Bowel Disease UK was started in 2006 by Gary Douch and Professor Kumar following Gary's second bowel operation for Crohn's Disease.
John Duddy (Financial Trustee) and Margaret O'Keeffe (Medical Trustee) joined Gary and Prof Kumar to form The Colorectal Research Fund. Margaret's dedication in the early years of the charity helped shape us into the charity we have become.
In 2010 Margaret left the charity following her wedding and the remaining trustees decided to change the charity name to Bowel Disease UK.
The team has grown in numbers and in statue with the introduction of Viscount Rothermere and Ronnie Wood as Patrons along with Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Stephen Hammond MP, Grant Woodthorpe and Nathaniel Wood as Ambassadors and with the trustees provide an invaluable and collective experience base to take the charity forward.
We do not have any paid staff and all those involved with the charity are all volunters who give up their own time, money and effort to help us fund research in to bowel disease.
Gary Douch, Chairman
Gary co-founded Bowel Disease UK with Professor Devinder Kumar. The charity was started from Gary's hospital bed in 2006 and became official in 2007. Gary is also a director at Charterbuild Construction in Wimbledon and is also keen on rugby having played and coached and many levels.
His passion to see a cure for Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Bowel Cancer is what drives Gary forward with new and innovative ideas to help generate funds for the research undertaken by Bowel Disease UK at St George's Hospital and other collaborative hospitals and medical centres worldwide.
In 2016 Gary, along with Andrew Fisher Tomlin was inspirational in showcasing a garden for Crohn's Disease at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The garden was critically acclaimed and won a Gold Medal and was voted Best in Show.
Also in 2016, Gary was nominated for a 'Pride of Britain' Award for fundraiser of the year and made the last 4 in the London and South East category.
In 2017, Gary received another award to highlight his work through volunteering and making a change to the local comminuty and beyond. More will be published about this in due course.
Professor Devinder Kumar, Trustee
Professor Devinder Kumar (retired) is a highly experienced Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery at St George’s University of London and Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at St George’s Hospital in London and other leading medical institutions. Now retired, he is dedicating his time and efforts to research programmes.
Professor Kumar obtained his undergraduate medical degree from the University of Delhi, India, in 1975. Following this he worked in the Small-Pox eradication programme and was awarded a certificate of merit by the Minister of Health.
He completed his basic surgical training at Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children, St James’ Hospital in Balham and the North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke. During this time he passed the FRCS examination. He then went on to undertake research in Gastrointestinal motility at the Royal London Hospital and was awarded a PhD from the University of London. He was successful in obtaining a Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic for 2 years.
In 1994, he moved to London to take up a position as Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at St George’s Hospital. He was awarded a personal chair in Gastrointestinal Surgery in 2004 by the University of London.
He has published 120 original papers in peer reviewed journals, more than 50 review articles and book chapters and has authored/edited 6 books. Professor Kumar is a regular reviewer for national and international journals.
Grant Woodthorpe, Trustee
Grant has been helping the charity for some years now and he has been a fantastic asset. He has provided much needed publicity and financial support via The Metro, where he is Managing Director of Commercial.
Grant agreed to become an Ambassador earlier this year and we are so excited to have him on board.
Grant is a keen cyclist and has undertaken many grulling races inc the 100km Ride London event.
Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere, Patron
Viscount Rothermere has been a patron since 2008, he has assisted the charity financially and with media coverage through The Metro Newspaper anf The Daily Mail. His contribution has helped the charity lay solid foundations for the growth of the charity.
Peter Jordan, Ambassador
Peter is a lawyer. He qualified in 1990 and has been working in the Lender Services industry ever since. With over 20 years’ experience advising a broad variety of lenders and financial institutions he has an unrivalled in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and sector-wide issues faced by clients.
Peter is well known within the industry for his market knowledge and practical approach to balancing clients Regulatory, Legal and Prudential obligations. He has particular knowledge around conduct risk, its implementation and measurement. He regularly advises lenders and third party suppliers on this topic. He is frequently invited to present at industry seminars and events, and is a regular speaker for the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
Peter has also specialised in Employment law throughout his career. He has particular expertise in advising senior executives in the Financial Services sector. He advises main board directors and senior management on their regulatory obligations. He also advises on “team” moves as well as protection of confidential information.
Peter was previously at TTKW where he was head of their Employment department acting for both Employers and senior employees. As well as acting in the Financial services sector Peters clients cover a wide range of industries including IT, manufacturing, retail, and Sports.
As with his approach to Lender Services he is well known for his practical hands on approach to Employment law issues.
Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Ambassador
Andrew Fisher Tomlin is one of the UK's leading garden designers. A horticulturist by training he has used the power of gardens and plants to promote the health benefits of gardening.
His office designs active horticultural therapy landscapes from care homes linked to dementia care to Bowel Disease UK's own show garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, showing the importance of plants in the treatment of illness.
Stephen Hammond MP, Ambassador
Stephen is MP for Wimbledon and Merton in South West London, he has supported the charity for many years and has made a number of apperances at charity functions. He understands that we are a small charity locally doing 'big things' nationally.
Stephen's involvement is both exciting and rewarding for the charity and has helped us raise much needed funding for further research at St George's Hospital.
Nathaniel Wood, Ambassador
Nathaniel was born and raised in Morden and is a Professional MMA competitor currently competing in the popular UFC circuit.
A former Cage Warriors Bantamweight World Champion, his talents have not gone unnoticed and has been included in the UFC roster.
Nathaniel stated 'I am looking forward to helping in anyway I can with Bowel Disease UK which I believe is a great chairty that are helping make a difference'.
Like all our volunteers, we are delighted to have Nathaniel on board.
We are always keen for volunteers to organise and run their own fundraising events for us. If you have an idea for a fundraiaing event, please contact us to discuss how we can help you.
Find out how by contacting us at:
Bowel Disease UK
London SW20 9LU
Registered charity number: 1117241