Lord Fellowes is world renowned for creating the hugely successful and critically acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey, which is available to a global TV audience, and in a recent newspaper interview, he revealed that he lives with Essential Tremor.
Lord Fellowes was born in Cairo, Egypt. He was educated in Britain before moving to Los Angeles in 1981 returning to the UK in 1991. He is well known as an actor, novelist, screenwriter and film director and his career spans over 40 years.
Lord Fellowes has been a member of the House of Lords since January 2011. He is also Chairman and patron of several UK charities.
I come from Nelson, a small village north of Cardiff in South Wales; married to Denise with two children and grandchildren. . I was diagnosed with Essential Tremor in 1996 although I had had the symptoms for many years before that.
I have worked in accountancy for over 25 years, for sole traders, small business and large corporations and outside working hours, my hobbies centre on sport. I am a keen football fan and interested in most sports.
We have met many challenges in the years I have been involved & come through them embracing the changes they have brought.
I am sure we will continue to move forward, having witnessed many positive responses that our website & social media has brought in the past few years. There is increasing information now available on all types of tremor & in the public domain via our website. I am excited by what we could achieve in the years ahead in regard to raising awareness and helping fund cutting edge research.
Our financial support is the cornerstone of our development & we are always very grateful for all the donations we receive and the support given.
I joined the National Tremor Foundation board of trustees as Treasurer in February 2006, having been a member since 2004. In 2017 I was very honoured to be asked to be become chairman of the organisation. It was a role I was both proud and privileged to accept and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
Currently I am the senior neurologist at the Essex Neurosciences Unit, Queen's Hospital, Romford, Essex and Professor of Health Sciences (Neurology) at London University South Bank. My clinical and research interests include movement disorders and fatigue syndromes.
During the late 1970s, and 80s, my major research interest was on the essential tremor (ET) in terms of measurement, analysis and pharmacology which I carried out at the National Hospital, Queen Square. During the 1980s and 90s, I collaborated with the late Professor Bill Koller from Chicago, and subsequently Kansas City, USA; we both had the idea that there should be an international charity for tremor (in fact, I think I suggested it first!). Bill Koller founded the International Tremor Foundation in the US, and the National Tremor Foundation UK was a subsidiary. It soon became apparent that there were many advantages for having an independent national foundation in the UK, and in 1994 the National Tremor Foundation (UK) was founded. Our ambition was to provide support, information, education and fund research into tremor disorders of all types. During that time our numbers have grown slowly and steadily, and we are now entering the most exciting phase of development in our short history.
I have been Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and one of the medical advisers since the Foundation started and I look on the Foundation as a growing "family". The Board of Trustees now is strong and united, as is our small, and very efficient, headquarters staff. Our immediate plan is to develop and expand our website, publications and our communications, to launch us, in the next two years, into our most exciting phase of development.
I am currently a Reader & Honorary Consultant in clinical Neurology, within the Division of Neurosciences at Imperial College London & Charing Cross Hospital.
I am a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the Association of British Neurologists, Movement Disorder Society, British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Parkinson’s Disease Society.
I am an international authority on tremor, Parkinson’s disease, other movement disorders and deep brain stimulation having authored 102 peer reviewed papers, reviews and editorials, 3 books and 13 book chapters. I have made over 100 congress presentations as an invited speaker at many national and international congresses including the European Congress of Neurology, World Congress of Neurology and World Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.
I am a trustee to the National Tremor Foundation having co-founded the charity with Professor Leslie Findley, to facilitate knowledge of tremors, research into tremor and the care of people living with tremors. My sincere hope is that over the next few years the National Tremor Foundation will grow to become a strong and positive force in the lives of people with tremor.
I live at Cheddleton, near Leek in Staffordshire and I am the second of four sons of Neil and Doris who both worked in the pottery in dusty. My brother David is the Labour Member of Parliament for Stafford.
I have been a Solicitor for almost thirty years and deal mainly with defending people in the Magistrates Court. Prior to becoming a Solicitor, I worked for an insurance company and was a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
In the past, I worked on the Management Committee for Stoke on Trent Gingerbread organisation and helped them to achieve charitable status.
I became interested in the NTF when my wife was eventually diagnosed with OT and ET, and the first AGM that I attended was at Norwich. I am proud to be a Trustee of this important organisation; I just hope that I can be of some assistance to the foundation and its membership.