiratory care.

Sue Evans


Hi, My name is Sue and I have been married to my wonderful husband Nick for 22 years.We have two beautiful daughters and have recently become grandparents, which I would thoroughly recommend!

I feel honoured and excited to be involved with My Cancer My Choices as I know first hand what an enormous difference it can make to people diagnosed with cancer. In February 2014 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. I had an emergency operation to remove the tumour, followed by six months of chemotherapy. During this time I made good use of The Fountain Centre (Royal Surrey hospital) where I received both acupuncture and reflexology, which was an enormous help to me both physically and psychologically.

Ann Sheen


Ann has had a distinguished career in healthcare, initially training as a Nurse and rising through the NHS to become Chief Executive where she led the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust to become the first Foundation Trust in the South Central region. She is passionate about delivering world-class patient care in the UK, and has a strong track record in building relationships with staff in order to deliver change. She has been awarded an OBE for her Services to Healthcare.

Ann is an honorary Professor at Reading University and the University of West London. Her other passions include playing the piano and singing with Reading Chorale.

Liz Sim


For the last 20 years Liz has operated within the financial services industry advising individuals on how to achieve financial security throughout their lifetime using long term cash flow planning. In 2004 she set up Finance for Life Limited, a company regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority offering advice on all aspects of financial planning. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the business along with maintaining a private client bank. Prior to that she employed at Dow Chemical Company in the Human Resources department covering a variety of different roles within the UK and Europe.

Liz has a strong belief that complementary therapies working alongside conventional medical practices produce a beneficial outcome for patients undergoing treatment.

Ruth Lysons MA, MSc, Vet MB, Dip ECVPH, MRCVS


Ruth Lysons qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1982. She worked in two private veterinary practices, specialising in farm animal medicine. She joined the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, progressing through a number of roles to become Head of its national network of veterinary diagnostic laboratories.

In 2002, Ruth was appointed as Deputy Director, Food and Farming Group, at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). In this role, she developed and implemented the UK Government Strategy on animal disease surveillance to enable early detection and intervention in new animal disease events, so helping to minimise adverse consequences. She was also a member of various Government committees assessing the risks posed to human health from animal diseases, and was a senior veterinary decision-maker on actions to be taken to control major animal disease outbreaks, including Foot and Mouth Disease, Avian Influenza and Swine Influenza.

Ruth left Defra in 2011, She worked for Waitrose on food safety surveillance, before becoming an independent veterinary consultant. As well as her role as a Trustee for My Cancer My Choices, Ruth is also a Non-Executive Director for the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and a member of the British Veterinary Association’s Veterinary Policy Committee.

Born and brought up in Reading, Ruth has lived in West Berkshire with her husband for the last 30 years. They have two grown up children.