Board of Trustees
Mr. D. Cain, FRSA, FIoD, MHSM, DipHSM, DMS
Mr David Cain is Chairman of the Foundation and Trustee Committee having been involved
with the Pain Relief Foundation since 1991 when he became the first Chief Executive
of the Walton Centre NHS Trust. David holds a number of positions in Health, Education
and Charities in the North West and has some national representative roles
in the NHS and Civil Service.
He is currently a Board Member and Chair of Executive of the Oxford Rd Corridor Manchester Co Ltd ,
Chairman of the Manchester Health Academy, Deputy Chairman of the Manchester University Foundation
Trust Charities Fundraising Board and the Trust Freedom to Speak Up Guardian .On a National basis David is
is a founder and Vice- Chairman of Managers in Partnership (MiP) representing NHS Managers and on the
National Executive the First Division Association (FDA) representing the NHS . David serves as a Governor
of Ronald McDonald House Charity( Manchester) and as Deputy Chairman of the Alex Group ( Care Home for Disabled adults)
Mr. P. Fell MA (Cantab), FRSA
A passionate community based volunteer, school and college governor and a serial
non executive director of arts and education bodies
My current roles include
Deputy Chair RSA, Treasurer- RSAA,Chair- Foundation for Science, Technology and
Civilisation Deputy Chair- Pain Relief Foundation, Secretary- Education Relief Foundation,
Chair- Audiences Connect, Director- Foco61 Group
Chair- RSA North West, Chair- MOSI, Observer trustee- Science Museum Group
Council Member- Tate Liverpool, AuVice Chair- Audience Agency, Chair- All About Audiences
Chair- Arts About Manchester,Deputy Chair- Culture North West ,Chair- Node North West
Greater Manchester Youth Theatre- Chair of Deelopment Board and Trustee
Founder governor and chair of finance committee, Manchester College
Trustee- Greater Manchester Arts Centre- (Cornerhouse and Library Theatre)
Trustee- Manchester Central Library Development Trust ,Trustee- Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust
Trustee- The Monastery of St. Francis & Gorton Trust
Long term association with Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in different roles
Miss Judith Daley, LLB (Hons)
Professor Michelle Briggs, PhD RGN
Professor Michelle Briggs was appointed to the Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair
in Clinical Nursing in January 2017.This post represents a partnership between the
University of Manchester, Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
and the Florence Nightingale Foundation. Professor Briggs joins the Trust from her
previous post as Professor of Nursing at Leeds Beckett University, where she was
Co-Director of the Centre for Pain Research. She has worked clinically in orthopaedics and
trauma intensive care in Nottingham and London before moving to Leeds
where she worked in practice development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS
Trust and Leeds Community Healthcare.
Her research is contributing to a greater understanding of the difference nurses can
make for people in pain. She has an international reputation for her research in
wounds and pain and she works closely with colleagues in the NHS and patients
to ensure that her research addresses important questions for patients and for
clinical practice. Her research has been used in NHS practice and policy
guidelines nationally and internationally. Her current research programme has
two themes – improving patients’ experience of pain management and addressing
inequalities in pain management particularly for those in pain
who are marginalized or where pain may go unrecognised.
Professor P. Eldridge, MA, Mchir, FRCS
Professor Eldridge was a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Walton Centre Liverpool
before retiring in 2019. He was Clinical Director of Neurosurgery, Pain and Critical
Care for ten years at the Walton Centre, Secretary to the Society of British
Neurological Surgeons and editor of the British Journal of Neurosurgery and
past President of the UK chapter of the International Neuromodulation society.
His specialisms include trigeminal neuralgia, chronic pain, epilepsy, movement disorders,
tumours and neurovascular surgery. He has published and presented extensively on
these subjects, nationally and internationally. He is Professor of
Neurosurgery at the University of Liverpool and he is co-author of
textbooks and chapters of textbooks.
Professor Francis McGlone
Professor Francis McGlone is the head of the Somatosensory &
Affective Neuroscience Group at the School of Natural Sciences &
Psychology, Liverpool JM University and Professor in
Neuroscience at LJMU. He is also Visiting Professor
at the University of Liverpool. His primary area of academic
research is characterising the role of afferent c-fibres in
humans, investigating their role in pain, itch (for which an IgNobel prize was
awarded!), and more concertedly the functional and affective properties of a novel
class of c-fibres – C-tactile afferents – hypothesised to code for the pleasure of
intimate touch. Techniques used in this research span single unit recordings with
microneurography, psychophysical measurements, functional neuroimaging,
behavioural measures, and psychopharmacological approaches to investigate the role
of the brain transmitter serotonin in affiliative and social touch.
