Mutual Support Patrons
Dr Faraz Jeddi – MBBS, MRCS(Ed), AFRCS(Ire), Pg Dip in RM
Dr Anita Rose – B.A. (hons), D.Clin Psy., AFBPsS, C. Psychol
Dr Anita Rose is a Consultant Neuropsychologist. She is currently the Consultant Neuropsychologist at the Raphael Medical Centre in Tonbridge and also works as an independent Consultant Neuropsychologist across the globe. She has had a passionate interest in Neuropsychology obtaining extensive experience in this field since 1998.
She is also well known in the field of Brain Injury and currently holds the Chair for the Acquired Brain Injury Forum London and is an Executive Committee Member for the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum. She also conducts significant research into Brain Injury and Chronic Neurological Conditions and has published research and many self-help booklets she also provides consultancy in this area. She is currently co-writing a book looking at late recovery from the vegetative state and working on a number of research projects including a revision of the Wessex Head Injury Matrix (WHIM).
Dr Anita Rose is also known as a Champion for Multiple Sclerosis and provides significant input into the field of multiple sclerosis via her clinical work, research, publications, booklets and consultancy to the MS Groups in the UK, as Vice Chair for the European Neuropsychology Special Interest Group in MS, and acts as a Clinical Advisor to the MS Society in South Africa. She is currently embarking on a number of projects. One project is conducting research together with colleagues across Europe looking at the issue of sexuality in MS. She is also currently working on book to support clinicians working with MS patients and compiling a book of stories of people living with MS to raise awareness of this condition.
Dr Anita Rose is a sought after speaker across the globe with her message being one of empowerment to both people who have neurological conditions and to health professionals who work in the field of neurology.
Air Commodore Mike Barter CBE – President
Mike Barter served in the Royal Air Force for 32 years. During that time he flew a wide range of helicopter types on operational tours at home and aboard. Before ‘flying desks’ full-time, Mike was Station Commander at RAF Odiham where he flew the ‘Mighty Chinook’. Mike’s last appointment in the RAF was the combined role of Commandant of the RAF College Cranwell and Director Recruitment (RAF). Following his retirement from the RAF in 2006, Mike took up the position of Deputy Controller & Director Welfare at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) which is the RAF’s leading welfare charity providing practical, financial and emotional support to the RAF family. It was in connection with his job at the RAFBF that Mike first became involved with Mutual Support. In March 2009 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Star and Garter Homes which is a charity that provides nursing care for the ex-Service Community.
Air Vice-Marshal T B Sherrington CB OBE – Honorary Life President
Air Vice- Marshal Sherrington served in the Royal Air Force from 1963 to 1997. He served on stations throughout the UK as well as two years in Aden, a year at RAF Sharjah and 3 years in Germany. His senior appointments included Station Commander RAF Hereford, Director of Personnel (Ground), Air Officer Administration RAF Support Command and Air Officer Administration RAF Strike Command. For his last 5 years in the Royal Air Force he was titular Head of the Administrative Branch. On retirement he became Director of Welfare at the RAF Benevolent Fund. It was while in this role that he became President of Mutual Support, an appointment he held until his retirement in 2006. He is a keen but not very good golfer, a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers. He is married with a daughter, son and 3 grandchildren.
Paul Cummings – Vice President
Paul Cummings was commissioned in the Royal Corps of Transport in 1971 and served at Regimental and Staff Appointments in Germany, including Berlin, Cyprus, and Northern Ireland. His last appointment in the Army was as Defence Attaché in Dublin; he retired in 2005. After retiring fom the Army he was employed as the Director Grants and Welfare at the Army Benevolent Fund, now The Soldiers’ Charity, retiring in 2015. His work in The Soldiers’ Charity provided him with an opportunity to maintain close links with Headquarters Land Forces, a host of military charities and all Regimental and Corps Associations. He also developed close working links with Help for Heroes and the Army Recovery Capability.
He is married to Fay and they live in North Luffenham, Rutland. They have 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren. Paul’s interests include Photography and Military History. He is delighted to be able to support Mutual Support on both a personal and professional basis.
Air Commodore RTG Merry MB BS FRCP MRCsych DRCOG – Vice President (Awaiting Bio)
Kim Bartlett – Vice President
One day in August 1986 I was in the former RAFH Wroughton when I was told that I had, ‘Escalating Mylinitis’ and asked me how I felt about his finding. I said that I was relieved; he asked why I felt that way, “Because,” I replied, “I was afraid it might be Multiple Sclerosis.”
He took a breath and said, “Ah, that is another term I could have used.”
I returned to RAF Wattisham to break the news to my then fiancé, just 10 months ahead of our wedding. Try as I might, she still married me, so sorry guys, MS isn’t a get out of gaol free card.
My aim was then focused: find out if there was anyone else in the RAF who has MS. Fairly shortly after I met L Wren Sue Smith and with her help, we formed a fledgling group that became Mutual Support. A couple of years later at RAFC Cranwell I was told about a fellow instructor who worked in the same corridor as me and had been newly diagnosed with MS, naturally I wanted to offer a sympathetic ear. That Instructor was Suzanne Crighton who promptly joined our group increasing its size by 50%! Mutual Support has survived my leadership in the early days and I am proud to have been a small part in the creation of the largest self-help group of the MS Society.
Under its current leadership, I am confident the group can look forward to becoming a leading beacon of hope in the dark days that follow the fateful pronouncement, “You have Escalating Mylenitis!”