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 was actively involved in NHS management becoming first a clinical director, then deputy medical director and then, for over 4 years the Executive Medical Director for the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Neill enjoys 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

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.

Dr Richard Jerrom MRCP(Derm) Consultant Dermatologist, Post CCT Mohs Surgical Fellow, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Consultant Dermatologist, Post CCT Mohs Surgical Fellow, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Richard Jerrom is a consultant dermatologist and Mohs surgeon who has recently joined the team in Walsall.

He completed his medical degree in Nottingham in 2012 where he later returned for a post CCT Mohs fellowship in 2020, to achieve his British Society for Dermatological Surgery Mohs accreditation.

Richard was a dermatology trainee in West Midlands and was awarded ‘trainee of the year’ in 2019. He held a number of leadership positions during training and is passionate about teaching and furthering dermatology education. He is currently co-consultant honorary president of the University of Birmingham Dermatology Society and is on the committee for Psychodermatology UK.

Outside of medicine Richard enjoys a number of hobbies including numerous sports, scuba diving and DIY. He has previously achieved his private pilot’s licence in 2007.

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 hospital pharmacy since 2007. After qualifying she went on to complete a post graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy practice and became a Specialist Dermatology & Allergy Pharmacist in 2013 at Guys and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust within the St Johns Institute of Dermatology.

Arlene has a special interest in psoriasis and immunotherapy, and 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 Kings College undergraduate pharmacy programme, Derm Academy programmes and St Johns Clinical Dermatology MSc course. She has presented previously at the National Association of Specialist Phototherapy nurses conference and the British Association of Dermatology Nurses Biologics Network. Arlene is a member of the BAD clinical guideline subgroup and contributed to the update of the Guidelines for Biologic therapy in Psoriasis 2020.

Arlene sits on the editorial board for Dermatology in Practice and started a national network for NHS pharmacists working within dermatology across the UK to share expertise and best practice.

Rebecca Penzer-Hick, Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire; Dermatology Specialist Nurse, Dermatology Community Clinic Services, Buckden; President British Dermatological Nursing Group

Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire; Dermatology Specialist Nurse, Dermatology Community Clinic Services, Buckden; President British Dermatological Nursing Group

Rebecca Penzer-Hick is an experienced dermatology specialist nurse who has worked in a variety of different settings.  These include hospital in and out-patients services, specialist community nursing services, Universities in research, development and teaching roles as well as running her own business.

Currently Rebecca is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the School of Postgraduate Medicine at the University of Hertfordshire.  Here she teaches and supports students on a variety of Masters programmes with a focus on those studying for a Masters in Clinical Dermatology.  Clinically she works in a Cambridgeshire Community Dermatology service as a Dermatology Specialist Nurse.

Rebecca has served as clinical editor for Dermatological Nursing Journal and continues to sit on its editorial board.  She has published widely and presented papers at national and international conferences. She is President of the British Dermatological Nursing Group.

Steve Symonds, Professional Relations Lead Dermatology and Respiratory, Sanofi Genzyme

Professional Relations Lead Dermatology and Respiratory, Sanofi Genzyme

Steve graduated in 1999 from the University of Winchester with a BSc in Exercise Physiology and Psychology. In 2001 he joined the Pharmaceutical industry as a GP Medical Representative with Schering-Plough.

In the past two decades he has also worked in various commercial and business development roles for not only Blue Chip Pharmaceuticals companies but also in the Medical Diagnostic industry. At Roche Diagnostics in 2013 Steve was awarded the coveted Point of Care sales person of the year award for his work with then PCT’s and NHS service providers on joint working initiatives related to anticoagulation pathways

Steve joined Sanofi Genzyme Dermatology to launch an innovative medicine in the Dermatology market place (Oct 2017) and in April 2020 he was Promoted to Professional Relations Lead Dermatology and Respiratory.

Marisa Taylor, MBBS DCD MSc MD FRCP

Dr Marisa Taylor is a Consultant Dermatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She is a member of various societies including the British Association of Dermatologists, Caribbean Dermatology Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians, London.

Her undergraduate education was at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica with honours in pharmacology, pathology and microbiology. Her dermatology training in South Wales included academic achievements such as distinctions in Cardiff University’s Diploma and Master of Science in Clinical Dermatology and a Doctor of Medicine degree in acne, light sources and lasers with her primary research being presented internationally and published in well-respected peer-reviewed journals. Between publishing papers and clinical letters, she was a tutor for Cardiff University’s Diplomas in Clinical and Practical Dermatology and a Supervisor for doctors pursuing a Masters in Clinical Dermatology where her students achieved distinctions themselves. She continues to be a reviewer for journals such as the British Journal of Dermatology and Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

Her newest interest is in developing education in Skin of Colour. As co-founder of the Skin of Colour Training Day UK – an international meeting aimed at equipping dermatologists and GPs on how to manage conditions in darker skin, she is busily working on fostering collaborative research and effective team working to advance Dermatology and its practice in this area.

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  • Open for entry: November 2021
  • Entry Deadline:
    25th March 2022
  • Judging day: 26 May 2022
  • Awards ceremony: 12 September 2022