BIA Charity Partner webinar: Versus Arthritis and patient involvement

Thursday 19 November, 11:00 - 12:00 GMT

Versus Arthritis has a proud history of involving people with arthritis in our research activities and decisions and supporting others in this work. Never has patient and public involvement (PPI) in research been more vital in a world of lockdown and funding challenges to ensure the work we fund is rooted in patient benefit. 

Our session will describe developments in our research involvement and participation work at Versus Arthritis and how we envisage our future. Following this, a facilitated discussion will enable attendees to share experiences and challenges of PPI in research.

The BIA is proud to support Versus Arthritis as the BIA Charity Partner of the year.


Steve Bates

Chief Executive Officer


Steve Bates has been the CEO of the UK Bioindustry Association since 2012. He currently chairs the International Council of Biotech Associations and has been a Board member of Europabio since 2015. Steve is the visible face of the vibrant UK life sciences industry to government and media. He sits on the UK’s Life Sciences Council and Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Implementation Board. Steve has championed with government effective industrial incentives like the Biomedical Cataylst which have crowded-in private sector investment into UK SMES. He has forged links for the sector across the USA, Europe and in China. In his time at the BIA Steve has developed new member groups focused on cell and gene therapy, genomics and engineered biology. A strong advocate of partnership working, Steve champions sector collaboration with research charities and academia. Proud to lead an organisation with a diverse Board with over 40% female representation, Steve is committed to next generation talent and developing the skills needed for the sector to flourish. Before the BIA, Steve worked for Genzyme and as an advisor to the UK Government of Tony Blair. He was made OBE for services to innovation in 2017.

Angela Davies

Head of Research Engagement

Versus Arthritis

Angela has worked at the charity for 2 years. She is responsible for the areas of Research Involvement, Communication/Evaluation and Researcher Engagement. Her aims are to ensure the charity’s research endeavours focus on deriving maximum benefit for people with arthritis, that our researchers are supported and we are effectively demonstrating the impact of our research investment. Angela’s background is in academic librarianship and researcher support.

Naomi Gay

Research Involvement Manager

Versus Arthritis

Naomi is the charity expert on Research Involvement and has been at Versus Arthritis for almost 2 years. She is a self-confessed Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) geek and started working in User-involvement in homelessness almost 20 years ago before moving into PPI in mental health, then medical research. She has held roles at Mind, Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation developing and implementing PPI strategies and support for staff. Naomi is currently leading a review of Research Involvement at the charity.