Trustees are elected by the ASO Membership and serve a three year term. Vacancies are advertised to the Membership when they become available and an on- line ballot is run if nominations exceed the number of vacancies.

If you wish to contact a Trustee, please email the ASO Office at [email protected]

Dr David Hughes

  • Secretary
  • Consultant in Endocrinology & Bariatric Medicine at the East Midlands Institute of Bariatric Medicine (Royal Derby Hospital).

Dr Graham Finlayson

  • Chair of Communications, Partnership and Networks Committee
  • Associate Professor at the School of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of Leeds

Dr Nerys M Astbury

  • ASO Networks Officer (Midlands, South West, London & South East, East of England & Yorkshire)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Card Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Mr Ken Clare

  • Patient Groups Link Officer
  • Registered nurse and Chair of WLSinfo, the UK's largest patient obesity charity.

Dr Nicola Heslehurst (Maternity Leave)

  • ASO Networks Officer (NI, Wales, Scotland, North West England & North East England)
  • Lecturer and NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Newcastle University, and an associate member of Fuse (one of five UK Public Health Research Centres of Excellence, and part of the School for Public Health Research).

Dr Barbara McGowan

  • Co-chair Clinical Practice & Obesity Management Committee/COM & Training Officer
  • Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital London

Dr Abd Tahrani

  • Co-chair Clinical Practice & Obesity Management Committee
  • NIHR clinician scientist at the University of Birmingham (UOB) & Consultant in Obesity at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

Dr Matthew Capehorn

  • Co-opted Primary Care Link Officer/Health Professionals Link Officer
  • Medical Director at Lighter Life, Clinical Manager at Rotherham Institute for Obesity

Dr Emilie Combet

  • Co-opted Networks Officer (Maternity cover: NI, Wales, Scotland, North East England, North West England)
  • Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, University of Glasgow