Our Patrons

Meet the CCAA Patrons

The CCAA are lucky enough to have some truly inspiring people as our Patrons. Each of our Patrons has given support to our organisation through the years and for that we are truly grateful.

Professor Patricia Woo CBE

Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Rheumatology at UCL, and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at GOSH & UCLH

Qualifications and fellowships – M.B.B.S., Ph.D., F.R.C.P., F.R.C.P.C.H., FMedSci

Professor Patricia Woo CBE

CCAA Patron – Professor Patricia Woo CBE

Professor Woo specialises in Rheumatological problems (inflammatory or non-inflammatory) in children, adolescents and young adults.

She established the Tertiary referral service for children at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the adolescent and young adult referral service at University College Hospital in 1995. Her Dept. research included clinical and basic research on childhood arthritis, and some of the research work has since been translated into clinical trials leading to the drugs being licenced for use in the NHS.

Professor Woo has over 200 original publications published, 68 reviews and book chapters, edited three editions of the Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology, and is senior author of the handbook: Paediatric Rheumatology in Clinical Practice. In 2005 she was awarded a CBE by the Queen, for services to medicine, and a life time achievement award by the American College of Rheumatology in 2011.

Dr Nathan Hasson

Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Rheumatologist

Qualifications – M.B., Ch.B., M.R.C.P., F.R.C.P.C.H

Dr Nathan Hasson

CCAA Patron – Dr Nathan Hasson enjoying the CCAA weekend

Dr. Nathan Hasson is a Consultant in General Paediatrics and a Consultant in Paediatric Rheumatology. He worked as a Consultant in General Paediatrics at Ealing Hospital, before moving to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in Paediatric Rheumatology www.drhasson.co.uk

Dr. Hasson manages general paediatric conditions and in addition all aspects of paediatric rheumatology, in particular Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).

Professor Taunton Southwood 

Professor of Paediatric Rheumatology at University of Birmingham

Qualifications – B.M., B.S., F.R.C.A.P., F.R.D.P., F.R.E.C.P.C.H. 

Prof Tauny Southwood

Prof Tauny Southwood, CCAA Patron

Professor Southwood established the tertiary referral service for children with arthritis and rheumatic diseases at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 1989.  He has special research interests in assessing the benefits and risks of new anti-cytokine treatments for juvenile idiopathic arthritis, with over 120 research publications.   He has trained many of the senior paediatric rheumatologists in centres throughout the UK, Europe and beyond and has edited 2 textbooks in Arthritis in Children and Adolescents.  

He has been very actively involved in teaching thousands of medical students about paediatric rheumatology and general paediatrics. He has developed many web-based teaching materials to improve the knowledge of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases in primary and secondary care throughout the world

Dr Nick Wilkinson

Paediatric Rheumatologist, Evelina London Children’s hospital

Qualifications: D.M., M.R.C.P., F.R.C.P.C.H.

Dr Nick Wilkinson

Dr Nick Wilkinson speaking to parents at CCAA JIA Family Support weekend

Nick is heavily involved in providing support for families coping with the effects of Juvenile Arthritis. He is an executive member of the British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR), where he set up the national parents’ group and he continues to be a to provide children and families with the support they need.

Nick gives his time to attend our annual weekends to help us deliver informative sessions to parents who have children with Arthritis. His knowledge and experience is invaluable to the families.

Mrs Caroline Cox

A founding member of CCAA & parent to daughter with JIA
Caroline Cox awarded Patron

Caroline Cox (Right) being awarded Patron by previous CCAA Chairperson Brenda McGrath (Left)

Caroline was one of the Founders of CCAA, as at the age of four her youngest daughter, Vicky, developed a severe form of the condition so Caroline knows only too well the impact that JIA can have on a family.

Over the years Caroline’s commitment to the charity and its’ work has been unstinting, representing CCAA at national and international conferences and providing support to thousands of families.

Caroline has now retired as General Secretary but continues to be involved in the Family Support Weekends and the work of the Charity.