The People

Founder of the Pain Relief Foundation, Sampson Lipton died aged 72 on December Dr. Sampson Lipton - Founder of the Pain Relief Foundation6th, 1994. Sam was a pioneer in the treatment of chronic pain, an international figure in the pain world and a teacher and mentor to many pain doctors.

In 1953 he set up a Pain Relief Service in Liverpool despite encountering many administrative difficulties. Such was his determination and charisma. Sam was the director of Walton Centre Pain Clinic for nearly 30 years. In 1978 his work led to the founding of the Pain Research Institute.

Sam Lipton was Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons in 1981; a Founder Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain and elected one of its first Honary members in 1989; First President of the World Society of Pain Clinicians (1984-1991) and Second President of the Pain Society of Great Britain. He was appointed OBE in 1984.


Founding Trustees


John Miles:
Founder and Trustee of the Pain Relief Foundation; Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University.


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)


Deputy Chair

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  P. Eldridge, MA, Mchir, FRCS

Professor Eldridge is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Walton Centre
NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool. 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 Eldridge is Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Neurosurgery; a Regional
Advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons; member of the adult neurosurgery commissioning
group, advisor to NICE, member of the Regenerative Medicine Group (Dept of Health),
Trustee of the Pain Relief Foundation and a past Secretary and Council Member of the Society
of British Neurological Surgeons; past President of the UK chapter of the International
Neuromodulation society.

Mr Steve Kaye FloD

Steve describes himself as a veteran Business Person who still
wants to learn, not a Technologist for the sake of it and is  a great
lover of pugs.  He has 40 years of experience in the technology space
in a myriad of roles including CEO of companies such as
Everycloud Ltd, Blue Strategies and Director of Eazi Apps and Chairman of
Cloud Technology Solutions.Through his wealth of knowledge of 10 years spent with
the Institute of Directors Steve has recruited and mentored hundreds of successful
individuals with excellent results.

Steve continues to look for that edge customers need to survive and thrive in this
competitive world and this is where he has become invaluable to the needs of
The Pain Relief Foundation.In the eighty’s he saw the impact that computer
generated graphics and desktop power could have and automated system management
for large networks in the nineties and the potential for cloud computing in the noughties.
Steve is now looking to bring all of his experience and knowledge to bear on
providing advanced marketing techniques to the smaller business through
the provision of Apps and he believes, in the same way he believed that everyone
would one day be using cloud computing that every organisation will offer up Apps
to its customers and employees now that smartphones are commonplace, and well, smart!


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 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 Wells was a consultant in Pain Medicine at the Walton Centre NHS
Foundation Trust, Liverpool.  and currently has a practice in 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 and
neuropathic 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 is now President of EFIC subsequent to his previous roles as
Secretary, Chair of the Bye-laws Committee and President Elect.

He is involved in several EFIC committees, including initiatives on
training, education, and the European Year against Pain. Likewise, he is
an important affiliate of many other pain organisations including the
British Pain Society (BPS), World Institute of Pain (WIP), Neuropathic
Pain Special Interest Group (NeuPSIG) and the World Society of Pain
Clinicians (WSPC). He has also held a prominent role within the Pain
Research Institute where he acted as Director from 1983 to 1994,
following Dr Sam Lipton and is now a Trustee


Dame Lorna Muirhead DCVO,DBE,CStJ,FROG

 Mr. R. N. S. Bigland

Professor Sir Michael Bond, FRSA,  FRSE, FRCPsych, FRCPGlas, FRCSE

 Pain Education

John Wiles:
Chairman of the Pain Relief Foundation Education Committee.
Julie Williams:
Meetings & Courses Co-Ordinator.

Scientific Support

Dr. Caroline Staunton Chairman of the Pain Relief Foundation Scientific Committee

Technical Support

Julie Williams:
Website Management


Julie Williams: 
Lorraine Roberts:
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