The ACA is privileged to have the following patrons to help and support the association and its objectives in the wider health and political arenas.
Mr Paul Abrams MD FRCS
Paul Abrams is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of lower urinary tract dysfunction. He introduced the term “Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS)” in 1994 and, with Alan Wein the term “Overactive Bladder (OAB)” in 1996.
Professor Abrams received his MB ChB in 1970 from Sheffield University Medical School, was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1974, received his MD from Bristol in 1977 and was accredited in Urology in 1981. He is currently Professor of Urology, University of Bristol and Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon, Southmead Hospital, Bristol and a Director of the Bristol Urological Institute.
Professor Abrams served as General Secretary of the International Continence Society (ICS), a position he held from 1985 to 2003.. In addition, he has been Chairman of all five International International Consultations on Incontinence He chaired the Urodynamic Sub-committee of the International Consultation on Benign Prostatic Disease, was co-chair of the 2005 Consultation on Male Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction, and President of the 2012 Consultation on Male LUTS. He was Vice-Chairman of the International Consultation on Urological Diseases (ICUD), becoming Chair of ICUD in 2008.
He was deputy editor of Neurourology and Urodynamics (1995 – 2006), is a member of several editorial boards and an expert reviewer, as well as a journal referee, for many leading urology journals. He is currently a member of data monitoring committee for the NIH (in the US). He was a member of theNICE Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee until 2008, and was on the review group for Female Incontinence Guidelines(2013) and for Quality Standards for Male Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms(2013) and for Female Urinary Incontinence (2014). He was the first Chairman of the BAUS Section of Female and Reconstructive Urology. He is also extremely involved in UK national and local academic and administrative work: he was the Royal College of Surgeons’ Director for Professional Affairs in the South West from 2008-2013.
Professor Abrams was Chair of the Strategy Planning Office and a member of the Board of the European Association of Urology (EAU) until 2012, and was Chair of Courses and Consultations at the Societé International d’Urologie (SIU), until 2009. He was Scientific Chairman of the SIU meeting in Marrakesh in 2010 and organised the 1st ICUD-SIU International Consultation on Obstetric Vesico-Vaginal Fistulae, held at the same meeting in 2010.
An invited speaker at meetings in over 45 countries, he has lectured and presented at all the major international urological meetings. He has edited more than 15 books, has contributed chapters to more than 40 academic books and has produced over 370 peer-reviewed journal articles and published more than 100 invited articles and abstracts. The third edition of his book “Urodynamics” was published in 2005. He co-authored the recently published book on leadership: “Lead by VIP”
The ACA Clinical Advisors assist the Association with all matters relating to practice within their specialty.
General Practice Advisor
Dr. Julian Spinks
Dr Julian Spinks is a GP and director of clinical governance for a GP federation in Kent. For over 20 years he has had an interest in the primary care management of continence and related pelvic conditions.
He has been involved in the development of a number of NICE guidelines including those on Male Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, Female Urinary Incontinence & Pelvic organ Prolapse and, most recently, the guideline on Pelvic Floor Disorder.
He writes and lectures on continence care in general practice and is the health expert for his local TV and radio stations.
Mr. Mark Stott
Consultant Urologist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
Mark Stott trained as a medical student in Bristol in 1980. He had basic training in surgery in Leicester, Bournemouth and Southampton.
He conducted research into neuropathic bladders with Paul Abrams in Bristol from 1986-1988. He was a senior registrar in urology at Norwich and Cambridge and has been a consultant in Exeter since 1992.
He has worked as a general urologist but developed sub intersets in paediatric urology, bladder sysfuntion and renal cancer. He developed the 1st botox service in the south west and has treated over 500 patients. More recently they have introduced PTNS and sacral neuro-modulation to Exeter, providing some services for Devon.
His interests include Egytptology, flying and restoring vintage aircraft. A keen educator Mr Stott has worked on registrar and national training committees and has mentored many nurses and 1 physio! through the non medical prescribing course.
Suzanne qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1987.
She specialised in Women’s/Pelvic health in the later 1980s and has over 33 years of extensive training and experience in this speciality (as well as in acute paediatrics and inpatient physiotherapy service management) and is Clinical Lead Women’s Health physiotherapist at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust. She is an active member of many specialist professional groups.
In June 2021 Suzanne was appointed as Clinical Project Lead for the NHS England Perinatal Pelvic Health Project for Lancashire and South Cumbria, in addition to continuing her clinical role.
Suzanne has been an ACA Executive Committee member since 2010 and was a past Honorary Treasurer. Having served two terms as an Executive member Suzanne was appointed as Therapy Advisor and remains a valued member of the ACA Executive.
ACA Representative Advisor - Strategy
Catherine (Cath) Williams
Cath is a Registered Nurse and has a District Nursing qualification. Cath was a continence nurse specialist for many years, leading and developing an all age service in North Somerset. She has an MSc in Specialist Practice and is an Independent Non-Medical Prescriber. For the last 10 years Cath has been an Operational Manager, initially with responsibility for community Specialist Services and is now Associate Locality Director for Sirona, with accountability for community nursing, community therapies and community hospital services within the North Somerset area.
She served on the ACA executive committee for 2 x 6 year periods, including ACA Chair 2005-2007. She continues to support the ACA regarding risk management and strategy developments.
Children's Continence Advisor, Disabled Living
History with ACA: I became a member of the ACA and joined the Education Committee in 2015. I joined the Executive in 2016.
Work Role: I trained as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse and have always worked in child health, in both acute and community settings. I was a Children’s Continence Nurse in the North East of England from 2006 – 2017. I have worked as a Children’s Continence Advisor for Bladder and Bowel UK (formerly PromoCon) since 2015.
Elected: May 2016
Term ends: June 2022 (2nd Term)