Mr Sotiris Antoniou

Consultant Pharmacist, Cardiovascular Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust

Mr Antoniou is currently chair of the cardiac committee for United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA). He has published extensively in the pharmacy press and has a particular interest in improving anticoagulation for stroke prevention in AF and optimising adherence. He is actively involved in the training and development of clinical pharmacists including developing a curriculum and assessment tool for advanced and consultant level specialist cardiac pharmacists working with the UKCPA and Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Mr Antoniou has served on many NICE development groups including Unstable Angina/NSTEMI guideline, stable angina and STEMI guidelines and is a current NICE TA member of the highly specialist technology appraisal group. Mr Antoniou is also an honorary senior research associate at UCL School of Pharmacy.

Ms Moira Auchterlonie

CEO of the Family Doctors Association

A St Andrews University graduate, Moira holds degrees in economics, law and leadership. For two decades she has worked with GP practices and currently leads the Family Doctor Association, recognised as one of the top five UK Primary Care Organisations. The Association is the national voice of frontline GPs and family doctor practices that offer their patients the benefits of continuity of care; the cornerstone of UK general practice. Moira sees her role as speaking up for ‘proper general practice’. She works with NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Secretary of State for Health’s National Stakeholder Forum, which contributes to the effective development of policy; informs Minsters, and the Department of Health top team.

Dr Matthew Fay

General Practitioner Principal, Westcliffe Medical Centre, West Yorkshire. AF Association Medical Advisor.

Dr Fay is a Leeds Medical School graduate, graduating in 1992. He enjoyed a varied few years in hospital practice as was permitted by junior doctor training of the time, before becoming a GP at Westcliffe Medical Practice in 1999. In 2001 he established a GP with a specialist interest (GPwSI) cardiology service for North Bradford PCT with his friend and colleague Dr Andreas Wolff. They took this under the wing of Westcliffe Medical Practice and expanded the services to local people in 2006 and established a further locality service in Ilkley in 2010, Queensbury in 2011 and Thornton in 2012. As well as being the Clinical Lead for the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN AF project, he is currently an Executive of the Atrial Fibrillation Association, STARS (the Syncope Trust), Arrhythmia Alliance, Anticoagulation Europe and the West Yorkshire Stroke Research Network. Outside the clinical arena he is a council member of the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Senate. As a father of four he insists that he is first and foremost a family doctor, spending the majority of his time seeing people in the setting of a general practitioner.

Dr David Hargroves

Consultant Physician and Clinical Lead for Stroke Medicine, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, and South East Coast Strategic Clinical Network and Senate

Dr Hargroves has been a consultant for over seven years in East Kent and Clinical Lead for Stroke Medicine for the last six years. He was appointed Clinical Lead for the Strategic Health Authority in October 2010 and now to the South East Coast Strategic Clinical Network and Senate. His research interests include the use of CT perfusion in acute ischaemic stroke, MRI use in transient neurological deficit, neurological manifestations of Obstructed Sleep Apnoea and the organisation of acute stroke services. He was elected to the British Association of Stroke Physicians (BASP) Education & Training Board in October 2011 and to Chair this group January 2014.

AF Association

The AF Association team is dedicated to restoring and saving lives. We offer:

  • Free and confidential help
  • Dedicated telephone support lines
  • Medically endorsed and approved information booklets
  • Online fact sheets and short films
  • 24/7 moderated online support forum
  • Local patient groups
  • Regional meetings
  • Monthly e-news
  • Regular postal newsletter
  • Signposting to healthcare specialists

AF Association: www.afa.org.uk Email: info@afa.org.uk

Mr Nick Mills

Cardioversion and Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist Nurse, Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust, Cambridge

Mr Mills graduated from Homerton School, Cambridge in 1998. Beginning his career on a general cardiac ward he later became a cardiac nurse on the Coronary Care Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge in 2000. In 2003 he became an early pioneer of Nurse Led Cardioversion Services for which he was awarded the first BHF Excellence Award for his work. He became clinical lead for the Anglian Cardiac Network in 2006, before returning to the Cardioversion and Cardiac Rehabilitation Services at Addenbrookes as a specialist cardiac nurse. He has recently been a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group for the management of AF.

Mrs Rosemary Najim

AF Association Patient Member

Mrs Najim is an AF patient and is currently Educational Director of Southern Tutors Ltd. She is a Patient Cardiology Representative for Surrey Downs CCG and a member of the AF Association and Arrhythmia Alliance. She has represented the Arrythmia Alliance at the 2014 IAPO (International Alliance of Patients' Organizations) congress which was concerned with global access to patient centred health care for all and as patient lead on the arrythmia patient support group in Epsom, Surrey.

Mrs Eileen Porter

AF Association Patient Member

Mrs Porter is an AF patient and has had AF for over 10 years. She has been a member of the AF Association for around 6 years and have worked with the AF Association on various occasions, both at home and abroad. She has a nursing background and is also a member of the Guideline Development Group that updated the AF guideline.

Dr Raj Patel

Consultant Haematologist, King's Thrombosis Centre, Department of Haematological Medicine, King's College Hospital London

Dr Patel is a consultant haematologist specialising in thrombosis and anticoagulation. He works within the King’s Thrombosis Centre where he is responsible for thrombosis prevention and treatment. He has a special interest in primary care anticoagulation, novel anticoagulants and medical education.

Professor Richard Schilling

Professor of Cardiology and Electrophysiology. Trustee of AF Association, Trustee Arrhythmia Alliance

Professor Schilling established the arrhythmia research program at St Bartholomew’s hospital. The department was one of the first centres to carry out randomised clinical trials investigating interventional treatment of cardiac arrhythmia and has developed and validated techniques for using novel technological applications like 3D image integration into cardiac mapping systems for the treatment of complex arrhythmia. These innovations have reduced radiation exposure and improved success rates for procedures that cure arrhythmia. His research interests focus on elucidating the mechanism of complex cardiac arrhythmia in the human heart and the development of percutaneous treatments for them. All of his research has been performed in vivo on the intact human heart. Clinical conditions investigated include ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation in structural heart disease, congenital heart disease, atrial fibrillation and cardiac dyssynchrony in heart failure. He has a busy clinical practice specialising in interventional ablation for complex arrhythmia like atrial fibrillation, VT and VF and is the Director of Clinical Cardiovascular Research at Barts Health and was on the guideline development group for the NICE AF guidelines.