Colin Wilkinson is from North East England and has lived and worked there all his life. He has been involved in shaping health services since 2015, when he became involved with Versus Arthritis (then Arthritis Research UK). As well as taking a keen interest in customer service issues, including how they can help improve health services, Colin has been a science communicator for 20 years. Colin is now the vice-chair of Versus Arthritis’ Patient Insight Network and the patient member of their Advisory Group on Pain. He is also currently a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group on Chronic Pain. As chair of judges for the Big Bang UK Young Scientist and Young Engineer of the Year Competition he leads the Scientific Review Committee which supports the judges in selecting the UK’s nominees to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Colin has particular interests in equal access to services and places for people with disabilities and finding better ways to harness the power of multiple disciplines to solve intractable problems.