A long term association with the Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre
(University of Nottingham) using ultra-high-field fMRI (7T) to further explore the
central representation of somatosensory inputs to the brain. A pioneering
development here is to couple INMS, during microneurography on single
mechanosensitive afferents, with concurrent fMRI acquisition. This is enabling to
study cortical representation at the single untui level and somatosensory cortical
Dr. T Nash, MBBS, RCOG, FRCA, FFPMRCA
Dr Tim Nash a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Basingstoke
District Hospital, 1976-1995 Consultant in Pain Medicine, Walton Centre
for Neurology and Neurosurgery, 1995-2006 Honorary Senior Lecturer,
University of Liverpool, 1996-2011 (Honorary Director of Pain Studies,
Member Admissions Group, Medical School) Mersey Regional Advisor in
Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists 2003-2007 Honorary
Member, British Pain Society and was also Assistant Secretary 1982-1985, Secretary 1985-1988,
Committee member 1989-1992, President elect 1992-1994,President 1994-1997 and Immediate
Past President 1997-1998) He was the founder editor IPS Forum 1982-1985, now Pain News,
newsletter of the Pain Society Editor, Frontiers of Pain 1988-1992 Assistant Editor, The Pain Clinic,
1989-1995 Lead consultant (Chairman) Pain Specialty Working Group, Clinical Terms Project
1992-8 . Member, Pain Specialty Casemix HRG Working Party, 1995-8, NHS Executive IM&T Strategy.
A Member of, Council (1994-1997); Scientific Committee (1998-2000); Chairman of the Task Force on
Educational Standards (1994-2000), European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for
the Study of Pain.
Dr. M Sharma, MBBS, MD, FRCA, MSc, FFPMRCA
Dr Sharma is the clinical lead of the Department of Pain
Medicine at The Walton Centre and has been in practice in
chronic pain management for the past 10 years.
He is actively involved with the British Pain Society and the Faculty of
Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthesia in various
educational and research activities. He has been the organiser of several successful
UK pain meetings and has many research projects ongoing at the moment. He has
edited the specialist handbook on ‘Practical Management of Complex Cancer Pain’
published by the Oxford University Press in February 2014.
He has a special interest in cancer pain management and has very links with the local Hospice
and Palliative Medicine. He holds a weekly joint cancer pain clinic to offer advanced
treatments to relieve pain ranging from spinal infusions, spinal neurolysis to complex
neuroablative techniques such as cordotomy.
Dr. J. R. Wiles, MB, BS , FRCA, FFPMRCA
Dr John Wiles specialised in Pain Medicine from an anaesthetic
background. He was the Clinical Director of the Walton Pain Service
from 1995-2011 and is currently a part time Pain Medicine Consultant
at Walton Centre.
Dr Wiles set up and chairs the Pain Relief Foundation Education
Committee, for which he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the
Pain Relief Foundation.
Dr. J. C.Wells, MB, ChB, LRCP, MRCS, LMCC, SRCA, SIPP
Dr Wells was a consultant in Pain Medicine at the Walton Centre NHS
Foundation Trust, Liverpool. . He is recognised for having pioneered UK drug delivery
systems and Pain Management Programmes (PMPs) in Europe, setting up the first
continuously running programme in Liverpool, 1983.
His clinical interests include assessment and management of back andneuropathic pain. Due
to his expertise he has been an invited lecturer at national and international plenary sessions
and workshops, giving in excess of 1000 presentations including the annual BPS lecture,
2008 and EFIC special lecture in memory of David Niv, 2009. Dr Wells was President of the
European Pain Federation, EFIC, from May 2014 to September 2017. He initiated a
multidisciplinary core curriculum in Europe, leading to a Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM)
for all medical doctors.
He has been Secretary of the British Pain Society and was made an Honorary Member of the
Society in 2007. He co-founded NeuPSIG, a Special Interest Group of IASP© and was made
an Honorary Members of this group in 2010. He was made an honorary member of IASP in
2016 and EFIC in 2018. He is also an Honorary Member of the Bulgarian, Ukrainian,
Moldovan and Lithuanian IASP Chapters.
He has been a Board member of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) and the World Society of
Pain Clinicians (WSPC); he is one of 3 Founder Examiners for the WIP’s Fellowship of
Interventional Pain Practice examination. He was a member of the recent (2016) NICE
Guideline Development Group on low back pain and sciatica.
He is now retired and lives in the western Algarve, Portugal, running a Blueberry farm.
Dame Lorna Muirhead DCVO,DBE,CStJ,FROG
Mr. R. N. S. Bigland
Professor Sir Michael Bond, FRSA, FRSE, FRCPsych, FRCPGlas, FRCSE
Management Team & Administration Team
Julie Williams: Charity Manager, Pain Relief Foundation.
Lorraine Roberts: Administrator, Pain Relief Foundation
Brenda Hall: Administrative Assistant, Pain Relief Foundation
Jo Stephens: Fundraising, Pain Relief Foundation