DISCS Trustees

Christine L LeMaitre PhD (Chair) – Christine completed her BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology with industrial experience from Manchester University in 2000, and her PhD also from Manchester University in 2003. Following a number of years as a postdoctoral scientist, Prof Le Maitre was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in 2008. She was promoted to Reader in 2014. Prof Le Maitre is an internationally renowned researcher investigating musculoskeletal disorders and novel therapies. She also researches natural agents as potential therapeutics for Leukaemia.

Stephen Barham Carter BSc FCA – Stephen is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and Finance Director working in the aviation industry.

John O’Dowd – John is a reconstructive spinal surgeon and opinion leader. He has been president of the Society for Back Pain Research, and founder and education director of AOSpine the leading spinal surgical organisation globally. He is medical director of RealHealth in the Netherlands, a national referral centre for non surgical care in patients with chronic back pain. He is chairman of Cure International UK, a charity delivering paediatric orthopaedic care in Africa and the Middle East.

John Stephen Partington – John raised money for DISCs in 2010 and joined the charity in 2011. John has set up and run several businesses, thereby bringing a commercial aspect to DISCs.

Robert Charles Schroter PhD DIC FCGI FIChemE CEng – Bob is Emeritus Professor of Biological Mechanics and a Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College London, being one of the founders of what is now the Bioengineering Department. Educated initially as a chemical engineer, his lifelong career has been in the field of physiological mechanics, involving innovative applications of engineering science to biology and human and veterinary medicine. Research has focussed mainly on normal and pathological respiratory and cardiovascular mechanics and the effects of extreme environments, but also on biomechanics – establishing the Biodynamics Group in 2000 investigating exercise, performance thermal stress in large animals and human athletes. Aspects of his research have had significant implications beyond the academic environment, contributing to the setting of international standards for both human and animal activities and welfare and criminal forensics.



Patrick Boland MD FRCS FRCP – Dr. Boland is a full-time, senior member of the Orthopaedic Service, Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York), where he specializes in the management of malignant and benign tumors of the bones, including those of the spine and pelvis, and in soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities. He also has special training in limb salvage surgery—that is the removal of the limb cancers while preserving a functional extremity.

Lord Oxburgh KBE FRS – Lord

Dame Beryl Grey CH DBE


Henry Vernon Crock AO MD MS FRCS FRACS FRCS Ed (Hon) Hon DSc (Univ Melbourne) 1929-2018

Vice Presidents

Keith Graham Preston MBA FRICS

Leslie Lonsdale Pike