Who We Are

Keith Emmerson – Branch Chairman

Although a Yorkshire man, I have resided ‘down south’ all my adult life. After enlisting into the Coldstream Guards with secondment to the Guards Independent Parachute Company, I joined Kent Police in 1962 transferring to Hertfordshire in 1978.  I retired in 1992 with the rank of Det Ch Superintendent and pursued my interest in Freemasonry and charity work. I have been happily married for 55 years to Jean and have lived near Tring for the past 24 years.  I have a son and daughter, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grand-children.

Gill Green – Branch Secretary

Gill and her husband Robin moved to St Albans in April 1991. Gill volunteered at the Cathedral and then became manager for the Abbey Book shop and Gift shop and a Secretary for The Cathedral and Church Shops Association. Retirement time was split between a small cottage in rural France and home. Parkinson’s was diagnosed for Rob in 2015 and they both joined The West Herts Parkinson’s Branch, enjoying the talks and meeting members. Gill then thought that she would like to fill a hole on the committee and became Secretary.

David Jones – Branch Treasurer

After working as a maths teacher for 37 years at Queens School in Bushey David took on the treasurer’s post in March 2014. His wife Hilary was diagnosed with Parkinson’s several years earlier and taking on the job seemed a good opportunity to put something back into the group in return for all the support and encouragement they had received.

Vice Chair – Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for this role on the committee. If you would like to join us and help on the committee then this would be an ideal role for someone who has an interest in helping local people with Parkinson’s. In the absence of the Chairman you would lead committee meetings. Pease email or get in touch via our contact page.

Christine Hall – Membership Secretary

Christine’s father, Bill Ellis, had Parkinson’s so when he died in 2004 Christine joined the Committee. Christine was Secretary for a few years before becoming Membership Secretary and also running a few marathons for branch funds. She took early retirement in 2014 after 34 years with University College London and now splits her time between travelling, house-sitting and working part-time in Bushey.

Ruth Venn – Outings, Branch Holidays and Raffles

Ruth joined the group in 1998 when her brother-in-law moved here from Norwich. After going on a trip to Clacton with the group she was encouraged to join the committee. Ruth started looking after the raffles and slowly expanded to booking lunches and then to organizing the branch holidays, and have so far taken the group on 20 holidays.

Simon Naylor-Smith – Web and social media

Initially Simon joined the committee in 2005 as the branch fundraiser. His father, Alan, had Parkinson’s and was a previous chairman who campaigned heavily for PD Nurses. Simon designed and launched the original branch website in April 2010 and he continues to look after the website and social media. He works as a Business Analyst in Watford.

Rose de Souza – Watford Social Group

After 30 years working for HR in HSBC, Rose took early retirement to be with her husband Len who had to leave work due to his Parkinson’s. Rose joined the committee in 2015 and set up the Social and Support Group in Watford. She is also part of the Patient Improvement group at Watford General Hospital.

Ruth Herman – Speakers’ Secretary

Ruth was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2014 and was welcomed into the branch almost in the same week, immediately taking on the task of Speaker Secretary. Having felt the beneficial effects of the medication and the freedom of being newly retired from University lecturing, she is determined to enjoy herself. Ruth writes articles for Hertfordshire Archives website, gives talks at the U3A and makes frequent trips to the theatre.

Janet Roberts – Committee Member

At the age of 44 a consultant neurologist told me that I had Parkinson’s. It took me two years to make contact with Parkinson’s UK both nationally and locally. The local group is very supportive, informative and positive. It is a pleasure to be on the committee. I have worked with the UK office on various projects relating to PIP and Freezing. You can spot me in a number of videos on

June Pumford – Committee Member

Diagnosed with PD in 1996 June retired from teaching in 1999. She started Conductive Education classes in 1996 and still continues daily. A firm believer in exercise, she helped organise an international conference in 2009. She is involved in Yoga, Dance and swimming. When a Young People’s PD Group was disbanded in 2006, she formed the Northern Home Counties Support Group. June has also participated in several research projects. She enjoys travelling, gardening and table tennis.

David Stanfield – St. Albans Social Group

David was working from home as a (semi-retired) Software Engineer when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. He joined the committee in 2012, and currently coordinates the activities of the St Albans Support Group. He is particularly interested in the benefits of dance and singing for people with Parkinson’s, and helps to organise the ‘Moving With Music’ and ‘Find Your Voice’ classes.

Anna Farrer – LOUD and UK Office Liaison

Anna worked her whole career in the NHS, predominantly in Speech and Language Therapy Services and Risk Management. In 2006 Anna was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and once retired, she took on a part-time role with Parkinson’s UK, in ‘Involvement’ to ensure people with Parkinson’s help shape and determine the Charity’s work. With any spare time she has, Anna takes up co-ordinating the Loud Crowd, and enjoying her house,

Victoria Hart – Media Officer

Victoria founded her own media production company, having worked in the television industry for over 18 years in both the U.K. and Australia.  She believes that storytelling is everything and is passionate about the whole creative process, transforming ideas into reality and telling stories that make a difference. Victoria’s grandfather had Parkinson’s for over 25 years and it is a cause very close to her heart.

Amelia Hall – Committee Member

Finishing her PhD last year into the effects of Dance and Exercise on the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, Amelia is a strong believer in the benefits of exercise and movement. Amelia manages the Hatfield Dance for Parkinson’s group at the University and enjoys helping to organise dance events on Campus. Together with working at the University, she also works for Age UK Wandsworth. In her spare time, Amelia is a keen netball player and enjoys snowboarding and baking (especially brownies!).

Officers and Contact Details:

President  Dr. Prasad Korlipara BSc, MB BS, MRCP (UK), PhD

Committee Contact Details

Download contact details of the Parkinson’s West Hertfordshire Branch committee (format JPG)

Disclaimer: To the best of our knowledge all of the information in this table is correct but is subject to change.