Eczma Care
University of Nottingham

Meet the team

People living with eczema, parents of children with eczema, dermatologists, general practitioners, nurses, researchers, psychologists, economists and statisticians have all come together to create and test the Eczema Care Online toolkit.

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Miriam Santer

Miriam is a GP with a special interest in eczema. She is also a mother of three, two of whom have eczema. Miriam's main research interest is improving families' management of childhood eczema and providing carers with the tools they need to look after their child's skin.

Kim Thomas

Kim Thomas is a Professor of Applied Dermatology Research & Co-Director of the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology. Kim has led several eczema studies to help improve eczema management.


Academic Programme Manager


Ingrid Muller

Ingrid is a health psychologist and senior research fellow at the University of Southampton. Her research focusses on developing and testing better ways to help people manage their own health conditions. Ingrid has done lots of work with families with eczema and is the ECO academic programme manager and is overseeing the development of both ECO websites.


Patient representatives


Amanda Roberts

Amanda is a Patient Representative on the ECO project. She has had eczema all her life and is the mother of two children with eczema. Amanda is an active member of the Nottingham Support Group for Carers of Children with Eczema (NSGCCE).

Amina Ahmed

Amina is a patient representative on the ECO project. She is the mother of two children with eczema.


 Wider team


Jo Chalmers

Jo is a senior research fellow at the University of Nottingham. She has done lots of research in eczema and is leading three systematic reviews on topical corticosteroids as part of the ECO project.

Daniela Ghio

Daniela’s background is working with adolescents with health conditions such as juvenile arthritis. Daniela is experienced in interviewing young people about their health. For this project, she is exploring young people’s experiences of living with eczema to help guide the website development and ensure it is relevant for them.

Kate Greenwell

Kate is experienced in developing and testing websites aiming to support individuals with a variety of health conditions, for example asthma. Kate is leading the development of the ECO website for young people.

Gareth Griffiths

Gareth Griffiths is a Professor of clinical trials at the University of Southampton. He is also the director of the Southampton Clinical Trials Unit.

Douglas Grindlay


Douglas is an information specialist at the University of Nottingham. He is involved in the ECO systematic reviews and helps keep us up to date on the latest eczema and research.


Jane Harvey

Jane is a Research Assistant at the University of Nottingham. Jane is working on the systematic review looking at the best ways of using topical corticosteroids for eczema. Jane is a qualified pharmacist and has worked in both primary and secondary care.

Hayden Kirk

Hayden Kirk is the clinical director of Solent NHS Trust and will be ensuring that the findings of the research are implemented in clinical practice.

Julie Hooper

Julie is a Clinical Trial Manager at the University of Southampton and has worked in Primary Medical Care research since 2010. Her favourite part of the job is working with study teams, GP Practices and participants across the UK.

Laura Howells

Laura is a Research Associateat the University of Nottingham. Laura will be looking at how the findings from the ECO project can be used in every day practice.

Sinéad Langan

Sinéad is Associate Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas. She is particularly interested in the epidemiology of skin diseases and is leading a programme of research on eczema phenotypes and outcomes.

Sandra Lawton

Sandra is a Dermatology Nurse Consultant and Queen's Nurse at Rotherham NHS Trust. She has worked in dermatology for over 30 years and her areas of interest include paediatric dermatology, care of children and their families with eczema and eczema research.

Steph Lax

“Stephanie Lax is a Research Assistant at the University of Nottingham working on a Cochrane review comparing strategies for topical corticosteroid use in eczema.

Carron Layfield

Carron is the CEBD Centre Manager and part of this role involves Patient and Public Involvement work. She is helping coordinate PPI on the ECO project and helping organise relevant public involvement and training events.

Paul Leighton

Paul joined the CEBD in June 2018 as an Associate Professor in Applied Health Research. Paul will be involved in various parts of the ECO programme, with a particular interest in establishing how ECO findings can be implemented in the future.
Paul Little

Paul Little

Paul is a GP and Professor of primary care research at the University of Southampton. Paul has run many large clinical trials on a range of conditions.

Emma Axon

Emma Mead is a systematic review methodologist at the University of Nottingham. Emma’s role on ECO is to carry out systematic reviews looking at the safety and effectiveness of topical corticosteroids for eczema.

Matthew Ridd

Matthew is a GP and Reader in Primary Health Care at the University of Bristol. He has been involved in lots of eczema research and is providing clinical input on the ECO interventions and leading a recruitment centre for the ECO trial.

Natasha Rogers

Natasha works at the University of Nottingham. She designed the ECO website and produces some of the promotional materials used for the project.

Tracey Sach

Tracey is a Professor of Health Economics at the University of East Anglia and will be leading the ECO health economic analysis.

Katy Sivyer

Katy is a key member of the ECO team at Southampton, having recently finished her PhD at the University of Oxford. Katy’s research interests are in how people respond to treatments and how treatments work. Katy is leading the development of the website for children and parents/carers. 

Mary Steele

Mary works as a research fellow at the University of Southampton. She is experienced in developing websites to help people with a wide range of health issues. She is also mother to a young child with eczema.

Beth Stuart

Beth is a statistician at University of Southampton. Beth is leading the statistical analysis for the ECO trial.

Emma Teasdale

Emma is a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. She is a qualitative researcher, doing interviews and focus groups to understand people’s views and experiences of skin conditions such as eczema. For the ECO project, Emma is carrying out interviews with parents and children about their experiences of eczema and helping to develop a website for parents and carers of children with eczema.

Sylvia Wilczynska

Sylvia's role involves a wide range of duties, ultimately helping the team keep on track.

Hywel Williams

Hywel is a dermatologist and Professor of Dermatology at the University of Nottingham. Hywel has many years’ clinical experience treating people with eczema as well as leading eczema research.

Lucy Yardley

Lucy is a health psychologist and Professor of Health Psychology. She has carried out numerous successful projects developing web-based support for people to manage their health problems.

Eczema Care Online


This website presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme (project number RP-PG-0216-20007). The views and opinions expressed on this webpage are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the NIHR, the National Health Service or the Department of Health & Social Care.