Our team

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Our team

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Seb Tucknott

CEO and co-founder

Seb has lived with ulcerative colitis since 2008 and in 2015 co-founded IBDrelief with his wife Emily to improve the lives of people with inflammatory bowel diseases. 

He is a passionate advocate for people living with chronic conditions and involving patients in every part of healthcare and is responsible for overseeing the development and direction of IBDrelief. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham and is an experienced web developer. In 2007, after leaving university, he founded Brightsite, a web design and marketing agency.

Seb regularly speaks at events and conferences, mentors healthcare professionals and helps co-design IBD research.

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Emily Tucknott

COO and co-founder

Emily co-founded IBDrelief in 2015 with her husband Seb. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of IBDrelief as well as taking a hands-on approach with the development of content and marketing strategy for the business and its clients.

Emily is an experienced communicator and leader having previously worked as a journalist, news editor, media relations officer, corporate communications manager and digital agency marketing manager.

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Faye Spiller

Marketing assistant

Faye has worked in digital marketing since 2013 working within a variety of sectors and industries, including health and wellbeing, aviation and the Arts. She has a background in event management, editing and acquisitions.

Faye joined IBDrelief in 2019 creating social media posts, newsletters, copy and content.

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Clemmie MacPherson


Clemmie was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis aged 9 and now lives with a j-pouch. She founded the Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (NALM) Clinic and specialises in supporting and improving the quality of life of people with IBD, in the UK and internationally.

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Tom Vance

Software engineer

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Jen Rose

Office assistant

Jen was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis as a child, and recently one of her children was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. She is currently training in psychotherapeutic counselling, and has begun offering parent peer support to newly diagnosed patients and their families. 

Jen joined IBDrelief in 2020, and brings with her a wealth of patient, and patient-parent experience and knowledge, as well as a passionate belief in the vital role of education, connection and support in the IBD patient journey. Jen assists in project co-ordination and research as well as patient liaison.

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Laura Stuart

Patient advisor

Laura is a Senior Project Manager in the marketing industry. Since being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2017, Laura has made sure to stay well-informed of the latest developments and conversations happening in the IBD community.

Laura is an advocate for patient empowerment and strives to make a difference to the lives of others affected by the disease. She is passionate about developing her own knowledge, sharing her opinions and offering insights on the patient experience.

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Lucas Tucknott


Lucas is an experienced videographer and critically acclaimed director of photography. He works with IBDrelief on video and editing projects.

As Seb’s brother he has seen the effects inflammatory bowel disease can have on someone’s life.

Our advisors

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Dr Rabia Lalani


Rabia is a gastroenterology registrar working in the South London region and researcher at the Wingate Institute for Neurogastroenterology in East London.

Her interests lie in integrated care, merging conventional medicine with lifestyle and complementary therapies for gut health. She is a qualified yoga instructor offering private classes in central London and yearly yoga retreats. 

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Dr Bee Laird

Market research

Bee has worked in pharmaceutical market research MR for over 17 years, both client and agency side with a particular passion for patient-centric work.

She is experienced in project management, report writing, screener and DG writing, moderation (IDIs, duos, groups, workshops; face-to-face, telephone +/- web assisted, OBB, InterVu; physicians, nurses, KOL/KEE, patients, pharmacists, payors). 

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Dr Rob Heuschkel

Consultant paediatric gastroenterologist, Cambridge University Hospitals

Qualified St Mary’s Medical School, London in 1990. I trained in paediatric gastroenterology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, Hackney, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead with Professor John Walker-Smith. I then spent 14 months as Clinical Fellow in the Combined Program for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Boston Children’s, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the US. I was appointed to my first consultant post in Paediatric Gastroenterology at the Royal Free Hospital in October 2000. I have published in peer-reviewed journals and continue to lecture at national and international meetings. I moved to Addenbrooke’s in January 2008 to develop a regional gastroenterology service for children in the East of England. I am Chair of the IBD Working Group for the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (BSPGHAN), and Member of the GI Committee of our European specialty society (ESPGHAN).

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