Core Team

by Arthur's Place

We are delighted to introduce you to the brilliant team behind the scenes at Arthur's Place

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Andrea McBride – Director

Hello everyone, I’m Andrea. I’m the founder of Arthur’s Place and a former Advanced Rheumatology Nurse Specialist, working within the NHS. I’m also a founding partner of the health communications agency, Digital Nurse.

Every day I’m inspired by the courage, resilience and compassion for each other shown by young people with arthritis. I consider it a great privilege to listen to your stories and to work on your behalf to build understanding and raise awareness that arthritis is not “an old person’s disease”. Connect with me on LinkedIn

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Sarah Edwards – Content Strategist, Digital Nurse

Hi, I’m Sarah, co-founder of Arthur’s Place and Content Strategist at health communications agency, Digital Nurse. I’m also Andrea’s sister!

I’ve worked in media for a crazy number of years, editing magazines, creating lifestyle websites and building online communities. Now at Digital Nurse, with Andrea, I help organisations create empathic and uplifting content, supporting people living with health conditions to feel confident in managing their condition and live their best lives. Arthur’s Place is our origin project and holds a very special place in my heart. Connect with me on LinkedIn. 


Emma Doree – Arthur’s Place Social Moderator

Hi, I’m Emma and I’m 27 years old. I was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis just before I was 4 years old and have it in all of my joints. I’ve had both of my ankles fully replaced and am awaiting a date to get my wrist done.

Alongside being part of Arthur’s Place, I enjoy spending time with my family and currently work for the Police as part of their Well-being team. I live in the North East of England and am a true Teessider at heart!

I’m looking forward to supporting the 1300+ members of Arthur’s Place Social, our private Facebook support group. I plan to spread some positivity and share some tips I’ve learned about living with arthritis along the way!


Michelle Oliver – Storyteller & Podcast Coordinator

I’ve been a member of the Arthur’s Place community since its early beginnings – over the years I’ve contributed a handful of blog posts and helped to inform ideas for the website, with the aim of helping others to navigate life.

I’ll be creating lots of fresh podcast content and real life stories, to reach more people affected by arthritis. I’ll be taking inspiration from our members to bring your stories to life.

I was diagnosed with JIA at the age of eight, and I’m now in my mid-thirties. I live in the North East and have a professional background in PR and marketing, specialising in the healthcare and non-profit sectors.

I love being comfy and spending time with my loved ones – especially my five-year-old nephew Max, who is always eager to help his Auntie Shell if she’s struggling with poorly bones. I’m passionate about music, nature and food and in pre-Covid times my favourite thing is going to gigs and festivals with friends and family.


Sophie Ford – Social Media Coordinator

Hi! My name is Sophie and I am the social media coordinator for Arthur’s Place, looking after our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook presence. I’d love you to follow us!

I am 27 and live in a small village near Edinburgh with my husband and one-year-old daughter. When I was 19 I was diagnosed with Stills Disease and developed a huge amount of pain in my joints. Over the years this inflammation has meant I have needed two hip replacements and now need both knees replaced. I feel like I have a lot to offer Arthur’s Place with the ups and downs my diagnosis has brought. I found Arthur’s Place so valuable when I was diagnosed and cannot wait to help develop it and make it an even better place for people like me who are young and struggling with arthritis.


Jess Lindley – Arthur’s Heroes Podcast Host

Hi, I’m Jess and I’m the host of Arthur’s Heroes, our podcast series. I was diagnosed just after my 21st birthday, and although it was a shock, it was a huge relief to have some answers! I discovered Arthur’s Place soon afterwards and was keen to contribute to such a fantastic community, especially producing audio – it’s my lifelong dream to be a radio presenter! I currently live in Cornwall with my cat, where I love being outside, walking, swimming and rowing. I can’t wait to chat to more fascinating people and produce more podcasts this year!

Jenny Cornish

Jenny Cornish – Website & Newsletter Coordinator

Hi everyone! I’ve been involved with Arthur’s Place since the early days, writing content, editing the website and posting on social media. I’m a journalist by trade and live in North Yorkshire with my husband, two young daughters and our cat.

It’s been a really inspirational journey for me, working with Arthur’s Place over the years and seeing the community grow and flourish, with so many people supporting each other. I love helping to tell your stories, and find content that we hope you will find useful. It’s really exciting to have such a fabulous team on board.


Hannah McBride – Video & Zoom Coordinator

Hello! My name is Hannah and I’m the video and Zoom coordinator for Arthur’s Place. I’ll be creating video content for Arthur’s Place TV, our YouTube channel and social media platforms, as well as organising and putting on Zoom events for our lovely Arthur’s Place family.

I’m 26 years old and living in Greater Manchester, where I teach P.E. to primary school children and am the head coach of a successful cheerleading team. As well as coaching, I remain a cheerleader myself; my love of competing is rooted in my love of working within an inspiring team environment, which is exactly what we have at Arthur’s Place. Alongside this, I’ve been creating promotional videos for my cheerleading team for a number of years, and am excited to use the passion that I have to create content for a whole new community!

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