Steering Group

The steering group is a multidisciplinary panel of leading experts in dermatology care.

The group provides advice and guidance to the awards management team to shape the entry categories, judging criteria and scoring and assists in the recruitment of judges to ensure a robust judging process.



Dr Neill Hepburn MD FRCP

Consultant Dermatologist, Lincoln County Hospital

Neill qualified in Medicine from St Andrews and Manchester Universities following which he served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps seeing service in Northern Ireland, Gulf War 1 and Angola.

He trained in Dermatology at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary during which time he undertook research into cutaneous leishmaniasis which led to his MD thesis.

He was appointed consultant dermatologist at Lincoln County Hospital in 1997 and created a county wide hub and spoke service.

To broaden his contribution to medicine he became a clinical director, then deputy medical director and is currently the medical director for the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.  Neill maintains an active clinical practice with particular interests in complex therapies and skin surgery.

Outside medicine he enjoys fast cars, gardening and taking his wife out to dinner.



Pauline J Buchanan

Community Dermatology Nurse Practitioner, NHS Fife Cardenden Medical Practice, NHS Fife Queen's Nurse - demonstrating excellence in community nursing

Polly is a Community Dermatology Nurse Practitioner and Independent Nurse Prescriber. She holds the QNIS Queen's Nurse title and each month, delivers 33 nurse led dermatology clinics across 23 different sites within NHS Fife.  She also provides dermatology support, advice and education to nursing, medical and pharmacy colleagues in the community.

Polly has many years’ experience in primary and secondary care dermatology nursing and is an accomplished author with many published papers in peer reviewed journals. Polly's special areas of interest include professional development, bio-psychosocial approaches to care, health literacy, chronic inflammatory skin disease and skin cancer.

Polly is current Chair, of the Scottish Dermatological Nursing Society and Clinical Editor, of Dermatological Nursing, the official peer reviewed journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Society.



Chris Bunker, MA MD FRCP AGM Consultant Dermatologist, University College London Hospitals

Professor of Dermatology, University College London

Chris Bunker is Consultant Dermatologist at University College and Chelsea & Westminster, Hospitals, London. He has a personal Chair at both Imperial College and University College, London. He was educated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge and Westminster Medical School, London and trained in dermatology at The Middlesex and University College Hospitals London. He was awarded the Cambridge University Sir Walter Langdon-Brown prize for his MD thesis.

He is a Past-President of the British Association of Dermatologists, St John's Hospital Dermatological Society and the Dermatology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is currently the elected UK Board Member of the European Academy of Dermatovenereology and the Secretary of the British Skin Foundation. He has delivered the Royal College of Physicians Ingram Lecture (twice), the Dowling Oration and the Neil Smith Lecture. Over 30 years he has given nearly 300 invited lectures.

He is a general Dermatologist with 27 years’ experience as a Consultant in teaching hospitals and has trained over 120 other Consultants and taught thousands of medical students.  He has published over 340 papers, case reports, books and chapters in books.  His clinical and research interests include male genital dermatoses, complex medical and inpatient Dermatology (including severe drug reactions and TEN), melanoma and HIV Dermatology.  He has published ~360 papers, books, chapters, case reports and letters.  His research metrics are: h-index 40; i10-index 160; citations 6,688; Research Gate 45.93; top 97.5%.  According to Google Scholar Prof Bunker is the 6th most cited UK Dermatologist in the world; those in the UK ‘ahead' of him are, or were, all full-time, salaried university academics.

Prof. Bunker has received a National Silver Clinical Excellence Award from the NHS.  In 2019 he was awarded the Sir Archibald Gray Medal by the British Association of Dermatologists - its ultimate accolade for outstanding contributions to British Dermatology.



W Iain F Henderson MB ChB DRCOG DPD

Retired GP Principal

Iain Henderson graduated from Glasgow University in 1980 and entered General Practice in Glasgow in 1986. He obtained the Diploma in Practical Dermatology in 1997 from Cardiff and started a Hospital Practitioner session in Dermatology in 2001 at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow.

He was the organiser of the Western Infirmary Dermatology Club, the Primary Care Advisor for Skin Care Campaign Scotland and represented the PCDS on the Scottish Council for Dermatology. Iain retired from the Executive Committee of the PCDS Dec 31st 2018 and retired as GP appraiser 31st July 2019. He still does the occasional dermatology teaching.

He is a self-confessed sports nut whose main sporting interests are playing golf, badminton, skiing and rugby refereeing.



Richard Jerrom MRCP BMBS BMedSci(Hons)

ST6 Dermatology Registrar, West Midlands.

Richard Jerrom is currently a dermatology trainee in the West Midlands. Having trained at The University of Nottingham, he completed foundation training in Nottingham and Lincoln. During this time, he undertook dermatology electives in departments in Sydney, Australia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2014, he moved to the West Midlands for core medical training and subsequently secured a dermatology training number in the same deanery.

Alongside general dermatology, he has developed a keen interest in the fields of dermatological surgery and psychodermatology. Currently the trainee representative for Psychodermatology UK, he has been involved in the BAD guideline committee for delusional infestation. He is also one of two dermatology trainee representatives for the West Midlands deanery, having held similar positions during his foundation and core medical training years.

As a previous deputy chairman of the Trent Regional Junior Doctors committee for the BMA, he has developed a good understanding of the political pressures on the NHS. He recognises the importance of dermatology education for future trainees and in 2019 was a co-chair for the British Association of Dermatology DermSchool event.

He has presented material at both national and international conferences and has publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has won a national presentation prize in psychodermatology and in 2019 was awarded West Midlands Dermatology Trainee of the Year.

Richard is due to complete training in 2020.

Outside of medicine, Richard has previously attained his Civil Aviation Authority Private Pilot’s licence. He enjoys numerous hobbies and sports in his spare time.



Arlene McGuire Mpharm PGDip CPP

Independent Prescriber Specialist Clinical Pharmacist – Dermatology and Allergy, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Arlene has been practicing as a hospital pharmacist for 11 years; after qualifying she went on to complete a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy practice and became the lead pharmacist for dermatology and allergy services at Guys and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust in 2013. St John's Institute of Dermatology opened in 1863, and is now one of the world's leading centers for patients with skin disease. As a tertiary centre they treat a wide range of skin diseases from the most common to very rare, and offer highly specialised treatments for inpatients and outpatients which are not available elsewhere in the UK.

Arlene has a special interest in psoriasis and immunotherapy, and has developed the role of the clinical pharmacist in the severe psoriasis biologics clinic, qualifying as an Independent Prescriber in this field in 2015.

Arlene has taught on the King’s College undergraduate pharmacy programme, Dermatology Nursing programme and Clinical Dermatology MSc course in collaboration with St John’s. She has presented previously at the National Association of Specialist Phototherapy Nurses’ Conference and the British Association of Dermatology Nurses Biologics Network. Arlene has been involved in the current update of the ‘British Association of Dermatologists Guidelines for Biologic Therapy in Psoriasis’.

Arlene recently started a national network for pharmacists specialising in the field of dermatology across the UK, in the hope that this can be a platform to share best practice and expertise.

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